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American Dreams 

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In the 1960s, a family experiences life and the struggles of the era, accompanied by the well-known pop songs of the period.
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2005   2004   2003   2002  
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 8 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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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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A time when the American Dream was alive. And one family was living that Dream. See more »


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Trivia

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

Goofs

In the series pilot episode, Jack refers to "Ara Parseghian and Notre Dame." The pilot is set in November of 1963 while Parseghian was hired by Notre Dame in December of that year. See more »

Quotes

Chris Pierce: The only thing I'm gonna miss about Philadelphia is you. I love you, Meg.
Meg Pryor: I love you too.
[they kiss]
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Soundtracks

She's Not There
Written by Rod Argent
Performed by The Zombies
Courtesy of Marquis Enterprise Ltd.
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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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29 September 2002 (USA) See more »

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