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Degrassi is a Canadian drama that follows the lives of a group of teenagers who lived on or near [=DeGrassi=] Street in {{Toronto}}, Ontario. The early Degrassi series were produced by the small production company owned by Kit Hood and Linda Schuyler, Playing With Time Inc.

Began with a short film called ''Ida Makes A Movie'', which was adapted from a children's book of the same name (which was about [[PettingZooPeople talking cats!]]). From there, the small production company created ''Series/TheKidsOfDegrassiStreet'', which included a couple of after school specials. Starting with ''Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh'' it went DarkerAndEdgier, taking on many SoapOpera tropes and adding LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters with a ton of VerySpecialEpisode topics within every episode, the result being the TropeMaker for the TeenDrama genre.

The title is a LineOfSightName. After the first few shorts were sold to the US, Creator/{{PBS}} wanted an umbrella title for all of them. So they named it after the main filming location. In 1979 Toronto used all-caps, stamped street signs leaving it ambiguous whether the name was one word or two; newer mixed-case screenprinted ones appeared well after the producers had committed to "Degrassi" as one word.

The current installment of the franchise, produced by Epitome Pictures, airs on Creator/FamilyChannel in Canada, and is rebroadcast on Creator/{{Netflix}} in the United States.

!This franchise includes

* ''Series/TheKidsOfDegrassiStreet'' (1979-1986)
* ''Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh'' (1987-1989)
* ''Series/DegrassiHigh'' (1989-1991)
* Mini-documentary series ''[[http://degrassi.wikia.com/wiki/Degrassi_Talks Degrassi Talks]]'' (1992), 6 episodes
* The MadeForTVMovie ''[[http://degrassi.wikia.com/wiki/School%27s_Out%21 School's Out!]]'' (1992)
* ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' (2001-2015, [[OfficiallyShortenedTitle formerly called]] ''Degrassi: The Next Generation'')
** ''Degrassi: Next Class'' (2016-present)
* ''TheLAComplex'' was [[WhatMightHaveBeen originally concieved as]] a SpinOff but was made a freestanding franchise, presumably so it could be sold to a U.S network outside the Viacom group.