The Best Years

The Best Years Information

The Best Years is a Canadian teen drama 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 U.S. 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 season picked up eight months after season one with many characters absent and replaced with new characters and focused romantic entanglements.


  • Charity Shea as Samantha Best
  • Randal Edwards as Noah Jensen
  • Jennifer Miller as Kathryn Klarner
  • Sherry Miller as Dorothy O'Sullivan
  • Lauren Collins as Alicia O'Sullivan (Guest Season 1; Recurring Season 2)
  • Brandon Jay McLaren as Devon Sylver (Season 1)
  • Athena Karkanis as Dawn Vargaz (Season 1)
  • Niall Matter as Trent Hamilton (Season 1)
  • Alan Van Sprang as Lee Campbell (Season 1)
  • Tommy Lioutas as Rich Powell (Season 2)
  • Michael Xavier as Delman (Season 2)
  • Ashley Diana Morris as Shannon Biel (Season 2)
  • Nadiya Chettiar as Poppi Bansal (Season 2)
  • Mishael Morgan as Robyn Crawford (Season 2)


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.


Main article: List of The Best Years episodes

Production notes

The show's theme song is titled "Infinite Possibility" and was written and performed by Mark Wiebe, also known as Markattack or Sinewave. 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.

DVD releases

Entertainment One has released the entire series on DVD in Region 1.

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

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