"Degrassi: Next Class" is a Canadian teen drama television series set in the Degrassi universe, which was created by Linda Schuyler and Kit Hood in 1979. It is the fifth series in the Degrassi franchise, following The Kids of Degrassi Street, Degrassi Junior High, Degrassi High, and Degrassi: The Next Generation. "Next Class" is a direct sequel series to "Degrassi: The Next Generation" and is being considered the second incarnation of it. Like its predecessors, the series follows an ensemble cast of students at Degrassi Community School who face various challenges often seen as taboo such as sex, teen pregnancy, date rape, drug abuse, self image, homosexuality, self-injury, suicide, abortion, domestic violence, death, racism and many other issues.
The series was created by Linda Schuyler, Stephen Stohn, Sarah Glinksi, and Matt Huether and is produced by Epitome Pictures (a subsidiary of DHX Media). The current executive producers are Schuyler, her husband Stephen Stohn , Sarah Glinski, Matt Huether, and Brendon Yorke. The series is filmed at Epitome's studios in Toronto, Ontario, rather than on the real De Grassi Street from which the franchise takes its name. The original idea for "Degrassi: Next Class" was to be the 15th season of The Next Generation, but under a new title. After learning of the series cancellation in November 2014, the producers pitched the idea of Next Class to Nickelodeon, who later passed on the idea. The producers then sought out other means to distribute the series and later made a deal with Netflix.
The first season of Degrassi: Next Class (previously known as Degrassi) is scheduled to premiere on 4 January 2016. The series is the second incarnation of the Degrassi: The Next Generation series and is a Canadian teen drama television series created by Linda Schuyler, Stephen Stohn, Sarah Glinski and Matt Huether. It will be the first season to air on Family in Canada and on Netflix internationally