16 Aug New York Times – Degrassi is arguably the most politically progressive show on TV
‘Degrassi’ Is Back
First came “The Kids of Degrassi Street” in 1979. Then “Degrassi Jr. High” and “Degrassi High.” Then came “Degrassi: The Next Generation” in 2001. And now we have “Degrassi: Next Class,” whose first season came out in January and whose new season made its debut on Friday on Netflix.
It’s the earnest, issues-oriented Canadian teen soap you’ve always loved — a bonkers amount of drama for any one school, and yet an incredible amount of empathy, loyalty and ethical decision-making, too. It’s arguably the most politically progressive show on TV, and it has as many ripped-from-the-headlines stories as any “Law & Order.” This current incarnation is as good as “Degrassi” has been in years, with fewer crummy characters and a better, more patient pace for its bigger stories.