TeenNick has just announced that, after 14 impeccable seasons of love triangles, bullying, drug use, parental strife, sexual confusion, and general teen angst, the seminal high school drama "Degrassi" will finally be ending its run this summer. The show has successfully managed to keep it stories engaging and its fan base intact for a decade and a half, despite cycling through characters every few years as they aged out of Degrassi High. It's likely that some of the show's biggest fans now weren't even born when it began airing, back in 2001.
The program is probably best known for launching Drake's career — the rapper played Jimmy, a character who was paralyzed below the waist during a school shooting, in one the most well-known plotlines in "Degrassi" history. (Shenae Grimes and Nina Dobrev are two other alums who made the leap to bigger Hollywood projects.) But Drizzy isn't the only reason we should celebrate the show.
"Degrassi" has brought attention to a huge number of issues facing teens — it even won a Peabody is 2010 for an episode about a character who transitioned from female to male while in high school. Despite it's heavy emphasis on Very Special episodes, the show never pandered to its young audience.
"Degrassi" will air its series finale on Fri., July 31 at 9 p.m. ET. Before the episode, TeenNick will broadcast a special titled "It Goes There: Degrassi's Most Talked-About Moments" at 8 p.m.