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Degrassi: The Next Generation - Season 1 [3 Discs] [DVD]

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The first season of the teen-oriented Canadian drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation begins as former Degrassi High student (and longtime star of the "Degrassi" TV franchise) Christine "Spike" Nelson attends a school reunion, where she is reunited with her former classmates (and fellow Degrassi High regulars) Archie "Snake" Simpson (Stefan Brogren), now a member of the faculty; Joey Jeremiah (Pat Mastroianni), who now owns a car dealership; and Caitlin Ryan (Stacy Mistysyn), at present a TV producer. And as luck would have it, Spike's daughter Emma (Miriam McDonald) is enrolled at Degrassi high. Among the other Next Generation students introduced this season are the wealthy but lonely Jimmy (Aubrey Graham); the highly intelligent but none too popular Liberty (Sarah Barrable-Tishauer), who suffers from a learning disorder and is being tutored by math teacher Mr. Armstrong (Michael Kinney) (thereby sparking the sort of malicious gossip typical of Degrassi's hallowed halls); Sean Cameron (Daniel Clark), who worries that he's going to be held back a grade for the second year in a row, but who still finds time to link up with Emma; Ashley Kerwin (Melissa McIntyre), whose multitude of personal problems (not least of which is the discovery that her father is gay) threaten to overwhelm her; and Terri (Christina Schmidt), an emotionally needy girl who always seems to be around when someone has had a major crisis. In the course of the season, Emma starts her first period at an embarrassing moment; a barrage of "get even with teacher" pranks backfire when the kids learn what's really bugging Ms. Kwan (Linlyn Lue); Paige, Ashley and Terri form a band called PMS; and the dangers of trading medications and experimenting with the drug "Ecstacy" are explicitly spelled out. The 15-episode first season ends as Ashley becomes "persona non grata" after a humiliating, drug-induced display of stupidity at a class party. ~ Hal Erickson

Cast & Crew

  • Daniel Clark - Sean Cameron
  • Lauren Collins - Paige Michalchuk
  • Stacey Farber - Eleanor `Ellie' Nash
  • Drake - James `Jimmy' Brooks
  • Shenae Grimes - Darcy Edwards

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