The Best Episodes of How to Make It in America

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2018

Entourage masterminds Stephen Levinson and Mark Wahlberg are behind this HBO project about two up-and-comers in their 20's living in New York City. This pair of industrious friends hustle their way to success, striving to achieve the American dream.

What's in a Name?

#1 - What's in a Name?

Season 2 - Episode 8

In the second-season finale, Ben wonders how to rescue CRISP and his friendship with Cam. Meanwhile, Domingo and Cam launch a PR blitz to clean up Rasta Monsta's image; Rachel seeks advice from a former mentor; and Kaplan parties one more time before going to jail.

star 8.58
74 votes
Writers: Ian Edelman
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The Friction

#2 - The Friction

Season 2 - Episode 7

Ben and Cam debate CRISP's future; Rene tracks down the origin of the Rasta Monsta tincture; Rachel celebrates a setback.

star 8.42
70 votes
Directors: Danny Leiner
Writers: Jill Soloway
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It's Not Even Like That

#3 - It's Not Even Like That

Season 2 - Episode 4

Ben and Rachel's platonic friendship is tested; Cam scores a plum location for CRISP shoot; Renee collects debt.

star 8.30
61 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Seth Zvi Rosenfeld
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I'm Good

#4 - I'm Good

Season 2 - Episode 1

Ben and Cam look for a way to market their CRISP attire in New York after a promising debut in Tokyo. Meanwhile, Rene's new Rasta Monsta billboard is a hit with everyone except his girlfriend; and Rachel returns from a soul-searching trip abroad, but she's still not over Ben.

star 8.25
76 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Ian Edelman
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Never Say Die

#5 - Never Say Die

Season 1 - Episode 8

Cam suspects Rene of having something to do with the theft of the Rasta Monsta truck.

star 8.23
66 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Ian Edelman, Rob Weiss
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I'm Sorry, Who's Yosi?

#6 - I'm Sorry, Who's Yosi?

Season 2 - Episode 6

Ben senses a conflict of interest when Nancy sets CRISP up with a manufacturer named Yosi. Determined to bring some spice to Biscuit, Rachel disregards her boss and pursues an edgy lead. The Feds catch up with Kapo, Lulu warns Cam against selling out and Rasta Monsta incites the ire of the East Flatbush Caribbean League.

star 8.19
68 votes
Writers: Ariel Schrag
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Good Vintage

#7 - Good Vintage

Season 1 - Episode 6

Despite a fresh infusion of cash from Kaplan, Ben and Cam find it hard to meet Hidemi's vintage-tee quota of 300, until Julie, an attractive retail employee, helps bail them out. Rene gets advice on handling an impending schoolyard showdown with Flaco, the contractor he suspects of stealing his (illgotten) money. Rachel's field trip to Connecticut to check on a behind-schedule carpenter ends with Darren taking her to his childhood home - and then popping a commitment question on their drive back to Manhattan.

star 8.01
70 votes
Writers: Ian Edelman, Seth Zvi Rosenfeld
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Keep On Truck'n

#8 - Keep On Truck'n

Season 1 - Episode 7

While Ben is getting tight with Julie, Rachel is put off by Darren's sudden offer to let her and Edie design a hotel. To pay off an overdue debt to Rene, Cam and Ben agree to hand out Rasta Monsta samples at Union Square, but cut the job short to retrieve their tees from the silk screener. Rene agrees to meet with John Lardner, the Jamaica-based owner of Rasta Monsta, about taking over North American distribution rights to the drink. But Rene's parole officer Norm wants to be part of the meeting.

star 7.99
67 votes
Writers: Sarah Treem
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In or Out

#9 - In or Out

Season 2 - Episode 2

Ben and Cam are stuck between two sales reps and a hard place; Rene leans on a client; Rachel lands a new job at Biscuit magazine, and lights up with Domingo.

star 7.95
68 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Jill Soloway
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Unhappy Birthday

#10 - Unhappy Birthday

Season 1 - Episode 4

Edie, Rachel's boss, is throwing her a birthday party, and Ben is upset to learn that Rachel's new boyfriend Darren is going to attend it. Ben tries to occupy his time by hanging out with Kaplan, Cam and Domingo.

star 7.90
69 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Ian Edelman, Normal Morrill
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Big in Japan

#11 - Big in Japan

Season 1 - Episode 5

After running into a successful designer on the street, Ben and Cam hook up with Hidemi, a top Japanese buyer, but their business takes a surprising detour when they show him their none-too-Crisp jean sample. Meanwhile, Rene runs into unexpected problems locating cash stashed in the basement of a woman who's divorcing his ne'er-do-well cousin Tito. Rachel, hoping to bring fresh energy to her relationship with Darren, is flummoxed by his euphoric reaction to the party drug Ecstasy.

star 7.87
63 votes
Directors: Josh Marston
Writers: Arty Nelson, Donal Lardner Ward, Rob Weiss
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Mofongo

#12 - Mofongo

Season 2 - Episode 5

Ben and Cam charm two young out-of-towners; Rene tries to make amends with Debbie; Rachel goes from lost to alive in a single day.

star 7.82
68 votes
Directors: Miguel Arteta
Writers: Arty Nelson, Donal Lardner Ward
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Money, Power, Private School

#13 - Money, Power, Private School

Season 2 - Episode 3

CRISP lands a promising but unpaid gig; Rachel gives Ben a lavish gift; Cam raises money for a river-view apartment; Rene shoots a Rasta Monsta viral video.

star 7.81
69 votes
Writers: Vince Calandra
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Paper, Denim and Dollars

#14 - Paper, Denim and Dollars

Season 1 - Episode 3

Rene tries to buy out his marketing partners. Rachel rethinks her future when she sees Ben. Ben and Cam work on finding a tailor for their denim business.

star 7.56
68 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Ian Edelman
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Crisp

#15 - Crisp

Season 1 - Episode 2

Ben and Cam find themselves in debt again to Rene and search for investors to get their jean line off and running. Later, Ben meets with Rachel to discuss their latest encounter.

star 7.30
80 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Rob Weiss
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3 Grand

#16 - 3 Grand

Season 1 - Episode 1

In the series premiere, Brooklynites Ben and Cam, decide to use their entrepreneurial skills to get a hold of some quick cash to pay back a loan. Also, Ben's ex-girlfriend decides to finally move on from Ben.

star 7.27
112 votes
Directors: Julian Farino
Writers: Ian Edelman
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