Fifteen (TV series)

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Fifteen
Also known asHillside
GenreTeen drama, dramedy
Created byJohn T. Binkley
Written by
  • John T. Binkley
  • Judy Bryson
  • John Lazarus
  • Tom Smith
  • Joan Weir
  • Ian Weir
Directed by
  • Michael Berry
  • John T. Binkley
Composer(s)
  • Benito Altobelli
  • Matt Ender
  • Ian Weir
  • Brian Wright
Country of origin
  • Canada
  • United States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes65
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • John T. Binkley
  • Brown Johnson
  • Sherrie Matthews
  • Don Smith
  • Sheldon S. Wiseman
Producer(s)
  • John T. Binkley
  • David Dewar
  • Marisa Doolan
  • Frank Taylor
Editor(s)Jana Fritsch
Running time25 minutes
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Release
Original network
Original releaseFebruary 3, 1991 (1991-02-03) – April 25, 1993 (1993-04-25)

Fifteen (known as Hillside in Canada) is a Canadian-American teen drama that aired on YTV in Canada and on Nickelodeon from 1991 to 1993. Created and produced by John T. Binkley, the series was Nickelodeon's only teenage soap opera. The show was shot on videotape, similar to most daytime dramas.

The series was first conceived as Fifteen in an improvised form for The Disney Channel, where a 13-episode pilot series was produced and tested in the U.S. After Disney decided not to proceed with the project, Nickelodeon and Canadian partners joined Binkley in producing the series which was known in its first and second seasons as Hillside in Canada, and throughout the 65-episode run as Fifteen in the U.S. The show was subsequently syndicated around the world, with runs in Germany and Israel, among others.

The series features a large ensemble cast which underwent several changes over the show's four-season run. Notable cast members include Laura Harris, Enuka Okuma, and Ryan Reynolds.

Plot[edit]

Fifteen followed the students of fictional Hillside School and dealt with a variety of issues including dating, divorce, alcohol abuse, infidelity and friendship. The show played heavily into stereotypes, including two characters named Dylan and Chris, who wore leather jackets to show off their toughness, but which could not completely disguise their inner selves. At one point, they play a gig with their band Teenagers In Love at local eatery and hangout spot The Avalon. [1]

Cast[edit]

  • Laura Harris as Ashley Frasier – Ashley is a soft-spoken honor student who struggles to balance academic expectations with personal relationships. Though considered wholesome, she occasionally makes bad decisions to spite her image.
  • Todd Talbot as Matt Walker – The captain and star player of the school’s basketball team, Matt struggles with substance abuse throughout the series which harms his relationships and school reputation.
  • Ryan Reynolds as Billy Simpson – The younger brother of Courtney, Billy frequently hangs around Dylan and looks up to him. After facing family problems and personal betrayal, Billy turns to bullying to mask his emotions.
  • Chris William Martin as Dylan Blackwell – The mysterious rebel of the school, Dylan aspires to become a musician. He’s often stuck managing conflict within his band, has a troubled relationship with his parents and later drops out of school.
  • Robyn Ross as Brooke Morgan (Seasons 1–3) – Brooke is the self-centered and mean-spirited antagonist who often inserts herself into other’s business where it’s not warranted.
  • Sarah Douglas as Courtney Simpson (Seasons 1–3) – Courtney is the modest best friend of Ashley. She navigates a difficult relationship with her brother Billy during their parent’s separation.
  • Ken Angel as Jake Deosdade (Seasons 1 & 3) – Jake is a good friend to many students at Hillside, but fancies Courtney in particular. Absent in China through season 2, Jake returns to Hillside for season 3.
  • Enuka Okuma as Kelly (Season 1) – Brooke’s equally cunning friend. Friction begins when Brooke allows Kelly to take the blame for a scheme they both conspired on.
  • Janine Cox as Theresa Morgan (Season 1) – Brooke’s little sister that begins to lose respect for her sibling when she learns Brooke pays others to do her homework.
  • Aubrey Nealon as Olaf (Season 1) – A transfer student from Finland ostracized by most of the students. He often struggles to find the right word to describe his circumstance.
  • Ahnee Boyce as Cyndi (Season 1) – An activist for environmental causes who is frustrated with the lack of concern from students.
  • Roxanne Alexander as Roxanne Lee (Seasons 2–4) – Roxanne is an associate of Chris who displays a tough exterior and is often the catalyst for dissent within Dylan’s band. Roxanne shows a more vulnerable side during Season 4.
  • Andrew Baskin as Chris McDonald (Seasons 2–4) – A troubled youth often at odds with others, especially Dylan. Seen as a hoodlum, he later makes a genuine attempt to change his ways.
  • Lisa Warner as Stacy Collins (Seasons 2–4) – An awkward and timid girl who begins an unlikely friendship with Brooke. While she initially looks up to Brooke, Stacy begins tiring of her attitude.
  • David Wight as David O'Brien (Seasons 2–4) – The student manager / trainer of the basketball team. While a bit shy, Dave doesn’t hesitate to stand up for himself or others when provoked.
  • Arseman Yohannes as Arseman Harrell (Seasons 2–4) – Arseman is a cheerful, candid person who often lends other students advice or a kind ear. She has a good singing voice, which attracts the attention of Dylan’s band.
  • John Boyd as John DiMarco (Seasons 2–3) – A prankster who catches the wrath of Billy over a joke he pulls on him.
  • Erin Inglis as Erin Walker (Seasons 2–3) – Matt’s adoring younger sister, Erin is protective of her brother and is easily offended by rumors about him.
  • Claire Langlois as Amanda Morgan (Season 2) – Brooke’s other sister. Amanda provokes her sister’s ire after she tattles on Brooke to her parents.
  • Rekha Shah as Janice (Season 2) – An overly eager and awkward new transfer student that has difficulty making friends upon her arrival.
  • Minna Koch as Lea (Season 2) – Lea befriends Erin when the latter is having difficulty fitting in at school.
  • James Greye as Richard (Season 3) – Responsible for booking the musical acts at The Avalon.
  • Micah Cox as Micah (Season 4) – A player on the boys soccer team. Micah briefly clashes with Pepper over her success at his expense.
  • Russell Dayvault as Russ Talbot (Season 4) – Pepper’s best friend. When Russ has health complications, his friends become concerned.
  • Erin Donovan as Brittany Nichols (Season 4) – Brittany is highly aware of her attractiveness and not beyond using it to her benefit. She has an acute knowledge of football.
  • Elizabeth Ortiz as Liz (Season 4) – Similar to Courtney’s character, Liz is a reserved student who enjoys writing poetry, later forming a friendship with Roxanne.
  • Pepper Binkley as Pepper O'Brien (Season 4) – Dave’s tomboy sister who is heavily into sports. She later tries out for the boys soccer team.
  • Allie [Allison] Bloom as Jennifer Locke (Season 4) – A spiritual successor to Brooke, Jennifer is a shallow and materialistic individual from a wealthy family.
  • Jason Angel as Jason Locke (Season 4) – The precocious younger brother of Jennifer whose knowledge often helps solve other student’s dilemmas.
  • Loyal Pyczynski as Loyal (Season 4) – Introduced late in the series, Loyal is Billy’s new stepbrother from his mother’s marriage to Billy's father.

Episodes[edit]

Season Ep. # First Airdate Last Airdate
Season 1 13 February 3, 1991 April 28, 1991
Season 2 13 August 4, 1991 October 27, 1991
Season 3 13 February 2, 1992 April 26, 1992
Season 4 26 November 1, 1992 April 25, 1993

The entire first season is available for download from iTunes. The first season was previously on Hulu and currently streams on Amazon Prime.

Production notes[edit]

The series' head writer for all 65 episodes was Ian Weir, who wrote all but five episodes. Its director was Michael Berry.

The first season of the show was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, the second season was recorded at the studios of CJOH-TV in Ottawa, Ontario, and the third and fourth seasons were videotaped at Nickelodeon Studios at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1993 Young Artist Awards Nominated Best Young Actor Co-starring in a Cable Series Ryan Reynolds
Best Young Actor Starring in a Cable Series Chris William Martin
Best Young Actress Co-starring in a Cable Series Arseman Yohannes
Best Young Actress Starring in a Cable Series Laura Harris
Best Young Actress Starring in a Cable Series Robyn Ross

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