System Crash

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System Crash
Created byJosh Morris
StarringSee Below
Country of originCanada
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes45
Production
Running time30 minutes
Release
Original networkYTV
Picture format480i (4:3 SDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 2, 1999 (1999-09-02) –
December 9, 2001 (2001-12-09)

System Crash is a Canadian youth sketch comedy television show, which aired on YTV from 1999 to 2001.[1]

The series centred on a group of students in a junior high school media club, telling the events of their fictional school, Lambton Junior High, in the past week.[2] Each episode usually had a theme, e.g. parents.

Recurring segments[edit]

  • Fly on the Wall - Uses hidden cameras to show what happens when no one is looking (e.g. why girls go to the bathroom in pairs and what do they do once they're in there?)
  • Burnbaum Helps - Burnbaum helping people. However, it always ends badly for the person that asks for help. It was replaced with Battleford Helps when Burnbaum left the show.
  • Canadian Council for Concerned Kids - Zoe's informative 'public service announcement' styled segment, providing important messages to adults on the way they should treat and interact with their children.
  • Garage Band - During the first season (1999), several of the episodes ended with a Garage Band segment. It featured members of the Canadian band Serial Joe playing humorous songs with the principal cast.
  • Lambton News - Talks about current events. Hosted by Carla Waller in the first season and Emily Pereira afterwards.
  • Sports Update - An update on sports at the school. Hosted by Wedgie Goldstein in the first season and Noogie Monoham (Zach Pettiford) afterwards.
  • Lambton Legends - Looking back at various legendary athletes and other famous Lambton alumni.
  • Lambton Home Shopping - Beau Peterson sells useless products and inventions to the students of Lambton via a Home Shopping Network styled-show.
  • Movie Spoofs - Movies of all kinds were constantly spoofed - Examples include Gladiator, Cast Away, Star Wars, The Maltese Falcon, The Incredible Hulk, The Matrix, E.T., Jaws, etc.
  • Kyle's Notes - Kyle Cooper giving unreliable lectures and his notes. This was used during the first season and ended when Ryan Field left the show.

Cast[edit]

Season 1[edit]

  • Nathaniel Siegler (as Nathan Burnbaum)
  • Haleigh Sheehan (as Zoe McLaughlan-Fernandez)
  • Kendra FitzRandolph (as Bridget Hendrickson)
  • Tony Del Rio (as William 'Tek' Gibson)
  • Ryan Field (as Kyle Copper)
  • Alithea Watters (as Carla Waller)
  • Shamba Amani (as Mr. Cooper)

Season 2[edit]

  • Nathaniel Siegler (as Nathan Burnbaum)
  • Haleigh Sheehan (as Zoe McLaughlan-Fernandez)
  • Kendra FitzRandolph (as Bridget Hendrickson)
  • Tony Del Rio (as William 'Tek' Gibson)
  • Owen Rotharmel (as Beau Peterson)

Season 3[edit]

  • Nathaniel Siegler (as Nathan Burnbaum)
  • Haleigh Sheehan (as Zoe McLaughlan-Fernandez)
  • Kendra FitzRandolph (as Bridget Hendrickson)
  • Owen Rotharmel (as Beau Peterson)
  • Rajiv Surendra (as Chuck Singh)
  • Jordan Dawe[3]

Season 4[edit]

  • Haleigh Sheehan (as Zoe McLaughlan-Fernandez)
  • Owen Rotharmel (as Beau Peterson)
  • Connor Lynch (as Bobby Battleford)
  • Esmeralda Smith-Romero (as Samantha Briggs)
  • Nathan Stephenson (as James Alexander)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greenaway, Kathryn (March 13, 1999). "Teenage angst gets its own TV show: System Crash succeeds by showing teens their own world". Montreal Gazette. p. 39. Retrieved June 23, 2020.
  2. ^ Grant McIntyre, "From crass to Crash Kids' television writer/producer has done it all". The Globe and Mail, March 20, 1999.
  3. ^ Gordon Kennedy, "Young actor lands spot on YTV program". Sudbury Star, June 30, 2000.

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