Degrassi Junior High

CBC (ended 1989)



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Degrassi Junior High

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"Degrassi Junior High" was set in Toronto, Canada and focused on the lives of teenage students. The charcters were realisitc and delt with real life issues such as sex, drugs, dating, pregnancy, rock and roll, and much more. The actors looked like real people, not models, and they were good at acting. This added to how realistic Degrassi JH was.

Degrassi Junior High ran for three seasons and after the students graduated from junior high school, the show became Degrassi High, and continued for two more seasons. The following year saw the tv movie School's Out, which focused on the student's life during the summer after high-school graduation. In 2001 Degrassi: The Next Generation started. It is much like Degrassi Jr High but with a new young cast... and old faves like Snake, Spike, Joey, & Caitlin are now parents & teachers (and couples).

Theme Song Wake up in the morning, feeling shy and lonely, gee, I gotta go to this school. I don't think I can make it, don't think I can take, I wonder what I'm gonna do. But when I look around and see, that someone is smiling right at me, wait, someone talkin' to me, hey, I gotta new friend. Everybody can succeed, all you gotta do is believe, let's be honest with yourself, forget your fears and doubts, come on give us a try at Degrassi Junior High.

- Words and Music by Lewis Manne and Wendy Watson

Broadcast Information

January 1987-March 1987 Sundays 5:00-5:30pm

January 1988-March 1988 Mondays 8:30-9:00pm

November 1988-March 1989 Mondays 8:30-9:30pm

November 1989-Febuary 1990 Mondays 8:30-9:00pm

November 1990-Febuary 1991 Mondays 8:30-9:00pm

How Do I Get Degrassi Junior High?

All 3 seasons of Degrassi Junior High are now available on DVD. They can be purchased at

Degrassi Junior High is also still available on VHS. For VHS ordering go to

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  • Billy Parrott

    Billy Parrott

    Shane McKay

    Niki Kemeny

    Niki Kemeny


    Rebecca Haines

    Rebecca Haines

    Kathleen Mead

    Nicole Stoffman

    Nicole Stoffman

    Stephanie "Steph" Kaye (Kobalewsky)

    Angela Deiseach

    Angela Deiseach

    Erica Farrell

    Stefan Brogren

    Stefan Brogren

    Archie "Snake" Simpson

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    • I love this show. It's the best teen drama of the late 80's/early 90's. This show is about kids entering junior high school. On seasons 1-3, some were in the seventh and eighth grades. They graduated from junior high school. They entered high school.moreless

      I really enjoyed this when I was in grade school. I was too young to remember when the show started. I was six years old and a kindergardner in grade school when the show started. I was eight years old and a second grader in grade school. That was the show that paved the way for "Beverly Hills 90210", "My So-Called Life", "Party of Five", "Dawson's Creek", "The OC", and "One Tree Hill". The characters on the show are great. They talk about teen issues that we have to deal with. Some fo the characters on the show did return on "Degrassi: The Next Generation".moreless
    • A perfectly real show.

      Ah, Canadian Melodrama. Degrassi Junior High was and still is my favorite TV show. The characters were all teens going through real problems such as peer pressure, sex, drugs, alcohol, child abuse, eating disorders and much more. Each actor was untrained to add to the realism and no adult was given screen time with out one of the children appearing at the same time. The first episode, Kiss Me, Steph, was perfect at tackling the issue of girls who wanted to be more mature. To give the actors boosts of realism the writers got many ideas of episodes from the teens personal experiences. This show was AMASSING!moreless
    • A wonderful Canadian Teen show that I got to see in Australia in 1994 that still has a message relevant for today's youth.

      I live in Australia and I remember it showing on ABC every afternoon at 4pm back in 1994 I was about 10 years old at the time and although some of the things that went on may have went over my head I enjoyed watching it. I still Love this Canadian teen show the messages that they told are still relevant for today's youth they were dealing with the big issues before anyone else was in a realistic view like teen pregnancy, teen sex, dating and everyday teen issues. I feel these days everyone seems to be too caught up being PC over everything that teen shows seem to be touching these subjects rarely or in a fairly watered down view.

      I'm glad that this is now out on DVD and is re-airing on some channels as I love watching Spike, Wheels, Joey and the others again on the TV.

      I recommend watching this as it its good to watch despite some of the daggy fashion that was the 80's. :Pmoreless
    • I'd like to see it again.

      I think I must have seen watched this show during my pre-teen years in the late 80's, although I didn't get to see much of it. It was shown on PBS, in the evening. As a student of a small private christian school living in a small christian town, the show seemed very gritty and exotic to me. I remember my father disapproved of my watching the show after my parents and I saw the episode where the older brother of one of the students, who had been a star basketball player at Degrassi, came out of the closet, and also because Spike was pregnant. (Years later, when I attended private christian high school a girl who was a grade ahead of me was kicked out for being pregnant.) I remember the student (someone here said his name was Snake) was walking down a sidewalk with his brother when the latter informed him that he'd be going away to live with "his friend" and that they'd "be doing a lot of stuff together". Snake didn't understand, and neither did I, but when he heard this I remember my dad let out a groan of recognition, and in my mind that suddenly gave a sinister element to the news that Snake was about to hear. At the time I was just beginning to sense that I liked other guys, that this made me different, and that maybe this was something I should be ashamed of and keep a secret, (which I did until high school), which is why that episode made a particular impression on me.

      Of course like everyone else I also remember Spike, who at the time didn't look like anyone I'd ever even seen before. I also remember the episode with the bulemic girl who wouldn't eat at school, saying she wasn't hungry, but when she got home with her friend, her mom made cookies for them and she started scarfing them down like crazy. And then her friend said something like "god, I KNEW you were hungry", and she suddenly froze, then ran to the bathroom and started barfing in the toilet.moreless
    • spike and shane took over as the stars. alexa became a great character. the zit remedy never learned another song.

      season2 was even better than season one. there was not a weak episode in the enitre season, unlike season one which had many bad episodes. the acting was much better. the stories were much better. the production was much better.

      season 1 was almost non stop hilarity, with the kids engaging in some truly outrageous behaviour. season 2 was a lot more serious. Spike took over from stephanie as the star of the show. for most of the season steph was minor character, still acting childish, trying to steal simon away from alexa. its hard to pick the best episodes because they were all so good, but the ones I liked were eggbert, a helping hand (this could be the best of them all), dinner and a show, sealed with a kiss, and dog days.moreless

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    Love & Romance, Teen, Family Dramas, Coming of Age