Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001 - 2015)

In 1979, the TV series Degrassi was born. Based on a Toronto neighbourhood high school, viewers went deep into the lives of teens who dealt with regular high school drama and bigger social issues. The cast was diverse, and storylines covered sexual identity, teen pregnancy and many other emotionally taxing events that teens experience. Degrassi: The Next Generation carried on the tradition of teen angst and ran from 2001 to 2015.

Insecurities run rampant with drug use, betrayals and more situations that have serious consequences for Season 9 of the wildly popular show about Toronto teens. The season starts with Mia (Nina Dobrev), her boyfriend Peter (Jamie Johnston), Alli (Melinda Shankar), and many other familiar faces. Mia is offered a dream job to model in Paris, and Peter worries he’s not sophisticated enough for her. Allie is worried her friendship with Clare (Aislinn Paul) is jeopardized by the new, nearly perfect Jenna (Jessica Taylor). Things at the high school get fancy with two new students Declan (Landon Liboiron) and his sister Fiona (Annie Clark), children of a well-to-do diplomat, to throw the regional teen angst off balance.

The entire Degrassi suite of series has a strong legacy in Canadian TV. Long-time characters grew up on the show and became teachers like Archie “Snake” Simpson, played by Stefan Brogren, and Degrassi: The Next Generation launched many careers like Dobrev, Liboiron, Drake, Stephan James, and Shanae Grimes.

Review by Carolyn Mauricette

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Family, Free to Watch

Canadian connection

Created by Yan Moore and Linda Schuyler
Toronto, Ontario
The series captured the attention of director Kevin Smith, who is a mega-fan and appeared on the show in 2005.