American Dreams

Season One Quick Reference Guide

Main Cast
Helen Pryor
Jack Pryor
Meg Pryor
J.J. [John Jr] Pryor
Henry Walker
Roxanne Bojarski
Sam Walker
Patty Pryor
Will Pryor
Beth Mason
Rebecca Sandstrom
      Gail O'Grady
Tom Verica
Brittany Snow
Will Estes
Jonathan Adams
Vanessa Lengies
Arlen Escarpeta
Sarah Ramos
Ethan Dampf
Rachel Boston
Virginia Madsen
      DOB: 01/23/63
DOB: 05/13/64
DOB: 03/09/86
DOB: 10/21/78
DOB: 07/16/57 [102-]
DOB: 07/21/85
DOB: 04/09/80
DOB: 05/21/90
DOB: 05/27/94
DOB: 05/09/82 [114-]
DOB: 09/11/63 [101-113]

Promos

Episode Photos

# Air
Date
Master
Date
Prod
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Title
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1 9/29/02 9/25/02 101 Pilot
NEW EVOCATIVE DRAMA TELLS THE STORY OF THE PRYOR FAMILY OF PHILADELPHIA AS THEY BRACE FOR CULTURAL TURBULENCE AHEAD -- Meg Pryor's lifelong dream is to dance on the iconic 1960s 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, JJ 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.
  • 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]
Michael Brooks: Joseph Lawrence. Father Hayden: Donnelly Rhodes. Beth Mason: Rachel Boston. Jimmy Riley: Jesse Hutch. Barbara Gerson: Brooke Theiss. Eddie: Kwesi Ameyaw. Bonnie Pratt: Brenda James. Lewd Camera Guy: Tony Alcantar. Old Camera Guy: Stephen E. Miller. New Camera Guy: Nicholas Treeshin. Tony DeLuca: Derek Baynham. Announcer: Ted Friend. Stage Manager: Dan Zukovic. Pregnant Woman: Deanna Milligan. Dad #1: Brent Chapman. Dad #2: Ben Odberg. Kid in Store: Alexander Pollack.
The record spinning on the record player is marked as being in stereo. Stereo 45s were not available in 1963.
[22/9.2/15] (13.91/12.66/15.16)
47:19
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2 10/06/02 9/23/02 102 The End of Innocence
THE PRYOR FAMILY COMES TO GRIPS WITH A NATIONAL TRAGEDY -- Still in shock over the assassination of the President, the Pryors attempt to regain their normal routine in a changed world, looking to each other for an explanation of this tragedy. Additionally, Meg's social world is rocked by the realization that her best friend Roxanne was not invited to dance on American Bandstand - splitting this dynamic duo into a solo act. JJ struggles to put his own life back in focus, fighting against his dad's desires for his future and his own longing to be back on the football field, while Helen broadens her mind, opening to the possibilities of going back to school.
  • Amazing Grace - John Newton - [not charted]
  • Taps
  • Christie - Aqua Nites - [not charted]
  • America - Julia Ward Howe - [not charted]
  • Change is Going to Come - Baby Huey - [not charted]
  • The Loco-Motion - Little Eva - 1-8/25/62
  • Up On the Roof - The Drifters - 5-2/09/63
  • Stars and Stripes Forever - John Philip Sousa
  • Blowing in the Wind - Bob Dylan - [1963 Album cut]
  • These Arms of Mine - Otis Redding - 85-6/01/63
  • Blue On Blue - Bobby Vinton - 3-7/06/63
  • Little Deuce Coupe - The Beach Boys - 15-9/28/63
  • You Don't Own Me - Leslie Gore - 2-2/01/64 [Michelle Branch cover]
  • Change is Going to Come - Baby Huey - [not charted]
Michael Brooks: Joseph Lawrence. Special Musical Guest [Leslie Gore]: Michelle Branch. Coach Ryan: Stanley Anderson. Gus: Peter Spellos. Beth Mason: Rachel Boston. Professor Rob Witt: Robby Benson. Gina Rizzelli: Angeline Holmes. Lewd Camera Guy: Tony Alcantar. Dick Clark: Paul D. Roberts. Stretch: Kai Lennox. Little Eva: Kongit Farrell. Charlie O'Connell: Michael Burger. Laura: Danielle DiCerbo. Annie: Maya Parish. Frances: Valeri Ross. Lone Guitar Player: Sara Mann. Butcher Shop Employee: Ryan Slattery. Heidi: Danielle Wiener.
[31/8.0/13] (13.24/12.58/13.91)
[42:49]
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3 10/13/02 10/03/02 103 New Frontiers
THE PRYORS WELCOME A FRIENDLY FACE INTO THEIR HOME AND THEIR WORLD -- Coming to grips with the changing world around him, Jack welcomes Sam, son of his longtime employee Henry -- and the newest student at East Catholic High -- into his home as he attempts to ease his transition into an unfamiliar situation. Enjoying the prestige of her new role as a regular on American Bandstand, Meg hopes to win the affection of teen heartthrob Jimmy Riley, despite the interference of her newfound nemesis and fellow dancer Teresa. Helen begins a new role of her own taking the first steps into higher education as she joins new friend and fellow student Rebecca at Temple University. Elsewhere, JJ returns to a familiar place as he quietly steps back onto the gridiron and prepares to move forward toward college.
  • Come See About Me - The Supremes - 1-12/19/64
  • Do You Love Me - The Contours - 3-10/20/62
  • The Birds and the Bees - Contours - 3-3/20/65
  • Summer Place - Andy Williams - [1962 Album cut]
  • Crying In the Rain - The Everly Brothers - 6-3/03/62
  • One Fine Day - The Chiffons - 5-7/13/63
  • Mashed Potato Time - The Ventures - [1962 Album cut]
  • Fingertips Pt 2 - Little Stevie Wonder - 1-8/10/63
  • UCLA Fight Song
Michael Brooks: Joseph Lawrence. George Mason: James Read. [Priest]: Andy Umberger. Jimmy Riley: Jesse Hutch. Tommy DeFelice: Paul Wasilewski. [unknown]: Todd Stashwick. [unknown]: John O'Leary. Teresa: Michelle Morgan. [unknown]: Michael Bryan French. [unknown]: David Purdham. Beth Mason: Rachel Boston. Coach Ambrose: Dan Butler. Danny O'Connor: Rodney Scott. Gus: Peter Spellos. Lewd Cameraman: Tony Alcantar. Stretch: Johnny Sneed. Dick Clark: Paul D. Roberts. Charlie O'Donnell: Michael Burger. Singer: Sara Mann. Sister Claire: Mary Pat Dowhy. Line Guy: Trent Trail. Trumpet Player: Asher Metchik. Bill: Adrian Davis. Dee Dee Sharp: Abigail McFarlane. Referee: James Reese. Bill's Dance Partner: Kiara Ely. Gawky Guy: Jason Landau. Vince the Ad Guy: Vince Manze. John the Ad Guy: John Miller.
[45/6.9/11] (10.37/9.47/11.26)
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4 10/20/02 [unknown] 104 Pryor Knowledge
ROMANCE IS IN THE AIR IN THE PRYOR HOUSE AS MEG PREPARES FOR HER FIRST DATE--Full of anxiety, Meg, with the help of her romantically experienced best friend Roxanne, prepares for her first date with teen heartthrob and "Bandstand" regular Jimmy Riley. Meanwhile, Jack and Helen prepare for a new social experience of their own when they spend an evening with Helen's classmate Rebecca, her husband and their radical ideas. Elsewhere, JJ deals with his own romantic problems as his "two left feet" keep him from accompanying Beth to a college mixer while Patty discovers the new transfer student.
  • The Way You Do the Things You Do - Temptations - 11-4/11/64
  • Bama Lama Bama Loo - Little Richard - 82-8/08/64
  • Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes - 1-12/11/61
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Chet Baker - [not charted]
  • Up on the Roof - The Drifters - 5-2/09/63
  • Tonight's The Night - Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers - [not charted]
  • Do Wah Diddy Diddy - Manfred Mann - 1-10/17/64
  • Watermelon Man - Mongo Santamaria - 10-4/27/63
  • Keep On Pushing - The Impressions - 10-7/18/64
  • Times They Are A-Changin' - Bob Dylan - [1964 Album cut]
Leo Sandstrom: Adam Storke. [unknown]: Robert Curtis Brown. Tommy DeFelice: Paul Wasilewski. Jimmy Riley: Jesse Hutch. Sister Marie: Marjorie Lovett. [unknown]: Taylor Young. [unknown]: Stephanie Erb. Beth Mason: Rachel Boston. Spelling Bee Moderator: Barry Livingston. Kevin Nolan: Cameron Bowen. Stretch: Johnny Sneed. Dick Clark: Paul D. Roberts. Sister Anne: Nicole Marcks. Theater Manager: David Youse. Police Officer: Larkin Campbell. Courtney Lewis: Amy Halloran. Alice McFadden: Sarah Dampf. Little Richard: Lawrence Lacey. Jenny McMullen: Erin Sanders.
[45/7.1/11] (11.11/10.20/12.01)
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5 10/27/02 10/23/02 105 Fighting Irish
MEG FINDS HERSELF IN THE SPOTLIGHT WHEN SHE MEETS HER 'PERFECT MATCH' ON 'BANDSTAND' - Concerned over the lasting impression she made on their date, Meg is ecstatic when teen heartthrob Jimmy Riley asks her to be his regular dance partner on "Bandstand," thus making the duo the show's newest "spotlight couple." Meanwhile, JJ makes plans for his future when he arranges to meet with a Notre Dame recruiter over a Pryor family dinner, only to have his trouble with Beth interrupt the important meeting, thus furthering troubles with Jack. Elsewhere, Helen struggles with family issues of her own as she reviews current birth control options.
  • Money (That's What I Want) - Barrett Strong - 23-3/07/60
  • Louie Louie - Kingsmen - 2-12/14/63
  • Hold On Me - The Miracles - [not charted]
  • Lonely Teardrops - Jackie Wilson - 7-2/09/59
  • Ahab, The Arab - Ray Stevens - 5-8/04/62 [not listed by NBC]
  • Twist and Shout - The Beatles - 2-4/04/64
  • Baby It's You - The Beatles - 67-4/22/95
  • Rhythm of the Rain - The Cascades - 3-3/09/63
  • He Don't Love You (Like I Love You) - Tony Orlando & Dawn - 1-5/03/75
  • The Nitty Gritty - Shirley Ellis - 8-1/11/64
  • Just One More Day - Otis Redding - 85-12/25/65
  • U.S. National Anthem
  • UCLA Fight Song
Frank Moran: Dean Norris. Jimmy Riley: Jesse Hutch. Tommy DeFelice: Paul Wasilewski. Arthur "Artie" DeFelice: David Gianopoulos. [unknown]: Todd Stashwick. Gus: Peter Spellos. Beth Mason: Rachel Boston. Coach Ambrose: Dan Butler. Danny O'Connor: Rodney Scott. Lewd Cameraman: Tony Alcantar. Stretch: Johnny Sneed. Dick Clark: Paul D. Roberts. Amy: Darby Stanchfield. Charlie O'Donnell: Michael Burger. Girl #1: Lindsay Maxwell. Girl in the Band: Gabby Gillette. Jackie Wilson: Chester Gregory.
[43/7.3/11] (11.02/10.12/11.93)
[42:00]
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6 11/03/02 10/30/02 106 Soldier Boy
NICK CARTER GUEST STARS; A WORLD WAR II REUNION REKINDLES JACK'S WARTIME MEMORIES -- A reunion of Jack's old World War II navy unit forces the veteran to relive some forgotten battlefield memories and offers Helen a glimpse of her husband the military hero -- as she meets a fellow veteran whose life he saved. Meanwhile, Meg, enjoying the benefits of her alleged appearance in a teen magazine "Bandstand" photo, takes advantage of her parent's absence, inviting Jay of the popular Jay the Americans over for a party. The social gather creates friction between the Pryor girls as Patty, feels slightly eclipsed by her sister's popularity.
  • Boys - The Shirelles - [not charted]
  • Tell Him - The Exciters - 4-1/19/63
  • Tell Her I'm Not Home - Ike and Tina Turner - [not charted]
  • Come A Little Bit Closer - Jay & the Americans - 3-11/21/64 [Nick Carter cover]
  • California Sun - The Rivieras - 5-2/29/64
  • She Cried - Jay & the Americans - 5-5/19/62
  • Walk Like A Man - The 4 Seasons - 1-3/02/63
  • Since I Fell For You - Buddy Johnson - [not charted]
  • On Broadway - The Drifters - 9-4/27/63
  • Don't Be That Way - Benny Goodman - [1956 Album cut]
  • Hello Stranger - Carter Family - [not charted]
Michael Brooks: Joseph Lawrence. Special Musical Guest: Nick Carter. Richard Callahan: Brian Cousins. Terry Andrews: Alan Dale. Gus: Peter Spellos. Gina Rizzelli: Angeline Holmes. Kevin Nolan: Cameron Bowen. Beth Mason: Rachel Boston. Mike Allen (Veteran #2): Neal Matarazzo. Paul (Veteran #1): Mike Grief. Carl: Tyler Andrews. Aging Bellboy: Clement E. Blake. Sister Mary Patrick: Roberta Bassin. Dick Clark: Paul D. Roberts. 2nd Girl: Lisa Lewolt. 3rd Girl: Nicole Fellows. Paul's Wife: Margaret Nagel.
[37/7.4/11] (12.30/11.72/12.88)
[42:15]
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7 11/10/02 11/05/02 107 Cold Snap
GRAMMY WINNER USHER GUEST STARS; SAM FACES THE RACIAL ATTITUDES OF THE TIMES AT SCHOOL - Still adapting to life at East Catholic high school, Sam deals with a prank gone too far by the football team, while JJ looks on, unable or unwilling to intervene. Elsewhere, a sudden cancellation of a big sale forces Jack to examine his family's financial outlook and question his own business philosophy. Meanwhile, Meg wages a battle of musical authority with record store clerk Luke, who attempts to open her mind to the sounds of Bob Dylan while Roxanne starts her own business venture when she asks Bandstand musical guests such as Marvin Gaye to sign their latest records.
  • Baby Workout - Jackie Wilson - 5-4/13/63
  • Wishin' And Hopin' - Dusty Springfield - 6-8/01/64
  • Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds - 1-6/26/65
  • My Boyfriend's Back - The Angels - 1-8/31/63
  • Mockingbird - Inez Foxx - 7-9/07/63
  • Can I Get A Witness - Marvin Gaye - 22-12/28/63 [Usher cover]
  • Pride And Joy - Marvin Gaye - 10-7/20/63
  • Soul Serenade - King Curtis - 51-5/23/64
  • California Sun - The Rivieras - 5-2/29/64
  • Don't Hang Up - The O'Jays - [not charted]
  • It's My Party - Leslie Gore - 1-6/01/63
  • Surf City - Jan & Dean - 1-7/20/63
  • Land of 1000 Dances - Wilson Pickett - 6-9/10/66
  • UCLA Fight Song
NOTE: Meg and Luke are arguing over Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man," in which Meg seems to be able to quote the lyrics from a song that (1) won't be written for about another year, (2) wasn't released by Dylan on a 45, and (3) when it was released, it was by the Byrds. Major mistake.
Michael Brooks: Joseph Lawrence. Special Musical Guest: Usher "Mr. Entertainment". Dominick Marcello: Peter Onorati. Tommy DeFelice: Paul Wasilewski. Arthur "Artie" DeFelice: David Gianopoulos. [unknown]: Matt Malloy. Gus: Peter Spellos. Professor Rob Witt: Robby Benson. Coach Ambrose: Dan Butler. Luke Foley: Jamie Elman. Danny O'Connor: Rodney Scott. Lewd Cameraman: Tony Alcantar. Dick Clark: Paul D. Roberts. Sister Claire: Mary Pat Dowhy. Sandy: Clarissa Romano. Laura: Danielle DiCerbo. Kenny Keegan: Kevin Sheridan.
[34/7.4/11] (11.49/10.87/12.10)
[44:30]
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8 11/17/02 11/12/02 108 Black and White
DAYS BEFORE THE CITY CHAMPIONSHIP JJ QUESTIONS HIS FRIENDS' LOYALTY -- While preparing for the city championships, JJ discovers some of Philadelphia's finest have offered his teammates money to throw the game, forcing him to question their integrity, as well as that of his police officer uncle Pete who stops by the house for a sudden strategy session. Meanwhile, Meg who shows signs of affection for Luke, a record store clerk at the Vinyl Crocodile and Patty's new piano teacher, is upset with Roxanne's sudden interest in him. Elsewhere, Helen leaves the family for a rare girls night out with new age classmate Rebecca, while Jack prompted by Henry's suggestion, expands his customer base to include a slightly less vocal group and Sam deals with backlash from his former friends over the impending game.
  • How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) - Marvin Gaye - 6-1/30/65
  • In Crowd - Brian Auger - [not charted]
  • Stand By Me - Ben E. King - 4-6/12/61
  • Be True To Your School - The Beach Boys - 6-12/21/63
  • Bleaker Street - Marvin Stamm - [not charted]
  • Beechwood 4-5789 - The Marvelettes - 17-9/22/62 [not listed by NBC]
  • Baby I Need Your Loving - Righteous Brothers - [not charted]
  • Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (live)
  • [unknown - Frank Sinatra?]
  • Stubborn Kinda Of Fellow - Marvin Gaye - 46-12/01/62
  • Wipe Out - The Sufaris - 2-8/10/63
  • Willie And The Hand Jive - Sha-Dels - [not charted]
  • Don't Think Twice, It's All Right - Bob Dylan - [1963 Album cut]
Pete Pryor: Matthew John Armstrong. Dominick Marcello: Peter Onorati. Luke Foley: Jamie Elman. Tommy DeFelice: Paul Wasilewski. Gus: Peter Spellos. [unknown]: Todd Stashwick. Coach Ambrose: Dan Butler. Danny O'Connor: Rodney Scott. Gary: Trent Cameron. Mr. Silver: Shawn Michael Patrick. Stretch: Johnny Sneed. Sara: Sara Mann. Dick Clark: Paul D. Roberts. Laura: Danielle DiCerbo. Sandy: Clarissa Romano.
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9 12/01/02 11/25/02 109 The Home Front
LOVE IS IN THE AIR AS MEG BEGINS TO SEE LUKE IN A NEW LIGHT -- As the Christmas season takes hold, Meg decides to spend more time with Luke, venturing to the rough streets of North Philly to hear him play with a local Church choir, giving her a chance to get to know him better. Meanwhile, JJ catches the eye of a slightly older and more experienced club employee and sneaks out of the Pryor house for a late night rendezvous. Catching on to both of his older children's escapades, Jack implores a slightly uneven standard of discipline, angering the family's growing feminist Helen. Elsewhere, Henry enjoys the recent success his advertising ideas have brought the store, but a few choice words from an over-eager friend leaves Jack concerned he might leave.
  • You Really Got Me - The Kinks - 7-11/28/64
  • Blue Velvet - Bobby Vinton - 1-9/21/63
  • White Christmas - Bing Crosby - 1-10/22/42 [first chart date]
  • In My Room - The Beach Boys - 23-12/21/63
  • My Guy - Mary Wells - 1-5/16/64
  • Green Onions - Booker T. & the MG's - 3-9/29/62
  • The Wanderer - Dion - 2-2/24/62
  • Mockingbird - Rosey Grier - [not charted] [not listed by NBC]
  • People Get Ready - The Impressions - 14-3/27/65
  • Town Without Pity - Gene Pitney - 13-1/27/62
  • A Summer Song - Chad & Jeremy - 7-10/17/64
  • Merry Christmas Baby - Chuck Berry - 71-12/29/58
NOTE: It was impossible for "rate-a-record" to have rated the Kinks during the time the episode takes place, i.e., before Christmas 1963. The song wasn't released until September 1964. Also, the comment from the director was also way off base, sort-of. The comment makes sense based upon the time frame of the episode. But, Kinks' records weren't released until after the Beatles had already invaded. This episode makes it sound as if the British invasion started with music from other than the Beatles.
Luke Foley: Jamie Elman. Colleen: Jessica Collins. Alvin Lewis: Clifton Davis. Danny O'Connor: Rodney Scott. Gus: Peter Spellos. Brian: Peter Gail. Dick Clark: Paul D. Roberts. Colleen's Friend: Virginia Reece. Rosey Grier: Larry Carroll.
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10 12/15/02 12/09/02 110 Silent Night
R&B SINGING STAR ASHANTI GUEST STARS AS MISTLETOE PROVES DANGEROUS FOR MEG -- With Christmas a day away, Meg and dance partner Jimmy Riley are voted one of "Bandstand's" favorite couples landing them a date under the mistletoe for their first kiss, which hurts her budding relationship with Luke. Meanwhile, JJ receives an early Christmas present with his acceptance into the University of Notre Dame, which prompts him to reconsider his break-up with longtime girlfriend, Beth. Elsewhere, Jack's military expertise is called upon when a local boy serving in Vietnam goes missing and Henry looks for a raise during the store's holiday rush. R&B singing star Ashanti ("Foolish") guest stars as 1960s pop sensation Dionne Warwick singing "Walk on By" on "American Bandstand."
  • Run Rudolph Run - Chuck Berry - 69-12/29/58
  • Easier Said Than Done - The Essex - 1-7/06/63
  • Please Come Home - Darlene Love - [not charted]
  • Calendar Girl - Neil Sedaka - 4-2/13/61
  • Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee - [1964 Album cut]
  • Hitch Hike - Marvin Gaye - 30-3/16/63
  • Sweets For My Sweet - The Drifters - 16-10/30/61
  • Walk On By - Dionne Warwick [sung by Ashanti] - 6-6/13/64
  • Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley - 1-1965 (Xmas chart only)
  • Jingle Bell Rock - Chuck Berry - [not charted]
  • [Christmas song - artist unknown]
NOTE: In 1963, Christmas Eve was on a Tuesday. American Bandstand aired on Saturday afternoons, except that the series is ignoring the real Bandstand timeline. Oops!
Michael Brooks: Joseph Lawrence. Special Musical Guest [Dionne Warwick]: Ashanti. Luke Foley: Jamie Elman. Colleen: Jessica Collins. Jimmy Riley: Jesse Hutch. Danny O'Connor: Rodney Scott. Gus: Peter Spellos. Lenore Bojarski: Teresa Parente. Beth Mason: Rachel Boston. Gwen Walker: Adina Porter. Angela Walker: Aysia Polk. Stretch: Johnny Sneed. Dick Clark: Paul D. Roberts. The Mailman: Michael Pasternak. Country Club Man: J. David Krassner. Dave: Steve Brown.
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11 1/05/03 12/19/02 [111] I Want To Hold Your Hand
BEATLEMANIA GRIPS THE PRYOR HOUSEHOLD AS JJ FACES A DIFFICULT DECISION - The Beatles' arrival in America sends the country and the Pryor household into a frenzy, except for a concerned JJ, who receives word that Notre Dame has denied him a full scholarship. Determined to afford his son's college education, Jack seeks financial help from his successful and slightly distant older brother Ted despite Pete and Helen's concerns. Meanwhile, a confused Meg attempts to classify her relationship with Luke, employing Roxanne's "perfect plan" to determine if the record store clerk is in fact her boyfriend.
  • Dance, Dance, Dance - The Beach Boys - 8-12/19/64
  • I Want To Hold Your Hand - Beatles - 1-2/01/64
  • Pain In My Heart - Dells - [not charted]
  • Shout Part 1 - The Isley Brothers - 47-10/26/59
  • I Need Your Lovin' - Roy Hamilton - 62-5/04/59 [not listed by NBC]
  • Fun, Fun, Fun - The Beach Boys - 5-3/21/64
  • Boys - The Shirelles - [not charted] [not listed by NBC]
  • Tossin' and Turnin' - Bobby Lewis - 1-7/10/61
  • Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) - Betty Everett - 6-4/11/64
  • You Talk To Much - Joe Jones - 3-11/14/60
  • Trouble In Mind - Sam Cooke - [not charted]
NOTE: The 45 that was supposed to be the Beatles "I Want To Hold Your Hand," wasn't. The Beatles were on the Capital label and that was not a Capital label for that time period. The day the Beatles landed in New York was Feb 7, 1964, a Friday. As previously mentioned, the show airs on a Saturday. Starting Feb 8, 1964, the show started airing from LA, moving from Philadelphia. Obviously the series is going to ignore the fact that the show left Philly. There are more than 27 days between Christmas Eve and February 7th.
Michael Brooks: Joseph Lawrence. Pete Pryor: Matthew John Armstrong. Ted: Christopher Cousins. [unknown]: Anne DeSalvo. Luke Foley: Jamie Elman. Jimmy Riley: Jesse Hutch. Danny O'Connor: Rodney Scott. [unknown]: Nealla Gordon. Gus: Peter Spellos. Beth Mason: Rachel Boston. Stretch: Johnny Sneed. Dick Clark: Paul D. Roberts. Sybil: Emily Harrison. Brian: Peter Gail. Beverly: Chonique Sneed. Doris: Karen Elmore. Shirley: Monique Lea. Addie: Abigail McFarlane. Betty Everett: Brittany Perry-Russell.
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12 1/12/03 1/08/03 112 Great Expectations
REPORT CARD DAY CAUSES PROBLEMS FOR MEG -- Concerned about Meg's sliding grades, Helen attempts to encourage her daughter by inviting her to a college lecture in lieu of "American Bandstand." Despondent over her mother's sudden interest in her education, Meg turns to boyfriend Luke for support, only to be disappointed when he sides with Helen. Meanwhile, as JJ and Beth rekindle their relationship, the question of his relationship with Colleen comes up. Elsewhere, the Pryors welcome an unexpected houseguest when an angry Roxanne takes refuge, refusing to share a home with her mother's new boyfriend. Jack encourages Will to stand-up for himself against a school bully, only to learn that his youngest son is in fact the schoolyard intimidator and Henry welcomes troubled nephew Nathan to his family.
  • I Get Around - The Beach Boys - 1-7/04/64
  • My Boy Lollipop - Millie Small - 2-7/04/64
  • Talking About My Baby - The Impressions - 12-2/08/64
  • Spell On Me - Sandy Salisbury - [not charted]
  • Gone, Gone, Gone - The Everly Brothers - 31-12/12/64
  • Needles and Pins - The Searchers - 13-4/11/64
  • Preacher's Blues - Johnny Otis [live blues]
  • First Thing Ev'ry Morning (And the Last Thing Ev'ry Night) - Dean Martin [1966 Album Cut]
  • Hey Paula - Paul & Paula - 1-2/09/63
  • Straighten Up & Fly Right - DeJohn Sisters - 73-8/25/58
  • Too Many Fish in the Sea - The Marvelettes - 25-1/16/65
  • Peppermint Twist-Part 1 - Joey Dee & the Starliters - 1-1/27/62
  • The Sounds of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel [1964 Album cut]
Michael Brooks: Joseph Lawrence. Special Musical Guest: Keb 'Mo as Sunnyland Slim. Luke Foley: Jamie Elman. Colleen: Jessica Collins. Nathan Walker: Keith Robinson. George Mason: James Read. Gus: Peter Spellos. Murray: Murray Rubinstein. Mrs. Mason: Barbara Alyn Woods. Beth Mason: Rachel Boston. Professor Rob Witt: Robby Benson. Mrs. Maddox: Peg Stewart. Dick Clark: Paul D. Roberts. Anita: Blair Wingo. Eddie: Joel Manning. Don Everly: Mark Luna. Phil Everly: Timothy Craig. Marvelette #1: Tabbatha Mays. Marvelette #2: Leah Lynette. Marvelette #3: Raquel Horsford. Marvelette #4: Vanessa Coblentz.
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13 2/02/03 1/21/03 113 The Pursuit Of Happiness
JJ'S MOMENTARY FLING COULD COST HIM A TWO-YEAR RELATIONSHIP - In the aftermath of his confession to Beth, JJ struggles to put their relationship back together again, but quickly realizes that it might be too little too late. Elsewhere, Meg strikes up a musical friendship with Sam as they decide to save money by sharing records - causing problems with JJ who quickly reminds his sister about the trouble she faced after her previous interactions with Sam. Meanwhile, Jack entrusts his new employee -- Nathan, the nephew of Henry -- with delivery duty, but later questions his decision when Nathan fails to return. Helen volunteers to baby-sit for her professor and gets to know him better while Roxanne fights for a coveted position writing the "Backstage on Bandstand" column for Teenzine magazine.
  • Glad All Over - Dave Clark Five - 6-4/25/64
  • When You Walk in the Room - The Searchers - 35-11/21/64
  • Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop - Little Anthony & the Imperials - 24-2/08/60
  • Sweets For My Sweet - The Drifters - 16-10/30/61
  • Not Fade Away - The Beatles - [Can't find anything that indicates The Beatles ever recorded this song]
  • In The Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett - 21-9/04/65
  • A Fool in Love - Ike & Tina Turner - 27-10/17/60
  • Rhythm & Groove - Richard Holmes - [not charted]
  • Ricky Tick - Mongo Santamaria - [1965 Album cut]
  • Hippy Hippy Shake - Swinging Blue Jeans - 24-4/04/64
  • Tobacco Road - Nashville Teens - 14-11/07/64
  • (Just Like) Romeo & Juliet - Reflections - 6-5/30/64
  • Can I Get A Witness - Marvin Gaye - 22-12/28/63 [not on NBC list]
  • Wonderful - The Beach Boys - [1967 Album cut]
NOTE: They really screwed it up when they used a clip of Little Anthony & the Imperials, since the clip is four years old. They used it as if it occurred in 1964.
Michael Brooks: Joseph Lawrence. Luke Foley: Jamie Elman. Father Conti: Steve Ryan. Tommy DeFelice: Paul Wasilewski. Danny O'Connor: Rodney Scott. Gus: Peter Spellos. Laura: Danielle DiCerbo. Teresa: Michelle Morgan. Brian: Reid Scott. Beth Mason: Rachel Boston. Professor Rob Witt: Robby Benson. Nathan Walker: Keith Robinson. Mrs. Murphy: Edith Fields. Dick Clark: Paul D. Roberts. Kenny Keegan: Kevin Sheridan. Bobby Mahar: Jason Adelman. Billy Stanton: Andrew Caple-Shaw. Miss Johnston: Michelle Johnston. Eric Witt: Max Weinstein. Townie Girl #1: Erika Jackson. Townie Girl #2: Kelly Cohen.
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14 2/09/03 1/30/03 114 Heartache
LOVE IS IN THE AIR...OR AT LEAST IT SHOULD BE - Preparing for the East Catholic Valentine's Day dance, Meg tries to convince boyfriend Luke of the importance of the holiday, while Roxanne waits for a brave boy to ask her to the dance. Meanwhile, Jack, prompted by his doctor, seeks a second opinion regarding his lingering sickness, while JJ searches for forgiveness from Beth. Elsewhere, Patty braces for her own Valentine's Day festivities as she makes arrangements for her first coed party.
  • Do You Want To Dance - Bobby Freeman - 5-6/09/58
  • Mickey's Monkey - The Miracles - 8-9/21/63 [not listed by NBC]
  • Wishin' and Hopin' - Dusty Springfield - 6-8/01/64 [Vanessa Carlton cover]
  • A Lover's Question - Clyde McPhatter - 6-1/19/59 [Jacky Ward cover?]
  • Cry To Me - Solomon Burke - 44-3/17/62
  • Chains - The Beatles - [1964 Album cut]
  • Baby I'm Yours - Barbara Lewis - 11-8/21/65
  • Book Of Love - Monotones - 5-4/21/58
  • Baby Love - The Supremes - 1-10/31/64
  • It Hurts To Be In Love - Gene Pitney - 7-10/03/64
  • [unknown]
  • [unknown]
  • I'm Into Something Good - Herman's Hermits - 13-12/12/64
  • Farmer's Lament - Cisco Houston - [not charted]
  • Low Tide - Freddie King - [not charted]
  • Work Song - "Cannonball" Adderley - [1975 Album cut]
  • [unknown]
  • An American Folk Song - Warren Sroka (original song)
    (A Mr. Video Exclusive, available here before the episode aired anywhere.)
Special Musical Guest [Dusty Springfield]: Vanessa Carlton. Leo Sandstrom: Adam Storke. Luke Foley: Jamie Elman. Colleen: Jessica Collins. Gwen Walker: Adina Porter. Warren Nichols: Warren Sroka. Gus: Peter Spellos. Frances: Valeri Ross. [unknown]: David Bowe. Kevin Nolan: Cameron Bowen. Rebecca Sandstrom: Virginia Madsen. Nathan Walker: Keith Robinson. Dick Clark: Paul D. Roberts. Mr. La Padura: John Thaddeus. Barbara: Madeleine Lindley. Brian: Peter Gail. Anita: Blair Wingo. Line Guy: Trent Trail. Joyce: Daniella Zuvic. Alice: Sarah Dampf.
[42:54]
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15 2/16/03 2/07/03 115 False Start
TRACK SEASON BEGINS WITH AN INTRASQUAD MEET THAT PITS JJ AGAINST SAM; ART GARFUNKEL AND INDIA.ARIE GUEST STAR - In the first track meet of the season, JJ and Sam square off to determine who will race one of the fastest runners in the city, creating a new-found relationship between this unlikely pair. Meanwhile, after their break-up, Meg and Luke try to figure out exactly what to call their relationship with the help of confidents Roxanne and record store owner Mr. Greenwood. Elsewhere, Helen's classmates lead her to believe that their professor, Mr. Witt, has a crush on her. Musical guest star India.Arie portrays Nina Simone performing at the Vinyl Crocodile record store.
  • Roll Over Beethoven - Chuck Berry - 29-6/30/56
  • Train of Love - Annette with the Afterbeats - 36-7/11/60 [film clip of live event]
  • Where Did Our Love Go - The Supremes - 1-8/22/64
  • Everybody Loves Somebody - Dean Martin - 1-8/15/64
  • Liar, Liar - The Castaways - 12-10/23/65
  • Rumble - Duane Eddy - [not charted]
  • Do Wah Diddy Diddy - Manfred Mann - 1-10/17/64
  • Breaking Up Is Hard To Do - Neil Sedaka - 1-8/11/62
  • Come Ye - Nina Simone - [not charted] [India.Arie cover]
  • Catch The Wind - Donovan - 23-7/03/65
NOTE: Looks like they did it again, using a 4-yr-old clip as if it occurred in 1964.

The NBC music list has "Train of Love" being sung by Johnny Cash, which is impossible, since there is a film clip of Annette.

Michael Brooks: Joseph Lawrence. Special Musical Guest [Nina Simone]: India.Arie. Professor Rob Witt: Robby Benson. Luke Foley: Jamie Elman. Pete Pryor: Matthew John Armstrong. Nathan Walker: Keith Robinson. Emily: Cari Shayne. Mr. Greenwood: Art Garfunkel. Coach Donnelly: Ben Caswell. Laura: Danielle DiCerbo. Sandy: Clarissa Romano. Kenny: Kevin Sheridan. Matt O'Keefe: Ben Perry. Stretch: Johnny Sneed. Dick Clark: Paul D. Roberts. Tony: Tony Alcantar. The Overdancer: Jason Landau. The Mailman: Michael Pasternak. Pixie Bell: Shannon Convery. Diner Owner: Sharon Madden. Frederick Michaels: Nate Reese. Paul Anka: Seth Menachem. Annette Funicello: Jessie Rice.
[43:31]
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16 3/02/03 2/21/03 116 Act Of Contrition
HELEN IS CAUGHT OFF-GUARD WHEN SHE HELPS A FRIEND -- Helping a classmate recover after the sudden loss of her unborn child, Helen is caught off-guard when she learns the truth behind the woman's loss, forcing her to wrestle with her own feelings. Elsewhere, Henry, prompted by Nathan's comments about his future, presents Jack with a new business endeavor. Meanwhile, Meg helps a friend in love, when she agrees to question Bandstand producer Michael Brooks about his feelings for Roxanne and a competitive JJ attempts to step up track abilities in order to catch new rival Sam.
  • Out of Sight - James Brown - 24-9/26/64
  • Honolulu Lulu - Jan & Dean - 11-10/12/63
  • New Orleans - U.S. Bonds - 6-11/28/60
  • Surfin' Bird - The Trashmen - 4-1/25/64
  • Don't Think Twice - The Wonder Who - 12-12/25/65
  • Baby Love - The Supremes - 1-10/31/64
  • Remember (Walkin' In The Sand) - The Shangri-Las - 5-9/26/64
  • Oh, Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison - 1-9/26/64
  • The Nitty Gritty - Shirley Ellis - 8-1/11/64
  • Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom - John Lee Hooker - [not charted]
  • Donna, Donna - Joan Baez - [not charted]
Michael Brooks: Joseph Lawrence. Nathan Walker: Keith Robinson. Coach Donnelly: Ben Caswell. Amy Felding: Kristen Bell. Father Conti: Steve Ryan. Gwen Walker: Adina Porter. Murray: Murray Rubinstein. Gus: Peter Spellos. Sister Marie: Marjorie Lovett. Laura: Danielle DiCerbo. Sandy: Clarissa Romano. Dick Clark: Paul D. Roberts. Angela Walker: Aysia Polk. Matt O'Keefe: Ben Perry. Sister Ronald: Jody Booth. Sophie: Bryn Lauren Lemon.
[43:18]
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17 3/09/03 3/03/03 117 Past Imperfect
JACK PREPARES FOR AN ANNUAL TRADITION WHILE MEG TRIES TO BRANCH OUT AT BANDSTAND -- Celebrating a Pryor family tradition, Jack and Uncle Pete make their annual trip to the cemetery to tend to their father's grave only to be joined by an unexpected visitor - their brother Ted. After impressing him with her musical knowledge, Bandstand producer Michael Brooks asks Meg to help him put together an upcoming special. However, when she is drafted as part of the cemetery expedition, Meg asks Roxanne to fill in, offering her best friend a chance to spend time with her latest crush. Elsewhere, JJ receives some disturbing news from the doctor regarding his broken leg. Helen volunteers to help register voters for the upcoming election, working closely with Professor Witt, while Sam decides to join his cousin Nathan at a local rally.
  • Shout - The Beatles - [1995 Album cut]
  • Dumplin's - Sandy Nelson - [not charted]
  • Soulville - Aretha Franklin - 83-3/02/68
  • The Loco-Motion - Little Eva - 1-8/25/62
  • A Girl Like You - Fabian - [not charted]
  • Rag Doll - The 4 Seasons - 1-7/18/64
  • (There's) Always Something There to Remind Me - Sandie Shaw - 52-1/02/65
  • Sha-La-La - Manfred Mann - 12-1/09/65
  • Anyone Who Had A Heart - Dionne Warwick - 8-2/15/64
  • Hot Pastrami - The Dartells - 11-5/25/63
  • Bird Dog - The Everly Brothers - 1-8/25/58 [not listed by NBC]
  • Keep On Dancing - The Gentrys - 4-10/30/65
  • Dream Lover - Johnny Burnette - [not charted]
  • Catch Us If You Can - The Dave Clark Five - 4-9/25/65
NOTE: Looks like they did it again, using a 5-yr-old clip as if it occurred in 1964. As usual, they were also playing songs that haven't even been recorded yet.
Michael Brooks: Joseph Lawrence. Pete Pryor: Matthew John Armstrong. Nathan Walker: Keith Robinson. Ted: Christopher Cousins. Willy Johnson: Nigél Thatch. [unknown]: Rick Zieff. David John Cabrera. Professor Rob Witt: Robby Benson. Gus: Peter Spellos. Charles: Nynno Ahli. Laura: Danielle DiCerbo. Dick Clark: Paul D. Roberts. Dr. Snyder: Robert Rigamonti. Mrs. Daniels: Baadja-Lyne. Older Camera Guy: Burke Armstrong.
[42:52]
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18 3/16/03 3/07/03 118 The One
MEG STRUGGLES WITH HER FEELINGS FOR BOTH HER EX-BOYFRIEND AND FAKE ONE; WAYNE BRADY GUEST STARS AS JACKIE WILSON -- Making an appearance to sign autographs at the Vinyl Crocodile, Meg struggles with her lingering feelings for ex-boyfriend Luke and rekindled interest in "Bandstand" partner Jimmy Riley. Meanwhile, Jack moves forward with Henry's suggestion as he investigates the possibility of opening a second store. Prompted by interest from his brother Ted, he decides to make this a family venture enlisting the help of younger brother Pete, thus leaving Henry out of the deal. Elsewhere, JJ pushes Sam to forget about the former teammate's accident and run his best for the rest of the year. Jackie Wilson performs "Baby Work Out" on "American Bandstand."
  • Goin' Out of My Head - Patty's piano lesson with Luke
  • Bread And Butter - The Newbeats - 2-9/19/64
  • Just One Look - [Doris Troy - 10-7/27/63]
  • All I Have to Do is Dream - Everly Brothers - 1-5/12/58 (96-7/31/61)
  • At Last - Nat King Cole - [1957 Album cut]
  • Baby Workout - Jackie Wilson - 5-4/13/63 [Wayne Brady cover]
  • The Way You Do The Things You Do - The Supremes - [1969 Album cut]
  • [unknown - Luke playing the piano]
  • Let's Dance - Chris Montez - 4-10/06/62 [not listed by NBC]
  • River Deep-Mountain High - [Ike & Tina Turner - 88-6/18/66] [not listed by NBC]
  • C'mon And Swim - Bobby Freeman - 5-8/29/64
  • [unknown] [not listed by NBC]
  • [unknown] [not listed by NBC]
  • Goin' Out of My Head - Little Anthony and the Imperials - 6-12/26/64
NOTE: The 36th Annual Academy Awards were held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Monday night, April 13th, 1964.
Michael Brooks: Joseph Lawrence. Special Musical Guest [Jackie Wilson]: Wayne Brady. Luke Foley: Jamie Elman. Pete Pryor: Matthew John Armstrong. Nathan Walker: Keith Robinson. Ted: Christopher Cousins. Jimmy Riley: Jesse Hutch. Katie Davis: Elizabeth Bogush. Gus: Peter Spellos. Danny O'Connor: Rodney Scott. Gwen Walker: Adina Porter. Sister George: Kate Fuglei. [unknown]: Todd Stashwick. Dick Clark: Paul D. Roberts. Angela Walker: Aysia Polk. Kenny Keegan: Kevin Sheridan. Jackie: Jackie Angelescu. Sister Ronald: Jody Booth. Lisa: Lisa Lewolt. Kelsey: Kelsey Keel. Zach: Zach Thorne. Dancer #1: Marcy McCusker. Bobby Freeman: Bernard Fowler.
[43:30]
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19 3/30/03 3/24/03 119 Where The Boys Are
COUNTRY MUSIC SENSATION LEANN RIMES AND ROCKER DUNCAN SHEIK GUEST STAR AS MEG MUST SAY GOODBYE TO AN ICON -- In the midst of a special memory lane "Bandstand," Meg copes with a hostile Bobby Darin while attempting to help roving columnist Roxanne land an interview with the hit singer. In the midst of the chaos, Jimmy Riley surprises his dance partner when he shares the big news that he joined the marines. Elsewhere, Jack, Henry, Nathan and Pete spend a rainy day playing an allegedly friendly game of poker. Helen receives a friendly ride home from her professor while JJ spends a rainy afternoon drowning his sorrows in beer. Country music sensation LeAnn Rimes guest stars as Connie Francis singing "Where the Boys Are" on "American Bandstand" and Duncan Sheik portrays Bobby Darin singing "Beyond the Sea."
  • Do You Love Me - The Contours - 3-10/20/62
  • Don't Worry Baby - The Beach Boys - 24-7/04/64
  • You Don't Own Me - Leslie Gore - 2-2/01/64
  • Boys - The Beatles - [1964 Album cut]
  • Where the Boys Are - Connie Francis - 4-3/20/61 [LeAnn Rimes cover]
  • Peppermint Twist-Part 1 - Joey Dee & The Starliters - 1-1/27/62 [not listed by NBC]
  • Viva Las Vegas - Elvis Presley - 29-6/13/64
  • Heat Wave - Martha & the Vandellas - 4-9/21/63
  • [Little Bitty Pretty One] - Frankie Lymon - 58-8/15/60 [not listed by NBC]
  • Gone, Gone, Gone - The Everly Brothers - 31-12/12/64
  • Beyond the Sea - Bobby Darin - 6-2/29/60 [Duncan Sheik cover]
  • [unknown] [not listed by NBC]
  • Baby It's You - The Shirelles - 8-2/03/62
NOTE: This is supposed to be a clip show about the best of 1964. Problem is that it is near the end of April, 1964. Some of the best-of clips weren't even recorded yet. Plus, it was indicated that the show was still daily, but, it went weekly in 1963, beside the fact that it moved to LA in February.

In a radio interview on 3/27/03, Vanessa Lengies said that the producers will be dealing with the fact that the show has moved to LA. But, she doubted that it will be this season.

Michael Brooks: Joseph Lawrence. Special Musical Guest [Connie Francis]: LeAnn Rimes. Special Musical Guest [Bobby Darin]: Duncan Sheik. Pete Pryor: Matthew John Armstrong. Nathan Walker: Keith Robinson. Jimmy Riley: Jesse Hutch. Tommy DeFelice: Paul Wasilewski. Danny O'Connor: Rodney Scott. Gus: Peter Spellos. Murray: Murray Rubinstein. Professor Rob Witt: Robby Benson. Teresa: Michelle Morgan. Laura: Danielle DiCerbo. Stretch: Johnny Sneed. Dick Clark: Paul D. Roberts. Tony DeLuca: Derek Baynham. Joyce: Daniella Zuvic.
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20 4/06/03 4/02/03 120 The Carpetbaggers
IN MATTERS OF THE HEART, HOW MANY IS TOO MANY? -- As Meg's recently rekindled romance with Luke begins to heat up, she grows concerned over his level of "experience" in matters of love. Prompted by some sagely wisdom from Roxanne, she attempts to broaden her sex appeal with shocking results. Elsewhere, Jack decides to rethink Nathan's employment status after learning of Helen's brush with danger, and his involvement in her defense during the recent voter registration drive. Meanwhile, JJ re-ignites his romance with Colleen as he prepares to celebrate his 18th birthday and Helen agonizes over her own secret from that fateful day with professor Wit.
  • Mama Said - The Shirelles - 4-5/29/61
  • Walk Right In - Bobby Darin - [1963 Album cut]
  • Sidewalk Surfin' - Jan & Dean - 25-12/05/64
  • Because - The Dave Clark Five - 3-9/12/64
  • The Monkey Time - Major Lance - 8-9/07/63
  • Every Little Bit Hurts - Brenda Holloway - 13-6/06/64 [Vivian Green cover]
  • Johnny Angel - Shelley Fabares - 1-4/07/62
  • Ruby Baby - Dion - 2-2/23/63
  • Buzz, Buzz, Buzz - Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers - [not charted]
  • Dream A Little Dream Of Me - Ella Fitzgerald - Live [Rosey cover]
  • She's Not There - The Zombies - 2-12/12/64
Special Musical Guest [Brenda Holloway]: Vivian Green. Special Musical Guest [Ella Fitzgerald]: Rosey. Luke Foley: Jamie Elman. Nathan Walker: Keith Robinson. Colleen: Jessica Collins. Father Conti: Steve Ryan. Willy Johnson: Nigél Thatch. Tommy DeFelice: Paul Wasilewski. Danny O'Connor: Rodney Scott. Coach Donnelly: Ben Caswell. Paul: Daniel Kountz. Kenny Keegan: Kevin Sheridan. Stretch: Johnny Sneed. Dick Clark: Paul D. Roberts. Liz: Virginia Reece. Comic: Jimmy Paulumbo. Burlesque Dancer: Kiva Dawson. Zombie #1: Mark Luna. Zombie #2: Joel Manning. Zombie #3: C.J. De'Angelus. Zombie #4: Ryan Kirkpatrick. Zombie #5: Kris Anderson.
[42:38]
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21 4/13/03 4/07/03 121 Fear Itself
NOTHING TO FEAR BUT FEAR ITSELF -- Elevated in social standing after being asked to join the prom committee, Meg and Roxanne attempt to boost their popularity further by offering the East Catholic "A-group" an after-hours visit to the "Bandstand" stage. However, when their evening of fun damages the set, the two socialites are afraid of being discovered by the show's producer. Elsewhere, Jack's attempts to get JJ back on his feet only drives his son farther away as he deals with his fears of re-injuring his leg. A nervous Will worries about his impending soapbox derby race and the pressure of trying to please his dad. Meanwhile, a precocious Patty exposes Helen's final grades, while in the midst of earning merit badges for her new scout troop.
  • Hang On Sloopy - Ramsey Lewis Trio - 11-12/11/65
  • Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby Goodbye) - The 4 Seasons - 12-2/13/65
  • All Summer Long - The Beach Boys - [LP cut]
  • It Hurts To Be In Love - Gene Pitney - 7-10/03/64
  • Shout Bamma Lamma - Otis Redding - [not charted]
  • Where Did Our Love Go - The Supremes - 1-8/22/64
  • Good Golly, Missy Molly - Jerry Lee Lewis - [1973 Album cut]
  • Mickey's Monkey - The Miracles - 8-9/21/63 [not listed by NBC]
  • Detroit Michigan - Andre Williams - [not charted]
  • Can I Get A Witness - Marvin Gaye - 22-12/28/63
  • Bits and Pieces - The Dave Clark Five - 4-5/02/64
  • [unknown] [not listed by NBC]
  • Splish Splash - Bobby Darin - 3-8/04/58
  • The Jerk - The Larks - 7-1/16/65
  • Hold On! I'm A Comin' - Sam & Dave - 21-6/18/66
NOTE: This episode takes place in late June, 1964 (based on a newscast at the beginning of the episode).
Michael Brooks: Joseph Lawrence. Nathan Walker: Keith Robinson. Gwen Walker: Adina Porter. Willy Johnson: Nigél Thatch. Pete Conrad: William O'Leary. Mrs. Kirby: Susan Barnes. Paul: Daniel Kountz. Gus: Peter Spellos. Carol Henley: Lauren Mayhew. Mrs. Beardsley: Caryn West. Elaine: Amy Bruckner. Dick Clark: Paul D. Roberts. Maureen: Olivia Allen. Angela Walker: Aysia Polk. Roland: Marcus Mitchell. Optometrist: Jonathan Wade Drahos. Girl Patient: Gabby Gillette. Announcer: Chuck Kovacic.
[43:12]
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22 4/27/03 4/21/03 122 Secrets And Lies
FRIENDS DON'T HAVE SECRETS; R&B SENSATION B2K GUEST STAR - Meg continues to climb the high school social ladder by spending a night with her new friend Carol and a few other popular girls, but in the process, she lies to her best friend Roxanne -- who wasn't invited -- in an attempt to protect her feelings. Elsewhere, a chance meeting between Jack and Helen's former teacher, Professor Witt, causes him to question the sanctity of his marriage. Henry continues his work on the new North Philly store, despite some rumblings from local residents and a disturbing graffiti message sprawled across the front windows. Meanwhile, JJ decides to forgo his prom to spend a romantic night with Colleen, and Patty deals with the disturbing realization that she has no friends.
  • I Get Around - The Beach Boys - 1-7/04/64
  • Come See About Me - The Supremes - 1-12/19/64
  • My Girl - Temptations - 1-3/06/65 [B2K cover]
  • I'm Into Something Good - Herman's Hermits - 13-12/12/64
  • Sally, Go 'Round the Roses - The Jaynetts - 2-9/28/63
  • Downtown - Petula Clark - 1-1/23/65
  • [unknown]
  • [unknown]
  • [unknown]
  • Sherry - The 4 Seasons - 1-9/15/62
  • [unknown]
  • [unknown]
  • [unknown]
  • [live prom orchestra]
  • [unknown]
Special Musical Guest [Temptations]: B2K featuring Marques Houston. Pete Pryor: Matthew John Armstrong. Nathan Walker: Keith Robinson. Colleen: Jessica Collins. Sister Marie: Marjorie Lovett. Danny O'Connor: Rodney Scott. Professor Rob Witt: Robby Benson. Carol Henley: Lauren Mayhew. Joyce: Daniella Zuvic. Stretch: Johnny Sneed. Dick Clark: Paul D. Roberts. Kenny Keegan: Kevin Sheridan. Angela Walker: Aysia Polk. Mrs. Wiezowski: Lauri Johnson. Bobby Mahar: Jason Adelman. Billy Stanton: Andrew Caple-Shaw. Susan: Melissa Lee. Paula: Melissa Strom. Newsstand Guy: Richard Vincent. Maureen: Olivia Allen.
[44:02]
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23 5/04/03 4/30/03 123 Down The Shore
A LITTLE FUN UNDER THE SUN; ROCKERS THIRD EYE BLIND GUEST STAR -- As the Pryors head to Wildwood for summer vacation, Meg searches for a way to apologize to scorned best friend Roxanne before the big "Bandstand Hop" at the beach while at the same time continuing her new friendship with Carol. Elsewhere, Helen buckles under the guilt of her episode with Professor Witt - and finally confesses to Jack about the kiss. Meanwhile, back in Philly, JJ celebrates his last high school summer growing closer to Beth as they prepare to take the next step in their relationship and Henry's attempt to make the best of a hot summer's day lands him in jail.
  • Sea Cruise - Frankie Ford - 14-4/06/59
  • Surfin' Safari - The Beach Boys - 14-10/13/62
  • [The Shirelles?]
  • [unknown instrumental]
  • Moon River - [unknown - Pat Boone?]
  • I Can't Remember - The Thorns - [not charted]
  • Let's Hang On! - The 4 Seasons - 3-12/11/65
  • Kansas City - [Hank Ballard?]
  • [Warmth of the Sun - The Thorns - uncharted (Beach Boys song)]
  • All Day and All of the Night - The Kinks - 7-2/06/65 [Third Eye Blind cover]
  • Under The Boardwalk - The Drifters - 4-8/22/64
  • This Magic Moment - The Drifters - 16-3/28/60
  • The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals - 1-9/05/64
  • Our Day Will Come - Ruby & the Romantics - 1-3/23/63
  • [unknown]
  • Linda Lou - Ray Sharpe - 46-8/24/59
  • Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying - Gerry & the Pacemakers - 4-7/04/64
Michael Brooks: Joseph Lawrence. Special Musical Guest [The Kinks]: Third Eye Blind. Special Musical Guest: The Thorns. Nathan Walker: Keith Robinson. Father Conti: Steve Ryan. Gus: Peter Spellos. Teresa: Michelle Morgan. Carol Henley: Lauren Mayhew. Danny O'Connor: Rodney Scott. Angela Walker: Aysia Polk. Kenny Keegan: Kevin Sheridan. Officer Gibb: Thomas Mills. Steve: Jordan Belfi. Bobby Mahar: Jason Adelman. Dick Clark: Paul D. Roberts. Holly: Ange Billman. Shane: Kyle Searles. Frankie Ford: Jason Kandau. Otis: Brian Steagall. Elevator #1: Craig Williams. Elevator #2: Mike Painter. Elevator #3: Stephen Halbert.
[43:17]
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24 5/11/03 5/09/03 124 High Hopes
OFF TO COLLEGE, JJ SETS OUT TO BE THE NEXT FOOTBALL PHENOM; MONTEL WILLIAMS AND ASHLEY WILLIAMS OF "GOOD MORNING MIAMI" GUEST STAR - As the summer slowly comes to a close, JJ leaves for college to begin training for the upcoming football season. However, when his recently healed ankle begins to bother the star running back, the Lehigh coaching staff starts to question the abilities of their new player. Meanwhile, feuding friends Meg and Roxanne continue their silent summer, while Meg begins practicing her driving skills with the help of a skittish Luke. Sam faces the harsh reality of the times when local police hassle him along with his cousin Nathan after a strict curfew is imposed in north Philly. Concerned by the mounting racial tensions. Henry and his family attend a rally led by Rev. Gillam. Elsewhere, the reappearance of Roxanne's father further complicates her life as he seeks to rekindle their father daughter bond.
  • You Were On My Mind - We Five - 3-9/25/65
  • [unknown]
  • [unknown]
  • Bleecker Street - Simon and Garfunkel - [not charted]
  • [unknown]
  • All I Have to Do is Dream - The Everly Brothers - 1-5/12/58
  • [unknown - I know this song, but a mental block has set in]
  • The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena) - Jan & Dean - 3-8/01/63
  • [unknown]
  • [unknown]
  • [Steppin' Out] - Paul Revere and the Raiders - 46-10/30/65
  • (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me - Sandie Shaw - 52-1/02/65 [Ashley Williams cover]
  • [unknown]
  • It Ain't Me, Babe - Bob Dylan - [not charted]
NOTE: It is still summer 1964 and a lot of the songs used weren't even recorded yet.
Michael Brooks: Joseph Lawrence. Special Musical Guest [Sandie Shaw]: Ashley Williams. Pete Pryor: Matthew John Armstrong. Luke Foley: Jamie Elman. Nathan Walker: Keith Robinson. Willy Johnson: Nigél Thatch. Gwen Walker: Adina Porter. [Roxanne's Father]: Robert Cicchini. [unknown]: John Polce. [unknown]: Matthew Kimbrough. Father James: John Towey. Gus: Peter Spellos. [unknown]: Ria Pavia. Officer Steve Burke: Mark Sivertsen. Reverend Gilliam: Montel Williams. Stretch: Johnny Sneed. Brian: Ben Murray. Dave: Steve Sandvoss. Dick Clark: Paul D. Roberts. Assistant Coach: Steven Wilde. Cop #2: Jes Hellwege. Quarterback: Kevin Reid.
[45:13]
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25 5/18/03 5/16/03 125 City on Fire
THE PRYORS FIND THEMSELVES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PHILADELPHIA RIOTS IN SEASON FINALE; R&B SENSATION KELLY ROWLAND AND POP SINGER STACIE ORRICO GUEST STAR -- In the season finale, racial tensions begin to flare in North Philly sparking a massive riot, while an oblivious Meg makes finale preparations for her sweet sixteen birthday party. Unaware of the violent situation building around her, Meg attempts to save her friendship with Sam, visiting him at the new store, and finds herself in the middle of the urban chaos. Elsewhere, an angry Nathan who helped incite the violence, urges the enraged rioters forward, while Pete and the rest of Philadelphia's finest race to quell the disturbance. Meanwhile, a defeated JJ returns from Lehigh after being kicked off the football team and makes a surprising announcement to Jack and Helen about his future. While Michael Brooks reveals the possibility he might be leaving "Bandstand" for a new record-producing gig in California.
  • Let It Be Me - The Everly Brothers - 7-2/22/60
  • Lonely Teardrops - Jackie Wilson - 7-2/09/59
  • My Boyfriend's Back - The Angels - 1-8/31/63 [Stacie Orrico cover]
  • [Simon & Garfunkel?]
  • Pride And Joy - Marvin Gaye - 10-7/20/63
  • When You Walk In The Room - Jackie de Shannon - 99-1/25/64
  • [unknown]
  • Jenny Take A Ride! - Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels - 10-1/29/66
  • Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen - Neil Sedaka - 6-1/06/62
  • Nowhere To Run - Martha & the Vandellas - 8-4/10/65 [Kelly Rowland cover]
  • [unknown]
NOTE: Joseph Lawrence will not be returning next season, as he is a regular in the new Thursday night WB comedy, Run of the House.

The news footage shown during the episode was not that instant. In 1963, it was all on film and it had to be processed before it could be aired, so there was a long delay between when it was shot and when it was aired.

The original title for this episode was: "Nowhere to Run."

Michael Brooks: Joseph Lawrence. Special Musical Guest [Martha Reeves]: Kelly Rowland. Special Musical Guest [Angels' Peggy Santiglia]: Stacie Orrico. Nathan Walker: Keith Robinson. Pete Pryor: Matthew John Armstrong. Luke Foley: Jamie Elman. Gwen Walker: Adina Porter. Willy Johnson: Nigél Thatch. Gus: Peter Spellos. Stretch: Johnny Sneed. Dick Clark: Paul D. Roberts. Line Guy: Trent Trail. Charles: Nynno Ahli. Cop at Barricade: Louis Iacoviello. Pete's Partner: J. Anthony McCarthy. Woman: Zoe Cotton. Mary the Waitress: Kathy Kolla. Woman being arrested: J.J. Boone. Man being arrested: Carter Mitchell. Arresting Officer: Michael Don Evans. Neil Sedaka: Chris Moss. Mitch Ryder: Steve Wozniak. Wheel #1: Dustin Seavey. Wheel #2: Joshua Wade. Wheel #3: Matthew Solomon. Wheel #4: Mark Luna.
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The Master Date refers to the date the edited master was created.

The Prod Num refers to the production number assigned to the episode by the production company. It is not the number assigned to the episode by NBC.

Song list based upon the list supplied via the NBC American Dreams web site and my personal observations. The list may be out-of-order because of the NBC list and putting the two together. No NBC music list for episodes 22-25.

The dates listed are the song's peak Billboard Hot 100 position and the chart date when it reached the peak. If you know the title and artist of any song that I have listed as unknown, please let me know. Not responsible for errors caused by inaccurate NBC music lists or other info.

Even though the series starts out in late November 1963 and continues through April, 1964, (episode 118), many of the songs played weren't even recorded when they were played in the episode listed. It is unfortunate that the producers can't get it right.

The numbers within the [ ] are the show's ratings. They are: ranking/rating/share. The numbers within the ( ) are the show's ratings for the hour average/1st half hour/2nd half hour. The first set of numbers are from the Nielsen charts in Broadcasting & Cable and the second set of numbers are from Daily Variety/Weekly Variety. The TV universe is estimated at 106.7 million TV homes. One ratings point is equal to 1,067,000 TV homes. The share is the percentage of TVs that were on that were tuned to the show.

The green numbers are the show's program length. The time is the edited length of the episode. When enclosed in [ ], it is the length listed on the master tape. But, it includes extended blacks, which makes the length longer than it really is. Notice that the length of the pilot is a lot longer than the norm. That will not be seen again, as all following episodes will be more than four minutes shorter.

All shows aired Sunday at 8:00pm ET, except as noted.

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