Tonight at 8:30, after the premiere of the
second half of Degrassi‘s sixth season, The N is debuting the college
drama The Best Years. It’s getting pretty good reviews so
New York Times said the show "immerses itself so deeply in the
pits of class warfare that its characters might as well be carrying cans of
mace." And they mean this in a good way.
"This show’s radical
idea," summarizes the Times reviewer, "is to depict a world
closer to the one we inhabit than the one we pretend to live in: a place where
money and provenance really are untrumpable determinants of the social order."
Class warfare on a college campus? I’m in! Here’s a look at the cast:
Here’s the description of the show from its official site:
The Best Years, the highly anticipated hour-long drama created by
Aaron Martin (Degrassi: The Next Generation) follows orphaned and
full-ride scholar, Samantha Best (Charity Shea), as she starts her freshman
year at the prestigious Charles University in Boston, Massachusetts. Samantha
has been shuffled through the foster care system her entire life and is finally
looking forward to a future of new opportunities and friendships. She has
to contend with the ins and outs of college as she struggles to find her own
Along the way Samantha meets her new roommate Kathryn Klarner, (Jennifer
Miller) a rich socialite from one of the most prominent families in the mid-west;
Devon Sylver, (Brandon Jay McLaren) a fellow scholarship recipient and star
basketball player who has caught her eye; Dawn Vargas (Athena Karkanis) child
actor who trades in Hollywood for university; Trent Hamilton (Niall Matter)
part-time student and full-time head bartender at Boston’s hot spot,
Colony; and Noah Jensen (Randal Edwards) Devon’s room-mate, a business
major with a future planned in Hollywood. With a part-time job at Colony,
Samantha finds herself juggling a lot more than just academics. With her new-found
friends, her employer, Lee Campbell (Alan van Sprang) and the benefactress
of her scholarship, Dorothy O’Sullivan (Sherry Miller), Samantha has
found her new, occasionally dysfunctional, family.
Wow, so much potential drama. You know what happens when former child stars and business majors get together: major party! Also, "finding your identity" in college — dare we hope for some LUG action?
Let’s take a closer look at the women:
I guess I could give up an hour of my life to watch this. In the name of "research,"
Watch video clips and read more about Samantha, Kathryn and Dawn at bestyearstv.com, and then come back here after the premiere and tell us what you thought about it. Lori and I will give you our opinions on it in our video blog on Saturday night.