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Degrassi Is Like Crack
on September 12, 2005
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.