Degrassi High is a Canadian CBC Television teen drama series that was produced from 1989 to 1991, and is the third series in the Degrassi franchise. The show was filmed in downtown Toronto and at Centennial College.
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||28 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||26 minutes (including commercials)|
|Production company(s)||Playing With Time Inc.|
|Original release||November 6, 1989 –|
January 28, 1991
|Preceded by||Degrassi Junior High|
|Followed by||School's Out|
Much like its predecessor, Degrassi High followed the lives of a group of students. The students attended the titular fictional school and dealt with controversial issues including 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.
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. 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.
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". 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.
While Degrassi High is a separate series in its own right and only lasted two seasons, it could also be considered the fourth and fifth seasons of Degrassi Junior High.
- Angela Deiseach – Erica
- Stefan Brogren – Archie " Snake" Simpson
- Neil Hope – Derek "Wheels" Wheeler
- Pat Mastroianni – Joey Jeremiah
- Anais Granofsky – Lucy Fernandez
- Amanda Cook – L.D.
- Irene Courakos – Alexa
- Michael Carry – Simon
- Amanda Stepto – Spike
- Cathy Keenan – Liz
- Siluck Saysanasy – Yick
- Duncan Waugh – Arthur
- Darrin Brown – Dwayne
- George Chaker – Nick
- Michaele Johnson-Murray – Tabi
- Stacie Mistysyn – Caitlin
- Kyra Levy – Maya
- David Armin-Parcells – Claude
- John Ioannou – Alex
- Rebecca Haines – Kathleen
- Sara Ballingall – Melanie
- Dayo Ade – BLT
- Nicole Stoffman – Stephanie
- Maureen McKay – Michelle
- Keith White – Tim
- Christopher Charlesworth – Scooter
- Kirsten Bourne – Tessa
- Krista Houston – Joanne
- Adam David – Mr. Walfish
- Michelle Goodeve – Ms. Avery (season 1)
- Dan Woods – Mr. Raditch
- Billy Parrott – Shane McKay (season 1 guest from Degrassi Junior High)
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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|
|The Complete Junior High & High Series||73||11 October 2016||N/A||2 November 2016||Degrassi High School's Out
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