Question: I really hope you can help me on this one. I have searched the entire Net and have exhausted all efforts to find out from friends and family but can't find an answer. There was a TV show that aired on the educational channels in the late '80s and early '90s that was a high school drama/comedy series. All I can recall of this show was that the storylines were continuous and there was a character named Snake. I remember the stories running from the older to the younger kids. This was an excellent program that tackled serious issues for young boys and girls. It had a pleasurable mix of comedy and romance as well. I'd really like to find these episodes, so that I may share them with my children one day. But first, I'll need the name of this show, of course! Thank you very much for your time and have a nice day. — Chuck

Televisionary: Ah, Chuck. Once again someone combs the entire Web before finally dropping so low as to ask your old pal Televisionary. Must I spend the rest of my days as the last stop for everyone?

Nevertheless, I feel your pain. What's bugging you so are the quite wonderful Degrassi shows, which consisted of The Kids of Degrassi Street, Degrassi Junior High, Degrassi High and, finally, Degrassi Talks. A project of the Canadian Broadcasting Company, PBS, Boston's WGBH, Telefilm Canada and other entities in the '80s, the various Degrassi shows became an international phenomenon due to their intelligent writing and true-to-life depiction of youth not seen on most teen shows of the time. Topics tackled included interracial dating, abortion, drugs, teen sex and pregnancy... you name it. But it was all handled without the usual dumbing down and sanitization that too often accompanies such stories on U.S.-generated teen shows (wonderful efforts like My So-Called Life and Freaks and Geeks aside) while also dodging the sensationalism and salacious qualities that work their way into a series like Boston Public.

As you say, Archie "Snake" Simpson (Stefan Brogren) was one of the many characters to appear in the Degrassi halls. And you'll be happy to know that you can reacquaint yourself and your kids with all of them; tapes of the shows are available in various box sets and single-episode packages through the usual online retailers and video stores.