It’s been a decade since the gang at Degrassi High graduated, so naturally it’s time for a reunion. That’s the premise and launching point for Degrassi: The Next Generation. Joey (Pat Mastroianni), Caitlin (Stacie Mistysyn), Snake (Stefan Brogren), and Lucy (Anais Granofsky) return for a special one-hour kick-off to the series. Returning to Degrassi for the reunion, they are reunited with Spike (Amanda Stepto) and her daughter, Emma (Miriam McDonald). Now twelve years old, Emma is entering a new phase of her life-- Grade 7 at the newly refurbished Degrassi Community School. Emma is joined at Degrassi by her “next generation” classmates, Manny (Cassie Steele), Toby (Jake Goldsbie), J.T. (Ryan Cooley), Liberty (Sarah Barrable-Tishauer), Sean (Daniel Clark), Ashley (Melissa McIntyre), Paige (Lauren Collins), Terri (Christina Schmidt), Spinner (Shane Kippel) and Jimmy (Aubrey Graham). There, they encounter the same pressures, temptations and accomplishments as their parents did before them. But it’s a whole new environment confronting them, one filled with the Internet, body piercing and hip-hop.
These kids may be more media savvy than their parents, but they aren’t necessarily more sophisticated. The timeless issues of growing up remain the same. Kids in junior high are at amazing stage in their lives: one moment they’re secretly cruising pornographic sites on the web; the next, they’re crying over the loss of their favourite stuffed toy. Degrassi: The Next Generation is a topical and entertaining series that captures this unique world of today’s child/adult on television and online. In a real world without pat solutions, our characters deal with the big and little challenges of becoming an adult.
The second season of Degrassi: The Next Generation depicts the 2002-2003 school year.
It continues the depiction of the lives of a group of eighth and ninth grade school children as they deal with some of the challenges and issues teenagers face such as child abuse, alcohol abuse and underage alcohol use, relationships, hormones, date rape, body image, sexual and racial identity, and coping with death.
The third season of Degrassi: The Next Generation depicted the 2003-2004 school year.
Season 3 opens with the pending arrival of a new baby for Spike and Snake, inspiring Emma to start a search for her birth father just as she starts high school. Her friends and fellow schoolmates also face new challenges as they settle into a new school year. Degrassi kids will continue to deal with tough issues this year, including homosexuality, cutting, abuse, teen pregnancy and cancer. These storylines are blended with dating woes, friendship challenges, peer pressure and a healthy dose of fun and laughter.
The fourth season of Degrassi: The Next Generation depicted the 2004-2005 school year.
The program’s most provocative season yet promises to delve deeper into storylines and showcase the cast as they deal with the most challenging situations to date. In the one-hour season premiere special, it’s a new year and Paige is called to testify in her rape case. Emotions run high as she must confront her attacker face to face. Meanwhile, family ties are put to the test when Craig receives an unexpected birthday present from his late father.
The fifth season of Degrassi: The Next Generation depicted the 2005-2006 school year.
In case you thought that Degrassi Community School couldn’t get any more intense… think again. This season, the challenges get harder, the lessons get tougher and the path to self-discovery becomes more dangerous than ever. Emma goes to extremes to lose weight. Manny makes a decision that tarnishes her reputation. Paige questions her sexuality. Relationships will begin or rekindle… and some couples will meet their bitter end.
The sixth season of Degrassi: The Next Generation depicted the first semester of the 2006-2007 school year.
Season Six of Degrassi is daring to be the most provocative and intense season yet, as the series continues to address issues and topics that face adolescents and young adults today. For the first time, the Degrassi series follows some of its graduates through university as they face the ups and downs of post-secondary life. This season, Ellie, Paige, Marco and Craig experience a whole new series of challenges at another level. The new school year has Degrassi Community School’s students caught up in a vicious school rivalry, with life-altering affects for some of its students. Ellie embarks on a hot new romance with an older man while Jimmy, confined to a wheelchair, explores news ways to deal with his sexuality. After a tragic accident, one student will end up in jail, and a new character, a 16-year-old single mom, graces the halls of the school as a new student.
Returning cast regulars are Dalmar Abuzeid as Danny; Sarah Barrable-Tishauer as Liberty; John Bregar as Dylan; Deanna Casaluce as Alex; Daniel Clark as Sean; Ryan Cooley as JT; Jake Goldsbie as Toby; Aubrey Graham as Jimmy; Shenae Grimes as Darcy; Jamie Johnston as Peter; Shane Kippel as Spinner; Mike Lobel as Jay; Miriam McDonald as Emma; Melissa McIntyre as Ashley and Cassie Steele as Manny. Also returning this season for their first year out of high school are Lauren Collins as Paige; Jake Epstein as Craig; Stacey Farber as Ellie and Adamo Ruggiero as Marco.