If you haven't watched Degrassi: The Next Generation since Paige-and-Co. graduated, this summer is the perfect time to get acquainted with the current students of Degrassi Community School. Starting tonight, TeenNick will air new episodes of Degrassi Monday through Thursday. Don't believe the slander -- Degrassi hasn't died along with the use of Aubrey Graham's full name. This guilty pleasure is still as strong as ever, thanks mostly to the fantastic variety pack of characters that we've been treated to these past few seasons. Here are some of the superlatives we think these students deserve come yearbook time.
Over the course of a few seasons, Glee has gone from a fun teen show with music to a jukebox show with plots and characters that make little to no sense. And while the long-running Degrassi franchise has hit some tough patches of its own over the years, they've managed to stick through it all (even adding occasional music), successfully entertaining and educating several generations teens since the mid-'80s. If Glee wants to last anywhere near that long (and God help us if it does), there's plenty that it could learn from our favorite neighbors to the north:
We're still depressed about the end of Friday Night Lights and then we started watching the new "Now or Never" arc of Degrassi only to see a very familiar plot from being played out on the teen show. Now we loved FNL, and we love Degrassi, but FNL did make a major misstep with one little tiny murder storyline that dragged down its second season. Out of all the fantastic issues that Lights tackled, why, oh why, did Degrassi choose that one?
Get to know Christopher Guest's big, crazy family.
Given that The CW moved Cult from its plum Tuesday time slot to 9 PM on Friday nights after only two episodes, we figure that the future does not look bright for this series, or the show within the show -- we've even stopped recapping it because we can hear the death knell coming. Since we really do like the cast, we're hoping that they move on to bigger and better things when Cult is inevitably cancelled. Here are our suggestions.
Jon Hamm and Christina Hendricks turn to drink to drown their post-Emmy sorrows.
Earlier this year, The CW began airing The L.A. Complex, a Canadian import from the creators of Degrassi: The Next Generation. The show centers around a group of ambitious twentysomethings trying to "make it" in the City of Angels, only to realize that achieving their Hollywood dreams means sacrificing more than they could have ever expected. The series, which received tragically low ratings for The CW, was picked up for a Season 2 and will begin airing new episodes on July 17. If you were in the vast majority of people not watching, you missed out on one of the better dramas on The CW to date (even though that's not saying much). With Season 2 just around the corner, here are the reasons why it's worth giving The L.A. Complex another shot.
Television is no place for children. Between Teen Mom, Toddlers & Tiaras and Dance Moms, we cringe for those poor kids who are clearly growing up in dysfunctional homes. But as bad as it is to be forced into pageantry or to have Amber Portwood as your mother, at least reality kids don't have it quite has awful as many of the tykes on scripted series. Here are the ones that really need to have a fictional Child Protective Services intervene on their behalf:
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