The Kids Of Degrassi Street

1980 - 1986

In 1979, Linda Schuyler, a former schoolteacher, and Kit Hood, a commercial editor, acquired the rights to the book Ida Makes a Movie by Kay Chorao and adapted it into the first episode of what would become The Kids of Degrassi Street. 

The Kids of Degrassi Street was the first series in the Degrassi franchise.  This series follows a diverse group of kids in an east end Toronto neighbourhood—experiencing the personal and ethical choices that children make as they grow and learn about themselves and others.

The 26-episode series (produced by Playing With Time Inc.) debuted in 1980 on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and garnered many awards around the world, including the International Emmy and the Prix Jeunesse.