The Mother of All Degrassi
by Linda Schuyler
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Pub Date 17 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 02 Nov 2022
When a young schoolteacher decides to teach her Grade 8 class about filmmaking and creates a documentary that ends up being broadcast internationally, she sets in motion a career of storytelling for an age group largely ignored by TV executives … and creates one of the most-loved television franchises of all time.
Includes fabulous behind-the-scenes photos and stories for Degrassi fans
Linda Schuyler, co-creator and executive producer of the long-running Degrassi series, shares her personal stories about the grit and determination necessary to make it as a woman entrepreneur in the bourgeoning independent Canadian television industry of the early 1980s.
After surviving a near-fatal car accident in 1968, Linda found her life continuing to veer in unexpected directions, ultimately leading her to use her innate abilities as an educator to become a successful storyteller and businesswoman.
Linda’s deep fondness for teenagers has made her a champion for adolescents. In The Mother of All Degrassi, she shares her strong belief that television is all about story, and good story is all about making the political personal. Through anecdotes and introspection — and some great behind-the-scenes stories for Degrassi fans — Linda examines her philosophy to dream big, think small, meet life head-on, and always keep an open heart.
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Average rating from 28 members
The Mother of All Degrassi should definitely be a book of interest for any Degrassi fan. Degrassi is easily one of my favorite television shows: I started watching as a middle schooler when The Next Generation premiered, and since then I've watched every episode multiple times. Reading this book brought back many great memories and prompted conversations with my husband about several of the significant episodes and storylines. I really appreciated learning about Schuyler's personal experiences that served inspiration for parts of the series, as well as conveying the overall message to the audience that they are not alone. Degrassi covers so many important issues for it's intended age group, and Schuyler really did something great with this show. I truly enjoyed reading The Mother of All Degrassi and now I'm ready to watch the series for the 20th time.
Also, Downtown Sasquatch is the best Degrassi band, and team EClare for life.
Thanks to Netgalley and ECW Press for this ARC; this is my honest and voluntary review.