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12 Degrassi Facts That'll Bring You Back To High School

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Kary's Degrassi Blog

The Degrassi franchise has long been a staple for teens and tweens in North America, covering controversial topics such as sex, teen pregnancy, abortion, drug use, homophobia, racism, and death.

Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High had opened a door for discussion on issues the public were often too afraid to talk about. We could relate to these characters, and see them as our friends, classmates, or even ourselves.

It’s hard to believe the beloved franchise is already on its fifth installment, creating entertainment even the current generation can relate with.

Here are 12 facts about Degrassi that’ll bring you back to high school.

1. Producers for Degrassi Junior High advertised casting calls through flyers and notices through Toronto newspapers.

2, The majority of the Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High cast wore their own clothes and did their own make-up on set.

3. In 1992, Stefan Brogren, who (still) plays Archie "Snake" Simpson, was the first person to say the f-word on Canadian television.

He said, "Joey Jeremiah spends his summer dating Caitlin and f***ing Tessa."

4. Brogren has been on the show since 1987, and has been part of the series longer than any other actor.

He is now a director of the show and appears as the school's principal.  

5. Co-creator Linda Schuyler came up with Degrassi, the series name, from the street she grew up on.

6. Prior to creating the TV series, Schulyer worked as a junior high school teacher.

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