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 Helen Pryor (61 episodes, 2002-2005)
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 Jack Pryor (61 episodes, 2002-2005)
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 Meg Pryor (61 episodes, 2002-2005)
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 JJ Pryor (61 episodes, 2002-2005)
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 Henry Walker (61 episodes, 2002-2005)
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 Roxanne Bojarski (61 episodes, 2002-2005)
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 Sam Walker (61 episodes, 2002-2005)
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 Patty Pryor (61 episodes, 2002-2005)
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 Will Pryor (61 episodes, 2002-2005)
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 Beth Mason (57 episodes, 2002-2005)
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 Dick Clark / ... (45 episodes, 2002-2005)
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 Nathan Walker / ... (39 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Pete Pryor (36 episodes, 2002-2005)
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 Luke Foley (36 episodes, 2002-2005)
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 Angela Walker (32 episodes, 2002-2005)
Peter Spellos ...
 Gus / ... (26 episodes, 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 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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Current music artists appear in almost every episode as popular singers from the 1960s. See more »

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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 »

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JJ Pryor: Kennedy says it's time for new dreams, and new frontiers, not just the ones of our fathers.
Jack Pryor: President Kennedy who both went to college...
JJ Pryor: I know!
Jack Pryor: ...and loves football.
JJ Pryor: I know!
Jack Pryor: And you are going to...
JJ Pryor: No I'm not!
Jack Pryor: Will you let me finish a damn sentence? JJ, you have a chance to be something great. A tailback, an astronaut, or whatever the hell, but great! Now I know going to Notre Dame won't guarantee you anything, but it'll give you the best chance anyone could ask for. And I'm not going to ...
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Soundtracks

The Sound Of Silence
Written by Paul Simon
Performed by Simon & Garfunkel
Courtesy of Columbia Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Originally Released 1964 Sony Music Entertainment, Inc.
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The Best Show Ever!
18 November 2004 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

"American Dreams" is my absolute most favourite show of all time. I look forward to Sundays at 8 and if the phone rings, whoever is calling goes into voice mail. I was a child in the 60s having been born in 1959 but it's not just the music or clothes that have made this show my favourite.

I love the way the Pryor kids bicker. It's so realistic! My fave scenes are at the dinner table. Dad rules and everyone has to obey.

I'm worried about JJ but the previews for this Sunday say he comes home. I hope it's to stay.

Meg is heading toward being a hippie and I can't wait to see how her character develops down the road, especially when she starts college.

I hope NBC has no plans to cancel this for a very long time!


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