Degrassi, previously Degrassi: The Next Generation, is a Canadian teen drama television series set in the Degrassi universe, which was created by Linda Schuyler and Kit Hood in 1979. Degrassi is the fourth fictional series in the Degrassi franchise, following The Kids of Degrassi Street, Degrassi Junior High, and Degrassi High.
Like its predecessors, Degrassi follows an ensemble cast of students at Degrassi Community School who face various challenges, such as poor self-image, peer pressure, child abuse, sexual identity, gang violence, self-injury, teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, death, and a number of other issues. The series was created by Linda Schuyler and Yan Moore, and is produced by Epitome Pictures in association with CTV. The current executive producers are Schuyler, her husband Stephen Stohn 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.
A critical success, Degrassi has often received favourable reviews from Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, and AfterElton.com. In its initial years, it was frequently the most watched domestic drama series in Canada, and one of the highest-rated shows on TeenNick in the United States. In 2004, for example, one episode received just under a million viewers in Canada, and over half a million viewers in the US. The series has won numerous awards, from the Geminis, Writers Guild of Canada and Directors Guild of Canada, and internationally from the Teen Choice Awards, Young Artist Awards, and Prix Jeunesse. Filmmakers/actors Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes are fans of the show, and have guest starred in seven episodes.
Please keep in mind that all of these issues take place over 12+ seasons of the show
Occasional sex scenes in some episodes but none graphic at all. Scenes will cut before clothes are removed.
Kissing occurs regularly, sometimes long and passionate and sometimes short.
There have been two rape scenes on the show (1 rape scene has been shown but no clothes removed and it has been stopped befor it hurts second and a half base).
Teenage pregnancy is a topic is some seasons. Some are scares and one ends in abortion (unseen on tv but you can see it on dvd's or catch up tv) and a couple girls continue with the pregnancy.
Sexual orientation is a frequent topic.
There have been a couple sexual predators but nothing gets out of hand.
Sex ed classes are shown and birth control and condoms are discussed.
No nudity, maybe bare chest seen on male. Girls shown occasionally in bikinis or bras.
Various events where teenagers get in physical fights or verbal fights.
Bloody noses, black eyes, etc. are shown. People suffer from getting shot, stabbed, or hit in this show.
A couple of characters have self harmed and blood is seen.
Basic PG cursing.
Bitch, ass, crap, slut, skank, etc. Some sexual words. Penis, vagina. Only occasionally.
Some events where teens are drinking at a party, one of the characters starts smoking marijuana.
Two characters have had cocaine addictions.
One character was an alcoholic.
In season 1 a character takes ecstacy.
Events where characters get raped or abused by their parents or boyfriend/girlfriend.
Overall this is PG rated.
All of the issues discussed are real and common teenage issues.