The Evolution of Degrassi Opening Themes

Gone is “camera following everyone” style. While certainly a hallmark of the series, I wouldn’t exactly call it unique. New Class has opted for something much more current and relevant. The whole thing is social media inspired, with Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat themes all over the place. We see quick flashes of everyone taking selfies and engaging in general silliness.

This looks like something a teenager could actually make in After Effects. It isn’t Degrassi trying to look relevant. It isn’t Degrassi looking at itself and asking, “This is popular, right?” It feels real.

It’s inviting you to come along on this ride with the characters. “Hey, come hang out in our world. It’s pretty fun! Join our social circle.” It’s like you’re one snapchat away from being at Degrassi.

But is this representative of the whole show? Not exactly, but the social media theme makes it work. It doesn’t represent the bad things because who posts a selfie of their horrible day? These kids are portraying themselves at their best. They’re being the best they can be. Oh, man…theme song synergy! The show itself is what’s behind the social media, what we don’t show to everyone.

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You’ll get to the heartbreak when you watch the episodes. This opening, as all the best Degrassi openings have done, brings you into the world. Catches your attention. Degrassi: Next Class is a brand new start to the series and will be a jumping on point for viewers. This opening is a great peek into what they’re in for. 

Will this social media style date the opening down the road? Probably, but no more so then fashions or that cheesy font in the Degrassi Junior High opening.

They’re also keeping the opening theme music, albeit slightly remixed. I’m going to go out on a limb and say Degrassi should keep this theme for as long as they can. Remix it as need be. Change the singer. But keep those lyrics. They’re really everything you need to know about the show.

So tell me, what’s your favorite opening from Degrassi? Your least favorite? Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned for more Degrassi coverage right here on Den of Geek!

Shamus Kelley is a pop culture/television writer and official Power Rangers expert. Follow him on Twitter! Read more articles by him here!

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