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Degrassi Junior High - Season 1

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Welcome to theDegrassiuniverse. Popular in Canada and on American public television, the Toronto-setDegrassi Junior Highkicked into gear in 1987 as a follow-up to the short-livedThe Kids of Degrassi Street, then morphed two years later intoDegrassi High. … see full wiki

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1 review about Degrassi Junior High - Season 1

a fantastic trip back to the 80s...

  • Jun 16, 2005
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Everyone's favourite angst-ridden teens finally come to DVD in DEGRASSI JUNIOR HIGH.

All 13 episodes of the groundbreaking first season are featured in this set. The series was a bold spinoff from the short-lived afterschool series THE KIDS OF DEGRASSI STREET, and was groundbreaking in that it approached topics like peer pressure, teen violence, suicide, sex and pregnancy with well-written and intelligent storylines. This series remains, 15 years later, quality television for the pre-teens and teens sets (adults will appreciate the writing and amazing acting from the talented cast), and stands up well to repeat screenings.

Season One introduces some of the most-loved characters like Caitlin (Stacie Mistysyn), Yick (Siluck Saysanasy), Wheels (Neil Hope), Melanie (Sara Ballingall), Joey Jeremiah (Pat Mastroianni), Spike (Amanda Stepto), Stephanie Kaye (Nicole Stoffman) and Snake (Stefan Brogren).

Episodes included:

"Kiss Me Steph" - Stephanie Kaye decides to use her newfound popularity to run for School President, personally ensuring every male vote of the school, and using her brainy best friend Voula (Niki Kemeny) to run the campaign.

"The Big Dance" - It's time for the annual Fall Dance, but Voula's father has forbidden her to attend. Stephanie gets drunk at Lucy's house and barely makes it to the event.

"The Experiment" - Yick and Arthur (Duncan Waugh) try out for the basketball team, and Joey gets Kathleen (Rebecca Haines) and Megan into trouble when he sells them some `vitamins'.

"The Cover-Up" - Joey discovers that Rick (Craig Driscoll) gets beaten up by his father.

"The Great Race" - Melanie bemoans the fact that she's flat-chested and joins LD (Amanda Cook) in some bra-shopping. The girls challenge the boys to a swimming competition.

"Rumor Has It" - Kathleen starts spreading the vicious lie that Miss Avery (Michelle Goodeve) is a lesbian, and Caitlin considers her own sexual orientation.

"The Best Laid Plans" - Wheels musters up the courage to accompany Stephanie on a date...but will they or won't they?...

"Nothing to Fear" - LD's life turns upside down when her father has to go to hospital, stirring up a lot of old memories about her mother's death.

"What a Night" - Voula discovers why Lucy's (Anais Granofsky) wardrobe is so stylish. When the two are arrested shoplifting, Voula's relationship with her father becomes even more strained.

"Smokescreen" - Rick starts taking an interest in the school environmental group, and Caitlin decides to take him under her wing.

"It's Late!" - Spike's period is late, following a night of recklessness with Shane (Bill Parrott).

"Parents' Night" - Wheels must confront a lot of old demons when his birth father shows up virtually out of the blue.

"Revolution" - In order to get Wheels' attention, Stephanie appoints Joey as the new Sports Rep., despite the fact that he's completely wrong for the job (it's a 7th grade post and Yick's dream job). The 7th grade starts a revolt on Miss Stephanie Kaye...which may end in her downfall as School President. This episode also marked the official debut of The Zit Remedy, Degrassi's legendary rock band sensation!

For it's legion of 80s' fans who used to race home from school every afternoon for their daily dose of DEGRASSI drama, knowing the series is now on DVD is a dream come true.

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