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Axed: Degrassi to end with Season 14

Long-running Canadian teen series, the fourth sequel from its 1979 predecessor, will end with its 14th season.

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Long-running Canadian teen series Degrassi will end with its fourteenth season, airing in North America in July.

Degrassi: The Next Generation debuted in 2001, as the fourth fictional series in the franchise, following Degrassi Junior High, Degrassi High and the original The Kids of Degrassi Street, which premiered in 1979.

“For an incredible 14 seasons, Degrassi has been a groundbreaking show tackling so many important topics that real teens face in their everyday lives,” said Keith Dawkins, SVP and general manager, Nicktoons, TeenNick and Nick Jr. “In the final episodes on TeenNick and through the hour-long special and social activations, we hope to say goodbye in a way that is both fitting to the show and Degrassi’s passionate fan base.”

Executive producer Stephen Stohn commented, “Few producers are as blessed as we have been, working with so many talented and creative individuals at TeenNick for 14 seasons of Degrassi; including 385 episodes and over 100 pieces of original short-form web content. We thank all those at TeenNick who have worked so hard over the years to help us create a television series that changes with the times and continues to authentically connect and interact with the youth audience.”

The series has tackled such topics as sex, teen pregnancy, date rape, drug abuse, self image, homosexuality, self-injury, suicide, abortion, domestic violence, death, racism and more.

It also launched the careers of The Vampire Diaries‘ Nina Dobrev, 90210‘s Shenae Grimes and rapper Drake, aka Jimmy Brooks.

Degrassi airs in Australia on ABC3, currently screening Season 11.

Source: Variety

8 Responses

  1. I remember watching this show when I was young, I enjoyed it then but it would be rubbish now trying to push its agenda on u. If only I knew then what it was trying to do to my head

  2. Early reports were saying that they would move stations as both US and Canada stations don’t want the show any more, but now every major site is saying fully canceled. EP Stephen Stohn tweeted “Good morning. There’s much more to the story. Stay tuned! The universe unfolds in mysterious ways….” so I really don’t think the show is going anywhere just yet.

  3. While I never watched The Next Generation, I grew up watching the original Degrassi series on The Afternoon Show on the ABC, always with that intriguing warning about content before each episode.
    I recently watched both the Junior High and High series on YouTube and the movie where Caitlin famously proclaims to Joey “You F***ed Tessa”. Groundbreaking TV that has aged very well.

  4. I really enjoyed the next generation when it began. After the characters moved from school to Uni or from the show altogether is when I stopped watching, I think around season 7. They changed the format of the show from weekly to daily and extended episodes so I lost track and didn’t find the time to catch up.

  5. Devastated! I’m in my mid-30s now but I still tune in for my daily dose on ABC3. When I was a kid Degrassi’s where we learned about EVERYTHING! What will the kids do now?

  6. Sad to see it go, but it’s time.

    Maybe they’ll bring it back in about 13-15 years when the baby that’s due by the end of S14 is ready for high school . 😀

    Hopefully ABC3 will pick up ‘Open Heart”.

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