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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 / ... (45 episodes, 2002-2005)
 Nathan Walker / ... (39 episodes, 2003-2005)
 Pete Pryor (36 episodes, 2002-2005)
 Luke Foley (36 episodes, 2002-2005)
 Angela Walker (32 episodes, 2002-2005)
Peter Spellos ...
 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 »


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Release Date:

29 September 2002 (USA)  »

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The series takes place from November 1963 to July 1966. 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 »


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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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 American Dream lives on again.
5 December 2004 | by (Middle of Nowhere) – See all my reviews

I am a 14 year old living in a world where the American Dream is all about the times. The latest fashion, the newest music. My parents were in their early teens during the 60's, living in a world with Vietnam, and the industries. My mom was the oldest of 5 daughters living on the farm. My dad, the youngest of 2 boys living in a military family in the city. But there is one thing that they both could relate to. The American Dream.

American Dreams brings back that dream with such amazing reality. My parents remember American Bandstand and the artists that performed there. They remember the events happening in the world, and remember what it was like to live during that time. It's like a part of my parent's history, is being brought into my home for me to share with them. I get to understand what their lives were like, and get to know them a little bit better. This show is extremely well written and I will watch this show until it is taken off the air. I watch it with my father, as our Sunday night tradition, milkshake in hand. Sharing memories with my father on these Sunday nights, will become a memory that I will share with my children in the future. A show for the generations to share, American Dreams is helping my parents re-live memories, and helping me form my own.

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