35 Years of Degrassi: My top 10 All Time Favourite Degrassi Moments

What is your favourite moment in Degrassi history?

This is a question that gets asked a lot in the Degrassi fandom. With 35 years of history and 400+ episodes spanning multiple generations, there are a lot of moments to choose from. Within those 35 years, Degrassi has had moments that are funny, heart wrenching, awkward, uncomfortable, painful, joyous, empowering, relatable… the list goes on and on.

What I loved most about Degrassi when I was growing up was how connected I felt to some of the storylines. There were scenes that I would watch over and over and over again as a teenager, because it was a way for me to be able to articulate how I felt and know that other people out there were feeling it too.

I’ve always wanted to make a blog post about this, but the challenge of narrowing down 35 years of incredible Degrassi moments into a list of 10 seemed like an impossible task. However, with a little patience and perseverance I think I’ve finally done just that!

Disclaimer: This is a list of the top 10 Degrassi moments that mean the most to me personally. I’m not claiming that these are the “best” Degrassi moments of all time, as you will notice that there are a number of important Degrassi moments missing from this list (e.g. the school shooting, Spike’s pregnancy, Marco’s coming out storyline, etc.). This list is 100% subjective, and I’m sure if you asked 10 different Degrassi fans this exact question you would get 10 different answers.

Without further ado, here are my all-time favourite Degrassi moments…

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Family Channel Announces Degrassi: Next Class Premiere Date, New Teen Timeslot F2N, First 5 Minutes of Episode 1

I don’t know about all of you, but I’m still trying to catch my breath after today’s round of Degrassi: Next Class announcements!

It all started this morning when cast members Sara Waisglass, Ricardo Hoyos, and Stefan Brogren appeared on Toronto’s Breakfast Television to promote Degrassi’s upcoming season. It ended with a slew of new trailers, sneak peeks, opening credits, interviews and more!

In case you were at work or school and missed out on all the fun, here is an overview of everything Degrassi that was released today. Prepare yourselves because it’s all so unbelievably exciting that you may not be able to concentrate on anything other than Degrassi after this.

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New Year, New Look, New Degrassi! Everything you need to know about Degrassi: Next Class on Netflix in 2016

Degrassi is back with a new network, new look, new cast and new drama!

Degrassians got a thrilling wake up call this morning when Netflix released the first trailer for Degrassi: Next Class. The trailer, which is approximately 1 minute in length, includes a ton of exciting new clips from the upcoming season. Netflix has geo-blocked the trailer, but Canadians can watch it on ET Canada’s Blog.

But it’s not all about the trailer. In addition to the trailer, new details on Degrassi: Next Class have been revealed. Here is a brief summary of everything that was announced today:

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Taking a Step Back…

Hi everyone,

Over the past few weeks, you have probably noticed that Degrassi Online has not been updated as frequently as it once was. I wanted to let everyone know that I will be taking a step back from this website over the next few months.

When I started Degrassi Online in 2008 (back then it was still Degrassi-Fans.com), there were very few Degrassi fansites or blogs. Twitter and Tumblr were not as prominent as they are today, and Degrassi was between the new and TNG generations. I started Degrassi-Fans.com as a way to support the show that I loved and believed in. I knew there was an audience who would watch the new generation (then Clare, KC, Alli, etc.), and I wanted to connect to that audience. When I was a teenager, Degrassi was my hope. It was the one thing I could look forward to every week. It is so great to see future generations having that as well.

It has been an amazing 4 years. I have made some incredible friendships in the Degrassi universe and I am so grateful for the experiences that we have all shared together. I have had the privilege of visiting the set of Degrassi, working with the amazingly dedicated people at Epitome, and leading various projects such as our most recent Degrassi Design Competition.

I know this probably sounds like a ‘goodbye’ message, but I don’t intend it to be. Degrassi Online will not be closing completely. You will still be able to find all of our old content, podcasts, etc. You may also hear from me from time to time, but note that I will not be able to update very often. There will be a lot of changes in my life next year as I have been given various opportunities that I am excited to take on. I don’t have the time and motivation that this website requires, but I will never stop watching Degrassi (how could I?).

Love to all Degrassians!

Watch Degrassi in Ghana This Sunday on Much Music

Degrassi In Ghana is set to premiere this Sunday at 7:30 ET on Much Music! The documentary special follows the cast of Degrassi during their trip to Ghana this past summer with Free The Children.

If you haven’t already, you can watch all of the previous Degrassi/Free The Children documentaries on YouTube:
-Degrassi in Kenya
-Degrassi in Ecuador
-Degrassi in India
-Degrassi in Haiti

Degrassi Design Competition: And the Winners Are…

Congratulations to the winner and runner up in our Degrassi Design Competition!

I am very excited to announce that the winning design is the Degrassi Cardigan submitted by Amanda! The cardigan received the highest number of votes from the fans, and it was the top choice amongst the contest officiators. This winning design will inspire a new product in the Degrassi online store.

Degrassi Cardigan by Amanda

The Degrassi Crest Cardigan. It’s casual and subtle way to share your degrassi pride, as if you attended the school yourself. The crest is the one shown in the previous DTG Logo put at the top left breast corner of a charcoal cardigan. It goes well with any outfit and is timeless due to how discreet and trendy the style.

The runner up is Alysha who submitted the Degrassi Sweatpants idea. Congratulations to Alysha who will receive a coupon to be used in the Degrassi online store!

Degrassi Sweatpants by Alysha

Today, everyone loves sweatpants. People go to school in them, relax in them, and you can never have enough. Sweatpants that come in black, grey, or dark blue, with either the words “Degrassi” or “Panthers” down the left or right side of the leg (all in capitals). Black and dark blue sw eatpants with white letters, and Grey sweatpants with darker letters. It can also have the Degrassi school logo near the top right of the pants. People could be advertising their favourite school everywhere, and it’s something easy for the cast and crew sport while on set, or out and about. Sorry for my paint version of my drawing…im a worse artist. Obviously I am open to flexibility on the material and other things. I was thinking along the lines of what high school “spirit wear” would look like. I kind of modeled this idea from my high school pants and university pants that I’ve seen people around campus wear. Make them comfy, make them bold and make them the best sweatpants around.

Congratulations to all of our finalists! A special thank you to all Degrassi fans who submitted designs. We had a lot of fun going through your creative and inspiring entries!

Degrassi Design Competition: Vote For Your Favourite Design!

Degrassi Online has partnered with Brüzer for an exciting competition that gives YOU the ability to have a say in the Degrassi merchandise. This past month we have been accepting your design ideas. To remind you – the winning design submission will inspire a new product, which will be added to the Degrassi online store powered by Brüzer. The winner will also receive a coupon for CAD$150 to spend in the official Degrassi on-line store. The Runner-up will receive a coupon of CAD$50 to spend in the official Degrassi on-line store.

The winners will be announced at the end of the month, but now it’s time for you to vote!!

After reviewing all of your submissions, we have narrowed it down to 10 finalists. Read each design idea carefully, and then use the poll to select your favourite design. All votes will be kept confidential, and you may only vote once.


EDIT (Nov. 26, 2012): The voting period has now ended! Thank you for your participation.

Degrassi Promo: Tonight, Tonight

Check out the Much Music promo for next Friday’s new episode of Degrassi – Tonight, Tonight! You can also watch the TeenNick promo right here!

Degrassi Promo: I Want It That Way Part 2

Check out the Much Music promo for I Want It That Way Part 2 above. The TeenNick promo is also available now. Click here to watch it!

Much Music & TeenNick Promos: I Want It That Way Part 1

Check out the Much Music promo for next Friday’s new episode – I Want It That Way Part 1. Also you can watch TeenNick’s promo right here!