It’s Heating Up People!
This summer, the creators of Degrassi embarked on a huge undertaking. For the entire month of August they decided to air a new Degrassi episode from Monday through Thursday each week. This is hard work for crew, writers, actors, you name it. This little Canadian series really stuck its neck out and it’s paid off big time.
Originally an obscure PBS series that began twenty years ago, Degrassi has found a new life on the Teen Nick Channel. How is a 42 year old mom watching Degrassi? Well, two reasons. First of all, I have two teenagers in my house. Second, I watch repeats of That 70’s Show every night on Teen Nick. I see the compelling commercials, and I simply must tune in.
Oh, I forgot about the Shark in the Water video! This awesome song by VV Brown, which I highlighted in my Song of the Week, had a companion video of things to come on Degrassi. If you watched Teen Nick for one hour, you were guaranteed to see this at least once. They did a stellar job with this promo, because since the song was so cool, you’d watch it over and over. How could I not get roped into finding out what “The Girl Who Doesn’t Know Her Own Secret” means?
I would love to write Degrassi off as over-the-top teen melodrama that is merely fluff entertainment. However, there are times when they are able to tap into something so emotional you feel it to the core. I was impressed with how the writers handled the storyline of transgendered teen Adam/Grace. I could really feel Adam’s anguish with his peers and family trying to accept that he could no longer be Grace. This was handled with class and I think viewers will walk away with a deeper appreciation of how difficult life and choices are for transgendered individuals and their families.
Basically, if you watch Degrassi with your teen for a couple of months, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss every subject under the sun with them. From pregnancy, to cancer, domestic violence, homophobia, online predators, and even how much work it can be to own a teacup pig! Degrassi, will leave no stone unturned!
I have to say, I’m pretty pumped for this last week of The Boiling Point. All the plot points in the video have been presented except the final one on the wheel…LOCKDOWN!
Bring it on Degrassi!