Question: Growing up in New York in the late '80s and early '90s I watched a show by the name of Degrassi Jr. High on PBS. I believe it originated from Canada. Whatever happened to it and is it available on home video? Vivian, Limerick, Maine
Televisionary: The old show has, as my dad is fond of saying, gone bye-bye, Vivian, but you can read a bit about it (and its availability) in my July 31, 2001 column (third question down).
Now, before my numerous foes and my perpetually cranky boss accuse me of subbing in a link to an old answer for the actual work of banging out a new one, let me just say I'm taking the opportunity to present new information here. If your cable or satellite provider carries the most excellent Noggin channel (and I allow myself to gush over something that's commercial free and educational, so back off), you can watch the all-new Degrassi: The Next Generation, now in its second seaso
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