Parents' Guide to

The Best Years

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

A look at college life, Degrassi style.

TV The N Drama 2007
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Following his tremendous success as head writer on hit teen series Degrassi: The Next Generation, Aaron Martin has turned his focus to the college world in The Best Years. Teens -- especially those contemplating or already familiar with college life -- will relate to many of the issues of identity facing the characters in The Best Years: "Where do I go from here?" "What do I value?" "Who am I, and what do I want out of life?"

The series puts a soap-opera spin on real campus life, with viable storylines enhanced for dramatic effect. Samantha's relationship with her roommate, Kathryn (Jennifer Miller), a rich socialite from the Midwest, gets off to a rocky start when the two disagree in the aftermath of a tragic accident. Handsome basketball star Devon (Brandon Jay McLaren) quickly catches Samantha's eye and causes plenty of distraction from her work, and Hollywood celeb Dawn Vargas (Athena Karkanis) looks to Samantha for the down-to-earth philosophy she's craving from "real" life. While it's sure to entertain your teens, be sure they understand the realistic implications of the frequent underage drinking, occasional strong language, and sexual relationships between the characters.

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