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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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.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE IN THE DEGRASSI DESIGN COMPETITION

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


Win a Trip to the Set of Degrassi

Degrassi Set Contest On Much Music

Much Music and Playtex Sport are sponsoring a contest to win a trip to the Degrassi Set for you and a friend. Every week new trivia questions will be posted for a chance to win between now and May 27, 2012. Only enter once per week or entries are void. Check out the contest video promo and good luck!

Excerpt from the rules:

To enter and to be eligible to win, entrant must be a legal resident of Canada (excluding Quebec) and be thirteen (13) years of age or older. Prize consisting of a trip for two (2) to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The winner and his/her guest will get to hang out on the “Degrassi” set. Trip includes: round trip economy airfare for two (2) from a major Canadian airport

 

Answer the trivia questions and enter here.


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Five Reasons Why People Love Degrassi

Most people have heard of Degrassi, even if they don’t watch it, but for those people who go crazy every time a new episode is released, there are several obvious reasons that people love it almost as much as food, sleep, air, Foxy Bingo (c’mon, you know it, I know it) and milkshakes. Here’s our five:

1) The drama. Whether it’s about relationships, friendships, money, drugs – there’s rarely a calm day in the world of Degrassi, and it means you’ll never be bored watching it.

2) A wide range of characters. Doesn’t matter who you are, it’s likely you’ll find someone in the show’s extensive cast to relate to, and their struggles will be far more poignant for reviewers as a result.

3) A long run. If you’re worried you’ll run out, you should be fine – there are over ten seasons, and with that many episodes it’s going to be a long while before you find you’re completely up to date. And that’s before you delve into the retro stuff!

4) A huge fan community. If you love getting in touch with people who love the show, then you’re watching the right one, as the online fanbase for Degrassi is absolutely huge. You’ll never be lost for people to discuss the show with, and there are new fans (like you, perhaps!) joining Degrassi fan-sites and forums all the time!

5) The ability to watch it online. Degrassi is definitely for the digital generation, as you can watch it online, which means that if you’ve got a PC, a tablet PC, a laptop, browser-enabled games console, smartphone… you get the idea: you can watch this show how you like, when you like.

Degrassi just keeps on getting better, and these are only five of countless reasons why people love the show. Feel free to share yours!


Final Episode Titles of Season 11

Stephen Stohn's photo A few of the attendees :)

Stephen Stohn on WhoSay

The cast of Degrassi is resumed filming this week and read through the final four episodes of Season 11 Part 2. Stephen Stohn posted pictures of the read through and script cover pages.  Here’s the list of all the released episode titles for Season 11 Part 2:

1130/31 – Bleeding Love (Teennick Special Title – Nowhere to Run) (Oct 24 CA)(Nov 18 US)
1132/33 – Underneath It All
1134/35 – Can’t Tell Me Nothing
1136/37 – Not Ready to Make Nice
1138/39 – Need You Now
1140/41 – Smash Into You
1142/43 – Hollaback Girl (New)
1144/45 – In The Cold Cold Night (New)

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Degrassi Episode Titles

Stephen Stohn's photo Readthrough #1Stephen Stohn's photo Readthrough #2Stephen Stohn's photo Readthrough #3
Stephen Stohn on WhoSay

The cast of Degrassi is back in session again this week with new episodes to read through. Stephen Stohn posted pictures of the cast and gave out the latest episode titles. All four of the new niners characters have been at the past two read throughs. Here’s the list of all the released episode titles for Season 11 Part 2:

1130/31- Bleeding Love (Teennick Special Title – Nowhere to Run) Airing in October
1132/33 Underneath It All
1134/35- Can’t Tell Me Nothing
1136/37- Not Ready to Make Nice
1138/39 Need You Now (New)
1140/41 Smash Into You (New)

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Screencaps: Drop It Like It’s Hot & Don’t Panic


Screencaps for last week’s episodes of Degrassi have finally be uploaded to the gallery (yes, I am starting to catch up). This includes episodes 22/23 “Drop It Like It’s Hot” and 24/25 “Don’t Panic.”

As always, feel free to use these images however you’d like!

Screencaps for the finale this week will likely be posted sometime this weekend.