Degrassi has been a staple TV show since the 70s and at the end of this season, which begins on July 20th, we will be saying goodbye, at least on TeenNick. There is no confirmed word whether the entire show is officially ending or if it will just move networks, but regardless, this is the end of an Era. When Degrassi first came to The N in season 1 it was the first show American show, for teens, to discuss everything from abortion to cancer to suicide and has impacted each generation that has watched it through these means. They were the last show to have the actors actually look their age and even had the main cast be their own extras.
One of the biggest parts of the show is music. Each generation has had their band from Zit Remedy to Downtown Sasquatch to The Studz and finally Whisperhug. Shane Kippel (Spinner) is in an alt rock band, Dear Love, Mike Lobel (Jay Hogart) is in an indie band, Boys Who Say No, and so many more and that’s without mentioning the most successful alum (at least when music is considered) Drake. “Shark In The Water” by VV Brown was the promo for The Boiling Point, part 1 of season 10 and the evolution of the theme song, “Whatever It Takes” has reminded us of each passing year.
UPDATE: So Degrassi fans, it is official, Degrassi: The Next Generation is ending after season 14, however, Netflix picked up the franchise and has changed the name yet again. Season 15 will be called, Degrassi: Next Class. Check out the official announcement here!
Over the next 7 weeks, I will be creating one playlist per week in homage to the amazing music Degrassi has brought us. Check back here for the first playlist which will be posted Sunday June 14th and every sunday so you can be prepared for the premiere on Monday July 20th.
Check out the evolution of “Whatever It Takes” below to get prepared for the final season and remember to check band here once a week!
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