Dream On

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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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    Comedy

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    Satire, Mockumentaries