America The Story Of Us

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by cheesesteak, Apr 26, 2010.

  1. tewcewl

    tewcewl New Member

    Dec 18, 2004
    Chicago, IL


    I haven't watched the series yet, but I'm REALLY confused by some of the show times. Are all the episodes 2 hours? If so, why are some of them 1 hour long? Just want to make sure I'm recording it correctly so I can sit through and not miss anything.
  2. jschuur

    jschuur TV-holic, improving

    Nov 27, 2002
    London, UK
    The one hour episode that I've been getting in my season pass has always been a part of a previous 2 hour episode too.

    So in short, if you're watching the 2 hour ones, you can delete the hour long one.
  3. goony

    goony New Member

    Nov 19, 2003
    Yea, I'm confused too... trying to record things on their non-first showing, and it's cRaZy!

    12 hours total, if that helps.

  4. Jonathan_S

    Jonathan_S Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2001
    Civil War nitpick. The minie balls allowed loading much faster than previous rifles not "weapons" as they repeatedly stated. You couldn't load a rifled minie ball musket much, if any, any faster than a smoothbore musket (which is what militaries were still equiped with until the minie ball).
    It was the eqalization of rate of fire between rifled and smoothbore that finally allowed rifles to become the primary infantry weapon on the battlefield.

    (I'll skip the debate on how much of the retention of block formation tactics was due to out of date thinking and how much was because rate of fire still wasn't good enough for dispersed troops to prevent cavalry or infantry rushes from reaching hand-to-hand combat range)
  5. scooterboy

    scooterboy Coney Island Small

    Mar 27, 2001


    I just watched the WW2 episode and I have just one question.

    Did I miss an episode, or did they completely omit WW1?
  6. Kablemodem

    Kablemodem Get the ketchup.

    May 26, 2001
    WW I was eliminated from the new Texas school books. It is too controversial for young minds.
  7. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

    Jan 17, 2002
    You mean! I can't believe Pawn Stars???!!!
  8. scooterboy

    scooterboy Coney Island Small

    Mar 27, 2001
    So seriously - did I miss an episode, or did they completely omit WW1?
  9. Jimbo713

    Jimbo713 CreaTiVoty!

    Dec 25, 2001
    Richmond, VA
    This is an excelllant series - we won't miss it!
  10. Jonathan_S

    Jonathan_S Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2001
    You didn't miss an episode. They seem to have gone straight from westward expansion/transcontinental railroad to the great depression/dustbowl.

    WW1 isn't the first war they've skipped, but it's certainly the biggest.
  11. bigpuma

    bigpuma Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2003
    Morgan Hill, CA
    There was an episode about the boom of the early 1900s and the expansion of cities. They still left WWI completely out of it though.
  12. Kablemodem

    Kablemodem Get the ketchup.

    May 26, 2001
    I don't see WW I as a significant event in our country's development, so it's not really a big deal that they left it out. If this show was the History of the US, then it would have been a big omission.
  13. gastrof

    gastrof Hubcaps r in fashion

    Oct 31, 2003
    Potato and pen.
    How many episodes (or hours worth) are/were there supposed to be?

    Some online sources said there was supposed to be an episode called "Boomers", set to air on the same date as "Millenium". Could there have been a mix up with the earlier "Boom"?
  14. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    They "left out" a lot, but this really wasn't a definitive history. They took a few key events or people and did a profile of how it shaped America. So, they picked and chose some interesting things. Like early on, they profiled the Donner party. And they did a profile on the lead engineer of the Hoover Dam. Hardly earth shattering events in American history, but the Donner party demonstrated the perils of early settlers in the West and the Hoover Dam engineer showed how important water was to settling the modern day western cities.

    But there was NO mention of the following (or very little that I can remember)

    The Constitution and how radical a document it was for it's time
    Hamilton and the shaping of the US Financial system
    War of 1812
    Mexican War
    Women voting
    Robber Barons (mentioned only in their roles of building the steel and RR industries)
    Spanish American War
    Teddy Roosevelt (trust buster, national parks)
    Babe Ruth (or any mention of American Sports in general)
    Jackie Robinson (they talked about the military allowing blacks in 1948, but he integrated baseball a year before)
    Korean War

    And probably a few others.

    I'm also surprised they talked about Steve Jobs/Wasniak "inventing" the personal computer. There were personal computers before either of them invented theirs.

    All in all it was still a fun show to watch.
  15. dylking

    dylking I've never farded

    Jul 20, 2003
    St Paul, MN
    I kind of took it in from the "Reader's Digest" version. I agree a lot was left out or glossed over, but how else do you condense 400 years into 10 hours?
  16. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001

    I haven't seen this show.. Which ones are you referring to? While there were definitely computers before it, many had switches, and weren't preassembled, able to connect to a TV screen. (Yes, the Apple I was less sophisticated.)
  17. stalemate

    stalemate McGruber

    Aug 21, 2005
    Little Rock, AR
    Here is the episode list on the history channel site. it does not list an episode called "Boomers."
  18. Crash_Corrigan

    Crash_Corrigan New Member

    Feb 27, 2004
    For what its worth, History Channel aired the show in both 2-hour episodes and in 1-hour episodes, and the 1-hour episodes had different titles than the 2-hour episodes that contained the same content.

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