The Best Years

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The Best Years
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Genre Teen drama
Created by Aaron Martin
Starring Charity Shea
Randal Edwards
Brandon Jay McLaren
Athena Karkanis
Jennifer Miller
Sherry Miller
Niall Matter
Theme music composer Mark Wiebe
Opening theme "Infinite Possibility" by Markattack
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 21 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Aaron Martin (season 1)
Brenda Greenberg
Noreen Halpern
John Morayniss
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s) Blueprint Entertainment
Best Years Productions
Distributor CanWest Global Communications
Original channel Global (2007)
E! (2009)
Audio format Monaural, stereo
Original run May 22, 2007 (2007-05-22) – May 15, 2009 (2009-05-15)
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The Best Years is a Canadian teen drama television series set in Boston, Massachusetts. The series was created by producer and writer of Degrassi: The Next Generation, Aaron Martin. The first season was shown on Global in Canada and The N in the United States. The second season was shown in the US on The N and in Canada on E!, CanWest's secondary network.


The show revolves around Samantha Best (Charity Shea), who receives a scholarship to attend Charles University, a fictional Ivy League school, despite bouncing between foster homes for ten years.


The storyline follows Samantha Best, who grew up in foster care, and her classmates as they attend the university. The first season included episodes involving cocaine addiction, child molestation, and suicide. The second and final season picked up eight months after season one with many characters absent and replaced with new characters and focused romantic entanglements.



According to Mediaweek, ratings the show debuted with 323,250 total viewers on Friday, June 29 at 8:30 p.m. ET, which more than doubled the time period average.[citation needed]


Production notes[edit]

The show's theme song is titled "Infinite Possibility" and was written and performed by Mark Wiebe, also known as Markattack or Sinewave.[1] Outdoor scenes from the show were filmed on the campus of the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, as well as the University of Toronto, and interior scenes of the campus were re-created at the Toronto Film Studios.[2]

DVD releases[edit]

Entertainment One has released the entire series on DVD in Region 1.[3][4]

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
The Complete First Season 13 March 10, 2009
The Complete Second and Final Season 8 June 15, 2010


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