Attention Degrassi fans: A new year at Degrassi Community School kicks off this January on Netflix, and EW has your exclusive first look at the upcoming season of Degrassi: Next Class.
The first trailer features new hookups, breakdowns, and big dreams, as the latest edition of Degrassi prepares to deliver all of the life lessons — and the drama — fans have come to expect from the teen soap. (And let’s not forget about that SWAT team.)
Several new students will be shaking things up in the forthcoming iteration alongside Amanda Arcuri as Lola Pacini; Ana Golja as Zoe Rivas; Nikki Gould as Grace Cardinal; Reiya Downs as Shay Powers; Ricardo Hoyos as Zig Novak; Sara Waisglass as Frankie Hollingsworth; Eric Osborne as Miles Hollingsworth III; Spencer MacPherson as Hunter Hollingsworth; Olivia Scriven as Maya Matlin; Richard Walters as Tiny Bell; Lyle Lettau as Tristan Milligan; Andre Kim as Winston Chu; and Ehren Kassam as Jonah Haak.
Netflix provided some insight into Degrassi’s newest classmates with these brief character descriptions:
Yael Baron (played by Jamie Bloch):
I can…: Run the world.
I can’t…: Let boys get in my way.
QOTD: “When all think alike, no one is thinking.”
Esme Song (played by Chelsea Clark):
I can…: Be misunderstood
I can’t…: Stop. Won’t stop!
QOTD: “You don’t get what you want, you get what you work for.”
Vijay Maraj (played by Dante Scott):
I can…: Be famous.
I can’t…: Be basic.
QOTD: “Some say you won’t make it only because they didn’t make it.”
Goldi Nahir (played by Soma Bhatia):
I can…: Change the world
I can’t…: Sit back and do nothing
QOTD: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow; learn as if you were to live forever.”
Baaz Nahir (played by Amir Bageria):
I can…: Make a million before I graduate.
I can’t…: Lose focus.
QOTD: “You lose money chasing girls, but you never lose girls chasing money.”
After ending its 14-year run with TeenNick, it was announced the series would be heading to Netflix wordwide and Canada’s Family Channel in 2016.
“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,” Degrassi co-creator and executive producer Linda Schuyler said in a statement earlier this year.
TeenNick aired its final episodes of Degrassi: The Next Generation back in July, as well as a special titled It Goes There: Degrassi’s Most Talked About Moments featuring a look-back at the long-running series. And while Netflix won’t have the past seasons available to stream, school is back in session for Degrassi: Next Class with 20 episodes on Jan. 15. See Maya reach for her dreams, Shay tackle body issues, Grace fight for her life, and more in the trailer above.