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This is supposed to be the best years of our lives but it's just been one disaster after another. This school is cursed.
Ashley Kerwin, "Time Stands Still (2)"

Raditch: (knocks on the MI Lab door) Archie?
Snake: (exasperated sigh) No, I am BUSY here if you haven't noticed -
Raditch: I'm sorry. They want to know if you can get into Rick's email to look for signs. Warning signs?
Snake: (laughs sarcastically) Of course...NOW the groundbreaking 20/20 hindsight policy kicks into gear!
Raditch: (getting annoyed and angry, approaches him) Look...I have seven hundred students and a teaching staff that I am responsible for EVERY DAY. Don't get on my case because one kid overreacted to some...spilled paint!
Snake: (angrier) Yeah, ONE KID who you've personally spoken to TWICE in the last two days, but did you listen?!
Raditch: Of course I did!
Snake: (furious) I bet you can't remember a word he said! This tragedy, Dan, it could've been prevented if you hadn't -!
Spike: (holding a sobbing Emma) Archie! Can you two do this later?!
- "Time Stands Still (2)"

25 years of Degrassi memories. Like what, the fire in The '80s or the time all the school's computers got stolen in The '90s?
- J.T. Yorke, "Venus (1)"

Ashley: I'd never get tired of London, y'know, but I got tired of missing home. Tried some schools there, but I couldn't find anything quite like this.
Jimmy: Yeah, I guess it's kinda hard to find a school with such a unique combo of...shootings and gonorrhoea outbreaks.
Ashley:(laughs) OK, yeah, some bad stuff happened here, but some good people are here too...
- "High Fidelity (2)"

Griffin: Y'know, all these rappers glamorizing gang culture? You're the antidote.
Jimmy: I was shot in the back by a trivia nerd covered in yellow paint and feathers...
- "It's Tricky"

Everything in this school happens to this band, their friends and their stupid coloured jeans.
Bruce the Moose, "Good Times"

It's only a matter of time until the next school scandal comes to a boil. Hang in there.
- Clare Edwards to Adam Torres, "My Body is a Cage (1)"

Principal Simpson: It's called Degrassi Community School. Emphasis on "school".
Chantay: Well, for some of us the emphasis is on "community".
- "Love Lockdown (2)"

Alli: Jenna, exactly when did my life become a soap opera?
Jenna: Oh, honey, that was a while ago.
- "Mr. Brightside (1)"

High School sucks. Spend time here with people who don't.
-Bianca DeSousa, "Say it Ain't So (2)"

Tristan: Let me tell you how this "plan" of yours is gonna go. Miles is gonna be all "Maya. I love you. Let's dance."
Zoe: And Zig will be all broody like "Maya. I love you. Let's dance."
Tristan: Yeah, and then Miles will slug Zig.
Zoe: And Zig will probably have a knife and, like, stab Miles!
Tristan: And Grace will go all crazy and she'll spike the punch with LSD!
Zoe: And that weirdo Tiny will, like, burn the gym down!
Tristan: And then the semi-formal will end with everyone dying in a fiery inferno!
Maya: I think you guys are being a bit dramatic.
Tristan: Are we Maya? Are we?
- A rare Genre Savvy moment, from "Close to Me"

Grace: This is what will happen if we come. Everyone will sit around eating tiny sandwiches and caviar.
Tiny: And drinking tea - pinkies up.
Grace: This one [Zig] will get under moneybags' skin.
Tiny: By being a little too lippy.
Grace: And then I'll have to put Miles in a chokehold to keep him from killing your darling Zig.
Tiny: And then I'll accidentally set the gym on fire.
Grace: And then it's off to juvie for all of us.
- "Close to Me", again.

From torrid love affairs, disgusting overshares,
Degrassi you make drama look so good!
You try to mack on our crush, eat cafeteria mush,
Degrassi you make drama look so good!
- Tristan's song from "Hypnotize"

About the Show

Of course, nowadays it's a very different show (from Degrassi Junior High), same heart but a lot flashier!
- Stefan Brogren

I don't think we realized it at the time (of Degrassi Junior High), but there was nothing else like it. There was no 90210 or Dawson's Creek. It was one of these things where it was the only show where there wasn't a parent coming in and solving the problem for the kid—like Diff'rent Strokes or The Brady Bunch. The genius behind what Linda did was to go, "No, these kids have to make these terrible mistakes and they're going to have to live with it.
- Stefan Brogren

Degrassi has shown not one, not two, but three generations of kids dealing with bullying, drugs, alcohol, sex, teen pregnancy, teen marriage, violence, STDs, infidelity, divorce, homophobia, runaways, eating disorders, racism - am I the only one who thinks this school's cursed? I say they should burn it to the ground! But they actually tried that in one episode and it didn't work. No, the kids of Degrassi, they don't need an education, they need an exorcist.
- Cory Monteith at the 2010 Gemini Awards.

Once Degrassi, always Degrassi
- Various actors, regarding Dylan Everett's departure after his character's suicide.

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