Hillside (TV series)

Also known as 'Fifteen'
Genre Teen drama, dramedy
Created by John 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 seasons 4
No. of episodes 65
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 time 25 min
Original network YTV
Original release February 3, 1991 (1991-02-03) – April 25, 1993 (1993-04-25)

Hillside (known as Fifteen in the United States) is a Canadian-American teen drama that aired on YTV in Canada 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.


Hillside followed the students of fictional Hillside School and dealt with a variety of issues including dating, divorce, alcohol abuse, 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.



SeasonEp. #First AirdateLast 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.

Production notes

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

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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