Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Spring 2011 Television
Ages: 15 - 16 yrs.
Producer: Nickelodeon
Network: Nickelodeon

Under various names and incarnations, Degrassi (producers dropped "The Next Generation") has remained to true to its mission-to show realistic kids in realistic situations. Plots for the show (in its 10th season) continue to feature relevant topics. The kids of Degrassi Community School for generations have dealt with the issues of the day. Self confidence and "simple" problems like teen pregnancy have made way for gender identification and cutting. Still some of the show's production values have diminished over the years. In order to compete with other teen dramas, Degrassi has adopted a more soap opera-like format, meaning more subplots and more frequent episodes. One almost needs a guide just to follow Adam, a transgender teen; Eli and his hoarding tendencies; Claire and her faltering faith; and Dave succumbing to gang pressure. And that's not even the whole cast. Compared to other "teen" shows that depict lifestyles of ridiculous wealth and privilege or supernatural experience, Degrassi at least remains steadfastly anchored to the real world. It still resonates with young audiences and gives them a sense that they are not alone in their struggles.

Laura Fries   ©2011 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and 20 year member of the Television Critics Association Laura has been writing about television and film entertainment for more years than she cares to admit. She lives with her husband and daughter in Alexandria, Virginia.

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