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Degrassi High
Format Teen drama, Soap Opera, Melodrama
Created by Linda Schuyler, Kit Hood
Starring Dayo Ade
Sara Ballingall
Kirsten Bourne
Stefan Brogren
Darrin Brown
Andy Chambers
Amanda Cook
Angela Deiseach
Maureen Deiseach
Craig Driscoll
Chrissa Erodotou
Michelle Goodeve
Anais Granofsky
Rebecca Haines
Neil Hope
John Ioannou
Cathy Keenan
Niki Kemeny
Kyra Levy
Arlene Lott
Pat Mastroianni
Maureen McKay
Stacie Mistysyn
Bill Parrott
Siluck Saysanasy
Amanda Stepto
Nicole Stoffman
Duncan Waugh
Dan Woods
Country of origin  Canada
No. of episodes 28
Running time 30 minutes (including commercials)
Original channel Canada 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 kids living on or near Degrassi Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It first aired from 1989 to 1991 and followed the kids from 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.

Many hail the series as a classic for being a realistic and often raw portrayal of teen life. 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.[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 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.


DVD release

On October 9, 2007, WGBH Boston Home Video released Degrassi High: The Complete Collection on DVD in Region 1.

DVD name Ep # Release date
The Complete Collection 28 October 9, 2007


  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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