Degrassi High

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Degrassi High
Created by Linda Schuyler
Kit Hood
Starring See cast list
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 network CBC Television
Original release 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 first two episodes sparked controversy in the United States over the issue of abortion. The character Erica had scheduled an abortion and Canadian viewers saw the full non-edited episode where Erica battles her way through anti-abortion protesters, one of whom is holding up a plastic fetus and warning Erica, "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.[citation needed]

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.[1][2] 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.[3]

In Australia, all episodes originally aired unedited in their original run throughout the 1990s, but 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, a similar situation that occurred with "Showtime Parts One and Two"[citation needed]. 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.



Home Media[edit]

DVD release[edit]

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.

DVD name Ep # Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 DVD Special Features
Season One 15 N/A N/A February 13, 2006 None
Season Two 13 N/A N/A June 12, 2006 None
Degrassi School's Out 4 N/A N/A July 10, 2006 None
Degrassi High: The Complete Collection 29 October 8, 2007 N/A March 12, 2008 Degrassi Movie: School's Out


  1. ^ "A New Start (1)". Retrieved 2005-10-12. 
  2. ^ "A New Start (2)". Retrieved 2005-10-12. 
  3. ^ "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do". Retrieved 2005-10-12. 

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