Dream On is a cult American adult situation comedy about Martin Tupper, a dreamer whose life is full of colorful characters. It ran for six seasons between 1990 and 1996.
The show dealt with themes centered around Martin Tupper's living 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
. The show was notable for its frequent use of clips from old movies
to express Martin's inner life and feelings, which lent it much of its quirky appeal. The flashbacks of old film and television show scenes also had the immediate appeal, reminding viewers about the impact of TV on their consciousness. The show is primarily significant, however, for being one of the first American sitcoms (Showtime's Brothers
preceded this show by several years) to use cursing and nudity, uncensored. This was possible because it was on a pay-cable channel, rather than free network TV.
The show was created by Marta Kauffman and David Crane, and starred Brian Benben, Chris Demetral, Denny Dillon, Jeff Joseph, Wendie Malick, and Michael McKean. It first aired July 1990 on HBO, and was cancelled by HBO in March 1996. The show also aired for a season in prime time on the Fox Network; however, nudity and language had to be edited out. This bowdlerised version was later made available in syndication. It also aired on Comedy Central. In Canada, it also aired on the cable movie station Superchannel, in late night timeslots on CBC Television, and later on SexTV: The Channel, The Comedy Network and with French subtitles on Télé-Québec. In New Zealand, the edited version screened on TV2, while the unedited version appeared on SKY 1. The show aired on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom.
Seasons 1-2 are currently available on DVD for both regions 1 and 2; seasons 3-6 have not been released.