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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.
|Robert Urich||Tom Nash||1|
|Carol Kane||Lillian Abernathy||1|
|Chay Lentin||Rachel Nash||1|
|Johnny Galecki||Danny Nash||1|
|Margaret Welsh||Holly Baker||1|
|Jeffrey Tambor||Joe Baines||1|
|Season One||September 20, 1990||June 22, 1991||17|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series