Degrassi: The Next Generation

2001 TV-PG 4 seasons

Degrassi: The Next Generation

2001 TV-PG 4 seasons
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The long-running franchise emerges in the 21st century with a fresh crew of students at the titular Toronto high school. While staying true to the topical and frank nature of its predecessors, the show also features direct links to the past. Among them are Emma, whose mother Spike was one of the most popular "Degrassi High" characters, and Snake, a holdover from the previous series who's now a teacher at the school.
Shane Kippel, Stefan Brogren, Miriam McDonald, Cassie Steele, Sarah Barrable-Tishauer, Aubrey Graham, Lauren Collins, Adamo Ruggiero, Stacey Farber, Ryan Cooley, Jake Goldsbie, Amanda Stepto
  • SEASON  4
  • SEASON  5
  • SEASON  7
  • SEASON  8

Summary of Season 4 (2004) - 4 discs

Dealing with such hot-button issues as homosexuality, date rape and school shootings, this adolescent drama series chronicles the lives of young students who look, talk and behave like genuine teenagers. In the fourth season, Emma (Miriam McDonald) protests to keep her alleged abuser out of Degrassi, Ellie (Stacey Farber) battles with her mom's alcoholism, and a number of students are diagnosed with gonorrhea.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this edgy Canadian teen drama presents strong topics and controversial issues that are relevant to real-life teens. Discussions about sexual behavior, substance abuse, and other issues aren't as explicit or titillating as in some more contemporary teen dramas. Instead, they're realistic, sparking honest, open discussions that include thinking about the consequences of your behavior and figuring out how to cope with difficult situations. Some episodes have a far heavier tone than others do, and the amount of controversial material varies widely from episode to episode, so parents might want to preview episodes before letting kids watch. Ultimately, like its successor, the show is one of the best shows on TV for teens because of its realism and responsibility.

Sexual Content

Making out, but no simulated sex. Includes frank discussions of various forms of sexual activity, although these discussions aren't explicit. The issue of teenage pregnancy is covered.


Occasional fights among students, including pushing, shoving, and punching. These acts aren't portrayed as positive behavior.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

This show deals responsibly with a wide variety of teen-related topics, ranging from the innocent (finding a prom date) to the controversial (teen pregnancy and abortion). The thoughtful discussions of these topics include thinking about the consequences of your actions, although sometimes this occurs after the fact. The cast is racially and economically diverse. Strong female characters.


Outdated Pepsi logo noticeable in cafeteria scenes.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Teens discuss using drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Teen consumption of these substances is often the source of conflict and is seen as negative behavior.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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