If you’re a person in the late-20s to late-30s age range, then you’ll know that Netflix has been doing everything possible lately to cater to our nostalgic whims. First there was the misguided Fuller House, but coming soon is the highly anticipated Gilmore Girls reunion, and over the weekend, Netflix announced — can it be so?? — Degrassi will have a one-off episode featuring the early cast members of the Next Generation era (i.e. the best one … at least the first seasons).
Yes, you heard right — I’m talking about Craig (Jake Epstein), Paige (Lauren Collins), Emma (Miriam McDonald), Spinner (Shane Kippel), Marco (Adam Ruggiero), and Liberty (Sarah Barrable-Tishauer). And yet, what about Ashley (Melissa McIntyre), and friggin Ellie (Stacey Farber)? Will JT (Ryan Cooley) come back from the grave? (Still. Not. Over. It.) Most importantly, is Jimmy, a.k.a. Wheels, a.k.a Drake going to appear? Probably not, but we can dream. (I also doubt Shenae Grimes will make an cameo, either).
The episode, which is a celebration of the series hitting its 500th episode, will air July 22nd, and was teased this video that will make you feel as old as sin:
This is actually one of the few runs at nostalgia I would actually like to see turned into something more than a one-off episode, even though I should have learned my lesson from both Fuller House and when Skins brought back some of its fan-favorite character for their own 3-episode arcs a few years back. And still …
While we wait for this to arrive, let us know who your favorite Next Generation cast members who, and who you’re hoping will show up in the reunion special. (Is this how viewers of the original series felt when the parents showed up on the Next Generation show? Who are these kids taking up space while my favorites all play the parents?)