You can keep your copy of 'Twilight' -- I have the N to keep me company

Queenbee_lMy coworkers keep trying to get me to crack open Twilight, but I have no time to devote to the vampire series. Filling the young adult pop culture void for me (especially with Gossip Girl gone until September) is the N, Nickelodeon’s wiser, saucier relative. Its days are filled with a winning combination of original programming, old-school favorites, and Canadian teen soap operas — enough to keep me and my DVR abuzz through the wasteland that is August TV.

For me, it started with an episode of Degrassi. If the hit Canadian show allowed me to relive my youth in 30-minute blocks, then Beyond the Break was more about entertaining a fantasy — a fantasy that, for this Syracuse, New York, native, meant living vicariously through a bunch of 20-year-old surfers in Hawaii. About a Girl and The Best Years covered college, and South of Nowhere was there in case I needed to fantasize about roaming my high school halls, gossiping and giggling once more.

Special to their summer lineup, the N has taken the cue from major networks and introduced viewers to fresh reality TV show competitions: Queen Bees (pictured) features seven mean girls that would make the Plastics cringe; while in The N’s Student Body, groups of overweight students from rival schools compete to lose weight and stay healthy. With Laila Ali as the host with a Cat Deeley-like compassion for the contestants, you’ll feel their plight and the burn from that last lap.

If you don’t have a TV package that allows you instant access to Degrassi and friends, you can watch full episodes of many of the shows on Are any of my TV-aholic PWers as smitten as I am with the network? I know there are legions of Degrassi-philes out there — has your interest in that show spurred on a similar love affair with the N?

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  • Raven_Moon

    I think I’ll stick with the “Twilight” books, thanks.

  • anne

    somehow i manage both The N and Twilight.

  • Jordan

    I love Twilight. I think you’re really missing our if you don’t read the series. I’m absolutely in love with Edward. I know he’s a fictional character but he exsists in my imagination. He truly is the most perfect thing out there in my eyes. I still can watch the N though. I like That’s 70’s Show.

  • Jordan

    I love Twilight. I think you’re really missing our if you don’t read the series. I’m absolutely in love with Edward. I know he’s a fictional character but he exsists in my imagination. He truly is the most perfect thing out there in my eyes. I still can watch the N though. I like That’s 70’s Show.

  • Jennifer

    I have loved the N for several years now, it’s my guilty pleasure, and a way to unwind from a very stressful job that keeps me hopping in the summer.


    um… the N all the way! they had me at degrassi, and kept me with queen bees and the n’s student body. i’m sorry – losing weight and trying to be nice have never been so entertaining. way better than any vampire book. lisa, tell me, did you cry a little bit during the degrassi finale? be honest now…

  • Jackie

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the-n! I fall asleep to That 70’s Show now, but it used to be to Daria (once it was off MTV) and Radio Free Roscoe (which I looooove). I used to love Degrassi, but lately it’s been lacking most of the characters I used to love, and from the teaser from next season, it looks like we’re being introduced to fresh blood. Fresh freshmen blood. (Noooo BRING BACK CRAIG AND SEAN).
    Also, is Best Years coming back? It was totallllllly my guilty pleasure.

  • Anonymous

    Beyond the Break is rather addictive.

  • Pam

    hooray for a Syracuse native!

  • Sabrina

    I was furious when they cancelled The Best Years.

  • PS

    I’m actually a straight married male and some of the shows are good. We’ve been watching Degrassi since the first season, and then occasionally we’ll watch whatever comes after. Beyond the Break was a good follower, and the Best Years was decent, too. Not too fond of Queen Bee though.

  • brandi

    I love me some Degrassi!! I was a big fan of South of Nowhere in the beginning, but it got too ridiculous so I stopped watching. Then I caught an episode a while back and saw that the black adopted brother was dead and the girl was pregnant with his baby?!?! I was (and still am) confused.

  • Sara

    The N is a “must check” channel for me when surfing the dvr guide. I HAVE loved Degrassi…now I’m just a little more “in like” with it. And I’m very anxiously awaiting the next and, sadly, final season of South of Nowhere. Hey, N (or noggin or Nickelodeon. Whatever “N” is in charge over there) why’d ya push the start date of the season from the spring to the fall? I need me some SoN!

  • joules

    Finally I can admit it – I’m 39 and I’m hooked on Degrassi. When I was a teen in the 1980’s, the local PBS showed the original series. Oh, I so wanted my hair to look like Caitlin’s! Anyway, I’m still a fan, although less so this past season with all the new faces and the ridiculous Manny & Jay engagement storyline. I’ve even seen the silly Lifetime movies that the girls who play Paige and Emma have been in (see One question for Degrassi-philes: what ever happened to Terri after she hit her head on a rock? I know she was in a coma, but did she die? Was there a funeral? Her friends Asley and Paige never talked about her after that, the way Liberty and Toby still talk about poor dead JT. Did I miss something?

  • joules

    What was that animated show about “The Weirdness”? That was funny, in a post-Daria way. The only other show I watch on The N is South of Nowhere. I thought this show was good for its frank portrayal of Spenser’s exploration of her sexuality, and her familiy’s reaction to it, but the show jumped the shark when they killed off the adopted brother. However, his spirit has been reincarnated in the form of a very similar character (adopted African-American brother in a family fresh from the Midwest) on the upcoming new 90210 show. see for more. Fans of The N will see some familiar faces in the cast.

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