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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 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 / ... (44 episodes, 2002-2005)
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 Nathan Walker / ... (37 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 (31 episodes, 2002-2005)
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 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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One family's journey through the times that changed our nation. See more »

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

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Telephones did not use modular plugs during the time frame of the series. 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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She's Not There
Written by Rod Argent
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Courtesy of Marquis Enterprise Ltd.
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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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