[[caption-width-right:298:Creator/DickClark during the series' early years.]]

As the host of this dance show on Creator/{{ABC}}, Creator/DickClark became known as "America's oldest teenager". '''''American Bandstand''''' originated in UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}, and went national in 1957. It was a weekday show until 1963, when it switched to Saturdays only. In 1987, the show left ABC for syndication, where it lasted only one year.

While working on ''American Bandstand'', Clark was host of a few other shows:
* ''The Dick Clark Saturday Night Beechnut Show'', another dance party show, 1958-60
* ''The $10,000 {{Pyramid}}'' and successor series
* ''TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes'' with co-host Ed [=McMahon=]
* ''New Year's Rockin' Eve,'' an annual special where Clark would host the dropping of the ball at midnight in Times Square on New Year's Eve. It started in 1972 and has continued right up to this day; however, the 2012 edition was Clark's final TV appearance.
* TheAnnouncer: Charlie O'Donnell, who would later become famous as the announcer of ''Series/WheelOfFortune''.
* DuelingShows: with ''SoulTrain'' in the 1970s and 80s. Although neither Clark nor Don Cornelius really competed with each other, fans compared them all the time.
* InvisibleBackupBand: Could be seen for many solo acts, since they were lip-synching.
* LongRunner: 37 years, 9/52 – 10/7/89.
* ReunionShow: The 25th, 30th, [[IncrediblyLamePun 33 1/3rd]], 40th and 50th anniversary specials, airing in their respective years from the Philadelphia show’s start in 1952.
* ShowWithinAShow: It actually served as one in ''Series/AmericanDreams'' (with contemporary artists playing the roles of classic acts from TheSixties); Clark was one of the show's executive producers.
** ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'''s ''Corny Collins Show'' is based on it, and the 2007 film confirms that yes, Creator/BrittanySnow may well have been there (being the lead dancer on both).
* TitleThemeTune: "…On the Bandstand! (Bandstand!)"
* TransAtlanticEquivalent: ''Series/TopOfThePops''. (''American Bandstand'' is likely part of the reason why an attempt to launch an American ''Top of the Pops'' didn't work.)