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American Dreams 

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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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Cast

Series cast summary:
Gail O'Grady ...  Helen Pryor 61 episodes, 2002-2005
Tom Verica ...  Jack Pryor 61 episodes, 2002-2005
Brittany Snow ...  Meg Pryor 61 episodes, 2002-2005
Jonathan Adams ...  Henry Walker 61 episodes, 2002-2005
Vanessa Lengies ...  Roxanne Bojarski 61 episodes, 2002-2005
Arlen Escarpeta ...  Sam Walker 61 episodes, 2002-2005
Sarah Ramos ...  Patty Pryor 61 episodes, 2002-2005
Ethan Dampf ...  Will Pryor 61 episodes, 2002-2005
Will Estes ...  JJ Pryor 61 episodes, 2002-2005
Rachel Boston ...  Beth Mason 57 episodes, 2002-2005
Paul D. Roberts ...  Dick Clark / ... 45 episodes, 2002-2005
Keith Robinson ...  Nathan Walker / ... 39 episodes, 2003-2005
Matthew John Armstrong ...  Pete Pryor 36 episodes, 2002-2005
Jamie Elman ...  Luke Foley 36 episodes, 2002-2005
Aysia Polk ...  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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Share Dreams with your Family. See more »

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Drama | Music

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USA

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English

Release Date:

29 September 2002 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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The series takes place from November 1963 to August 1966. See more »

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In the pilot episode, which takes place in the fall of '63 (because subsequent episodes deal with the assassination of President Kennedy), the Beach Boys sing "Don't Worry Baby" on Bandstand. The song wasn't recorded until February 1964. 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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There's a great reason to watch this show.
28 October 2002 | by TxMikeSee all my reviews

I have to disagree strongly with one parsimonious reviewer who stated there was no reason to watch this show. There are at least two good reasons...

First, if you were a teenager in the early 1960s, like I was, and looked forward to watching American Bandstand, this weekly TV series is a marvelous, nostalgic reminder of those times. Whether your memories were good or bad, this is the closest we will ever get to "being there" one more time. The film clips from the original Bandstand show add to the realism.

Second, if you are too young to remember the 1960s, and are curious, the styles of dress, the dialog, the boy-girl infatuations, the racial tension, the religious conflicts over birth control, the "transistor radios" that everyone carried around, the round-screen black and white TVs, all those are very authentic in this TV series.

"American Dreams" - overall a very fine show, one we've dreamed about for years!


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