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One week a month, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new show coming out that week. This week, we’re looking at teen dramas, as The CW’s Riverdale prepares to throw the subgenre’s greatest hits in a high-speed blender.

Degrassi: The Next Generation, “Take On Me” (season three, episode 16; originally aired 2/16/2004)

The best Canadian television imports bring with them a certain specialist appeal. SCTV and The Kids In The Hall tapped the comedy nerds. Recovering drama-club members gibed with the behind-the-scenes happenings of Slings And Arrows. In Canadian-U.S. border cities, tight-knit bands of NHL fans rally around Hockey Night In Canada. And since 1979, drama junkies with a healthy suspension of disbelief have flocked to De Grassi Street.

The Degrassi franchise rides a curious divide: With untested young talent giving unvarnished performances, its various series deal honestly with topics like teen ...