Friday, October 26, 2012

WHOA, CANADA!


Brace yourself, world: Degrassi is celebrating its 300th episode tonight. Our neighbors to the North have been pushing the teen soap envelope for a couple of generations now, and there's no issue - no matter how outlandish or obscure - that they won't tackle. And as over the top as the stories may be, the iTunes episode synopses are even funnier.




It's strange to discover that a show you stopped watching is now in its 12th season - but not as strange as the 100% cast turnover that has taken place since you left. I got hooked on the early seasons of Degrassi: The Next Generation when it was airing on "The N" in the mid aughts. Those Canadians were just straight-up crazy, and I loved seeing all the storylines that they could never get away with here in the States. 



I may have given up as the original gang was finishing up high school (and before they started airing new episodes 5 nights a week), but that doesn't mean the show doesn't have a good pedigree. I've watched Degrassi alum Shenae Grimes (almost) convincingly play a Kansas girl in the BevNiner for the past 5 years on 90210. Cassie Steele has traded one Canadian soap for another with LA Complex. And look at Drake! He was on Degrassi longer than a lot of the starting cast, and they put him in a wheelchair and everything. So it can't be too bad, right?

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To celebrate their big 3-0-0 milestone, I've selected 10 of the strangest, most insane episode synopses provided by iTunes - starting the season after I stopped watching. Why begin here? I find that these 1-2 sentence summaries are much more hysterical if you know nothing about the characters beyond their (ridiculous) names. Enjoy!






















Oh, Degrassi. After 12 seasons (not to mention the Degrassi Junior High years), you still "go there". And that's why we love you. My beloved CW thinks it knows how to handle teen/young adult issues, but ends up looking like CBS in comparison to the antics of the free-wheelin', scandal-makin' kids of Degrassi Community School. For further proof, check out Vulture's much more comprehensive list...and prepare to be blown away. Brav-ah!


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