The Degrassi The Next Generation Pilot Was Super Dark


Manny Santos, my how you’ve grown.

If you know me, you know that I’m a little obsessed with a show called Degrassi.

Recently, I decided to rewatch one of the most iconic episodes — Mother and Daughter Reunion, aka the pilot of The Next Generation era. And let me just say…WOW, I completely forgot how dark this episode is.

Here are all the thoughts I had rewatching the pilot:

OMG, Manny and Emma are so little!!! Not gonna lie, it’s a little weird watching this knowing everything that happens to them.


You think your life is hard now? Wait until you get pregnant with Craig Manning’s baby and catch an STI at the ravine.

I swear every early ’00s show had a very special episode™ about the dangers of meeting people from the internet. It’s kind of wild to look back on this in the age of social media and dating apps.

Oh, here comes the theme song! 🎶 WHATEVER IT TAKES, I KNOW I CAN MAKE IT THROUGH…!!! 🎶

Joey Jeremiah and Angie!!! For anyone who doesn’t know, Angie and Manny are real-life sisters. She also came back to play the character Tori in Season 11.

Wow, my heart was not ready to see J.T. again — brb, gotta go cry real quick.

This Joey and Caitlin reunion is so uncomfortable. Maybe you shouldn’t have cheated on her in School’s Out!, Joey.

We’re only 10 minutes in and these kids are already making me wanna throw my shoe at the TV.


Did kids back then actually say “the net”? I don’t remember that EVER being a thing.

So now Emma’s going on and on about what a great boyfriend “Jordan” is and how excited she is to meet him. Manny is already gettin’ real tired of her shit.

Emma’s waiting to meet Jordan in a hotel lobby when this grown man comes up to her and introduces himself as Jordan’s teacher, and — oh my god, he just invited her upstairs to meet “Jordan.” RUN, EMMA, RUN.

The first thing that popped into my head while watching Emma follow the creep into his room:

Meanwhile at the grown-ups’ high school reunion, some shit is going DOWN between Joey and Caitlin’s fiancé, Keith. Caitlin is not amused.

Okay, back to Emma! At this point, she’s realized there is no “Jordan” and wants to get the hell out of here. Luckily, Toby, J.T., and Manny are on a mission to track her down and save her.


I feel like I’m watching a weird, grisly version of Spy Kids.

This is getting SUPER DARK. No wonder our parents didn’t let us watch this show.

Oh thank god, the kids told Emma’s mom where she is and now Spike and Snake are here to save the day! Wait, why didn’t they get a key from the front desk or get security to open the door? They did NOT think this through.

Emma made a break for it!!!!

Alright, now we’re back home. Emma’s okay, everything’s okay. Just a couple hundred more episodes of this!!!

Well, that was QUITE the wild ride. Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I need a drink.

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