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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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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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English

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29 September 2002 (USA) See more »

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

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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 »

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Chris Pierce: [to Meg] You should know... that I love you.
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That's How Strong My Love Is
Written by Roosevelt Jamison
Performed by Otis Redding
Produced Under License From Elekta Entertainment Group
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30 October 2004 | by jim_buttramSee all my reviews

TV shows with historical premises have been successful in the past, but too often they descent into cornball territory. "The Waltons" had a reputation for schmaltz even when it aired, and "Little Houseon the Prairie" wasn't much better ... in fact, the last few seasons were ridiculous at best.

"America Dreams" takes a piece of the recent past, the childhood andteen years of the Baby Boomer generation, the time just before X-ers like myself were born. For the Boomers, it's nostalgia, a look at a time of tumultuous change; for the X-ers, well, for me anyway, it's a glimpse of a legendary time that we remember from our parents' anecdotes and the last few chapters of our highschool history textbooks.

The characters are well-drawn and while they have a stereotypical basis, they aren't restricted to the roles you'd expect; Meg, my favorite character, is pretty and popular, but very socially aware and actively trying to make a difference in the world around her. Reminds me, in an odd way, of Emma from Degrassi TNG in that respect.

The adults on the show are complex and interesting as well, and I got drawn into the story arc after watching just an episode or two this season. I'd really love to go back and catch the previous season at some point.

Anyway ... watchable, interesting, intelligently written, good production values. If you haven't seen it yet, it's worth a look.


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