After a whopping 14 seasons, every teen’s favorite drama, Degrassi is finishing it's run on TeenNick this summer. Luckily, the program has been picked up by Netflix, which means this isn't actually the end. The TeenNick finale is scheduled to air on July 31, and even though it’s been quite a few years since I tuned in (the last story line that I can remember was Holly J dating Anya’s ex-boyfriend Sav — arguably one of the worst Degrassi love triangles ever), the date has been marked on my calendar so that I can pay my respects to what was once my favorite show.
With all due respect to Degrassi's writers and producers, and despite my immense love for the program, it was about time for the show to get a revamping. Story lines were being spread a little too thin and with so many characters and their individual issues, eventually it gets hard to keep up. Hopefully Netflix gives the series a fresh start!
However, one could make the argument that Degrassi was one of the best television shows out there for teens. The series took on heavy story lines such as becoming comfortable with one’s sexuality, school shootings, teen pregnancy, abuse and bullying among others. Each story line was written delicately and effectively so that teens could understand and really take away an important message from the show’s content.
In between all the heart-wrenching topics that were covered for hours pretty much every afternoon (JT York’s death and Jimmy Brook being shot will forever bring me to tears), Degrassi provided us with entertainment, love stories to gush over, and some serious style icons.
Before Nina Dobrev became a mega hot bloodsucker, she played Degrassi’s own teen-mom-turned-model Mia Jones. Before there was Drake, there was Jimmy Brooks, rapping in nightclubs pre and post wheel chair days. And before the remake of 90210, Shenae Grimes played rape victim Darcy Edwards.
Before we say a (temporary) goodbye to this legendary series that has been reliably the only thing to watch on television by default since 2001, I would like to pay tribute to the three Degrassi stars who became more than their on screen personas. Below browse through Nina Dobrev, Drake and Shenae Grimes most stylish moments to date.