Degrassi: Next Class

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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An edgier Degrassi for the digital age still has heart.
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Parents say

age 13+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 25 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Lessons about friendship, sex, bullying, coming out, depression, and so on. Integrity and empathy are major themes. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

A diverse class of students does its best to make it through school; some kids are more troubled than others. A parent is abusive.

Violence

Occasional arguments, threats, cyberbullying. 

Sex

Sexual content includes kids in underwear, birth control, STD scares, Lots of body-image and sexuality discussions. 

Language

"Crap," "ass."

Consumerism

Apple products prominently featured in social media-based episodes.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Underage drinking; drug use, addiction.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Degrassi: Next Class, the third reboot of the popular Canadian teen soap, features all the expected teen-oriented themes, ranging from romance, sex, and addiction to more contemporary issues such as cyberbullying and catfishing. It handles them responsibly and offers some positive lessons, but some of the content is edgy: There's some sexual activity, and activities such as underage drinking and pill-popping are visible. However, the use of words such as "ass" and "crap" are as strong as the language gets. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byChandni J. October 6, 2016

In with the Old out with the New

The old Degrassi takes the cake because it talks about actual issues including teen drama and just crap that people along with teenagers go through on a daily... Continue reading
Parent Written bySky B. August 4, 2016

Great for ages 12 and up!

This might not be the best for ages 11 and under, but otherwise I think it's okay for ages 12 and up. Although there is some drinking/drugs/smoking, etc.,... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byjasmine1100 April 12, 2016

This show puts a positive view on today's society

It explores lots of different issues including cyber bullying, sexuality, breakups and fights yet somehow putting a positive and accepting light on today's... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byGrace4455 June 15, 2016

What's the story?

DEGRASSI: NEXT CLASS, an updated version of the popular Canadian Degrassi franchise, centers on a group of sophomores and juniors at the fictional Degrassi Community school located in Toronto, Ontario. Students such as Maya (Olivia Scriven), Tristan (Lyle Lettau), Miles (Eric Osborne), Zoe (Ana Golja), Grace (Nikki Gould), and others have returned to high school, along with new folks such as Esme Song (Chelsea Clark), Goldi Nahir (Soma Bhatia), and Vijay Maraj (Dante Scott). From broken hearts and running for student council to social media-related challenges such as cyberbullying, the Degrassi gang navigates their high school years one day at a time. 

Is it any good?

This stylized teen soap offers all the traditional drama one comes to expect from the Degrassi gang, but it does so with a more contemporary flair. Most notable is the way each narrative incorporates the use of digital technology, social media, and episode hashtag titles. Though it's still committed to featuring an array of traditional topics teens may relate to, including sexuality, body-image issues, and dysfunctional family dynamics, it also incorporates topics that have become more culturally relevant, such as depression and catfishing.  

This version is trendier than its predecessors (it's hard to keep up with Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl), and while some students are more wealthy than others, the majority come from a privileged background. But beyond this, the cast is extremely diverse, and the show still features lots of positive lessons to be learned. Fans of the early versions of the series may be interested in checking out Degrassi: Next Class to see how things have changed (or not) with this new class. But no doubt: This installment will garner a whole new generation of followers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about many of the issues that teens face in their lives. What are some of the difficult decisions they face, and how do they make those choices (and live with the consequences)? How do digital technology and social media affect the way we think about these things? Do you think Degrassi: Next Class offers an accurate representation of what teens go through every day?  

  • What gives a TV series its longevity? Is it the characters? The story lines? What kinds of changes do the producers of this series have to make to make it relevant for a new generation of viewers?

  • How do the characters in Degrassi: Next Class demonstrate empathy and integrity? Why are these important character strengths?

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