'United Stats' debuts on History

Monday, 07 May 2012 11:00 AM Written by 

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For viewers who complain that cable's History has abandoned, well, history in favor of reality shows like "Pawn Stars" and "Swamp People," here's a show that might get you back: "United Stats of History" (10 p.m. Tuesday, History).

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To be sure, this is not a textbook series but it's at least rooted in historic trivia if nothing else.

 

The Sklar Brothers -- Randy and Jason, previously heard in The WB's animated series "The Oblongs" -- star in the show, wisecracking their way through each one-hour episode.

In this week's premiere, they look at how America went from the nation with the tallest average citizens in 1776 to the 9th tallest and most obese 235 years later.

Some of it is silly -- comparing the heights of actors playing British and American soldiers from the Revolutionary War seems like filler -- but their conclusions are logical. Americans' height advantage plateaued in the 1950s. And we're fatter now because more people work desk jobs.

"United Stats of History" feels like it's a show that wants to be 30 minutes that's been stretched to fill an hour. It's not ideal -- but at least it's truly about historical facts.

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