>My cousin slept over on Wednesday night and lured me into watching four episodes of with her. (OK, the luring part was not hard. She happened to notice that Degrassi was on TV, and I said, “Wow, I should go to bed, because I know if I watch one episode, I will watch more.” Then I did not get off the couch for two more hours.) This all would have been fine except that the first episode was on at midnight. It hurt to get up in the morning. Oh yes it did. (OK, it also hurt to get up this morning, but that is another story.)

Anyway, when I was in junior high, I was a huge fan of Degrassi Junior High (I did love me some Joey Jeremiah!), and I heard that the new series was even more intense. I was very intrigued to see how it played out. Fortunately, Rebecca was able to guide me through all the characters’ back stories as each appeared onscreen. is a soapy, bed-hopping drama, but it is so blown out of the water by Degrassi. All the kids are dating interchangeably (realistic), so there’s lots of hormone-soaked tension. Each kid also seems to have some sort of baggage. There’s the cutter with the alcoholic mom, the gay kid with a conservative Italian immigrant dad, the girl who was raped, the chick with gonorrhea, the student who lives on his own, the girl who was knocked up and had an abortion, the girl who was knocked up and gave the baby up for adoption, the anorexic, the battered teens (batterers: boyfriend, parent), etc. It was quite the show case for drama.

Rebecca and I are excited that my apartment now has digital cable, as I will be able to DVR all the new episodes and we can gorge ourselves. But not on a weeknight…