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American High 

This documentary series tracked the experiences of 14 students at Illinois' Highland Park High School throughout the 1999-2000 school year. Participants also chronicled their home lives through video diary entries.
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Erasmo Arturo Erasmo Arturo ...  Self 14 episodes, 2000
Shanna Davis Shanna Davis ...  Self 14 episodes, 2000
Gustavo Ducoing Gustavo Ducoing ...  Self 14 episodes, 2000
Suzy Lurie Suzy Lurie ...  Self 14 episodes, 2000
Abby Schwartz Abby Schwartz ...  Self 14 episodes, 2000
Tiffany Woods Tiffany Woods ...  Self 14 episodes, 2000
Steven Morris Steven Morris ...  Self 4 episodes, 2000
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This documentary series tracked the experiences of 14 students at Illinois' Highland Park High School throughout the 1999-2000 school year. Participants also chronicled their home lives through video diary entries.

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Kaytee: I want to get out of high school and live like a real person.
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Constently interesting
9 July 2001 | by Chad-11See all my reviews

My hope is that when it was pulled from Fox it would have been re-edited into a feature; the matteral is here for an intresting, complex and rich documentry, and thats exactly what it is. Now it's found a home on PBS, where it has held my attention. It isn't reality based TV, and to dismiss the work of an acclaimed documentry crew as another exercise in reality based TV isn't fair, given the nature of American High. American High cares more about characters than pay offs, much like the film Our Song. What interesting characters these are as well although some are underdevoloped for the sake of time. The relationships are also interestingly portrayed, something not seen in American Telivision, rich, real realtionships, it's all about one-liners in sitcoms vs. established characters. In fact American High, and NBC's reality based romantic comedy seres ED may be the only TV shows to show natural relationships without being forced with a plot in mind. My only hope is American High isn't lost, and that the series comes out on DVD, it's a story I'd like to own, it's characters much like the ones in every suberban culture, and thats why most Americans can relate to it instead of the idiotic Survivor rip-offs (ironically produced by Fox, the same network that funded this show), Big Brother, and banal sitcoms. Watch this if your serarous about good documentry filmmaking.


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