American Dreams


Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 9/29/02
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  • Episode Description
  • Meg Pryer's lifelong dream is to dance on the iconic 1960's television series, American Bandstand, and along with her adventurous confidante, Roxanne Bojarski, the 15-year-old's persistence pays off when they find themselves on camera, dancing amongst a variety of teen idols. While his younger sister realizes her dreams, J.J. Pryor, questions his own childhood ambitions as he struggles to decide between striving for a Notre Dame football scholarship and making a life-altering change. Family patriarch Jack Pryor, concerned with his children's defiant behavior as well as with wife Helen's influential new friends, watches his idealistic family buckle under the era's social challenges on the eve of the decade's watershed event.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Gail O'Grady

    Helen Dolan Pryor

  • Tom Verica

    John "Jack" Pryor

  • Arlen Escarpeta

    Sam Walker

  • Virginia Madsen

    Rebecca Sandstrom [Ep. 1 - 14]

  • Brittany Snow

    Margaret "Meg" Pryor

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Meg's dream was to get on a show called American Bandstand. Although after she was told not to go by her parents, she and a friend did and Meg was able to become a regular. she was excited until presidant Kennady was shot the whole world was devastated.

    By KellyHastie-x, Jun 11, 2008

  • A great start to a fantabulous show!

    By cookaberry, Aug 08, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Roxanne: We studied the Battle of Bull Run and the first six weeks of the Civil War. (Meg looks at her) Good lies are all in the details.

    • Roxanne: What? You ain't never seen a bra before? Turn around.

    • Meg: Haven't you ever wanted something so bad it hurt?

    Notes (3)

    • The theme song for the show is "Generation" written and performed by Emerson Hart, lead singer of the band Tonic.

    • Songs w/Artists (in tonight's episode) * Uptight (Everything's Alright) - Stevie Wonder - 3-2/12/66 * Heat Wave - Martha & the Vandellas - 4-9/21/63 * The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) - Betty Everett - 6-4/11/64 * Stay - The 4 Seasons - 16-4/04/64 * Let's Dance - Benny Goodman - [not charted] * Turkey in the Straw - Bill Monroe - [not charted] * Everybody - Tommy Roe - 3-12/07/63 [Roy Ayers cover] * Don't Worry Baby - The Beach Boys - 24-7/04/64 * He's So Fine - The Chiffons - 1-3/30/63 * Dancing in the Street - Martha & the Vandellas - 2-10/17/64 * It's All Right - Maurice Williams - [not charted] * Amazing Grace - John Newton - [not charted]

    • An article in Star Magazine claims that the show is based on former Bandstand dancer Fran Giordano.

    Trivia (2)

    • Jack refers to "Ara Parseghian and Notre Dame". However, the pilot is set in November of 1963 while Parseghian was hired by Notre Dame in December of that year.

    • Though the pilot depicts the timeline of American Bandstand in Philadelphia during November 1963. Bandstand had already left Philadelphia's WFIL TV Studio for Los Angeles by August 1963.

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