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|Degrassi Junior High - Season 3|
Director: Philip Earnshaw
Genres: Drama, Television
Go to school with the show in a class by itself--and get real! Hailed as "groundbreaking," "powerful," and "totally authentic," Degrassi Junior High confronts it all- friendship, puberty, rumors, sports, studies, and more-... more »
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Degrassi Is Like Crack
C. Vaudreuil | Los Angeles, CA USA | 09/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."
They're back and slightly older...
Big Joe '83 | Melbourne, VIC Australia | 09/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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!"