How to Make It in America

How to Make It in AmericaNetwork: HBO
Episodes: 16 (half-hour)
Seasons: Two

TV show dates: February 14, 2010 — November 20, 2011
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Bryan Greenberg, Victor Rasuk, Scott ‘Kid Cudi’ Mescudi, Lake Bell, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Luis Guzman, Margarita Levieva, Nicole Laliberte, Martha Plimpton, and Shannyn Sossamon.

TV show description:      
This TV series revolves around two enterprising Brooklyn twenty-something guys as they hustle their way through New York City. They’re determined to achieve the American Dream and make a name for themselves in the city’s competitive fashion scene.

When his skateboard-deck business venture hits the wall, graphic designer Ben Epstein (Bryan Greenberg) agrees to fund a “sure thing” — a leather jacket hustle that’s proposed by his best friend, Cam Calderon (Victor Rasuk). Their scheme becomes desperate when Cam’s cousin Rene (Luis Guzman) gets out of jail and comes looking for payback of an old $5,000 loan. They eventually find a way to pay back the money, thanks to a now-wealthy old schoolmate of Ben’s, hedge fund manager David Kaplan (Eddie Kaye Thomas).

Ben discovers that his ex-girlfriend, interior designer Rachel (Lake Bell), is now dating a hot hotel guy named Darren. Cam, with the help of friends Domingo (Scott Mescudi aka Kid Cudi) and Gingy (Shannyn Sossamon), find a way to get Ben out of his funk.

Before long, the pair have taken out another loan from Rene in order to launch a new denim line called Crisp. Now reformed, Rene starts promoting Rasta-Monsta, his own energy drink.

Series Finale:     
Episode 16 — What’s in a Name?
Ben looks to stitch CRISP back together. Domingo and Cam try to clear the Rasta Monsta name; Rachel gets advice from Edie.
First aired: November 20, 2011.


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