* ActorAllusion: The season 9 school play, ''[[RecycledInSpace Space]] [[Theatre/SpringAwakening Awakening]]''. (May be more of a ShoutOut since Jake Epstein's gone from the show)
* AdoredByTheNetwork: In the U.S., Creator/TeenNick loves showing marathons and has done so throughout the run of the series. They've even began airing reruns in syndication across the U.S.
** Creator/MuchMusic treats it as their flagship drama, especially since their only first-run Canadian dramas are it and Epitome stablemate ''Series/TheLAComplex''.
* BigNameFan: Creator/KevinSmith is a huge fan of ''Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh'' and not only named the main love interest in ''Film/{{Clerks}}'' after Caitlin Ryan but later [[PromotedFanboy got to direct two episodes]] of ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration''.
* CashCowFranchise: To [=TeenNick=], and they actually ''{{lampshade}}'' this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8k3Aq8vMgec in a recent commercial]].
** Notably it's a Cash Cow for them from ''broadcast revenue only'' as [=TeenNick=]/Viacom doesn't have merchandising rights. [=DVDs=], for instance are distributed through Funimation and then later Echo Bridge.
** Likewise, Viacom doesn't patrol Website/YouTube fan videos, that being left to Epitome itself-and producer Stephen Stohn ''who is also one of the highest-powered entertainment lawyers in Canada'' - has tweeted appreciative responses to fanvids.
* TheCastShowoff: Many of the cast members are musically talented and the show goes so far write it in as part of their characters. See Ashley, Craig, Manny, Janie and the Studs, Jenna etc. This usually leads to characters being remodeled with no real reason except to show off the cast's musical aspirations: Photographer Craig becomes Rock Star Craig; Wannabe-Director Peter becomes Rock Star Peter; Aimless Loser Jay can suddenly play drums for Studz (yeah, right!).
* ChannelHop: From Creator/{{CTV}} to Creator/MuchMusic, Creator/{{MTV}} Canada, and now, Creator/FamilyChannel. In the US, the series switched from [=TeenNick=] (formerly The N) to Creator/{{Netflix}}
* DawsonCasting: Famously averted. A unique zig-zag does occur, though: As the seasons go on, some of the older Degrassi students ''do'', in fact, end up portrayed by actors in their early twenties. An example would be Charlotte Arnold as Holly J, who was seventeen when she was cast as a Grade 10 in season 7. In season 11, Holly J is in her final semester, with Arnold at 22.
* DeletedScene [=/=] EditedForSyndication: On the show airing on Noggin/The N, some lines were deleted or edited differently. Happened at first with season 2 episode "Careless Whisper", where during a sex education class and when the subject of homosexuality was brought up, Spinner made a highly inappropriate joke saying that gay meant "Got AIDS Yet?", which caused some of the classmates to giggle and their teacher to scold him. The comment itself was taken out, which led to some confusion in watching the episode again and wondering what was so funny and why the teacher was yelling at Spinner. It occurred again in season 3 "Pride, part 2", when Spinner wrote on the bathroom wall "Marco is a fag" in the Canadian airings, it was changed to "Marco is gay" in The N airings, as well as many utterings of the word "fag" were muted out of both parts.
** Similarly, Leo slapping Alli hasn't been shown on Australian TV. That said, the cut was thin enough that you could easily work out what happened.
* DirectedByCastMember: Several episodes have been directed by Stefan Brogren (Snake).
* ExecutiveMeddling: The censorship on The N/[=TeenNick=]. Things went bad once the show got popular in America, which meant that The N had the clout to effect creative changes.
** '''Nobody''' watches the even more bastardized daily US syndicated version which is chopped up in order to let stations go through the motions and declare it [[EdutainmentShow educational in the FCC's view]].
** In-universe, the school itself has suffered two forced mergers, one an expansion from [[MiddleSchool grades 7-8]] to 7-12 before being telescoped back to [[HighSchool 9-12]] again, and a slightly different mission almost every year with the result that in less than a decade a showpiece high-tech magnet middle school has been transformed into a struggling inner-city ''high'' school with metal detectors, standing police presence, a major bullying problem and a bad reputation in the community.
* FakeNationality: Both Melinda Shankar (Alli Bhandari) and Raymond Ablack (Sav Bhandari) are of Indo-Guyanese, not Pakistani backgrounds.
** More directly, Shannon Kook-Chun is South African and plays Zane with a generic North American accent with no evidence whatsoever that Zane's anything but Canadian by birth.
* FandomNod: Tristan and Tori have a Website/YouTube vlog that reviews West Drive's newest episodes, [[http://www.youtube.com/user/DegrassiExperience?ob=0&feature=results_main just like these girls do with Degrassi]].
* IKnewIt: The plot of Bittersweet Symphony was hyped up as being shocking and unexpected. Which it would have been, if so many fans hadn't guessed that [[spoiler: Cam was going to commit suicide]] months in advance.
* MissingEpisode: US television didn't show an episode about abortion until nearly four years after it aired in Canada.
* NamesTheSame: The team's called the Panthers and the school colours are blue and gold, just like ''Series/FridayNightLights''.
** The section of Toronto the school draws most of its' students from is called [[Franchise/ArchieComics Riverdale]].
*** Except both examples would actually precede the others as Degrassi has been airing since 2001, whereas ''Series/FridayNightLights'' started in 2006 and the real Toronto Riverdale neighbourhood was established in the late 1800s.
* OnlySoManyCanadianActors: The trope's central nexus. See above for details, and imagine someone saying the whole thing in one breath.
* TheOtherDarrin: In "Degrassi Takes Manhattan", there's an obvious Toby look-alike.
* PortmanteauCoupleName: eClare.
* RealLifeRelative: Craig's little sister, Angela, is played by Alex Steele. Craig's on again off again love interest Manny is played by Cassie Steele. Lampshaded by Craig: [[IncestSubtext "She reminds me of my half-sister."]]
* TomHanksSyndrome: Most of the show's current cast did KidComs before this show.
* UnCancelled: Netflix picked up the series after Creator/TeenNick and MTV Canada canceled it.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** The show itself was originally not to be a direct ''Degrassi'' spin-off. The show was to be about a STEM middle school, hence the emphasis on technology in season one. Emma was intended to be a character on the show mostly as a ShoutOut to ''DegrassiJuniorHigh''. Eventually, the show evolved into ''The Next Generation'' show we know today.
** Show producers flirted with the prospect of doing TheMovie back in the mid-2000s. Warner Brothers was in talks to distribute and KevinSmith would have been in charge of production. The movie fell apart due to commitments from the production of the show making time off to film a movie impractical. Three made-for-television movies based on the series have been produced, but a ''Degrassi'' theatrical film has yet to, and likely never will, be made.
** The character of Eli was originally supposed to be an Expy of Rick Murray: a [[CuteandPsycho shy, quiet, suicidal maniac]] with a very DarkandTroubledPast who falls in love with Clare when he becomes his English partner and becomes [[StalkerWithaCrush dangerously obsessed with her]], but they decided to take a different turn for his character.
** Alex Steele, who played Angie Jeremiah in the earlier seasons, wanted to reprise her role for Season 11, who would later attend Degrassi as a freshmen, but since the show now focuses on a new set of young characters, dropping all of its older cast members from the '80s original and Next Generation versions and Pat Mastroanni, who played Joey Jeremiah (Angie's father), is no longer on the show anymore, they decided not to write Angie Jeremiah in for Season 11, but to write in a new character name Tori Santemaria for her instead.
** A SpinOff was planned following Manny and the others who moved to L.A to pursue entertainment careers; for business reasons Epitome chose to make what became ''Series/TheLAComplex'' a freestanding series instead.
** According to a MuchTalks Degrassi special, [[spoiler: Cam's suicide was planned before they even cast Dylan Everett to play him, and because they liked him so much they almost dropped the entire storyline all together. However, they decided to follow through with it in the end.]]
** Craig was first introduced as Emma's love interest but then became Manny's instead (presumably so that Emma could continue her long torturous relationship with Sean). A Degrassi Mini showed what the show would have been like had Craig dated Emma instead (she even gets knocked up like Manny did!)
** In season 4, Toby and Kendra were going to have sex in an episode. The actress' family objected to the script and ordered their daughter off the show, which explains [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome Kendra's disappearance]].
** There was supposed to be a storyline that involved Peter realizing that he was bisexual and developing feelings for Riley. This idea was later dropped when Jamie Johnston (Peter) left the show.
** Drew Torres was originally supposed to be bisexual as well (presumably to be somehow involved in a LoveTriangle with Riley and Zane), but was later rewritten as heterosexual instead.
** Jake Martin was originally named Noah Bradley until he was cast (Justin Kelly having [[OnlySoManyCanadianActors played a character]] named Noah [[Series/TheLatestBuzz before]]). Also, his mother was apparently dead, but then that changed to his parents being divorced.
* TheWikiRule: [[http://degrassi.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page Here]].
* WorkingTitle: ''Ready, Willing and Wired''.
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