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Franchise / Degrassi

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One of the most iconic franchises in the history of Canadian television, Degrassi is a long-running series of dramas that follow the lives of a group of teenagers who lived on or near De Grassi Street in Toronto, Ontario. The early Degrassi series were produced by the small production company owned by Kit Hood and Linda Schuyler, Playing With Time Inc.

The franchise began with a short film called Ida Makes A Movie, which was adapted from a children's book of the same name (which was about talking cats!). From there, the small production company created The Kids of Degrassi Street in 1979, which included a couple of after school specials. Starting with Degrassi Junior High it went Darker and Edgier, taking on many Soap Opera tropes and adding many characters with a ton of Very Special topics within every episode, the result being the Trope Maker for the Teen Drama genre as well as the franchise cementing itself as a Canadian institution.


The title was a Line-of-Sight Name. After the first few shorts were sold to the US, PBS wanted an umbrella title for all of them, so they named it after the main filming location. In 1979, Toronto used all-caps stamped street signs, leaving it ambiguous whether the name was one word or two; newer mixed-case screen-printed ones appeared well after the producers had committed to "Degrassi" as one word.


The Degrassi franchise includes:

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