Degrassi is my favorite television franchise of all time. This show is in my brain basically 24/7. However, I’m not one of those people that believe everything about this show is amazing. If the show does something great, I’ll say so. But if something sucks, I won’t hesitate to point it out either. I’m glad that a majority of people that comment here do the same.
With that said, there’s always a ton emphasis on the best parts of the show (aka favorite episodes, favorite characters)…but here is a list of what I think are the 5 WORST episodes of Degrassi. Keep in mind their horrid status is based on the main plot of the episode, since all of them are during the days when there were just 2 plots per episode. And these 5 all received a grade of D-. I’ve never given a main plot a complete F; even the worst of episodes somehow manage to have at least one redeeming quality, no matter how tiny.
The worst episodes, in no particular order:
711 – Owner of A Lonely Heart
Marco manages to hit a level far below rock bottom, and it’s beyond pathetic. Seriously…prostitution? Marco Del Rossi suffered the biggest fall of any character on the show. I cannot think about Marco post season 4 and not cringe at how unwatchable he became.
715 – Got My Mind Set On You
It’s super tweeter @HeatherPoulette’s most-hated episode…can we blame her? At that point in the show Danny and Derek were terrible comedy relief replacements for JT and Toby. So hey let’s give them a semi-serious storyline where they fight for the love of a girl who is COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT TO ANYTHING. Even worse, they tried to slip in some sort of racism theme, which felt more like an afterthought than anything else. Given that Degrassi’s never truly dealt with racism since the days of BLT in DJH, I considered it a slap in the face to good Degrassi episodes.
815 – Touch Of Grey
The college storylines in Season 8 were boring. This was the worst. Miriam McDonald’s acting was robotic in almost every episode after Time Stands Still, and it became even worse when Emma went off to college. It hurts my head even more knowing that an equally lame character (Kelly) covered for her so she wouldn’t get kicked out of school. It was just another example of the show protecting Emma so that she could stick around for no reason at all.
817 – Up Where We Belong
When a character on the show becomes “famous” or starts chasing fame, the writers take it way too far. Mia, a character I already despised, “had” to choose between going to school or dropping out and pursuing modeling. Can we PLEASE snap back into reality for a second TNG Execs? Her speech at the end was such a joke, much like the show’s attempt to make her the star of Season 8.
211 – Don’t Believe The Hype
Though I applaud them hitting this episode’s theme, especially after the events of 9/11, it’s still a ridiculous episode because it’s the “Hey, let’s throw Hazel a bone” ep. You know what I hate? When people complain about characters not getting enough screentime. “Why can’t they give so-and-so a plot?” THIS is why…we end up getting random crap like Don’t Believe The Hype and Got My Mind Set On You. NOT ALL CHARACTERS ARE CREATED EQUAL. Not every character is designed to carry a main plot, which is why I’m totally fine with characters like Blue disappearing to the Degrassi Bermuda Triangle.
212/213 – White Wedding: D
217 – Relax: D+
219 – Fight For Your Right: D
301/302 – Father Figure: D+
421/422 -Going Down The Road: D
503 – Death Of A Disco Dancer: D+
513 – Together Forever: D+
517 – Total Eclipse Of The Heart: D
601/602 – Here Comes Your Man: D+
603 -True Colours: D
608 – Crazy Little Thing Called Love: D+
713/714 – Bust A Move: D+
722 – Don’t Stop Believin: D+
801/802 – Uptown Girl: D+
808/809 – Lost In Love: D+
811- Causing A Commotion: D-
913 – Holiday Road: D+