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- chuckthewriterFeb 1, 2006by
If they could have only gotten the history right...
"American Dreams" is a period drama set in 1963-64 Philadelphia, and chronicles the lives of the Pryors, an Irish Catholic working-class family. While the initial focus is on the Pryors' eldest daughter Meg and her desire to dance on American Bandstand, the show eventually follows the lives of the Pryors and their friends and associates, as they all travel through the turbulent period of the mid-1960's.
"American Dreams" ran for three seasons on Sunday nights on NBC, and this first DVD chronicles the show's first season, running from a time period of November 1963 (just before the assassination fo John F. Kennedy) to June 1964 (the Philadelphia race riots). While the show does try to achieve a sense of reality with references to pop culture icons and mnemonics of the time, and tries to create a broad story that spans several years in the making, it tends to get bogged down in sentimentality and wistfulness, which are compounded by the show's notable historical inaccuracies in an attempt to redirect the show's plotlines (i.e., American Bandstand had already left Philadelphia in early 1964; however, on "American Dreams" the show remained in Philadelphia at least until the series conclusion).
One of the notable recurring gimmicks of the show involves contemporary artists singing songs of the 1960's - in essence, recreating the performances of the top pop idols of the past. This DVD features such performers as Michelle Branch (Lesley Gore), Vanessa Carlton (Dusty Springfield), Usher (Marvin Gaye), Wayne Brady (Jackie Wilson), and Nick Carter ("Jay" - either Traynor or Black, they're not specific - of Jay and the Americans). While some of these performances are true to the character recreated - Usher does a mean impression of Marvin Gaye, for example - others are absolutely painful to watch - just because Vanessa Carlton puts on two coats of mascara doesn't make her sound anything like Dusty Springfield).
The DVD itself features a featurette by NBC newscaster Brian Williams, himself a fan of the show; it also contains various clips from the original American Bandstand, those in themselves are fun to watch. Two episodes feature commentaries by the actors, as well as from show producer Jonathan Prince and American Bandstand host Dick Clark.
On occasion, the program is a fine way to spend an hour - as long as you don't mind watching the equivalent of Dawson's Creek in period clothing.Read full review
- holl.myerNov 23, 2013by
The best show I have ever saw on NBC..missed by many
This is one of the best shows that was ever on tv..I loved it..my mom and aunt grew up when bandstand was on tv and my mom wanted me to watch the 1st season with her when she got it, I didn't think I would care for it but it turned out I loved it! It is def. one of my all time favorite shows and I sure wish they wouldn't have taken it off tv, it is very educational, teaches good morals, and teaches how a marriage has its ups and downs but is meant to be worked on, too many of us today don't do tjat anymore. This was the good old days!
- humphries1414Jan 9, 2013by
American Dreams DVD review , good value entertainment DVD
This was bought as a christmas gift and have really enjoyed it . We used to watch program when it was first run on tv and has brought back memories of how much we liked the show . Easy to use guide to navigate through old bandstand clips , scene selection , music , etc
- 497602050@delet...Apr 2, 2007by
I love the series, I only hope seasons 2 and 3 come out on dvd as well. Hint Hint network executives! Put them on dvd!!! You never should have cancelled the show to begin with!!!!!!
- shkubieApr 11, 2012by
awesome product great value for money
great quality nice stoyline
a great show to bad it was canceled
reminds us of the old days