CBC (ended 1994)


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This half-hour teen drama series aired on the CBC from 1991 to 1994 and was set in Northwood, British Columbia, near Vancouver. The series originated as a six-part mini-series that followed the suicide of a classmate in the pilot episode, and was originally aired right after Degrassi. Very different from previous Canadian drama series based around teens like the Degrassi series, the show was created by Nick Orchard, famous for his involvement with gritty, hard-core British serials such as Eastenders and Brookside. It was created as the first project of Orchard's Soapbox Productions internationally co-produced with Sveriges Television in Sweden. Although not as well-known as Degrassi, Northwood won numerous awards including the Silver Medal from the New York Festivals, the Award of Excellence from the Alliance for Children & Television, and several Chris Awards. While Degrassi tended to be aimed at the "tween" generation, Northwood's dark storylines and more believable, rounded characters were more aimed at teenagers and young adults. The series was critically acclaimed during its first run for it's frank and open portrayal of controversial issues like teen prostitution, drug abuse, teen pregnancy, sexual abuse, and alcoholism. Several of the series' stars went on fame, including Lochlyn Munro who guest-starred on a number of American shows like Charmed and co-starred in Scary Movie, and Deanna Milligan who has appeared in numerous North American television shows and films. Special thanks to Nick Orchard of Soapbox Productions & TV Guide Canada for all source materials generously provided in compiling this show guide.


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