Synopsis by Mark Deming
Sex, drugs, and rock & roll happen to run in the family in this dramatic series produced for the MTV cable network. The Jackson Decker Band was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful rock group in the '70s and '80s, and after a 15-year layoff, Chase Rooney (Tom Lock), a recent honors graduate of Stanford's business school and also the son of the group's bassist Keith Rooney (David Nerman), has organized a reunion tour for the band. These days, the members of the Jackson Decker Band are older and wiser, and they've brought their children along for the tour, ranging in age from 16 to 23. Vocalist Annie Baker (Jennifer Dale), a recovering alcoholic, is accompanied by her better-grounded daughter Lu (Sarah Manninen), who was once Chase's girlfriend. Keith is traveling not only with son Chase as manager, but with Olivia (Jessica Welch), his free-spirited daughter. Drummer Rick Parsons (Bruce Dinsmore) has brought his straight-arrow daughter Darby (Jane McGregor) along to see the sights. And Travis Williams (Matthew Carrey) has recently learned that Jason Decker guitarist Drake Taylor (Ron Lea) is his biological father. Drake gets him a job as a roadie with the group so that Travis can get to know the father he never met while growing up. As the band members strive to avoid the chemical and sexual pitfalls that helped to sideline the band in the 1980s, the kids are tempted by the wild life of the road and have to deal with their own romantic entanglements. Live Through This was MTV's first hour-long dramatic series; the first episode premiered August 9, 2000.