The 2002 first season of American Dreams introduced one
of the more ambitious new dramas on a major television network since the debut
of The West Wing. Deceptively nostalgic, American Dreams looks, at
first blush, like a bone tossed to baby boomers who remember black and white TV,
American Bandstand, and what class they were in when word spread of JFK's
assassination. But the more one watches the show, the more apparent it becomes
that American Dreams is not about memories but about bringing a pivotal
chapter in 20th century U.S. history to life--sometimes electrifyingly so.