Pat Mastroianni, Stacie Mistysyn, Dayo Ade, Amanda Stepto, Siluck Saysanasy(CP)

Pat Mastroianni, Stacie Mistysyn, Dayo Ade, Amanda Stepto, Siluck Saysanasy in "Degrassi High"

If the Olympic Games ever do come to Toronto (come on, 2036!) the opening ceremonies would have to include the requisite local icons: The CN Tower, the Maple Leafs, and "Degrassi." Since the premiere of "The Kids of Degrassi St." in 1979, though the fabulously successful sequel series "Degrassi Jr. High," "Degrassi High" and "Degrassi: The Next Generation," CBC's groundbreaking teen drama has carved out a unique niche in the North American television landscape. Consistently tackling issues from teen sex to class struggle without a whiff of pedantry, and honouring its homegrown mandate by continuing to cast predominantly local actors, "Degrassi" is the rare Canadian institution that's also broken through in the U.S. In honour of the premiere of the new TV movie "Degrassi Takes Manhattan" (which aired July 16 on MuchMusic) and the beginning of "The Next Generation's" tenth (!) season, here's a look at some of the actors who helped make the series a phenomenon -- and an update on what they've been up to post-"Degrassi."