A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Lessons about friendship, sex, bullying, coming out, depression, and so on. Integrity and empathy are major themes.
Positive Role Models
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 & Scariness
Occasional arguments, threats, cyberbullying.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual content includes kids in underwear, birth control, STD scares, Lots of body-image and sexuality discussions.
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Products & Purchases
Apple products prominently featured in social media-based episodes.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Underage drinking; drug use, addiction.
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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.
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.
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