Dream On

HBO (ended 1996)
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  • Dream On is an adult situation comedy about Martin Tupper, whose life is full of colorful characters. While Martin goes on numerous dates, he still has time for his family and best friend (Eddie Charles). Martin, played by Brian Benben, is divorced from Judith, but they remain friends (though, her unseen "perfect" husband annoys Martin). Martin and Judith jointly raise their growing teenage son (Jeremy). Judith (Wendie Malick, who later starred on Just Shoot Me, and Jake in Progress) a psychologist, married the "perfect" man, Dr. Richard Stone. Despite their break-up, Judith is quite supportive of Martin, and leans on him herself, when the need arises. Jeremy (Chris Demetral) seems to accept the place he finds himself (divorced parents, new husband for mother). Eddie Charles (played by Jeff Joseph in the first season, and by Dorien Wilson afterwards, Wilson later starred in The Parkers) is Martin's best friend, a ladies man, and a host of his own talk show. The talk show was intended to be serious but has morphed into a "this week lawyers in lingerie" type show. Martin (Brian Benben) works as a book editor for a small New York book publisher, Whitestone. Working for him is Toby Pedalbee (Denny Dillon; executive assistant). Toby has a strong personality and knows what she wants. Martin has several bosses in the early years, but when the Australians buy Whitestone, Martin is saddled with Gibby Fiske (Michael McKean). Gibby likes selling books, not literature. Martin reacts to the world around him through flashing back to hundreds of clips from all manner of old films and television shows (from MCA), which are used as metaphors for Martin's reactions (hence the title). MCA approached HBO about creating a show that used old MCA clips, and Dream On was the result. Dream On is renowned for its use of sexual references, plus, in its early seasons, occasional swearing and numerous scenes of female nudity. Creators other Creations David Crane & Marta Kauffman also created The Powers That Be (1992, David Hyde Pierce), Family Album (1993, Giovanni Ribisi), Friends (1994), and Veronica's Closet (1997, Kristie Alley). Executive Producers Other Credits Executive Producers John Landis and Leslie Belzberg are both credited as being Executive Producer's for the 1995 shows Sliders, and Campus Cops, the 1997 show Honey I Shrunk the Kids and the 1999 show The Lost World. Executive Producer Kevin S. Bright is also credited as Executive Producer for Friends (1994), Veronica's Closet (1997), Jesse (1998), and is currently an Executive Producer of Joey. Executive Producer Robert K. Weiss is credited as a Producer of Police Squad!, one of the Creators of Sliders, and an Executive Producer of Weird Science, Sliders and Penn and Teller's Sin City Spectacular. Whitestone Office Staff: Sid - boss (Stanley Brock) 1 episode Valerie Knox - boss (Vicki Frederick) 1 episode Gibby Fiske - boss (Michael McKean) Martin Tupper - Editor (Benben) Toby Pedalbee - Executive assistant (Dillon) Carter Stevenson - Editor co-worker (Sean Masterson) Drew - Editor co-worker (Julian Christopher & Cylk Cozart) Alison - co-worker (Cherie Michan) Cindy - Editor co-worker (Mary Ellen White) 1 episode Aired Six years and 120 uncensored episodes aired on HBO July 8, 1990 -March 27, 1996. Uncut first two seasons aired on the channel C4 at 10pm on Fridays in Britain (30 episodes) 1991-1992 and 1993 repeat. Uncut version also aired on Sky One. Edited versions of the show aired on FOX 1995-1996. FOX January -April 1995 Sunday 09:30-10:00 pm June -July ....1995 Monday 09:00-10:00 pm Competition (when aired on FOX) ABC-Movie CBS-Movie NBC-Movie WB- First Time Out Awards CableAce Awards 1991 Won: for "Editing a Comedy Special or Series/Music Special" John Axness for episode "The First Episode." 1992 Won: For "Comedy Series" 1994 Won: "Editing in a Comedy/Music Special or Series" David Helfand For episode "The Son Also Rises." Emmy 1993 Won "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series" David Clennon For playing "Peter Brewer." For episode "For Peter's Sake." Won "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Comedy Series" Betty Thomas (director) For episode "For Peter's Sake." GLAAD Media Awards Won "Outstanding Comedy Series" Young Artist Awards Won "Best Young Actor Starring in a Cable Series" Chris Demetralmoreless

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 6 : Ep 27

    Finale with a Vengeance (2)

    Aired 3/27/96

  • S 6 : Ep 26

    Finale (1)

    Aired 3/20/96

  • S 6 : Ep 25

    Tenants, Anyone?

    Aired 3/13/96

  • S 6 : Ep 24

    Cupid Is as Cupid Does

    Aired 3/6/96

  • S 6 : Ep 23

    Hey Diddle Diddle

    Aired 2/28/96

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael McKean

    Gibby Fiske

  • Wendie Malick

    Judith Tupper

  • Chris Demetral

    Jeremy Tupper

  • Dorien Wilson

    Eddie Charles

  • Brian Benben

    Martin Tupper

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • Martin (refuting the charge that he never liked malted milk balls): I just feel bad for all the little malted milk men.

    • Eddie (without a hint of irony): That's fine. Lash out at me all you need. I can take it. I'm adored by millions.

    • Martin (preparing to lick whipped cream off his date's legs): I'm a little concerned about the cholesterol.

    • Toby: Look, I won't be here tomorrow. I'm taking a personal day. Martin: A personal day? Is everything alright? Toby: It's personal!

    • Nina: (After realizing that the condom box is empty) Oh, we should have gotten a bigger box.Martin: Yeah, well, they don't make a bigger box. The next size is only sold to the military.

    • Martin: You don't get divorced from people so that they can stay in your life, I mean that's why they call them ex-wives.
      Tanya: Martin, are you going to keep talking about your ex-wife, or ah are we going to have some sex here?

    • Gibby: I didn't risk $1200 dollars just to own women's clothing.

    • Martin Tupper: (Martin tries to convinvce a potential beef-loving investor that the magazine will be to his taste.) We are planning a very....beefy story about Pulizter Prize-winning author John Updike.

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    Notes (135)

    • David Crane and Marta Kaufamn came up with the plot of this series after director/producer John Landis asked Universal Studios for permission to use material from old tv series archives and asked them to make a series premise he could pitch to Universal.

    • Theme in this episode's "Eddie Charles Show": Lawyers in Lingerie.

    • Martin is editing "Babette: A Prisoner of Passion."

    • Susan Lentini is credited as a Special Guest Star.

    • Theme for "Eddie Charles Show" - People who keep things in jars.

    • Theme for "Eddie Charles Show": Guest Author Eden Pilott and his book: "Where'd I Leave My Penis?"

    • Steve Forrest is credited as a Special Guest Star.

    • Stella Stevens & Stanley Brock are both credited as Special Guest Stars.

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    Trivia (81)

    • The slightly annoying maid, Melkis, does not make it past this episode. The actress has had an extensive career, which includes reoccuring parts on "3rd Rock from the Sun" and "Passions" (and in 2004: "The Parole Commissioner" in "Method & Red"). Marianne Muellerleile is credited as a Special Guest Star.

    • Laura Albert returns in the 25th episode (Pants on Fire), where her stated character name is 'Tanya.'

    • Jeannine Renshaw (the college student), is best known as a writer for "Angel" and "Charmed." As an actress, she has also appeared on "Growing Pains" and "Home Improvement." Robin Curtis appeared on "General Hospital" as "Carol Pulaski" (1991) and has appeared in several Star Trek related shows/movies.

    • GOOFS Scene: Martin's in bed after return from hospital. Wife(soon ex) and son try to comfort him. Son gives Martin breakfast on a tray. After a clip from an old show, the tray (and napkin) has disappeared. Scene is otherwise unchanged.

    • June Gable is best known as Joey's agent "Estelle" on the show "Friends." Gable continued to appear on both shows for most of both shows run (1990-1996 for "Dream On" - 3rd episode to 118th episode; 1994-2003 for "Friends" - 6th episode to 222nd episode).

    • Taylor Negron is better known as a stand-up comic (who has acted in numerous things; according to IMDb, he is best known as the villain in The Last Boy Scout).

    • Sydney Walsh appeared in five episodes of "Melrose Place" as the character "Kay Beacon."

    • Arleen Sorkin may be best known for playing "Calliope Jones Bradford" on the show "Days of our Lives" from 1984-1990, 1992. 2004 credits: "Frasier"

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    Allusions (59)

    • Death Takes a Holiday The title of this episode is based on the 1934 film Death Takes a Holiday, which was remade in 1998 as Meet Joe Black.

    • Sex and the Single Girl The title of this episode is taken from the 1964 film Sex and the Single Girl with Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood.

    • Three Coins in the Fountain The title of this episode is based on the 1954 film, Three Coins in the Fountain.

    • The Greatest Story Ever Told The title of this episode alludes to the 1965 movie about the life of Jesus, "The Greatest Story Ever Told."

    • The Seven Year Itch The title of this episode (The 37-year Itch) is a reference to the Marilyn Monroe movie The Seven Year Itch.

    • Fatal Attraction The title of this episode refers to the 1987 thriller Fatal Attraction.

    • Play Misty For Me The title of this episode is a take-off on the 1971 film Play Misty For Me, which is also about a deranged fan. The 'Melville' in the title is Herman Melville, in keeping with the theme of the book show in the episode.

    • To Have and Have Not The title of this episode is taken from the Ernest Hemingway novel, "To Have and Have Not."

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  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • From dealing with his headstrong assistant to finding love in the wrong places, Martin Tupper struggles to keep order in his life and still be a positive role model for his growing teenage son.

    By RAFAELJOSE04, Oct 12, 2005

  • I Loved This Show!

    By cardsandramsfan, Jul 22, 2006

  • Fantastic, an adult/dark comedy, that is absolutely faboulos and unique.

    By xourico, Jan 26, 2006

  • Dream On in my opinion is, was and will always be one of the most original shows on T.V. I have the box set and waiting for the release of the next set only to enjoy this very unique television experience.

    By rmichel, Oct 15, 2005