This season follows a group of high school sophomores and juniors from Degrassi Community School, a fictional school in Toronto, Ontario, and depicts some of the typical issues and challenges common to a teenager's life. This season will depict a new school year after the previous seniors, some of whom debuted during "The Next Generation", graduated in the previous season. This season will feature another rebranding for the series and is being considered a stand-alone series. It will tell the stories of a new generation navigating high school drama with groundbreaking stories such as cyber bullying, mental illness, dysfunctional families, sexuality, online harassment, feminism, racial discrimination, life-threatening diseases and drug use. It will also target the new post-millennial teen cohort known as Generation Z. On Family, the first block will follow the telenovela-soap opera format and air every weekday for two weeks. This format was used in the previous incarnation's final five seasons, excluding season 13.
The first season has nineteen actors receiving star billing with fourteen of them returning from the first incarnation. Those in bold are new to the cast this season:
The eleven actors who did not return this season are:
After the cancellation of Degrassi's 14-season run on TeenNick, Nickelodeon passed on the pitch for "Degrassi: Next Class". This reboot of the series was later picked up by Netflix and is considered a stand alone series for a new generationa new incarnation. The show was given a 20 episode order with the episodes being split into two seasons on Netflix and Family. Series stars' Amir Bageria and Stefan Brogren, confirmed this before the airing of episode 10. F2N and Degrassi are also advertising episode 10 as the season finale of season 1. Filming for the two seasons began in June 2015 and wrapped early September the same year.
Degrassi: Next Class is the second incarnation of the Degrassi: The Next Generation series and is a Canadian teen drama television series created by Linda Schuyler, Yan Moore, Stephen Stohn, Sarah Glinski and Matt Huether. In January 2016, it was released on Netflix internationally and currently airs on the new Family Channel teen block, F2N, in Canada. It is the fifth series set in the fictional Degrassi universe created by Schuyler and Kit Hood in 1979. Like its predecessors, Degrassi: Next Class follows a group of students from Degrassi Community School, a fictional school in Toronto, Ontario, and depicts some of the typical issues and challenges common to a teenager's life. Although this series is an incarnation of "The Next Generation", Netflix and the producers decided to begin with a "season one" instead.
The series was renewed for a third and fourth season to contain 10 episodes each. Filming began May 16, 2016 for both seasons. Both were released in 2017.
As of June 30, 2017, 40 episodes of Degrassi: Next Class have aired, concluding the fourth season.