Degrassi hits milestone: Finale marks Next Generations 100th episode

Degrassi: The Next Generation stars (from left) Amanda Stepto (Spike), Miriam McDonald (Emma) and Stefan Brogen (Snake).

The ever-popular drama, Degrassi: The Next Generation, aims to have viewers squirming with anticipating for tonights conclusion to the two-part season finale entitled High Fidelity.

The kids of Degrassi: The Next Generation are finally graduating, but not without spicing things up before they hang their hats and gowns.

John Bregar, who plays Paige Michalchuks brother Dylan on the show, says people are going to be glued to their television sets.

They can expect a lot of relationship drama, and you cant get enough of that, Im telling you, Bregar says. Degrassi always does a good job of keeping people on their feet and the 100th episode is going to be great.

Covering topics from eating disorders to lesbian relationships, the fifth season of Degrassi: The Next Generation marks the Degrassi franchises 25th anniversary.

Previous shows included The Kids of Degrassi Street, Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High. So what keeps pulling people back every season?

Stefan Brogen, who plays Archibald Snake Simpson says the show has taken on a life of its own with characters people watching the show can really connect with.

This is one of the only (teen) shows where you actually see kids playing their own age, Brogen says.

When the show started out, they were learning along with the show learning about topics they havent even discussed yet in their lives I think a young viewer watching the show can see themselves in those characters and that makes a big difference.

Shenae Grimes, known as Darcy on the show, says all the Degrassi shows are very real and touches upon subjects a lot of teenagers go through but dont necessarily talk about.

They deal with things that sometimes teenagers are too embarrassed to talk about, or too uncomfortable to talk about, and it just makes you feel less alienated, Grimes says.

It just shows you that other kids are going through the same thing, it gives you ways to deal with these problems and I think its very true to heart.

Catch the finale and 100th episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation on CTV tonight at 8:30 p.m.

Awards Degrassi: The Next Generation has won in 2005

Canadian Screenwriters Awards: Best Youth Script, episode Mercy Street, writers James Hurst and Miklos Perlus

Shaw Rocket Prize: Celebrating Excellence in Childrens Television

Teen Choice Award: Winner of Choice Summer Series, online voting by teen viewers across North America


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