American Dreamer (TV series)

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American Dreamer
Created bySusan Seeger
StarringRobert Urich
Chay Lentin
Johnny Galecki
Jeffrey Tambor
Carol Kane
Composer(s)Peter Leinheiser
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes17
Executive producer(s)Gary David Goldberg
Producer(s)Linda Nieber
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Ubu Productions
Paramount Television
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 20, 1990 (1990-09-20) –
June 22, 1991 (1991-06-22)

American Dreamer is an American sitcom television series created by Susan Seeger, which aired on NBC from September 20, 1990, until June 22, 1991, 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 Welsh).

This program was considered 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.



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Pilot"TBATBASeptember 20, 1990 (1990-09-20)
2"Guys Just Wanna Have Fun"TBATBASeptember 22, 1990 (1990-09-22)
3"Flight of the Dodo"TBATBASeptember 29, 1990 (1990-09-29)
4"All God's Children Go to Wisconsin"TBATBAOctober 6, 1990 (1990-10-06)
5"Corvette Man"TBATBAOctober 13, 1990 (1990-10-13)
6"Over the Hill?"TBATBAOctober 20, 1990 (1990-10-20)
7"Mr. Wizard"TBATBAOctober 27, 1990 (1990-10-27)
8"Divorce, American Dreamer Style"TBATBANovember 3, 1990 (1990-11-03)
9"In from the Cold: Part 1"TBATBANovember 10, 1990 (1990-11-10)
10"In from the Cold: Part 2"TBATBANovember 24, 1990 (1990-11-24)
11"The Fabulous Baker Girls"TBATBADecember 1, 1990 (1990-12-01)
12"A Face in the Cloud"TBATBADecember 8, 1990 (1990-12-08)
13"Don't Drink the Water"TBATBAMay 25, 1991 (1991-05-25)
14"Mother Knows Best"TBATBAJune 1, 1991 (1991-06-01)
15"Papa Joe"TBATBAJune 8, 1991 (1991-06-08)
16"Heartbreak Diner"TBATBAJune 15, 1991 (1991-06-15)
17"They Shoot Ducks, Don't They?"TBATBAJune 22, 1991 (1991-06-22)


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