American Dreamer (TV series)

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American Dreamer
Genre Comedy
Created by Susan Seeger
Starring Robert Urich
Chay Lentin
Johnny Galecki
Jeffrey Tambor
Carol Kane
Composer(s) Peter Leinheiser
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 17
Production
Executive producer(s) Gary David Goldberg
Producer(s) Linda Nieber
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Paramount Television
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run 13 September 1990 – 22 June 1991


American Dreamer is a situation comedy which aired in the U.S. on NBC as part of its 1990-91 lineup.

American Dreamer stars Robert Urich as fictional character Tom Nash, formerly a high-powered network correspondent who was forced to reassess his priorities following the death of his wife. He decided to give up his career in order to spend more time with his children. To do this, he moved to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he supported his family by contributing a column about "real people" to a Chicago newspaper. His editor, Joe Baines (Jeffrey Tambor), felt Tom was completely wasting his talents and drove out from Chicago weekly (a huge sacrifice, from his viewpoint) to attempt to convince Tom to return the world of "hard news". Other characters included Tom's zany secretary, Lillian Abernathy (Carol Kane), and a friendly waitress at Tom's favorite local diner, Holly Baker (Margaret Walsh).

This program was extremely low-key. Tom sometimes "broke the fourth wall" to address the viewers directly about his thoughts regarding the situations he encountered. This philosophizing gained only a small audience and the program was cancelled at midseason, although selected episodes were rerun the following summer.

It is not related to the film of the same name. Coincidentally, CBS, which produced the film, owns the TV series today.

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