Friday, January 28, 2011

Every. Degrassi. Ever.

Posted By on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 3:27 PM

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OK, maybe not Every. We're talking Degrassi: TNG, here, not the million other prior incarnations of the smash hit Canadian teen soap that continues to push every television boundary, as pointed out in a vaguely interesting Entertainment Weekly "Special Report" on gays on TV.

No, Degrassi's not a "gay" show. It's an "everyone" show. Gay, straight, bi-, trans-, bullies, bullied, abortion-getters, gun-toters, sex, drugs, Iron & Wine – it's got it all. Like Skins, only not a possibly apocalypse-triggering nightmare. Oh, and Drake got his start on it.

Needless to say, the original incarnations influenced everything from 90210 to My So-Called Life and pretty much everything on the WB. Kevin Smith, who often guest-stars,has said, "I'm known for frank subject matter, and I wouldn't touch that stuff.''

Yes, you should check it out if teen soaps are a guilty pleasure. And unfortunately, you've already missed a lot. Apparently, they started this marathon Jan. 1, which has played out all month over the weekends. But you can still do plenty of catching up starting this weekend, which is all leading up to NEW DEGRASSI in February.

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