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Young Americans 

This series portrays life at Rawley Summer Academy, an elite school in Connecticut where boys with a bright Ivy League future spend the summer industriously in classes and rowing training ... See full summary »


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Series cast summary:
Kate Bosworth ...  Bella Banks 8 episodes, 2000
Mark Famiglietti ...  Scout Calhoun 8 episodes, 2000
Katherine Moennig ...  Jacqueline 'Jake' Pratt 8 episodes, 2000
Rodney Scott ...  William 'Will' Krudski 8 episodes, 2000
Ian Somerhalder ...  Hamilton Fleming 8 episodes, 2000
Ed Quinn ...  Finn 8 episodes, 2000
Benjamin Gravitt Benjamin Gravitt ...  Extra 8 episodes, 2000
Rylie J. Neale Rylie J. Neale ...  Bella's Friend 8 episodes, 2000
Matt Czuchry ...  Sean McGrail 5 episodes, 2000
Deborah Hazlett Deborah Hazlett ...  Susan Krudski 4 episodes, 2000
Charlie Hunnam ...  Gregor Ryder 3 episodes, 2000
Jason Sweet Jason Sweet ...  Mark Johnson 3 episodes, 2000
Gabrielle Christian ...  Grace Banks 3 episodes, 2000
Kathleen Bridget Kelly Kathleen Bridget Kelly ...  Kate Fleming 2 episodes, 2000
Michelle Monaghan ...  Caroline Busse 2 episodes, 2000
Heather Barr Heather Barr ...  Rawley Girl 2 episodes, 2000
Tracy Howe ...  Brian Krudski 2 episodes, 2000
Cyndi Johnson Cyndi Johnson ...  Paige Bennett 2 episodes, 2000
Naomi Kline Naomi Kline ...  Lena 2 episodes, 2000
Matt Mulhern ...  Charlie 2 episodes, 2000


This series portrays life at Rawley Summer Academy, an elite school in Connecticut where boys with a bright Ivy League future spend the summer industriously in classes and rowing training on the lake. It's mainly told from the viewpoint of Will Krudski, a gifted, genuinely inquisitive student and future writer, who feels guilty having cheated at the entry exams. His roommate, Scout Calhoun, is a school legacy who makes an effort to become friendly with some underprivileged local kids and falls in love with the daughter of a garage owner who turns out to be family. Most of his classmates are golden spoon boys, but still have their problems, among each-other, at home and sometimes with the locals. Actually Jacqueline 'Jake' Pratt is a girl pretending to be a boy as the only way to get in, causing great confusion for Hamilton, the school dean's son, who begins to fall for her. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

12 July 2000 (USA) See more »

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Monkey Writer from Goonies See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Short-lived spinoff of Dawson's Creek. The character "Will" appeared in three episodes at the end of Dawson's third season. See more »


Spun-off from Dawson's Creek (1998) See more »


Six Pacs
Performed by The Getaway People
Colombia Records 1999
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Best thing to happen to TV since "The Simpsons."
30 August 2000 | by Mag-13See all my reviews

Completely distracting: beautiful, young white people with doe eyes that drink in the rural, summer Connecticut sunlight that's reflecting off the peaceful lake where all the main characters take English classes on the docks after a tastefully sweaty session of rowing (crew). A sex farce: to rebel against her mother, Jacqueline dons a boob-girdle and attends Rawley, an exclusive boys high school. The dean's son, Hamilton, falls in love with "Jake" and she with him. "Ham," played by Guess Jeans model Ian Somerhalter, and whose blue eyes are lit from the inside, thinks he's gay for loving "him," and is relieved when Jake looses the trusses one night.

Beautiful townie girl: one brown eye, one blue eye, and a thin layer of peach/melon lipstick on her soft lips at all times, you can't stop looking at Bella. She falls in love with Scout, a Rawley boy whose pleading eyes won't quit. Unfortunately, she discovers early on, he's her half-brother. Scout played Keith Partridge last year according to IMDB.

Will, the townie narrator who has scholarshipped his way into a summer session in this Rawley world, draws everyone together. He also played Will, Dawson's friend and pool shark, in a latter Dawsons Creek episode.

This show practically ruined my summer. Every Wednesday I had to be in front of the television. And the funny thing is, almost none of these actors has acted before. Am I nuts? I am a 45-year-old woman. These people are living my childhood fantasy! English on the docks!

Mag 13

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