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Degrassi High 

Degrassi Junior High (original title)
The lives and trials of students of a city high school.
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Series cast summary:
Pat Mastroianni ...  Joey Jeremiah 67 episodes, 1987-1991
Stefan Brogren ...  Archie 'Snake' Simpson 67 episodes, 1987-1991
Duncan Waugh Duncan Waugh ...  Arthur Kobalewscuy 65 episodes, 1987-1991
Maureen Deiseach ...  Heather Farrell 65 episodes, 1987-1991
Angela Deiseach ...  Erica Farrell 65 episodes, 1987-1991
Siluck Saysanasy Siluck Saysanasy ...  Yick Yu 65 episodes, 1987-1991
Arlene Lott Arlene Lott ...  Nancy Kramer 65 episodes, 1987-1991
Anais Granofsky ...  Lucy Fernandez 62 episodes, 1987-1991
Amanda Stepto ...  Christine 'Spike' Nelson 62 episodes, 1987-1991
Neil Hope Neil Hope ...  Derek 'Wheels' Wheeler 61 episodes, 1987-1991
Irene Courakos Irene Courakos ...  Alexa Pappadopoulos 60 episodes, 1987-1991
John Ioannou John Ioannou ...  Alex Yankou 58 episodes, 1987-1991
Stacie Mistysyn ...  Caitlin Ryan 57 episodes, 1987-1991
Maureen McKay Maureen McKay ...  Michelle Accette 57 episodes, 1987-1991
Sara Ballingall Sara Ballingall ...  Melanie Brodie 56 episodes, 1987-1991
Dan Woods Dan Woods ...  Mr. Raditch 56 episodes, 1987-1991
Rebecca Haines Rebecca Haines ...  Kathleen Mead 54 episodes, 1987-1991
Cathy Keenan Cathy Keenan ...  Liz O'Rourke 49 episodes, 1988-1991
Michael Carry Michael Carry ...  Simon Dexter 48 episodes, 1988-1991
Dayo Ade ...  Bryant Lister 'BLT' Thomas 48 episodes, 1988-1991
Andy Chambers Andy Chambers ...  Luke Matthews 46 episodes, 1988-1991
Kyra Levy Kyra Levy ...  Maya Goldberg 43 episodes, 1988-1991
Amanda Cook Amanda Cook ...  LD Delacorte / ... 41 episodes, 1987-1990
Keith White Keith White ...  Tim O'Connor 38 episodes, 1987-1991
Christopher Charlesworth Christopher Charlesworth ...  Scooter Webster 38 episodes, 1988-1991
Billy Parrott Billy Parrott ...  Shane McKay 38 episodes, 1987-1990
Michelle Goodeve Michelle Goodeve ...  Karen Avery / ... 34 episodes, 1987-1990
Kirsten Bourne Kirsten Bourne ...  Tessa Campanelli 32 episodes, 1988-1991
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The kids of Degrassi street have now grown to be teenagers attending Degrassi Jr. High where they face the facts and problems that are typical for people their age. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1987 (Canada) See more »

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Degrassi High See more »

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Playing With Time See more »
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Runtime:

(70 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Byrd Dickens, who played Kathleen's (Rebecca Haines) abusive ex-boyfriend, worked as a member of the electrical crew on the show when he wasn't acting. See more »

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Characters are shown speaking at the corner of Degrassi St. and Pape Ave (as indicated by the street sign). These streets run parallel and are about 10 blocks away from each other. See more »

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Classic TV
9 June 2003 | by bamptonjSee all my reviews

First syndicated in Australia on the ABC's "Afternoon Show" with James Valentine from 1988/1989 onwards, this was a terrificly topical show for elderly children and younger adults. Episodes concerning teenage alcoholism, pregnancy, delinquency, child abuse, homosexuality, harassment, puberty and depression were delivered with an immediate frankness not previously produced for the little screen.

"Degrassi Junior High" was throughly entertaining; creating many lasting characters, particularly Joey Jeremiah and Derek "Wheels". The show lost its earnesty - though not its appeal - when it became "Degrassi High", the tele-movie extrapolation, "School's Out" was subpar whilst strangely compelling and the most recent series deplorably banal, but the original series was a classic.

"Degrassi Junior High" looks as if it was hastily filmed; with post-production added only sparingly - the show looks scant and cheap - but it was undeniably charming; the very theme song ("Wake up in the morning...feeling shy and lonely...") alerted me to the joy that would unfold over the next 22 minutes or so. The Junior High School looked anitiquated, dirty, cold and industrial - the Toronto skies were perpetually grey, the stories and familiy life not alway positive, but it was thoroughly commendable.

I haven't seen an episode in years; I try desperately to remember more of the plotlines, more of the obscure characters. I can't - only the vibes remain. But what vibes! And what a show! It has deservedly won quite a cult following around the world, particularly Australia and the U.K, but the author is surprised to discover that it is virtually unknown in the U.S and to some extent in its homeland!

Let's see it on DVD soon!


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