The first season of Degrassi Junior High premiered on January 18, 1987 with 13 episodes played every friday. It introduces a group of seventh and eighth grade school children, and follows their lives as they deal with the typical issues and challenges of teenage life, such as: drug abuse, child abuse, pedophilia, teenage pregnancy, homosexuality, divorce, and much more. This season depicts the fall semester of the 1987-1988 school year, later retconned to the fall semester of the 1988-1989 school year.
The following 20 actors recieved star-billing:
- Nicole Stoffman as Stephanie Kaye, the newfound rebellious school president from a broken home who is reinventing herself by "loosening up", losing her old friends by doing so.
- Niki Kemeny as Voula Grivogiannis, Stephanie's former best friend with high expectations and strict parents, who struggles to be a normal teenager while keeping her self-morals.
- Pat Mastroianni as Joey Jeremiah, a humorous and immature class clown who is known for slacking off and teasing underclassmen, plays keyboards in the band Zit Remedy.
- Neil Hope as Derek "Wheels" Wheeler, a troubled student coping with his adopted parents and meeting his biological father, plays bass in the band Zit Remedy.
- Stefan Brogren as Archibald "Snake" Simpson, a tall, friendly student, plays guitar in the band Zit Remedy.
- Anais Granofsky as Lucy Fernandez, a wordly popular girl with neglectful parents who develops a problem with shoplifiting.
- Amanda Cook as Lorraine "L.D." Delacorte, an athletic tomboy and feminist dealing with her sick father and having a deceased mother.
- Angela Deiseach and Maureen Deiseach as Erica Farrell and Heather Farrell, twin sisters.
- Amanda Stepto as Christine "Spike" Nelson, an easy-going, punk-rock girl who becomes pregnant and is forced to make some hard decisions.
- Bill Parrot as Shane McKay, an irresponsible party-boy who impregnates his girlfriend.
- Stacie Mistysyn as Caitlin Ryan, a human rights activist and aspiring journalist who is confused about her sexuality after having fantasies about her female teacher.
- Sarah Charlesworth as Susie Rivera, the school's vice president and yearbook editor, Caitlin's close friend.
- Sara Ballingall as Melanie Brodie, a gawky but open-minded girl who is self conscious about her body and desperate for new experiences.
- Rebecca Haines as Kathleen Mead, a gossip with a rude attitude.
- Craig Driscoll as Rick Munro, a bad boy who hardly smiles due to his abusive homelife, currently repeating grade seven.
- Duncan Waugh as Arthur Kobalewscuy, an awkward, sexually curious outcast who wants to fit in or at least be acknowledged by his popular sister, Stephanie Kaye.
- Siluck Saysanasy as Yick Yu, a nerdy outcast who wants to fit in and is struggling with school, Arthur's partner-in-crime.
- Dan Woods as Daniel Raditch, the strict English teacher, generally teaches grade 8.
- Michelle Goodeve as Karen Avery, the history/geography teacher who has a rumor spread that she is a lesbian, generally teaches grade 7.
- Deborah Lobban as Doris Bell, the kind-hearted and caring school secretary.
- Irene Courakos as Alexa Pappadopolos, a baby-loving, boy-obsessed girl. (Grade 8)
- Arlene Lott as Nancy Kramer, an active, know-it-all student, who keeps herself updated on everything. (Grade 8)
- Keith White as Tim O'Connor, a smart, bookish student, Nancy's best friend. (Grade 8)
- Ken Hung as Wai Lee, a chubby Asian student on the swim team. (Grade 8)
- Tyson Talbot as Jason Cox, a sexist athlete who was on the student council, but resigned. (Grade 7)
- John Ioannou as Alex Yankou, the school's biggest nerd. (Grade 7)
- Danah-Jean Brown as Trish Skye, a quiet red-headed girl, active in many school activities. (Grade 7)
- Michelle Accette (Maureen McKay) and Diana Economopoulos (Chrissa Erodotou) appear as background students in several episodes.
Main article: Episode Guide
|Season #||Series #||Title||Original Airdate||Production Code|
|1||1||"Kiss Me, Steph"||January 18, 1987||101|
|2||2||"The Big Dance"||January 25, 1987||102|
|3||3||"The Experiment"||February 1, 1987||103|
|4||4||"The Cover-Up"||February 8, 1987||104|
|5||5||"The Great Race"||February 15, 1987||105|
|6||6||"Rumor Has It"||February 22, 1987||106|
|7||7||"Best Laid Plans"||March 1, 1987||107|
|8||8||"Nothing to Fear"||March 8, 1987||108|
|9||9||"What a Night!"||March 15, 1987||109|
|10||10||"Smokescreen"||March 22, 1987||110|
|11||11||"It's Late"||March 29, 1987||111|
|12||12||"Parents' Night"||April 5, 1987||112|
|13||13||"Revolution!"||April 12, 1987||113|
- This was the first season of The Degrassi Franchise if you don't count The Kids of Degrassi Street.
- First instance of a school election.
- First instance of best friends breaking up.
- First instance of sneaking out.
- First ever school dance.
- First instance of changing into sexier clothing in the school's bathroom.
- First instance of confusion about sexuality.
- First instance of sensual dreams.
- First instance of drinking alcohol.
- First instance of being drunk on campus.
- First instance of throwing up on a date.
- First instance of drug interest.
- First instance of negative body image.
- First instance of sexuall harassment by an authority figure.
- First instance of an abusive homelife.
- The following couples blossomed this season:
- Shane-Christine Relationship
- Derek-Stephanie Relationship