August 18, 2022

With the announcement that HBO Max was blessing the world as soon as extra with what is sort of probably probably the most dramatic highschool to ever grace the small display, it’s time to have a look again on the present teenagers and tweens alike couldn’t get sufficient of within the early 2000s, Degrassi: The Subsequent Era. The fourth and longest-running of the franchise so far, Degrassi: The Subsequent Era at all times promised to go there and by no means did not ship. It set a bar each teen present that’s adopted has tried to achieve, and whereas Euphoria has come shut — there might by no means be one other fairly like The Subsequent Era. It gave followers all the things from a number of teen pregnancies to the repercussions of bullying to a plethora of LGBTQ characters. Now it’s time to dive into the most effective and brightest from all fourteen seasons of the most effective Canadian imports ever, Degrassi: The Subsequent Era.


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“Mom and Little one Reunion” (Season 1, Episode 1)

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Lengthy earlier than mother and father took declare of locations like Fb to share Minion memes, they feared the web. A lot in order that the late ‘90s and early ‘00s have been splattered with very particular episodes in regards to the risks of logging on. So it’s not stunning Degrassi began there when it picked up a decade after Degrassi Excessive with one in all its alums, Spike (Amanda Stepto), who was now a single mother to Emma (Miriam McDonald). Emma not solely thought she was assembly somebody her age, she went as much as a grown man’s resort room. Many have been bowled over by how intense it was when stranger hazard went into full impact. Fortunately Emma was not harmed, shaken however protected to reside one other day whereas nonetheless driving house the unsafe methods of the web.

“Shout” Half 1 & 2 (Season 2, Episode 7 & 8)

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By the second season Degrassi had already handled physique points, drug utilization, and the way one handles having a homosexual dad or mum. So season two needed to step it up. The primary of many two-parters, “Shout” stays one in all Paige’s (Lauren Collins) most memorable as she was sexually assaulted at a celebration. Followers hooked up themselves to the center of “Shout” and the way persons are made to really feel responsible for being the sufferer, and the way that guilt can place a heavy burden on their psychological well being.

“Satisfaction” Half 1 & 2 (Season 3, Episode 3 & 4)

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It’s clear when Degrassi went with a two-parter, they meant enterprise as a result of come the third season there was nothing extra to speak about than “Satisfaction.” There’s quite a bit about this episode that is allowed it to face the check of time. First, when Spinner (Shane Kippel) can’t consider Marco (Adamo Ruggiero) would miss out on a date with Degrassi’s most interesting for his mother’s pasta sauce. The way in which he delivered that line, a meme earlier than memes have been a factor. Comical pronunciation apart, the emotional peaks and valleys of “Satisfaction” left followers agasp when Marco’s the sufferer of a hate crime. This episode initially aired in 2003, and nonetheless holds loads of weight within the historical past of LGBTQ characters on tv for portraying the truth homosexual youths face.

“Time Stands Nonetheless” Half 2 (Season 4, Episode 7)

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That is the place Degrassi solidified itself as a result of those that didn’t even watch the present knew about this episode. Granted years later it’d be as a result of Drake was the point of interest, however nonetheless. “Time Stands Nonetheless” initially aired 5 years after the tragedy of Columbine, and college violence was nonetheless (and stays) a sizzling matter. This episode revolved round girlfriend abuser turned quiz bowl champ Rick (Ephraim Ellis) being humiliated on TV. Spinner and Jay (Mike Lobel) have been accountable however made it seem to be it was Jimmy’s (Drake) concept, main Rick to carry a gun to highschool. Jimmy’s shot and paralyzed, and Rick fails to make it out alive as he struggles with Sean (Daniel Clark) over the weapon. Virtually 20 years later and gun violence, at the very least in America, continues to be a problem that’s but to be handled, so this episode stays as related as we speak as ever.

“Our Lips Are Sealed” Half 1 & 2 (Season 5, Episode 15 & 16)

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The fifth season had loads of storylines that made followers do a double-take from a being pregnant to an curiosity in cosmetic surgery as a teen, however probably the most compelling was Emma’s consuming dysfunction. Skinny being in was one thing pushed within the ‘90s, however by the point this episode aired in 2006, the message had made its method all the way down to celebrities teenagers have been being attentive to like Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton. So Emma’s wrestle wasn’t unusual amongst viewers at the moment. Probably triggered by earlier episodes through which her BFF Manny (Cassie Steele) went on about needing breast implants, Emma too begins to obsess over her physique. This wasn’t groundbreaking for viewers sufficiently old who’d seen DJ Tanner (Candace Cameron Bure) undergo the identical on Full Home, however Degrassi took it a step additional with Emma touchdown within the hospital.

“Rock This City” (Season 6, Episode 11)

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The promos for season six of Degrassi warned one of many college students would not be making it to the top. One might argue till the top of time about who it ought to’ve been, however nobody guessed it’d be who it was. J.T. (Ryan Cooley) being murdered on his solution to inform Liberty (Sarah Barrable-Tishauer) his true emotions hit followers in a method that some have but to get well from. J.T. was one of many unique college students when Degrassi got here again and followers watched him go from the quintessential immature class clown to a teen who stepped up and did what wanted to be accomplished when he thought he was going to boost a baby. Sadly, if there are any characters from this lineage of Degrassi heading to HBO Max for a particular cameo, J.T. will certainly not be one in all them.

“Demise or Glory” (Season 7, Episode 5)

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Most cancers’s no stranger to the halls of Degrassi. Snake (Stefan Brogren) had leukemia through the third season and Clare (Aislinn Paul) would later undergo therapy for rhabdomyosarcoma. Nevertheless, longtime followers have been shaken by Spinner’s analysis. Often probably the most charismatic but simple-minded, this was one of many first occasions he needed to take care of one thing so grand. He’d overreacted to Marco’s popping out and gotten Jimmy shot, however getting most cancers put him in his personal traumatic highlight. Additionally, being that testicular most cancers isn’t as frequent in teenagers as adults, this shed a lightweight on the truth of getting recognized whereas nonetheless in highschool.

“Struggle the Energy” (Season 8, Episode 3)

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The mud settled for some time as soon as the eighth season rolled round as a brand new wave of scholars got here into play. College students like Jane (Paula Brancati), a tough across the edges lady followers had come to know through her relationship with Spinner. This episode was removed from romance although because it centered on Jane’s curiosity in being on the soccer group. Whereas Title IX handed within the early ‘70s, many nonetheless took concern with permitting ladies to play the contact sport. Degrassi confirmed it wasn’t essentially the coaches, however reasonably the blokes on the group who couldn’t deal with a lady on the sector. At present, the problem has now spanned to the controversy of whether or not trans athletes ought to have the ability to compete. Maybe that’ll be one thing the subsequent chapter of Degrassi will tackle when it hits HBO Max.

“Degrassi Takes Manhattan” (Season 9, Episode 20-23)

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Degrassi has a convention of doing these types of films AKA greater than two episodes interlocking, and the most effective is “Degrassi Takes Manhattan.” Followers at all times beloved once they have been in a position to see their favorites outdoors the same old college halls and the one hangout on the town, The Dot. Nevertheless, what continues to make this episode stand out is that it ends with a wedding between two characters that – if one had watched the collection up till this level – made no sense. Emma and Spinner wind up married. They’d little to no interplay previously, so it was a wild left flip. One followers want some decision to, and with Spinner being one of many few characters to proceed to return by means of lengthy after graduating, nobody could be stunned to see him once more to let old fashioned followers know if that marriage lasted or not.

“My Physique Is a Cage” Half 1 & 2 (Season 10, Episode 15 & 16)

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Transgender illustration had been minimal on tv up till the 2000s, so when Degrassi launched Adam (Jordan Todosey) it was extremely celebrated, and it began with 2010’s “My Physique Is a Cage.” Adam was only a child attempting to reside his life at college when he was outed by bullies. This episode handled the harassment and bodily violence folks within the trans group face and the toll it could possibly take having to reside a deceive appease others. When Adam’s grandmother involves city, Adam pretends to be “Gracie” however it leads him down a former darkish path. Within the years since Adam’s introduction, the small display has gotten extra trans illustration with a mess of queens on RuPaul’s Drag Race, in addition to actors on Pose, Shameless, and Orange Is the New Black. Sadly, whereas the TV panorama has grown, the minds in command of sure states have shrunken on trans points.

“Rock Your Physique” Half 1 (Season 11, Episode 14)

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Season 11 was a hill Degrassi needed to recover from. There have been just a few OMG episodes, however for probably the most half this season was fairly mild in comparison with what got here earlier than it. All of that mentioned, when a present units up a personality to be somebody followers type of might…do with out, it’s at all times good once they get these moments of true humanity. That is what occurred for Holly J (Charlotte Arnold) when she not solely wanted a kidney donor however alongside the best way discovered that she was adopted. It was simply the push followers wanted to maneuver Holly J in the direction of being a well-rounded character, and never only a Kind A pupil hungry for energy.

“Bitter Candy Symphony” Half 2 (Season 12, Episode 32)

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Quite a lot of subjects turned cyclical on Degrassi equivalent to physique points, drug use, and teenage being pregnant, however suicide just isn’t one thing they went again to. Campbell (Dylan Everett) was solely the second particular person within the franchise to tackle this topic, the primary being on Degrassi Excessive in 1991. The pressures of being a teen weighed heavy on nearly each pupil at Degrassi, however Campbell was the one who confirmed what occurs when it does boil over.

“The whole lot Is The whole lot” (Season 13, Episode 29)

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Talking of cyclical plotlines, racism has popped up once in a while on Degrassi, however what made “The whole lot Is The whole lot” the most effective its season was that it confirmed what Black youth face of their everyday. A misunderstanding with police landed two of the few Black college students at Degrassi, Dallas (Demetrius Joyette) and Conner (A.J. Saudin), behind bars earlier than a science honest. That incident then led Dallas to later accuse the judges of racism. Like lots of the points Degrassi touched on all through The Subsequent Era, this one continues to be ongoing.

“Get It Collectively” (Season 14, Episode 17)

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A handful of youth pregnancies have come by means of Degrassi from J.T. and Liberty giving their child up for adoption to Mia (Nina Dobrev) showcasing life as a single teen mother, so when Clare discovered herself pregnant there have been just a few methods it might’ve gone. She’d crushed most cancers and since she was led to consider having kids was off the desk resulting from her therapy, she determined to maintain the child however sadly loses the child. It wasn’t the most effective state of affairs however did permit a brand new dialog available for viewers that had but to see that on TV.


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