|Created by||Linda Schuyler, Kit Hood|
L. Dean Ifill
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||28 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||30 minutes (including commercials)|
|Production company(s)||Playing With Time Inc.|
|Original channel||CBC Television|
|Original run||November 6, 1989 – January 28, 1991|
|Preceded by||Degrassi Junior High|
|Followed by||School's Out|
Degrassi High is the third television show in the Degrassi series of teen dramas about the lives of a group of teenagers living on or near De Grassi Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It first aired from 1989 to 1991 and followed the young people from The Kids of Degrassi Street and Degrassi Junior High through high school. The show was filmed in downtown Toronto and at Centennial College.
Much like its predecessor, Degrassi High dealt with controversial issues ranging from AIDS, abortion, abuse, alcoholism, cheating, sex, death and suicide, dating, depression, bullying, gay rights, homophobia, racism, the environment, drugs, and eating disorders.
The show's impact on Canadian identity is discussed in the September 2007 issue of (Cult)u're Magazine.
The first two episodes sparked controversy in the United States over the issue of abortion. The character Erica had scheduled to get an abortion and Canadian viewers saw the full non-edited episode where Erica battles her way through pro-life protesters, one of which is holding up a plastic fetus, saying "Please don't do it, it's your last chance". The American version, which originally aired on PBS, was edited not to show the protesters and no final decision on whether to get the abortion was ever made.
As of October 2005, the American broadcaster, The N, made the decision not to air episodes 101 and 102 "A New Start Parts 1 & 2" due to the subject of abortion. The N made the decision not to air episode 103 "Breaking Up is Hard to Do" due to the references of the abortion made in the previous episode.
In Australia, all episodes originally aired unedited in their original run throughout the 1990s, but, however, were censored when repeated on Nickelodeon Australia. The episode "A New Start" was edited in such a way that it appeared Erica was never pregnant by the end of the episode, abruptly ending after a joke between Wheels, Joey and Snake, although the scene of Erica reading her pregnancy test was kept as a still over the credits. The entire second episode was removed altogether, a similar situation that occurred with "Showtime Parts One and Two". These episodes deal with teen suicide. However, when the episodes were repeated in 2009 on ABC2, the original, unedited episodes were shown, with the episodes (#25 Showtime part 1 and #26 Showtime part 2) featuring Claude Tanner's suicide.
WGBH Boston Home Video released the entire series on DVD in Region 1 on October 8, 2007. The 4-disc set entitled Degrassi High: The Complete Collection, features all 28 episodes of the series as well as the follow-up TV-movie Degrassi High- School's Out!.
In Region 4, Beyond Home Entertainment has released the entire series on DVD in Australia. They released each season as a separate set in 2006 followed by a complete series collection in 2008. The complete collection also contains the follow-up TV-movie Degrassi High- School's Out! as a bonus feature.
Australia DVD Release
|DVD name||Ep #||Region 4 (Australia)||DVD Special Features|
|Season One||15||February 13, 2006||None|
|Season Two||13||June 12, 2006||None|
|Degrassi School's Out||4||July 10, 2006||None|
|Degrassi High: The Complete Collection||29||March 12, 2008||Degrassi Movie: School's Out|
USA DVD Release
|DVD name||Ep #||Region 1 (USA)||DVD Special Features|
|Degrassi High: The Complete Collection||29||October 9, 2007||None|
- "A New Start (1)". TV.com. Retrieved 2005-10-12.
- "A New Start (2)". TV.com. Retrieved 2005-10-12.
- "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do". TV.com. Retrieved 2005-10-12.