American Dreams (2002–2005)

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Set to the soundtrack of the '60s, a Philadelphia family moves toward the cultural upheaval in the years ahead. The Pryors' teen daughter Meg tries to shed her "good girl" image by hanging ... See full summary »

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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 8 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »



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Series cast summary:
 Helen Pryor (61 episodes, 2002-2005)
 Jack Pryor (61 episodes, 2002-2005)
 Meg Pryor (61 episodes, 2002-2005)
 JJ Pryor (61 episodes, 2002-2005)
 Henry Walker (61 episodes, 2002-2005)
 Roxanne Bojarski (61 episodes, 2002-2005)
 Sam Walker (61 episodes, 2002-2005)
 Patty Pryor (61 episodes, 2002-2005)
 Will Pryor (61 episodes, 2002-2005)
 Beth Mason (57 episodes, 2002-2005)
 Dick Clark / ... (44 episodes, 2002-2005)
 Nathan Walker / ... (37 episodes, 2003-2005)
Matthew John Armstrong ...
 Pete Pryor (36 episodes, 2002-2005)
 Luke Foley (36 episodes, 2002-2005)
 Angela Walker (31 episodes, 2002-2005)
 Gus / ... (26 episodes, 2002-2005)


Set to the soundtrack of the '60s, a Philadelphia family moves toward the cultural upheaval in the years ahead. The Pryors' teen daughter Meg tries to shed her "good girl" image by hanging with her worldly friend Roxanne and pursuing a dream of being an "American Bandstand" dancer. Meg's emerging personality, and the changes her mother's going through, don't sit well with Meg's father Written by Anonymous

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A time when the American Dream was alive. And one family was living that Dream. See more »


Drama | Music


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Release Date:

29 September 2002 (USA)  »

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Current music artists appear in almost every episode as popular singers from the 1960s. See more »


Often during scenes in the American Bandstand studio, what you see being filmed on the cameras does not always match what is happening on the stage (obviously because the cameras are showing clips of the original American Bandstand whereas the stage has actors attempting the recreate it). See more »


Pete Pryor: [Jack is closing the store for Christmas] If you're still looking for a gift, nothing says perfect like the new '66.
[holds up a magazine photo of a Mustang]
Jack Pryor: Yeah? Well remind me again in '76.
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People Get Ready
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by The Impressions
Courtesy of MCA Records
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What a lovely show
3 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am a fan of character development, great acting and history. This lovely show has all three. My favorite character is Jack because he represents the people who think they have life figured out. But, life keeps changing; he is classy enough to change with it. And Meg is so much like him and he does not realize it.

The American Bandstand angle is a pleasant way to remind us of a simplier time in the music world. The show faces hard issues like racism, police brutality, Viet Nam, polio, politics, homosexuality, the riot, life changes and pregnancy outside of marriage realistically. These issues are a part of life and I appreciate the "non over-the-top" way they have been handled.

You can even watch this with your family and not cringe because of cursing and explicit sexual encounters. This is a fine way to spend one hour on Sunday evenings.

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