I started (re)watching Degrassi: The Next Generation on a day when I was bored and needed something quick to watch. The episodes are about 25 minutes or less, depending on commercials, and each episode packs SO MUCH emotion and drama!
I love that the kids look like kids. I don’t know about you, but when I was in middle school/high school, I didn’t have a makeup artist doing my makeup and hair. I did my own hair and makeup in the rushed hours of the early morning before jetting off to school. So, I looked like a kid!
That’s… that’s not realistic…
I also love that (so far) there’s no hyper-perfectionism going on. Hot out? The kids sweat. The daughter of a single mom? She sometimes wears the same shirt in different episodes.
The lack of perfectionism makes me feel like I’m watching real kids, with real lives, and it makes the emotional connection that much stronger.
I also absolutely LOVE that the kids are so active in their own lives. These aren’t passive characters, sitting around going “Woe-is-me” (I’m looking at you, Undone show on Amazon…). No, these characters have dreams, goals, and wants ~ and they go for them!
And it is those same goals and dreams that cause the issues/dramas in their lives! Liberty wants to do well in school, to the point of obsession. Emma’s ethical and moral compass is strong… sometimes blinding her to everything outside of that sphere.
Some kids want to fit in (too much), some want to have fun (gets them in trouble), and some want to feel better about themselves (and try to get self-esteem from all the wrong places). It makes for a really compelling show.
Of course, a lot of the show is like an afterschool special, warning you of the dangers of gossip, drugs, and trusting strangers online. But hey, they’re in middle school! Of course it will include all of that 🙂
Season One is my favorite, and will always be 🙂 If you’re at home and looking for something to watch, you will be surprised at how emotional and addictive this show is!
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