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Degrassi: Next Class 2nd current official logo
|Created by||Linda Schuyler
|Theme music composer||Jody Colero
|Opening theme||"Whatever It Takes"|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||40 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Linda Schuyler
Courtney Jane Walker
|Production location(s)||Toronto, Ontario|
|Editor(s)||Jason B. Irvine
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||DHX Media
DHX Studios Toronto
|Original network||Family (F2N)/Family Channel App (Canada)
Netflix (United States/International)
|Original release||January 4, 2016– July 7, 2017|
|Preceded by||Degrassi: The Next Generation
Degrassi Junior High
|Related shows||The Kids of Degrassi Street
Degrassi: Next Class was a Canadian teen drama television series set in the Degrassi universe, which was created by Linda Schuyler and Kit Hood in 1979. It is the fifth and final series in the Degrassi franchise and a direct sequel to Degrassi: The Next Generation. The series was created by Linda Schuyler, Stephen Stohn, Sarah Glinski, and Matt Huether and is produced by DHX Studios Toronto (a subsidiary of DHX Media). The current executive producers are Schuyler, her husband Stephen Stohn, Sarah Glinski, and Matt Huether. The series is filmed at Epitome's studios in Toronto, Ontario, rather than on the real De Grassi Street from which the franchise takes its name.
The first season of Next Class premiered on January 4, 2016, on Family's new teen programming block, F2N in Canada. The series saw its United States (and international) debut on January 15, 2016, on Netflix. In Australia, the show premiered on ABC3 on May 16, 2016. The first season ended on Family Channel on January 17, 2016, following a two-week run.
The fourth season was made available for streaming on the Family Channel App on June 30, 2017, with the episodes beginning to air daily on July 3, 2017. The series was then released on Netflix on July 7, 2017.
On March 7, 2019, show producer and frequent director Stefan Brogren confirmed the show's cancellation by Netflix.
Starting with season 1 of Next Class, none of the characters who debuted during the changes happening in seasons eight and nine of The Next Generation remain. The first and second seasons featured 19 regular roles, with 14 cast members returning from season 14 of Degrassi and 5 new regulars: Amir Bageria (Baaz Nahir), Soma Bhatia (Goldi Nahir), Jamie Bloch (Yael Baron), Chelsea Clark (Esme Song), and Dante Scott (Vijay Maraj). Keeping ties to the early seasons of the previous incarnation and the franchise as a whole, Stefan Brogren's character Archie Simpson remains the Principal of Degrassi Community School. Seasons three and four added two regulars to the cast, as casting calls were made public through Larissa Mair Casting.
On October 21, 2016, it was confirmed that the cast members in a photo executive producer Stephen Stohn posted were the ones leaving the cast at the end of season four. This includes: Eric Osborne (Miles Hollingsworth III), Ricardo Hoyos (Zig Novak), Andre Kim (Winston Chu), Ehren Kassam (Jonah Haak), Ana Golja (Zoe Rivas), Lyle Lettau (Tristan Milligan), Nikki Gould (Grace Cardinal), Olivia Scriven (Maya Matlin), Richard Walters (Tiny Bell) and Bhatia.
Several recurring cast members from the previous incarnation continued their roles in Degrassi: Next Class, a majority being the parents and teachers of the students at Degrassi Community School. David Sutcliffe of Gilmore Girls fame appeared in a season one episode as himself. In season two, several cast members from the first incarnation made guest appearances for the 500th episode of the Degrassi franchise. These cast members include Adamo Ruggiero as Marco Del Rossi, Miriam McDonald as Emma Nelson, Lauren Collins as Paige Michalchuk, Shane Kippel as Gavin "Spinner" Mason, and Sarah Barrable-Tishauer as Liberty Van Zandt. Jamie Johnston, who portrayed Peter Stone in seasons five through ten of Degrassi: The Next Generation, also made his return for the second season, appearing in several episodes. Other previous cast members that appeared include Raymond Ablack as Sav Bhandari, Charlotte Arnold as Holly J. Sinclair, Jake Epstein as Craig Manning, and Jacob Neayem as Mo Mashkour. In season 3 and 4, Chloe Rose reprised her role for three episodes as Katie Matlin. Epstein also made a return guest appearance in season 4.
In Canada, the series premiered on January 4, 2016, on Family's new teen programing block, F2N. In the United States (and internationally), first-run episodes began streaming internationally on Netflix on January 15, 2016 (excluding Canada, Australia and France). Episodes will be available on Netflix in Canada, Australia and France following the conclusion of the first season. Season two premiered on the Family Channel on July 19, 2016 and on Netflix on July 22, 2016.
In Australia, the series premiered on ABC3 on May 16, 2016. The second season immediately followed the first season on ABC3 in Australia on May 30. On January 6, 2017, Netflix added seasons 1–3 to the Australian catalogue. Season 3 began streaming online on Netflix before its debut on ABC3, starting April 22, 2017.
In South Africa, the series premiered on SABC 1 (South African Broadcasting Corporation), on 6 April 2020, airing 15:00 Monday to Thursday.
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