The Different Relationships of Degrassi

Throughout elementary school, my neighbor would hop out of the car after school and run into the house to catch the latest episode of Degrassi. At the time, the show wasn’t my cup of tea—not because it was bad, but because there was so much going on that my 9-year-old brain didn’t understand.  

Last year, I discovered the original seasons of the show that were filmed in the 1980’s and I like it so much better than the newest series because it features all of the relatable issues of high school in one show that are relatable even as an adult, including pregnancy, financial issues, and home problems.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m pulling out the most memorable couples in all of Degrassi history. Some will make your heart swell and some will make you realize what relationships you should avoid.


Joey and Caitlin



These two are the real OG couple with their history starting in the Degrassi Junior High season and lasting until Degrassi: The Next Generation. They have a long history of breaking up for one reason or another, but they always manage to come together. In the end, however, they will always be each other’s “one that got away”.


Snake and Spike



Snake and Spike are the longest running couple in the show’s history. When Spike becomes a teen mom, Snake still wants to be a part of her life even with a baby. The two end up getting married and make it through an unfortunate cheating episode and cancer diagnosis.


Emma and Sean



Emma is Spike’s daughter who has been “the goodie two shoes” her whole life. When she meets Sean, a boy with a difficult past, she tries to look past his tough-boy persona and takes an interest in him. The two have been through a lot of ups and downs, but in the end, I think he was who she was meant to be with, despite marrying Spinner (which you can see in Degrassi: Next Class).


Kathleen and Scott



Scott seemed like Prince Charming when Kathleen met him. He could melt her heart with just a few words, and he made her feel happy when she was struggling with depression and bullying at school. However, Scott became controlling and physically assaulted Kathleen on more than one occasion before she ended it for good.


Miles and Tristan



Miles and Tristan are a pretty odd duo: Miles, being a rich boy with daddy issues, and Tristan, the outgoing all-around loved guy in school. They’ve both been through a lot, from unsure feelings, crazy family members, and an accident that almost leaves one of them dead. While they aren’t the first gay couple in Degrassi’s history, they are the most well-known and popular.


Degrassi might as well be one of the longest running television series, and it shows audiences everywhere that people are going through the same things as they are. The relationships throughout Degrassi have covered everything from pregnancy, manipulation, suicide, theft, cheating, and even murder (or attempted murder). Whatever the relationship, watching the characters figure out their problems sure makes a good afternoon of watching!