“Degrassi” is airing its 500th episode this week, and a lot of familiar faces are showing up to celebrate the milestone. Netflix, which is fast becoming our official purveyor of nostalgia TV, is buffeting its “Fuller House” and “Gilmore Girls” revivals with a reunion of everyone’s favorite teenage melodrama.
Notably absent from the announcement video, which was first posted to the “Degrassi” Facebook page, is one Jimmy Brooks, AKA Drake. The popular basketball star was bound to a wheelchair after a school shooting — easily one of the show’s most over-the-top incidents, which is saying a lot — but remained a fan favorite. The rest of the gang is mostly accounted for, however: Craig, Paige, Liberty, Marco, Spinner, Emma et al.
All of these characters are from the show’s “Next Generation” era, by far the show’s most popular. No word on whether the episode will feature a Downtown Sasquatch concert or if JT will return from the dead for the occasion. We’ll have a chance to find out when the reunion episode airs this Friday, July 22.