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Degrassi Junior High, CBC (Canada)
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This was a Canadian show, and while I didn't live in Canada, I lived close enough to pick up a Canadian station when I was growing up in the late 80s/early 90s. I didn't have a lot of viewing options; the only other channels I got were CBS and PBS. Anyway, I'm using this page to talk about both Degrassi Junior High and its follow-up, Degrassi High (TV.com; TV Tropes; Wikipedia). And there was an earlier show called "The Kids of Degrassi Street," which I never really saw. And years later there was some show on the N called "Degrassi: The Next Generation," but I don't get the channel, so I couldn't watch it.

Anyway... I don't think I ever thought this show was all that great. But it was on. And it wasn't really bad. It had some characters I liked. And Joey was funny. And he and his friends Snake and Wheels had a band called, alternately, "Zit Remedy" or "the Zits." They only did one song, but I can never forget it... "Everybody Wants Something." Also I always thought Caitlin was pretty cute. Dunno what else to say. I probably liked a few other characters, but most of them were kinda lame. It was still... a show that deserves to be recognized and remembered, or something. Honestly, I think it was better than my appreciation of it, and especially better than my retroactive appreciation. It dealt with a lot of important issues for kids in junior high and high school, though generally these weren't issues that affected me, so all I really did was watch it for entertainment. I'm sure it was more important to me at the time than my memory will allow, but even back then I must have felt... it could have been better.


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