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Degrassi Junior High Season 3
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2005
Format: DVD
I discovered Degrassi in the dark years when my parents canceled cable and I was relegated to public television in the afternoons. What I've rediscovered is that when you watch one episode, you can't stop...you have to keep going through 4 or 5. This season was excellent, though Stephanie Kaye is sorely missed.

The old school Degrassi far exceeds the "next generation" for one simple reason: it's painfully honest. You look at them and remember when you had an outfit that bad, or braces that shiny, or a crush on a guy who actually wore tight jeans... The Next Generation is too slick and too good looking - part of the allure of the old Degrassi is that it shows that adolescence is brutal and awkward, but it does get better.

Some behind the scenes features and interviews would be awesome - it'd be interesting to see what the old bunch is up to now and what they think of the show.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2014
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What's there to say that I have not said about that first two seasons?

The door to junior high is about to close, and the door to senior high is to open. The ups and downs of friendship and intimacy are clear as day and night. The need-to-know issues from racism and drinking to anorexia and depression to dealing with divorce and (do I dare say) sexual preference are top priority. No "Beverly Hills 90210" blues added or needed.

Joey is still learning the hard way. Wheels has begun his downward and upward spiraling following the tragic loss of his parents. Kathleen is too proud to admit she has problems. Lucy is going about the right and wrong ways of proving her self-suffiency. Spike is dealing with being a student and a mother, back and forth about whether Shane is in or out. Arthur and Yick, once the lightest of the guys in class, are each growing into their own--and so far liking their standings as bachelors. Melanie and Snake are yet to get past mono-syllables. Mr. Raditch is as professional as ever, like Mr. Feeny after him. Ms. Avery is still laid-back, as long as no one or nothing gets on her bad side. Oh, and like students, parents, and teachers, school buildings are not perfect.

How much better would "Degrassi: The Next Generation" be if they stuck with the standards set by and with the original concept and class. A whole awful lot.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2005
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During its third season, you can see Degrassi slightly alter its format a bit to fit in with the significant changes to the characters through puberty. There's more focus on the relationships, with romance brewing between Caitlin and Joey, and episodes about interracial dating, dating a senior, and the tension between teen parents. Stephanie is gone, Spike's given birth, Kathleen is still a prude, and there's the addition of the funniest character I've forgotten about over the years; Arnold's cousin. The most significant story arc in this season concerns the death of Wheel's parents, which was inspired by the death of the actor's real life father, and it's dealt with a much more grittier tone than the previous seasons. (Compare it to the bout of depression Stephanie suffered in season two.) I reckon the performance is still as powerful as anything you'd see today. This set has a great behind-the-scenes feature that really highlights the impact of the show and will really open your eyes about how convincing the realism was seen during its day. All in all, a great season and a nice lead in to what will be the much darker and serious, Degrassi High series. I can't wait!
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on June 18, 2014
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I absolutely thrilled to see this on Amazon streaming, I would highly recommend the show to anyone who has only seen the current show.
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on June 13, 2014
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Very cool show. It may have been made in the 80's/early 90's, but that is my generation of TV so it seems a lot more genuine to me. The characters are unforgettable and the story lines actually seem much more dramatic and believable. I love the show now but these older ones are definitely worth watching, especially if you are a true Degrassi fan.
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on April 2, 2014
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Great as usual! I love this wonderful series! Characters are very realistic and I think would still appeal to today's kids!
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on February 20, 2014
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I have seen all of these eps when on PBS & on amazon prime more recently once again superb story lines & characters that tackle a vast capacity of teenage problems that occur in the real world it is not a picnic being a kid there are hardships sometimes. take a look everyone jump street is not the only high school series that dealt with this stuff sure think it is much better then 90210
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on January 6, 2014
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I grew up watching this show when it was an afterschool staple on PBS in the 80s. The issues presented are still as relevant now as they were then, so quite a few of the episodes would be ideal for kids nowadays. Degrassi Junior High is awesome; fashion cheesiness, 80s terminology and all.
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on November 6, 2013
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Final season of Junior High, Stephanie is finally gone, and we can get down to more interesting issues and dramas. I liked this season a lot! It gives a clear and well thought out transition into the High School years, which I'm watching right now.
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on September 25, 2013
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This show was made in the late 80's and had themes about teen sex, abortion, drinking, death, adoption, and others. However, the show was able to present these while still maintaining a touch of humor.
In my opinion this show was much better than the Degrassi shows which have been made since.
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