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Series / Degrassi Talks

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Degrassi Talks is a six-part miniseries that aired on CBC in February 1992. It is a supplement of sorts to Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High, except six of the actors themselves; Amanda Stepto (Spike), Pat Mastroianni (Joey), Stacie Mistysyn (Caitlin), Siluck Saysanasy (Yick), Rebecca Haines (Kathleen) and Neil Hope (Wheels), fly across Canada to interview other teenagers in depth about various issues including abuse, pregnancy, depression, alcoholism, drugs, and sex, interspersed with short man-in-the-street tidbits and relevant clips from the two shows. It also features Stefan Brogren (Snake), Kirsten Bourne (Tessa), Darrin Brown (Dwayne), Anais Granofsky (Lucy) and Angela Deiseach (Erica) as either occasional interviewers or interviewees.

Airing after Degrassi: School's Out!, but filmed and produced first, it marked the end of the original Degrassi generation. The series is available on the Degrassi Junior High DVD set (but not Degrassi High, which is what this series actually followed).

The episodes were also adapted into books with the host of the episode on each cover. The books, for the most part, are transcripts of the episodes with the inclusion of interviews left out for TV. They were prefaced by profiles of the actors and their relation to the topic of the episode they hosted. You can read those introductions here.



  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The theme song is a duet sung by Stacie Mistysyn (Caitlin Ryan) and Keith White (Tim O'Connor). Not only that, but Keith White also wrote the song. Allegedly, the two set up a home studio at the time and were making music together, so this was likely the result of one of these projects. The opening sequence features shots of them at a microphone in what probably was their home studio.
  • Driven to Suicide: As above, one of the girls interviewed in Depression is later said in a disclaimer to have overdosed on sleeping pills.
  • Face on the Cover: The books have the actors posing on the front cover.
  • False Camera Effects: The man-on-the-street interviews are framed as if they are being seen through a viewfinder.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Amanda Stepto (Spike) interviewing a bunch of metalheads in Alcohol.
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  • Surprisingly Good Foreign Language: Stacie is shown to be fluent in French when she speaks to a French Canadian guy in Abuse. It's Canada after all.
  • Travelogue Show: A cross-country variant although the destinations aren't the focus.
  • Vox Pops: Montages of random Canadian teens and young adults voicing their opinions on the episode's subject are played in between the more candid interviews.