TeenNick Blog

  • The 12 Boys of Degrassi: K.C.!

    Posted on 12/21/2010 by Lisa
    The 12 Boys of Degrassi

    Day 9 of our Degrassi-holiday-boy-fest brings us to: ♥K.C.♥!

    K.C. has made a lot of mistakes (stealing a car and getting sent to the group home, dumping Jenna when he finds out she's pregnant, treating his mom like crap, keying the coach's car... this could be a very long list). Now that he's forgiven his mom and reunited with Jenna, I'm dying to know -- how do YOU feel about him?

    Flashback with me to K.C.'s first day at Degrassi...

    Oh, little Clare and little K.C... so cute! If you want to hear my favorite K.C. quote, "You're so much more than the smart one," check out the full episode of Uptown Girl, pt. 2, in our K.C. Playlist.

    Does K.C. stand for Kinda Cute?

    Are you still mad at K.C. for the things he's done in the past? Or are you willing to forgive, and hope he'll be a better guy in the future? Post your favorite K.C. moments and quotes in the comments.

  • The 12 Boys of Degrassi: Sav!

    Posted on 12/20/2010 by Mary

    The 12 Boys of Degrassi

    Day 8 (more like day GREAT) is dedicated to the guy who stole our hearts, and the student council presidency (arguably)...

    ♥Sav♥!

    It's not just that Sav has eyes you could go swimming in, or that he rocks the skinny jeans like no other student council president. It's that:

    1) You can trust a dude who has that good of a relationship with his little sister. Protective, honest, encouraging, and downright sweet.
    2) Any guy who would go to the judgety baby class with a pregnant girl he barely knows just so she won't feel so alone in the world... I mean, do YOU know any real-life guys like that?
    3) Remember when he sang that sweet, pretty "Your heart is a fire" song to Holly J? While dressed as Elvis, natch?
    4) He's come a long way from being the guy who had internalized his family's uh, gender bias. We should probably thank Anya for helping creak open that door.
    5) And he wouldn't suck to run student council with:

    All the Sav fans, raise your hands! What do you love most about Degrassi's most eligible senior? Drop it in the comments! And you can also check out our full Sav Playlist for plenty of Savalicious episodes.

  • The 12 Boys of Degrassi: Adam!

    Posted on 12/19/2010 by Mary

    The 12 Boys of Degrassi

    Day 7 is upon us, and it's time to celebrate...

    ♥Adam♥!

    It's not easy being Adam (<-- understatement of the year), but he finds a way to have a sense of humor anyway. Or, maybe he HAS to have a sense of humor to survive. Basically anyone who can live through getting thrown through a plate glass door and still have any faith in humanity whatsoever... we've got that dude's back.

    Of course... he did maaaybe kind of lose his cool that one time...

    But hopefully things will get easier for Adam as time goes on. And hopefully Fiona has a REALLY good excuse for being a no-show at that beautiful party he put together with Eli and Clare. Because any guy that romantic and kind and brave and honest and funny deserves a slow dance under some twinkly lights with the girl of his dreams.

    What's been your favorite Adam moment? Drop it in the comments! And you can also check out our full Adam Playlist for more Adam episodes (including the instant classics, "My Body Is a Cage" parts 1 and 2).

    PS: hmmm... that pic on the bottom left with the hot new look for Adam... I don't think we've seen that one before. Could it be from... next year's new episodes?? I wonder...

  • The 12 Boys of Degrassi: Connor!

    Posted on 12/18/2010 by Lisa
    The 12 Boys of Degrassi

    Day 6 of our Degrassi boy celebration brings us to: ♥Connor♥!

    Connor is trusting, accepting, and good with computers... but what does he have to show for it? An awkward encounter with LoveQueen16. *Sigh.* Do you think he'll ever meet a nice girl his own age who appreciates him -- and isn't a creepy lady from the Internet?

    Connor's in the gifted class at Degrassi, but since he has Asperger's syndrome, the social stuff is a lot harder for him. Because of the way his brain works, if his friends are playing "seven minutes in heaven," he'd rather be holding the stopwatch than kissing up a storm. He doesn't really know how to talk to girls, but if he can get that figured out, he's got it made -- he's cute and super-nice, he plays basketball, and he's on the Science Olympics team. (That gets him bonus points in my book, but maybe I just have a thing for smart boys.)

    Here's a clip from just after he's diagnosed with Asperger's.

    He seems SO relieved to know why he is the way he is. It's like, once he knows what's going on, his life can only get better. Check out lots of other Connor moments in our Connor Playlist.

    What are your favorite Connor episodes and quotes? Which of his hoodies are you dying to borrow? Share your Connor-est thoughts in the comments.

  • The 12 Boys of Degrassi: Riley!

    Posted on 12/17/2010 by Lisa
    The 12 Boys of Degrassi

    Day 5 of our Degrassi-boy-abration brings us to: ♥Riley♥!

    He used to be stressed-out 24/7... but then he got off steroids, into anger management classes and yoga, and into Zane's arms. (Don't you just love them together?) Now that Riley's out at school and over the whole self-hatred thing, he seems infinitely more relaxed and happy. Watching the old Riley was intense, but watching the new Riley is inspiring. I reeeeally hope angry, messed-up-in-the-head Riley is gone for good.

    Aww, here's the Riley I love. Can I have a pink football shirt, Riley? I'll totally wear it.

    My favorite Riley episode is "In Your Eyes," where he and Zane first get together. I can't watch that ep without smiling at my TV / laptop. Riley just looks SO happy when they're dancing at the LGBT mixer. You'll find "In Your Eyes" and lots of other memorable Riley moments in our Riley Playlist.

    What are your favorite Riley moments, quotes, or kisses? Post them in the comments and let's do some Riley bonding.

  • 12 Boys of Degrassi: Dave

    Posted on 12/16/2010 by Mary

    The 12 Boys of Degrassi

    Today's 4th Boy of Degrassi is...

    ♥Dave Turner♥.

    Perhaps he won't be able to win the love of a girl until he truly loves himself. But let's count the reasons he really should love himself:

    1) Always makes us laugh -- and even got Alli to relax a little about her social status when they manned the refreshments table.
    2) Obviously fearless. Not everyone would go pantsless in front of the entire media immersion class.
    3) Is clearly a total romantic; remember that look in his eyes when he was around Alli?
    4) Is... learning to be a good friend. Thanks to Wesley.
    5) And was undoubtedly the most memorable aspect of the Big D Dance Crew (woooo!).

    You can also watch more Dave clips and episodes here in the Degrassi Dave playlist. What was your favorite Dave Turner moment? And am I the only one who really really really hopes he meets a nice girl next season?

  • The 12 Boys of Degrassi: Wesley!

    Posted on 12/15/2010 by Lisa
    The 12 Boys of Degrassi

    It's Day 3 of the Degrassi Boys celebration, time to celebrate...

    ♥Wesley♥!

    Anya described Wesley as "the type of guy that girls love." He's super-sweet, he's not fake, and if you win him at a bachelor auction, he'll save up his allowance till he can afford to rent a limo for your date. He's THAT nice.

    My favorite things about Wesley are that he's a really good friend (I still can't believe he forgave Dave after the taser incident) and he's really funny. Exhibit A: His election-themed rap:

    I love this Wesley quote from when Drew's trying to teach him about girls:

    Drew: "If you wanna impress Anya so she'll bid on you at the bachelor auction you're gonna need one thing."
    Wesley: "A bowtie!"

    What are your favorite Wesley moments, quotes, or election-themed rap lyrics? Post them in the comments. And check out our full Wesley Playlist for more chuckle-worthy and cringe-worthy Wesley videos.

    Oh, Wesley. You are proof that a boy can be awkward and awesome at the same time.

  • The 12 Boys of Degrassi: Peter!

    Posted on 12/14/2010 by Mary

    The 12 Boys of Degrassi

    Day 2 of our celebration of the spirit of Degrassi Boys brings us....

    ♥Peter♥!

    Though he first came into our lives as the spoiled son-of-a-principal who showed everyone Manny's boobs and was preeetty much responsible for Sean going to jail, Peter has redeemed himself in fits and starts over the years. There was that time he emotionally supported Darcy through the aftermath of her rape, the way he was there for Emma when she struggled with an eating disorder... and of course, what one could argue was his most impressive act of selflessness: standing by Riley and keeping a secret after Riley misunderstood their friendship and tried to kiss him.

    Plus there was that whole thing where he met his little sister and kissed her little baby head:

    Look at him kiss that baby's head! He's such a sweet little baby-head-kisser! It's not fair that Peter kept losing girlfriends to other continents (and meth habits), but it's always nice to see him looking so contented and sage-like behind the counter at the Dot.

    What was your favorite Peter moment, quote, or button-down shirt? Drop it in the comments! And you can also check out our full Peter Playlist with a bounty of Peter-y episodes and clips. Enjoy!

  • The 12 Boys of Degrassi: Spinner!

    Posted on 12/13/2010 by Mary

    'Tis the season! Whatever holiday(s) are on your mind right now, we're adding one to the list: the joyful, boytastic, and utterly non-denominational celebration of Degrassi Manhood that is...

    The 12 Boys of Degrassi

    Every day for the next 12 days we'll be rhapsodizing about the specimens of Degrassi boyhood who made 2010 shine so brightly.

    Our first Boy of Degrassi is... ♥Spinner♥.

    In his own special, Spinner-y way, he's been an embodiment of what Degrassi is about. Remember when he was a homophobe... but learned to get over it for Marco's sake? The time he battled cancer and won? And all those times he messed up, but sought and found the forgiveness of his friends?

    And of course we mustn't forget his "health food" boners; his hair (and his other hair, and his other other hair); the way he said "She used me for my body"; ... and of course, that time he married Emma (!). What have been your favorite Spinner moments/quotes/storylines? Drop them in the comments... let's have a Spinner party!

    We leave you with this classic Spinner scene -- classic because it involves his charming candidness, an oh-so-Spinner reference to his junkular area, and a demonstration of that hard-won best buds forever bromance with Jimmy that always touched our hearts.

    Also, the part where he flexes those guns doesn't suck.

    Enjoy more Spinner-vision in our 12 Boys of Degrassi: Spinner playlist... chock full of Spinner moments and full episodes from the highlights of his tenure.

    Keep calm though, because excitement makes him fart.

  • Meet the winner of the How Do You HALO Sweeps!

    Posted on 12/10/2010 by Mary

    Degrassi in Kenya, photo courtesy of Charlotte Arnold
    Degrassi working with Free the Children in Kenya; photo courtesy Charlotte Arnold

    I know the rest of us are bummed we didn't win the sweepstakes, but when you read this interview with Kerri, I don't think you'll be sad that she won.

    Kerri and two friends will be taking a trip with Free the Children, an organization "driven by over 1 million shamelessly idealistic youth" who build schools and other infrastructure in countries that desperately need them. In fact, Free the Children was founded by a 12 year old and his friends back in 1995 -- just the kind of guy who would be showing up on the HALO Awards now.

    The Degrassi cast has gone on Free the Children trips for years... and now Kerri will be joining Degrassi stars on a trip that will change not just their lives, but the lives of children in need. Here's what Kerri has to say about it!

    Congratulations!! What was the tweet was that you won with?
    It said "I HALO by being part of an organization that helps youth with mental health problems."

    Can you tell us a little about that organization?
    It's called Youth Speaking Out, and they run as part of a group called Parent Support Network in Rhode Island. My boyfriend was actually in it since he was 8, and then when we started dating he was like, "I'd really like you to come with me." I was like, "OK Sure, I'll see what it's all about." I wish that they were more well known because they really do a lot of helpful stuff.

    They used to only meet once a month because they didn't have enough money, but they just went back to being once a week, so we go every Thursday.

    A lot of [the kids there] are from group homes. Or they used to be in group homes, and now they're sharing their experiences and try to help [the others] deal with the situations they're in. So they include people [like me] who aren't from that... I listen to the kids, to hear what it's like, [and I offer] the perspective of someone who's not in a group home.

    And you're studying to be a medical assistant, so you can help people for a living?
    Yeah. It's funny, when I went to my first week of classes they asked me where I saw myself with my degree in five years, and I told them I'd really like to be in another country helping less fortunate people with my medical degree. And now I'm going somewhere!

    Have you been a Degrassi fan for a long time?
    Uh, yeah. Since I was in like 7th grade. I've never stopped watching it.

    Who are your favorite characters?
    I always liked JT, but then I was so upset when he died, I was crying. And then I told myself every time they came up with new characters, "I'm never going to like anybody as much as I liked him. He was just the best character."

    And then this season came out and now Eli's on it. I like him. [laughs] And so does everybody else. And I really like Jessica Tyler, she has such a good singing voice.

    And don't you get to bring two friends? Who are you going to take?
    Yup, I'm going to take my boyfriend and my friend Kathy, because she always talks about how she's always wanted to be in Africa. And she's like "I'll never get to go, it costs so much money." [Since Africa's on the list of places we could end up going,] I called her and was like "You're coming with me."

    It's so crazy, I never win anything! When they called me I said, "Is this a joke?" I can't win tickets off the radio, but I can win something as big and life-changing as this!