Degrassi Junior High Reviewed

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Degrassi Talks: “On Sexuality”


Once again we have another installment of Degrassi Talks. If Degrassi wasn’t hardcore enough for you, they gave us this.

Pre-credit opener: We see the actress who plays Tessa talking to Caitlin about having her first period. Apparently she was a late bloomer. We then see Joey talking about how embarrassed he was to talk to girls because let’s face it, he’s a short dude. And holy shit. We see this bald chick that looks jut like Caitlin but it’s not her. It’s her lesbian sister and she says that her adolescence was shitty, especially her high school experience.

caitlin's sister

Our host for this episode is non other than the beautiful Stacie Mistysyn. She starts talking about how hard it is to go to puberty.

degrassi talks

Right off the bat Kathleen, Yick and Wheels come up to people and totally just invade their privacy and asks them very TMI questions about what their memories of puberty were like. Even though you can tell that this dude is still going through it. This one chick talks about wanting to get her boobs because one of her friends developed before she did. Another guy says that he had a really bad pizza face. This one creep says that having pubes is great because you can play with them. What the hell?


We cut to talking to Snake and it says that he’s 19. He starts going on about being in a choir and he was a soprano, but since he was about 6′ 5” by the time he was 10 they made him into a bass instead. They talk to Pat, “Joey” and it says that he’s also 19. Since he’s a little pipsqueak his thing was that he was always down about his height. He mentions how he wanted his Dr’s to give him steroids so he would grow. I can imagine that he said, “I want to be big!” But of course he grew, even though he still is short.

joey caitlin

Stacie “Caitlin” starts talking to one of the twins, Angela. I don’t know which one it is, but it says that she’s 19 and she’s going on about how she was as flat as a board until she was 15 years old. Uh oh, we get our first Canadian health fun fact of the episode.

Ha! We then see a scene from Degrassi Junior High. It’s the episode where Melanie is looking at her pimple tits and insists to LD that she needs a bra. One of the twins is asking a girl if she remembers her first bra. Most of these stories are completely humiliating of course. Tessa tells her own story of humiliation, but as I’m listening to it, it kind of went no where. Some story Tessa.


Wheels then starts asking this goofy guy about getting hard on’s in school. The guy starts laughing hysterically. Which tells me that it probably still happens to him. This little kid then starts talking about how he got one in gym, in the shower. Yeah, that’s an awkward time to get one. I’m pretty sure this kid is gay, nothing wrong with that. This one guy says that he get’s one in church. What a freak.

jerk off guy

Oh lord we come to a clip of the time when Arthur was telling Yick about his nasty wet dreams.  Of course this leads to a discussion of wet dreams. Wheels then starts talking about how he had to change the sheets and didn’t want to tell his mom about it. That’s so gross. He must of exploded like Mount Vesuvius.


The subject of first periods then comes up. This one girl starts telling Caitlin about getting one while she was doing cart wheels in gym class. This other nerdy girl says that when she got hers, her mom went around and told her dad and brothers about it. Must have been a very boring day in that household. Tessa once again says that she was a late bloomer and was worried about her not getting it yet. Caitlin then mentions how it’s really a curse and no girl would want to get it.

Uh oh. Joey “Pat” brings up the subject of jerking off. Some dudes say the love it, while others are lying their asses off and say that they never do it. This moron with a terrible looking mullet says that it might hurt your chances of having a child later on in life. The dude that’s hanging out with Wheels starts talking about all the rumors that are associated with masturbation. One is that you were gay if you did it, or were a nerd. This one girl starts going off about the joy’s of it and says that her parents were cool with it.

mullet guy

Caitlin then starts talking about all the nasty shit that comes along with puberty. She then starts to mention how people started noticing the opposite sex. This guy is beating around the bush and you can tell he started to notice tits and ass. But he can’t articulate himself. I think the twin they’re talking to is Erica because she’s going on about how she didn’t notice just one guy, it was a group of them. I see how she she is now. Caitlin mentions how discussions amongst girls changed from sports to talking about dick.


We get another clip and it’s from the episode where Snake asked Melanie if she wanted to go see the Oscar nominated Revenge of the Reptiles. We cut to present day Caitlin and Snake and I love how she mentions how fucking awkward Snake always was to ask people out on a date. She asks him how he really is in real life in asking a girl out. It’s pretty clear that he and Snake are one in the same. He says that he doesn’t ask girls out, he wants the girl to make the first move. The way he’s talking to her, he looks shy as hell and he totally admits that he is. Joey “Pat” says that a girl once asked him to dance and he said that the guys were jealous of his height because the girl was so much taller than him, basically his face was buried in her tits and he loved it.

We then get to the subject of homosexuality. They then talk to various gay dudes and how it was hard for them to come out, but that most people knew already basically. Lucy randomly asks this one guy what his thoughts are on the subject and he says, “I think homosexuality is wrong and if you want to be a homo go some where else.” Man I bet he wants to send them to Siberia. This other girl says that it’s disgusting and morally wrong. This other white bread guy says that they should be put on an island and then drop a bomb on them. So yeah, a lot of homophobia back in the day. They would have a heart attack if they saw how much more open people today are.

homophobe guy homophobe girl


Snake is talking to one of the dudes and he mentions how his character on the show had a tough time dealing with the fact that his brother is gay. It’s kind of embarrassing that he would bring that up. If I was that dude I would have told him, bitch that was a TV show not real life. Going on, he asks the guy if he’s ever had to deal with homophobia and of course he has. He said that high school was really hard for him. He goes on to say how a PE teacher said that Homosexuality has no love and it’s all just based on lust.

snake trying to relate

The question about whether Homosexuality was taught at school comes up and almost everyone says no. Most of the stuff is about sex 101. Wheels asks the question if someone came out at school how they would be treated. This girl says badly, because a lot of people would be after them. This other guy says that they would be isolated. Another one says that he would be afraid of getting porked by said homosexual. The things people think and say. Amazing.

I knew this clip was coming. It’s the episode where Caitlin was having erotic lesbianic dreams about Ms Avery. Caitlin then starts talking about how when they filmed that episode that her own sister was dealing with the same shit that her character was.  We cut to her home and she asks her sister about how she felt when she saw the episode. Her sister by the way is Kim and it says that she’s 21. She say that it was really hard for her and that she had a crush on one of her teachers too.

kim stacie

This gay dude named Bentley starts talking about how hard it is to come out to people and how when you meet other people you’re coming out again and again. Back to Stacie and her sister she says that she was pressured to deny that she was a lesbian. She said that when she was in college she even slept with a guy because she was in denial with herself.

The subject of why people are afraid of gay people comes up and this chick says that it mostly comes out of ignorance and I think she’s pretty spot on there. One guy says that a lot of people think that if they hang out with a gay person that they’ll become “homo” too.

Stacie’s sister Kim then goes into this really disturbing story about how she’s in charge of this gay group at her school and how she put fliers all over the school. She mentions how someone put their own fliers up and wrote, “Bring bats, clubs or any other weapons capable of severe mutilation.” “Hooray for aids.” Man people are straight up fucked up and even Stacie can’t contain her disgust on hearing that. Her sister mentions her fears of someone actually trying to hurt her or others.

caitlin sister 2

The episode now sounding like an episode of Hard Copy starts showing a news paper article about a librarian who died because of a result of “queer bashing”. Of course this little piece wouldn’t be complete with out the disturbing music they added. The gay dude with Snake says that he was in classes with a couple of the guys who killed the librarian. Kim starts saying that one of her friends is afraid for her because she feels that she puts out her lesbianism way too out there for people. She says that she would rather live a short happy life being who she is than having a long invisible life.


The subject of falling in love comes in and Snake starts going on about how he fell in love with his best friend. Me being nosy I was telling the screen, “Well who was it motherfucker?” But of course he didn’t answer. Joey, “Pat’ says that his first time with love was really painful for him, but he says that he’s ready to fall in love again.

stacie host

Stacie comes along and says that while you think that it’s just you going through all this bullshit you’re not alone. Random people then start giving advice on how to conquer puberty. The final words come from the dude that was with Snake and he says, “Just remember, you are who you are.”

So yeah, these stories are really fucking disturbing. This was the most disturbing episode of Degrassi Talks yet, but I have a feeling that it’ll get even more hardcore in later installments.


Author: Degrassi Guy

Hi there and welcome to my little corner of the Degrassi Universe in the far side of interwebs. For all ten of you who are reading this, welcome! Degrassi Junior High/High was a show produced in Canada that showed the trials and tribulations of every day students. This show tackled everything and I mean everything. From alcoholism, depression, pedophiles, bullies, eating disorders, hitchhiking, death of parents, adoption, teen pregnancy, hiding other products to get condoms so no one will notice. To pornography, suicide, getting the smack down from your mustached boyfriend and getting the guts to get away from him. If I missed anything, trust me. Degrassi didn't. Degrassi was pretty much as real as it got. Especially back when I first started seeing it. Saved by the Bell it was not. You never saw Zack Morris smoking weed, getting Kelly Kapowski pregnant or AC Slater giving Jessie a good beating when she sassed him. So sit back and get ready to reacquaint yourself with the beginning of the Degrassi Universe. For those of you who are new, you don't know what you're in for. But that's a good thing. This is Degrassi Junior High/High seen through my eyes. Basically what I loved and hated. Some of you may disagree with what I think, but that's ok. Mostly though, after all these years later. I still love this cheesy show.

3 thoughts on “Degrassi Talks: “On Sexuality”

  1. I thought beating off made you blind? I can’t see straight so it must be true. I can’t stand homophobes. If they would just try sticking a dick in their ass they could see how good it actually feels. They are missing out!!! The only thing morally wrong is when a straight person says being gay is wrong. FUCK YOU!! I really enjoy Caitlin and Snake freaks me out by how much he ages and grows with each fucking episode. Joey probably gets boners while watching cartoons.

  2. Without It of Course You would not have had Heartbreak High,Beverley Hills 90210,Saved by the Bell or even Sweet Valley High.I watched it well after it ended in the 90’s on the ABC in Australia but it did do all the topics that have been mentioned about very well.I admit the Eating Disorder stories could have been better done as Australian Soaps like Neighbours have taught us you can’t do them in one or two episodes.One of the best things of shows of this type is that you didn’t need violence/murder/gore or bad boys to keep the viewers keen.Yes I am aware Canada did show Home and Away quite a long time ago and if it was to ever be revived over there they would be very shocked to see what’s come of it since the eighties and nineties which has all those horrible things I have mentioned of.

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