Dream On


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Dream On is an American adult-themed situation comedy about the family life, romantic life, and career of Martin Tupper, a divorced New York City book editor played by Brian Benben. The show distinctively interjected clips from older black and white television series to punctuate Tupper's feelings or thoughts. It was created by Marta Kauffman and David Crane, the team who would later create the TV show Friends. It ran for six seasons on HBO between 1990 and 1996.

The show centered on Martin Tupper's (Brian Benben) life in an apartment in New York City with his teenage son, and relating to his ex-wife, while trying to date other women and succeed as an editor for a small book publisher with Toby, his brassy secretary. Judith, his ex-wife, went on to marry Dr. Richard Stone - the never-seen (until the end of the series), most-impossibly-successful man on the planet (astronaut, brain surgeon, the fifth Beatle and consultant to the Pope); despite Martin's undying love for Judith, he could never compete with the legendary Dr. Stone. The opening indicates Martin's mother was "friendly", and always parked him in front of the TV, hence the association of sex with his memories. The show was notable for its frequent use of clips from old movies and TV shows to express Martin's inner life and feelings, which lent it much of its quirky appeal, reminding viewers about the impact of TV on their consciousness. The show was also significant for being one of the first American sitcoms to use uncensored profanity and nudity.

Dream On first aired July 1990 on HBO, and was cancelled by HBO in March 1996. One season of the show, with language and nudity edited for broadcast, aired in prime time on the Fox Network. This bowdlerized version was later made available in syndication.

Highlights
David Crane and Marta Kauffman on why Dream On was successful for HBO
Michael Fuchs on developing HBO's Dream On
02:14
Jason Alexander on guest-starring on the series Dream On
00:59
Doris Roberts on her appearance on Dream On
01:01
Who talked about this show

Jason Alexander

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Jason Alexander on guest-starring on the series Dream On
00:59

Kevin Bright

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Kevin Bright on how John Landis came to create Dream On, based on a directive from Sid Sheinberg and with the vision of Marta Kauffman and David Crane
04:07
Kevin Bright on meeting and working with Marta Kauffman and David Crane on Dream On
03:09
Kevin Bright on the legacy of Dream On
02:10
Kevin Bright on why Dream On came to an end
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Kevin Bright on directing episodes of Dream On and Friends
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David Crane

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David Crane and Marta Kauffman on why Dream On was successful for HBO
David Crane and Marta Kauffman on how Dream On came about and the premise for the show
David Crane and Marta Kauffman on the premise of Dream On; on how the clips were worked into the show
David Crane and Marta Kauffman on being nominated for an Emmy for Dream On; on attending the Emmys; on attending the Emmys; on how it affected their careers and the show
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Michael Fuchs

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Michael Fuchs on developing HBO's Dream On
02:14

Doris Roberts

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Doris Roberts on her appearance on Dream On
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