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Degrassi Junior High (1987)
Thank God for Kitt Hood
I grew up watching Degrassi in Canada. I started with Degrassi Street, and I had a crush on 'Griff', played by Neil Hope ('Wheels' in Degrassi Jr. High) and was hooked from then on. I had no idea this was such an international success until I read comments here from Israel, the UK, U.S.A. and Mexico! I really thought Canadian kids were the only lucky ones to get to see it.
To this day my friends and I still reminisce about the show, certain episodes and our favourite characters. As a Canadian, I hold these actors very dear to my heart. We get so excited when we see one of them on another show, or get a part in a movie, and say 'Hey, he's from Degrassi!' We fell in love with these characters. I never cared that the acting wasn't the best, or the sets weren't perfect. These were real kids, and they used a real school as the set! That is what made this show awesome. The topics were what was really going on in youths' lives. There was as much funny stuff as serious stuff, and we really got to feel involved with these characters.
There has been nothing like Degrassi since and may never be. I don't relate to Degrassi: the Next Generation as much I think because I'm older now , or maybe it's really not as good. All I can say is Kitt Hood had a vision, and she brought those kids into our houses every week and made my teenage years more bearable and memorable. Thanks Kitt.