“The Men Who Built America” was a show on History Channel that was aired from October 16 to November 11. The show chronicled the lives of Cornelius Vanderbilt, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, J.P Morgan and Henry Ford. Many reviewers have been very nit picky on narrative or the slow introducing of all the main characters. However, I liked the way every hour seemed to be designed around one main character,along with the introduction of another new character into the mix. I feel that many people who reviewed the show only seemed to review the first episode and not stick around any further. This is sad because I found the first episode to be particularly weak. I noticed that the show seemed to have its own story arc a lot like Hatfield’s and McCoy’s did. The first episode was just to introduce us to the world and the dynamics of the time. While the second and third episodes were much more fast paced and involved many more characters. The final episode can be split into two. The first half works as a conclusion to the main story while the second half works as an epilogue.
That leaves the grade. Many people are going to instantly compare this show to Hatfield’s and McCoy’. And thats ok, it’s only natural to do so. I asked close personal friends what they thought about the show and many of the grades ranged from the high 80’s to the low 90’s. And why not, I found the show to have great graphics, great acting. I was very surprised at the realistic depiction of the time period. All of this taken into account proves that history channel is indeed moving forward (Even if it seems to be stalling at times). I give this show a A- with a 92%.
The moment at the church when Rockefeller decides to get into oil.
When Nicholas Tesla tore up his contract to stay in business with Westinghouse.
The rivalry between Carnegie and Rockefeller.
The Johnstown flood scene is particularly nerve wrecking.
The shooting of Henry Frick.
The “buying” of president William McKinley.
The subtle aging of all the characters, like I said I feel this worked best as an epilogue but it was still very interesting.