|Degrassi: Next Class|
Degrassi: Next Class (Season 1)
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January 4, 2016 (Canada)
The 1st season of Degrassi: Next Class began airing on F2N on the Family Channel in Canada on January 4, 2016 and became available to stream on Netflix in most other territories worldwide on January 15, 2016. It began airing on ABC3 in Australia on May 16, 2016.
Production and casting for this season had begun in the Winter of 2015. TeenNick and MTV (Canada) would soon after announce on June 4, 2015, that they would no longer be airing Degrassi. Producers and DHX Media had already be in talks for other means to distribute the series. A few weeks later, it was announced the series would be added to a new teen block called F2N on Family Channel while it would also join Netflix and be distributed in most countries worldwide. Filming for the started on June 15, 2015 and wrapped early September 2016. Five actors were added to the main cast for its upcoming run: Amir Bageria, Jamie Bloch, Soma Bhatia, Chelsea Clark, and Dante Scott.
While technically it is another season within the current incarnation of Degrassi, it is being viewed by many as a "rebranding" or "reboot" of the series, much like "The Next Generation" was from "Degrassi High." It is also worth noting that Netflix and F2N categorizes this as a new series, and divides the 20 filmed episodes into "season one" and "season two" of Degrassi: Next Class.
Juniors (Class of 2016)
- Richard Walters as Tiny Bell, a smart guy who's choosing school over drama this year.
- Nikki Gould as Grace Cardinal, a spunky and helpful tech savvy with great tracking skills and the school's moral compass.
- Andre Kim as Winston Chu, a smart and funny guy who's figuring out what he wants.
- Ehren Kassam as Jonah Haak, a supposedly former troublemaker repeating his Junior year who is interested in rock music and has seen the light.
- Eric Osborne as Miles Hollingsworth III, a bisexual billionaire bad-boy with charisma who was expelled from boarding school for arson.
- Olivia Scriven as Maya Matlin, a young cello virtuoso who is following her passion.
- Lyle Lettau as Tristan Milligan, a loud-and-proud gay student council presidential candidate.
- Soma Bhatia as Goldi Nahir, a student activist and feminist who, while putting her hijab on every morning, considers ways in which she can improve Degrassi and isn't afraid to speak up. (NEW)
- Ricardo Hoyos as Zig Novak, a good boy gone bad who was recently homeless and is struggling to turn his life around.
- Ana Golja as Zoë Rivas, a former West Drive star with a passion for fashion who uses her looks, charm, and deviousness to get her way while also discovering what makes her happy.
- Chelsea Clark as Esme Song, a button-down keener on the outside, an erratic thrill-seeker on the inside, she lives in the moment and is ready to shake things up at Degrassi. (NEW)
Sophomores (Class of 2017)
- Jamie Bloch as Yael Baron, a strong and dominant teen who always takes the lead, a tech genius and fiercely loyal friend. (NEW)
- Sara Waisglass as Frankie Hollingsworth, Hunter's twin sister and Miles' younger sister who's finding her place at Degrassi.
- Spencer MacPherson as Hunter Hollingsworth, Frankie's twin brother who wants to be taken seriously this year.
- Dante Scott as Vijay Maraj, a hopeless romantic with a flare for the dramatic. (NEW)
- Amir Bageria as Baaz Nahir, an entrepreneurial millionaire trapped in the body of a 10th grade nerd. (NEW)
- Amanda Arcuri as Lola Pacini, a boy-crazy cheerleader with colorful hair and a vibrant personality who is Learning about herself and balancing love & friendship.
- Reiya Downs as Shay Powers, a girl with a plan who has high standards and is determined to be one of the school's top athletes.
- Stefan Brogren as Archie Simpson, the principal of Degrassi and an alumnus of Degrassi Junior High School and Degrassi High School.
- John Ralston as Miles Hollingsworth II, the Hollingsworth kids' lenient, yet abusive father who is the Mayor of Toronto.
- Stephanie Moore as Diana Hollingsworth, Miles III, Frankie, and Hunter's mother who has recently gotten a divorce from her husband and is coping with it.
- America Olivo as Mrs. Rivas, Zoë's mother.
- Kate Hewlett as Margaret Matlin, Maya's caring mother who has multiple sclerosis
- Cheri Maracle as Ms. Cardinal, Grace's caring mother.
- Elle Downs as Mrs. Powers, Shay's strict but passionate mother.
- Sterling Jarvis as Mr. Powers, Shay's strict but passionate father.
- Tom Melissis as Dom Perino, the strict History teacher.
- Michael Kinney as Darryl Armstrong, the reasonable Math and Gym teacher.
- Aisha Alfa as Ms. Grell, the Remedial room and Digital Arts teacher.
- Ashley Comeau as Ms. Badger, the Science teacher.
- Michael Brown as Mr. Mitchell, the English teacher.
- Pay Chen as Mrs. Lin, the Mandarin teacher.
- As of this season, Netflix picked up Next Class making Degrassi a Netflix Original.
- Auditions for seasons 1 & 2 started on May 12, 2015 and ended on May 19, 2015. Casting sides for Esme, Baaz, Vijay, Goldi, and Yael were released.
- Frankie Hollingsworth, Grace Cardinal, Maya Matlin, Miles Hollingsworth III, Winston Chu, and Zig Novak are the only characters to appear in every episode of this season. This hasn't happened since season 1.
- Maya Matlin, Zig Novak, and Tristan Milliganare the only characters on the show to have been on Degrassi prior to the season 13 reform.
- This season is the first to use the Next Class tagline.
- This is Stefan Brogren's 20th season playing Archie Simpson.
- Stephen Stohn has announced that from this season forward, Degrassi will be broadcast on The Family Channel in Canada and on Netflix worldwide.
- According to many of the cast members, Next Class will be, "edgier", along with including more explicit language, as well as bringing back of the early Degrassi essence.
- Stephan Stohn is hoping to return to the longer openings. Source
- J.T.'s Memorial has been removed.
- Gallery shots have been shot during July/August.
- Lola's bedroom is a new set this season.
- This season marks the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.
- This is the first season to not feature any recurring student characters.
- This is the first season to feature a regular wearing a hijab.
|Episode #||Title||Canadian Airdate||International/|
|1–10||Season 1||January 4, 2016||January 15, 2016||101–|
|1||#BootyCall||January 4, 2016||January 15, 2016||101||1|
|2||#NoFilter||January 5, 2016||January 15, 2016||102||2|
|3||#YesMeansYes||January 6, 2016||January 15, 2016||103||3|
|4||#NotOkay||January 7, 2016||January 15, 2016||104||4|
|5||#ButThatsNoneOfMyBusiness||January 8, 2016||January 15, 2016||105||5|
|6||#NotAllMen||January 11, 2016||January 15, 2016||106||6|
|7||#ThisCouldBeUsButYouPlayin||January 12, 2016||January 15, 2016||107||7|
|8||#TeamFollowBack||January 13, 2016||January 15, 2016||108||8|
|9||#SinceWeBeinHonest||January 14, 2016||January 15, 2016||109||9|
|10||#SorryNotSorry||January 15, 2016||January 15, 2016||110||10|
Promos & Videos
- Degrassi: Next Class coming to Family Channel and Netflix in 2016
- Degrassi: Next Class - Netflix
- Degrassi: Next Class - Theme Song
- Degrassi: Next Class - #NextAddiction Promo (Family Channel)
- Degrassi: Next Class - F2N: Coming January 4th to Family Promo
- Degrassi: Next Class - Extended Promo
- Degrassi: Next Class - Sneak Peek
- Degrassi: Next Class - Sneak Peek Promo
- Degrassi: Next Class: Meet Maya
- Degrassi: Next Class: Meet Vijay
- Degrassi: Next Class: Meet Frankie
- Degrassi: Next Class: Meet Goldi
- DegrassI: Next Class - Degrassi Is....
- Degrassi: Next Class: Meet Winston
- Degrassi: Next Class: Meet Lola
- Degrassi: Next Class: Meet Zoë
- Degrassi: Next Class: Meet Tiny
- Degrassi: Next Class: Meet Yael
- Degrassi: Next Class: Meet Tristan
- Degrassi: Next Class: Meet Shay
- Degrassi: Next Class: Meet Hunter
- Degrassi: Next Class: Meet Esme
- Degrassi: Next Class: Meet Zig
- Degrassi: Next Class: Meet Baaz
- Degrassi: Next Class: Meet Grace
- Degrassi: Next Class: Meet Jonah
- Degrassi: Next Class: Meet Miles