The show is a period piece from the 60's. We follow the everyday life of a family of six: Jack Pryor and Helen are the parents of JJ, a football star and later on a marine; Megan, a high school student who gets a job as a dancer on American Bandstand; Patty, a young know-it-all and Will, the youngest who he suffers from polio. Mr. Pryor owns a TV store and his assistant and later on partner is an African-American man named Henry, who has a son named Sam, a daughter Angela and he takes in his nephew Nathan who causes them a lot of problems. Although the Pryor family has no prejudice toward skin color, the people around them don't seem to be so open-minded yet.
President Kennedy's assassination is featured in the first season as well as some other historical elements, such as sending a man to the Moon and Martin Luther King's speech. One of the defining elements, however, was featuring a show called American Bandstand that was hosted by Dick Clark. The latter was a producer of the show, and therefore they re-used old footage and he himself lent his voice for various scenes. In the show we only see him on focus on old tapes, this way they didn't have to recast him, which I think gave an awesome touch to the show! It was really these small particulars that made it very enjoyable and had a sense of reality to it. I really do believe that this family existed and that they had all the troubles and adventures that we have seen on the screen. Most importantly it was down to earth - that is something I have been craving for in other series. I get that excitement gets more audience, but the real problems of a real family I think are far more interesting - in other words, you do get the sense that something like that can happen to you too.
(Jack Junior) and Megan who get most of the stories. JJ plays football and he gets himself a scholarship, but due to a knee injury he leaves college and decides to enroll into the marines. In a couple of months he becomes well known and shows to be a good leader - for this reason they send him from camp to Vietnam. Of course the family isn't pleased, his father Jack, an ex-soldier is of course proud, but they fear for his life. JJ goes missing and ends up in a hospital two times, but the second time at least he finally goes home. That was the Christmas episode of the third season. He is already presumed dead when a phone call arrives that he managed to get to a friendly camp from the middle of nowhere. At the time his girlfriend Beth - who remained pregnant after their last encounter where they decided to break up - has moved in with the Pryors as she wished to raise her baby while her family wanted her to have an abortion. When JJ gets back home, he and Beth start again and they are finally happy. He really is his parents' pride and joy, even though sometimes he disappoints them just as much as his other siblings do.
The series also puts emphasis on how the 60's evolved into the 70's - not only with make-up and wardrobe - but the people's openness, race issues and music none the less.
Glee because of her :) ... they could really give her character a bigger role... Actually the overall cast of the series is magnificent! I have found that one cannot go wrong with Brittany Snow :) She is a real angel.
Watch it? Definitely. This series will melt your heart. It is only three season, really a piece of cake! Each and every episode has a valuable lesson and since there are so many characters, you are bound to find somebody to whom you can relate. If you have grown tired of bad war movies - this one handles it with finesse. And if you are bored with chick flicks were parents for some reason disappear and teach nothing to their children - then you won't be disappointed by the sweet family bond that holds these two families together. It is a definite winner!
Until the next item on my list!