“Degrassi” will get a new home on Netflix in 2016, after the long-running Canadian teen drama ends its run this summer on cable TV.
Netflix said the new series, “Degrassi: Next Class,” will continue the show’s pull-no-punches approach to portraying the lives of high-school kids and telling the stories of Generation Z. The series focuses on a group of teens on the brink of adulthood, dealing with issues including homophobia, racism, substance abuse, violence, sexuality, body issues — and the complications of dating in the social-media age. The series will continue to be produced by Toronto-based Epitome Pictures.
“For more than three decades, this groundbreaking show has been reaching teens with important stories and starting in 2016 our members around the world will be able to enjoy and discover the newest chapter of this great show,” Netflix VP of global content Erik Barmack said in an emailed statement.
On cable, “Degrassi: The Next Generation” will officially end — after 14 seasons — with its series finale this summer on Viacom’s TeenNick. The show, which debuted in 2001, will conclude with a two-week finale event, kicking off with an hourlong special July 20, followed by new episodes each day of the week, ending on July 31 with the final episode.
Over the course of more than 350 episodes, “Degrassi: The Next Generation” has followed the trials and tribulations of the teens at Degrassi Community School. The franchise dates back to the early ’80s, when “The Kids of Degrassi Street” aired as a series of CBC TV after-school specials.