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



Spring 2015 Television
Ages: 12 - 17 yrs.
Producer: Nickelodeon
Rating: TV PG

Over its thirteen seasons, Degrassi has stepped up writing, production values, acting skills and general intrigue and drama, all while still holding true to its mission of providing compelling, realistic teen issues. Although one could argue that the actors look less like real kids and more like TV stars, the kids actually look and act their age, covering topical issues such as binge drinking, gang activity and college stress. Degrassi also maintains remarkable continuity, following characters in a way that stays true to the story arc instead of what seems like in many network shows a ratings propelled character schizophrenia. It's a huge ensemble, with an astounding 40 episodes per season and lot of subplots to keep track of. Since its debut, the show has lost some of the cutting edge, real world vibe, but continues to be a place where teens see more of a reflection of real life, if not exactly a mirror image.

Laura Fries   ©2015 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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