‘Degrassi’ Heads to Netflix as ‘Degrassi: Next Class’

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Fear not, Degrassi fans. Whether you grew up watching Degrassi Junior Highand Degrassi High from the 1980s (eliciting images of voluminous hair courtesy of a can of hair spray) or the re-boot Degrassi: The Next Generation, you will be pleased to learn that the longest-standing Canadian teen drama will continue its run on Netflix.

Last week, news broke that Degrassi: The Next Generation would end after its fourteenth season on TeenNick this July. The Next Generation cast was a breakout series for a number of young Canadian stars, including rapper Aubrey “Drake” Graham, Vampire DiariesNina Dobrev and 90210‘s Shenae Grimes.

However, as EW previously reported, Degrassi High School will not be closing its doors. Both Netflix and Canada’s Family Channel will air 20 new episodes of Degrassi starting in early 2016. Here’s the official Twitter announcement:

“We are energized and excited to work with Family Channel as we tell stories for the new post-millennial teen cohort known as Generation Z, most of whom weren’t even born when Degrassi returned in 2001,” said Degrassi co-creator and executive producer Linda Schuyler in a statement. [via EW]

The reboot will go by a new subtitle: Next Class. Ratings for the long-running show began declining in season 6, when many of the Next Generation cast members were written off the show. Since then, there has been ongoing speculation about the show being cancelled, so perhaps a move to Netflix is an ideal choice.