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Everybody wants something, they'll never give up
Recently I took a break from anime to watch my DVDs of Degrassi Junior High S1. It was so much fun to go back. Stephanie becoming student body president by dressing like a streewalker and giving kisses to the boys in exchange for votes. Joey Jeremiah's kicky berets. (He had so many different hats back then.) Spike getting pregnant. Melanie buying her first bra. The Zit Remedy. Lucy shoplifting. Arthur in drag for the talent show. Rick and his "I won $100 in the lottery" licorice. Stephanie and Wheels's many horrific dates. Yick's $5 Ming vase.

And Snake. Snake playing his guitar. Snake being terrible at soccer. Snake dancing. Snake being ogled by Melanie. Snake arguing with Joey over band names ("Snake and the Sneeze!" "Joey and the Joybuzzers!"). Snake being so tall and gawky and red-headed and freckled and cute. Snaaaaaaaaake! *sigh*

NB: My enthusiasm over this non-animated grade 8 boy is not bad and wrong, it is nostalgic. This show first aired in 1987. I was younger then. And I do still sigh over him now that he's all grown up and teaching in Degrassi: TNG. (And cry because he married Spike and not me.)

Did we ever find out why he was called Snake? It seemed like an odd nickname for him. He was just such a nice boy. Sweet and nice. And red-headed.

If you're a Canadian of a certain age, you're probably well and familiar with this show. It was pretty ground-breaking. They tackled a lot of difficult issues like child abuse and teen pregnancy. The kids looked real. When I watch it now it feels quite real to me, though everyone is a bit nicer than I remember junior high being. But the kids are kids and it's great to watch them struggle through and know I don't ever have to go back there and struggle with them.

Season 2 is due in June. Hopefully the rest will come out quickly. I didn't get to see a lot of the show once they got into high school. (Though I caught a re-run a couple of years ago of the episode where Joey takes money to run through the cafeteria only wearing his hat. *g*)

For some reason, no one seems to have written Joey/Snake slash. I may have to yet.

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I never watched Kids of Degrassi Street, but I did watch Degrassi Jr. High and Degrassi Hight, even though I was well out of high school and in university by then. My excuse was that I was planning to become a junior high/high school teacher, and needed to know what the kids were thinking/doing/etc.

You never need an excuse to watch Degrassi. :)

Poor Spike!

I know! But she persevered and now she is married to *my* one true love, Snake, so she did better for herself than I did.

I'm not bitter.

We had it here in America, too! And now I have to get the old disks. I followed the Degrassi kids through Jr. High, then to high school, when they were beat up as "Niners" heh!

Wow, the export of Canadian culture. Who would have thought?

Cripes, I love Canada. i wann move to Vancouver!

Degrassi! Oh, I loved Degrassi! I was 14 or 15 when it started, and I used to watch it on CBC. I heard recently that Aaron Spelling actually based Beverly Hills 90210 on Degrassi. Which actually makes sense to me because that just perfectly illustrates some of the fundamental differences in American and Canadian cultural production. Go Canada! *g*

I always figured that 'Saved By the Bell' was based on Degrassi.

I heard that about 90210 as well. And had the same thoughts. :)

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I'm from the U.S., Virginia to be exact, but I remember watching it, though I was at least late teens early twenties, because it played on the local PBS station.

Nifty. :) I don't know about the name Degrassi, though.

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