Thursday, August 9, 2012

Degrassi Showdown

Full disclosure, this is not my first post about Degrassi. I know I’m 44, but Degrassi transcends age. It’s actually one of the few shows I watch with my 19 year old daughter and my 15 year old son. They can’t agree on anything, but Degrassi has a way of bringing everyone together.

The creative forces at Degrassi and TeenNick have found a way to really pump up summer television. A new half hour episode Monday through Thursday with a grand finale before school starts.

Degrassi gets it right, by having their cast graduate after four years and touching on every single topic under the sun. Last summer we had hoarding, someone was stabbed and the un-topable…someone peed themself!

We always like to try to guess the upcoming plot points from the rapid-fire promos. My son won this summer when he guessed there would be a fight over recycle. Yes, you read that right. There is really no subject matter off limits. If they really want to make their website user friendly, they should create a huge data base that can be searched by condition. Gambling addiction, alcoholism, abuse of erectile dysfunction meds, it would really be a huge resource of information.

This season is no exception. It looks like the new Christian girl who is against the Romeo and Jules play with two male leads, is going to develop a crush on Adam. Since she’s new, she has no idea that Adam is a transgender teen. Also, that damm hockey team! They have created so much havoc and they’re close to pushing their sweet young star player over the edge. Plus, why did it take Degrassi so long to get a hockey team?

Anyway, I’m in for the long haul. Degrassi has been able to successfully do what so many others fail at. They change their cast before everyone sleeps with each other (well close I guess), and they graduate before they rack up too many dramas to become completely unbelievable. This is the main reason I don’t watch The Secret the Life of the American Teenager anymore!

Long live Degrassi!

1 comment:

Karen said...

this show is like crash to me. If a marathon is on I'm glued to the couch for the whole thing. I think I missed a season though since I don't know about the play.
I hope Adam finally finds someone. Poor kid.
And I just saw in my TV guide that Eli was with Clare. Again?? What the heck did I miss?? lol