From Alan Jones of Vice:
An Oral History of Street Cents: the Best Kids’ Show Ever on Canadian TV
Teenagers are the demographic most susceptible to misleading advertising. It’s not that all teenagers are dumb (although a lot of them are), but when you combine adolescent insecurity, peer pressure, and a lack of experience with regretful purchases of trendy, overpriced crap, you’ve got yourself an easy target for profit-hungry corporations selling everything from “Smurfs to acne products.” At least, that’s how it was in 1989, when John Nowlan, an executive producer of children and youth programming at CBC Halifax, created Street Cents: a show about consumer awareness for the people who needed it most. Continue reading.
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I recall watching this show for the first time at a friend’s slumber party in the early to mid-nineties. After that it became a big water cooler show (or I should say, water fountain show) at school. I wanted to watch it at home but at that time we had only antenna tv (aka . farmervision) and often the reception sucked so my dad would have to go onto the roof to readjust the antenna. Well one day he wasn’t around and I really wanted to watch Street Cents so I went on the roof to adjust it myself and my darn brother knocked the latter down and I spent a windy evening on the roof for 3 hours. Reading this article reminded me of that time. I was really into that show.
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