12 Things We’ll Miss About ‘Degrassi: The Next Generation’

It’s the end of an era. After 14 seasons, the beloved Canadian teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation (aka the show that gave us Drake) will be ending this summer. We’ve basically grown up with this show, so naturally we’re going to miss it – A LOT. Here are some things we’ll miss most.

1. Fearlessness when tackling real world issues:

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Epitome Pictures Inc./mtvcanada.tumblr.com

You name it, Degrassi tackled it: Drugs, teen pregnancy, school shooting, rape, suicide, etc.

2. Relatable characters played by real teens:

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Epitome Pictures Inc./octopussoir-.tumblr.com

3. Groundbreaking story lines:

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Epitome Pictures Inc./bustinrainbows.tumblr.com

Degrassi had a transgender character back in 2010 — the first transgender teen character ever to appear on a scripted TV show.

4. The fact that the show served as a launching pad for the likes of Drake (otherwise known as Aubrey Graham), Shenae Grimes and Nina Dobrev:

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Epitome Pictures Inc./GIPHY

5. All of the love triangles/squares/pentagons:

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Epitome Pictures Inc./thiojames.tumblr.com

Everyone’s dated everyone, basically.

6. The theme song and opening credits:

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Epitome Pictures Inc./makeagif.com

7. Mr. Simpson:

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Epitome Pictures Inc./GIPHY

Good ol’ Mr. Simpson went from teacher to principal over the course of the series.

8. Our favorite Degrassi couples:

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Epitome Pictures Inc./kissesonbenches.tumblr.com

Aww EClare!

9. Degrassi’s bands:

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Epitome Pictures Inc./delrossi.tumblr.com

Remember Hell Hath No Fury? Or Craig’s band, Downtown Sasquatch?

10. Surprising hookups:

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Epitome Pictures Inc./gifdegrassi.tumblr.com

Paige and Alex. Didn’t see that one coming!

11. The themed dances and proms:

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Epitome Pictures Inc./degrassics.tumblr.com

Always a source of drama.

12. The friendships:

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Epitome Pictures Inc./delrossi.tumblr.com

What will YOU miss most about Degrassi?

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