Degrassi at 35: Linda Schuyler on three decades of teen drama

Degrassi co-creator Linda Schuyler reflects on how her unflinching teen drama has evolved over the years.
Degrassi co-creator Linda Schuyler joins guest host Kevin Smith to discuss the show's 35th anniversary. (Epitome Pictures)

Date rape. Abortion. Gay bashing.  Cyber stalking. If real teenagers have dealt with it, Degrassi has dramatized it. 

For over three decades, the Canadian teen drama has been unflinching in its portrayal of the adolescent experience, combining boldness and sincerity in a way that changed teen-targeted TV. 

As Degrassi celebrates its 35th anniversary, surprise celebrity guest host Kevin Smith catches up with Degrassi co-creator Linda Schuyler. She reflects on how the real teenagers on the show -- like high school itself -- are always and never the same. 

Last night, the show won Canadian Screen Awards in all four categories in which it was nominated. 

Silent Bob speaks up on Degrassi

Kevin Smith has a real soft spot for Degrassi. As a fan and former guest star, he's learned a lot in the halls of the fictional Canadian school. 

Watch one of his cameos as Silent Bob below.

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