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Degrassi: The Next Generation MAG

January 25, 2010
By Jennifer Li BRONZE, Brooklyn, New York
Jennifer Li BRONZE, Brooklyn, New York
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“Degrassi: The Next Generation” is a teen drama that will have you hooked from the first episode. During its eight seasons, viewers have been introduced to Degrassi High School and the stories of regular teenagers trying to fit in. With peer pressure, school shootings, online predators, and cyberbullying, “Degrassi” covers it all.

This show has won 20 Gemini awards, two Teen Choice awards, and six Directors Guild of Canada Awards, and is the highest-rated show on Teen Nick. It gets its name from De Grassi Street in Toronto, and is the fourth series in the Degrassi fictional universe. Although this is a Canadian show, it is watched worldwide and is very popular in America.

The show starts with the lead character, Emma, and her best friend, Manuela (otherwise known as Manny), beginning their first semester at Degrassi High. During season six, Lakehurst, a rival school, burns down and the students are transferred to Degrassi. But they are not welcomed, and this rivalry creates a war.

The show is very believable. Each role is played flawlessly, and the plot lines are extremely realistic. The show focuses on the stress and drama of teenage life, so most high schoolers can relate. What I like about “Degrassi: The Next Generation” is that you really get to know the characters. The series follows Emma from the seventh grade, and she changes a lot. When she goes off to college, we can imagine her as a real person because Miriam McDonald portrays her perfectly.

Each episode has a hook. Sometimes an episode begins with a mystery: there's something that everyone is gossiping about that you don't know. Or one of the characters is going through a financial crisis or a social disaster. Either way, your eyes will be glued to the screen 'til the end credits.

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blogergirl21 said...
on Mar. 1 2012 at 12:21 pm
blogergirl21, Onidea, New York
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Favorite Quote:
Smile and Enjoy Life.

Good writing but this show went to fair and needs to end

Think4Ever said...
on Jun. 23 2011 at 11:12 pm
Think4Ever, Oxford, Alabama
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Favorite Quote:
"We loved with a love that was more than love."

I've seen every episode of this show. Right now, it's still exciting and the perfect teen show, but in the first few seasons was where it was at its best. This show goes into the mind of a teenage and brings all of our hopes and fears to life.

on Jan. 22 2011 at 1:21 am
Degrassi is an amazing show and has been running for quite some time now. Although I have to admit the acting isn't top quality, the problems are quite easy to relate to. Despite the cliche shows out there that present the same conflicts, I think Degrassi delivers it in a unique and life changing manner.

on Nov. 1 2010 at 2:52 pm
stargazinggirl BRONZE, Oakville, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"All you need is love" -John Lennon (Beatles Song)
"My life is my message" Ghandi

 i love degrassi!  i've only watched is season 10- but one day i want to watch all the others!

christmas holiday project anyone? 

on Jul. 27 2010 at 8:55 pm
Alice_in_Wonderland GOLD, San Clemente, California
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Favorite Quote:
“I could give up, I could stay stuck, or I could move on, So I put one foot front of the other, No no no nothing’s gonna break my stride, “ –David Archuleta (The Other Side of Down)

Oh yeah I've watched some of the episodes. I know what Teen Nick's channel is on direct TV but, what's the channel number for Cox cable? If anyone knows then please tell me.

on Jul. 8 2010 at 1:04 pm
NeverEnding... GOLD, Northeast, Maryland
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Favorite Quote:
"It was as if you had died and no one came to your funeral"
"Whenever i see you i burst apart and scatter the sky with my blazing heart"
"If we can't be happy, maybe we shouldn't be together"
"Right and wrong have ceased to mean much to me"

i dont have teen nick anymore so i cant watch the new episodes! uggghhhh im so annoyed! Degrassi is the best show out there in my opinion

on Jun. 22 2010 at 6:29 pm
Lalalovable SILVER, Antioch, California
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me to:) I can't wait!

on Jun. 22 2010 at 6:28 pm
Lalalovable SILVER, Antioch, California
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Me two, i can't wait!  

jennjenn said...
on Jun. 22 2010 at 2:16 pm

hey it's me, the writer! :D

thanks for reading and i know right! I love degrassi:D i can't wait till they start airing degrassi: the boiling point :D

on Jun. 16 2010 at 11:41 am
Lalalovable SILVER, Antioch, California
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Degrassi is my favorite show ever! I've been watching it since like 2003.  theres so much drama and it's so original. Can't wait till the new season:)


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