Degrassi High is the third series in the Degrassi universe, following Degrassi Junior High characters into high school. Now older, their challenges grow more serious, but the subject matter is approached in the same honest, relatable way as The Kids of Degrassi Street and Degrassi Junior High.
At Degrassi High, some new students are introduced, and together the Degrassi student body tackles the many complex issues faced by teens. The series deals with a number of issues, including AIDS, abuse, alcoholism, sex, death and suicide, dating, depression, bullying, abortion, gay rights, racism, drugs, sexism, and eating disorders. Many hail this series as a television classic for its realistic and raw portrayal of teenage life.
Degrassi High premiered in the Fall of 1989 on CBC—running for 28-episodes over two seasons. In the summer of 1991, production began on the Degrassi television movie School’s Out, and in January 1992 the MOW premiered to 2.3 million viewers on the CBC.