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Every Sunday night, I lock myself away in my room for one peaceful hour. Nothing matters to me more than that hour.

From 7-8p.m., I gawk over the television show "American Dreams." If one of my friends calls me during that hour, I am honestly infuriated with him or her (needless to say, I don't answer the phone). In all of my life I have never actually stayed tuned into a television series until I came across this one.

I don't know how it caught my eye, but from the moment I saw the series previews (featured in commercials last fall) I made an effort to watch every single episode. I am sad to report that I missed two episodes due to being out of town.

The show is honestly intriguing. It takes place during the '60s in Philadelphia, in which it perfectly displays current events such as the Civil Rights Act, and American Bandstand. When watching the show you feel as though you are living through the time, almost receiving a first-hand history lesson. You feel the people's pain after getting to know them. The producers of the show (Dick Clark and Jonathan Prince) have brought this one to life.

The show features one family, the Pryors. Featuring the father and mother, Jack and Helen, and their four kids JJ, Meg, Patty, and Will. The show also includes one of Jack's workers, Henry Walker, and his son Sam, Meg's best-friend Roxanne Bojarski, JJ's off-and-on girlfriend, Beth Sandstrom, and the "producer" of American Bandstand, Michael Brooks (Joey Lawrence).

Last Tuesday, the show began distributing the "American Dreams" soundtrack, which I can report holds some enticing music. All the songs (except for the opening song to the show) were produced between 1963-64.

If you are interested, it is available in any store that sells music.

If you log onto the show's Web site — www.nbc.com/American_Dreams — you can find episode details, information about the cast, and even facts about various things from the 1960s.

I look forward to the season finale this Sunday. I am almost scared to watch it knowing that it will be the last time I get to be indulged in the show until next fall. It will include J.J. Pryor being forced to decide whether or not to join the Marines (last week he lost his football college scholarship because of an old injury that acted up) and the infamous and life-wrecking riots of the 1960s that directly affects the Pryor family.

I strongly recommend that you tune in and I truly hope that the first season will be out on DVD soon.

Hally Montalban is a junior at Billings Senior.

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