Degrassi: The Next Generation
Season 3
Degrassi: The Next Generation Season 3 DVD
Country of originCanada
No. of episodes22
Original networkCTV
Original release17 September 2003 (2003-09-17) –
5 April 2004 (2004-04-05)
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The third season of Degrassi: The Next Generation, a Canadian serial teen drama television series, commenced airing in Canada on 17 September 2003 and concluded on 5 April 2004, consisting of twenty-two episodes. This season depicts the lives of a group of high school freshmen and sophomores as they deal with some of the challenges and issues teenagers face such as dysfunctional families, sex, homosexuality, homophobia, theft, self-harm, domestic violence, abortion, emancipation and relationships.

Every episode is named after a song from the 1980s.[1] Filming began on 26 May 2003, and ended in November 2003.[2]

The third season aired Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. on CTV, a Canadian terrestrial television network, and premiered with a sixty-minute special, "Father Figure", which form the first two episodes of the season.[3] When the season returned to the schedules in January 2004 following a break over the Christmas period, it aired on Mondays at 8:30 p.m.[4][5] In the United States, it was broadcast on the Noggin cable channel during its programming block for teenagers, The N. The season was released on DVD as a three disc boxed set on 28 March 2006 by Alliance Atlantis Home Entertainment in Canada, and by FUNimation Entertainment in the US.[6] Registered users of the Canadian and US iTunes Stores are also able purchase and download the season for playback on home computers and certain iPods.[7]

The season was watched by 669,000 viewers in Canada and became the most-watched domestic drama series, while in the US it averaged 250,000 viewers an episode. It won a total of five awards from the Directors Guild of Canada Awards, the Gemini Awards and the Young Artist Awards, and was described as "groundbreaking", "bold", and the show others in the same genre "should take a cue from", although that groundbreaking boldness caused two episodes of the season to be banned from US television screens for three years and when it was finally aired, it was rated "TV-14," even though more intense episodes still received Degrassi's usual "TV-PG" in the United States.


See also: List of Degrassi: The Next Generation characters


The season was produced by Epitome Pictures in association CTV. Funding was provided by The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit, the Canadian Television Fund and BCE-CTV Benefits, The Shaw Television Broadcast Fund, the Independent Production Fund, Mountain Cable Program, and RBC Royal Bank.[12][13]

The executive producers are Epitome Pictures' CEO and Degrassi: The Next Generation co-creator Linda Schuyler, and her husband, Epitome president Stephen Stohn. Degrassi: The Next Generation co-creator Yan Moore served as the creative consultant and David Lowe is the line producer. Aaron Martin is the executive story editor. At the beginning of the season James Hurst served as the story editor, with Shelley Scarrow as junior story editor; by the end of the season they had been promoted to senior story editor and story editor, respectively. Brandon Yorke also served as a story editor, and Nicole Demerse became a story editor midway through the season. The editor is Stephen Withrow, Stephen Stanley is the production designer, and the cinematographers are Gavin Smith, David Perrauit, and Phil Earnshaw.[14]

The writers for the season are Christine Alexiou, Tassie Cameron, Sean Carley, Craig Cornell, Nicole Demerse, James Hurst, Sean Jara, Aaron Martin, Yan Moore, Shelley Scarrow, Rebecca Schechter, Jana Sinyor, and Brendon Yorke. John Bell, Phil Earnshaw, Allan Eastman, Eleanore Lindo, Bruce McDonald, Andrew Potter, and Stefan Scaini directed the episodes.[14][15]

When production of season three began, someone with the username "ExecProducer" started a thread on the official Degrassi: The Next Generation website,[16] revealing production details, guest actors, scheduling information and DVD release details. He actually referred to himself as "Stephen Stohn" in one post, although this was not officially confirmed until the release of Degrassi: Generations - The Official 411 guidebook in 2005, when Stohn confirmed it was him.[17]


In Canada the third season of Degrassi: The Next Generation was the most-watched domestic drama amongst adults 18 to 49, and the most-watched domestic drama series overall.[18] It received an average of 669,000 viewers, an increase of 44% compared to season two.[19] In the US, the season averaged 250,000 viewers.[20]

Following season finale, the San Jose Mercury News said "If they [Everwood, The O.C., and One Tree Hill] want to be taken seriously, the shows could take a cue from Canadian drama Degrassi: The Next Generation, which ... addresses the same gritty teen issues without being far-fetched",[21] and Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle echoed that by adding "Degrassi: The Next Generation has cultivated a loyal audience by avoiding the sugar-coating niceties of old-school teen TV and by treating those 10- to 14-year-olds as, well, not adults per se, but definitely maturing viewers. Degrassi focuses on a high school with a disparate student body, with countless individual stories to tell (which is why the franchise has lasted this long). There's nothing corny or sweet about "Degrassi" as it boldly tackles everything from obesity to date rape, thongs to drugs".[22] Others, such as The Advocate gave praise and said the series was breaking new ground by depicting a gay romance between two teenaged boys.

Two of the episodes of season three were considered "too honest" for US viewers, as they portrayed a fourteen-year-old girl having an abortion, and having no regrets later, and The N refused to air the episodes. On the decision, The N said, "It's a serious episode and the summer [schedule] is all lighthearted",[23] but "unrelated to any policy position regarding abortion."[24] The refusal caused an uproar amongst the show's US fans, over 6000 of whom signed a petition calling the decision "unjust and asinine",[25] and even attracted the attention of newspapers and media in Canada and the US,[26] with The New York Times reporting on the portrayal of abortion on television.[24]

The season won a total of five awards and six more nominations from various bodies. At the 2004 Directors Guild of Canada Awards, "Holiday" won "Outstanding Achievement in a Television Series - Family" and garnered a nomination for Stephen Stanley for "Outstanding Achievement in Production Design - Television Series".[27] "Pride" won Aaron Martin, James Hurst and Shelley Scarrow the award for "Best Youth Script" at the Canadian Screenwriting Awards, given out annually by the Writers Guild of Canada,[28] and "Best Direction in a Children's or Youths' Program or Series" at the Gemini Awards. The series also won the Gemini for "Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series". Jake Epstein was nominated for "Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series" for his acting in "Should I Stay or Should I Go?", and Shelley Scarrow, Nicole Demerse and James Hurst were nominated for "Best Writing for a Children's or Youth Program or Series" for "Accidents Will Happen".[29] The series received a nomination for "Outstanding Drama Series" at the 15th GLAAD Media Awards, which honor the media for their portrayal of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives.[30] Jake Epstein was nominated for "Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series Leading Young Actor" at the Young Artist Awards, Alex Steele was nominated for "Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series Young Actress Age Ten or Younger", and the show won "Best Family TV Series (Comedy or Drama)".[31]


In the United States, Noggin's The N block aired season three in two separate runs as it had done with the second season. The first wave of episodes aired between 3 October 2003 and 19 December 2003, and the second wave from 4 June 2004 to 6 August 2004.[32] Episodes fourteen and fifteen, the "banned" episodes, were finally broadcast on 26 August 2006, three years after their original Canadian broadcast during an "Every Degrassi Episode Ever" Marathon.[33]

In Canada, episode 313 "This Charming Man" aired before the Christmas-themed episode 311/312 "Holiday".

This list is by order of production, as they appear on the DVD.

No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original airdate Original U.S. airdate Prod.
38–391–2"Father Figure"[34]Bruce McDonaldTeleplay by: James Hurst
Story by: Aaron Martin & Yan Moore
17 September 2003 (2003-09-17)October 3, 2003 (The N)301 & 302
The Simpson-Nelson household prepares for the arrival of the new baby when Spike announces that she wants to have a home birth. On the first day of the new school year, Emma becomes irritated that people keep mistaking her as Snake's daughter, so she decides to ditch school with Craig and find her real father, Shane McKay. When she does ultimately find him, she is not prepared for what she sees. Meanwhile, Spinner is having a hard time finding the "perfect" gift for Paige and decides to get her a new locker. He starts a chain of locker swapping, which lands him in trouble with both Paige and Mr. Raditch.
403"U Got the Look"Stefan ScainiTeleplay by: Jana Sinyor
Story by: Jana Sinyor & Brendon Yorke
1 October 2003 (2003-10-01)October 10, 2003 (The N)303
Sick of being perceived as "cute" and "adorable," Manny changes her image to "hot," which catches all the boys' attention but also creates problems between her, Emma and J.T., who begins crushing on her. Meanwhile, Joey becomes too involved with Craig's new band, which does not sit well with everyone.
414"Pride: Part 1"Phil EarnshawTeleplay by: Aaron Martin
Story by: Aaron Martin & James Hurst & Shelley Scarrow
8 October 2003 (2003-10-08)October 17, 2003 (The N)304

The skeletons in Marco's closet are brought to the forefront when Ellie refuses to pretend to be his girlfriend any longer and he soon falls for Paige's gay brother, Dylan. Spinner's vocal homophobia only makes it worse. Meanwhile, Snake suddenly develops a mysterious illness that causes spontaneous bleeding and dizziness.

Note: This episode marks the first appearance of Mike Lobel as Jay Hogart.
425"Pride: Part 2"Phil EarnshawTeleplay by: Aaron Martin
Story by: Aaron Martin & James Hurst & Shelley Scarrow
15 October 2003 (2003-10-15)October 17, 2003 (The N)305
Spinner tries to cut Marco out of his life after he learns that he is gay, and Marco wonders if he should keep it a secret from everyone else until an encounter with a group of guys shows him who his real friends are. Meanwhile, Snake gets sicker and finds out he has leukemia.
436"Gangsta Gangsta"Allan EastmanTeleplay by: Sean Jara
Story by: Sean Jara & Rebecca Schechter
22 October 2003 (2003-10-22)October 24, 2003 (The N)306

Sean starts hanging out with the bad kids at school, which causes problems between him and Emma. Meanwhile, J.T. has been spending more time with Paige and the popular kids, leaving Toby behind.

Note: This episode marks the first appearance of Deanna Casaluce as Alex Nuñez.
447"Should I Stay or Should I Go?"Stefan ScainiTeleplay by: Shelley Scarrow
Story by: Aaron Martin & Shelley Scarrow
29 October 2003 (2003-10-29)October 31, 2003 (The N)307
Things are getting intense between Craig and Ashley when sex becomes a desire. When she tells him she loves him, Craig has a hard time saying it back and writes her a song instead. Manny becomes smitten with Craig after hearing the song, and winds up consoling him after he has a fight with Ashley. Meanwhile, Joey takes a sick Snake out to go bowling, when they receive a surprise visit from an old friend.
458"Whisper to a Scream"Phil EarnshawTeleplay by: Tassie Cameron
Story by: James Hurst & Rebecca Schechter
5 November 2003 (2003-11-05)November 28, 2003 (The N)308
Ellie is under a lot of pressure. Her dad is fighting overseas, her mother has started drinking again, and she is given a chance to work for Caitlin. The stress causes Ellie to start cutting herself, but through her pain, she gets help from an unlikely source. Meanwhile, Terri receives roses from a secret admirer and worries that it may be Toby, whose behavior makes her very uneasy.
469"Against All Odds"Stefan ScainiTeleplay by: James Hurst
Story by: Aaron Martin & Craig Cornell
12 November 2003 (2003-11-12)December 5, 2003 (The N)309
With Sean and Emma having officially broken up, the latter sets her sights on the new kid, Chris Sharpe, while Manny tries to get Craig's attention. A trip to a rave eventually leads to a falling out between the longtime best friends. Meanwhile, Spinner is still a bit uneasy to be around Marco when he begins to think Marco has a crush on him.
4710"Never Gonna Give You Up"John BellTeleplay by: James Hurst
Story by: Yan Moore & Craig Cornell
19 November 2003 (2003-11-19)December 12, 2003 (The N)310
While Terri is happy to have a new boyfriend in her life, Hazel and Paige become suspicious when she comes to school with cuts and bruises. Meanwhile, a rivalry develops between Spinner and J.T. after the latter continually hangs out with Paige.
48–4911–12"Holiday"[34]Phil EarnshawTeleplay by: Aaron Martin
Story by: James Hurst & Shelley Scarrow
17 December 2003 (2003-12-17)December 19, 2003 (The N)311/312
With Christmas rapidly approaching, Craig finds himself slowly losing interest in Ashley while continuing to cheat on her with Manny, who soon has become a comfort for him. Craig doesn't know whom he wants to be with more and continues to see them both behind each other's back, while also accepting the risk of losing both of them. Meanwhile, Joey and Sydney find themselves getting increasingly serious, but Sydney's jealousy comes out when Joey begins spending a lot of time with Caitlin, who begins to develop feelings for him.
5013"This Charming Man"Stefan ScainiTeleplay by: Jana Sinyor
Story by: Aaron Martin & Nicole Demerse
10 December 2003 (2003-12-10)June 4, 2004 (The N)313
Chris and Emma finally become a couple, but when she thinks Sean and his friends are stealing things at and near Degrassi, Emma becomes obsessed with bringing them to justice. Meanwhile, Paige, Spinner, and Jimmy enroll in Driver Ed, and Paige develops a crush on their instructor, Mr. Falcone, making Spinner jealous.
5114"Accidents Will HappenPart OneEleanore LindoTeleplay by: Shelley Scarrow
Story by: James Hurst & Nicole Demerse
26 January 2004 (2004-01-26)August 26, 2006 (The N)314
Manny worries that she might be pregnant with Craig's child after missing a period and having morning sickness. Meanwhile, Toby tries to join J.T. in the "in crowd" by promising Jimmy that he can hack into the school's database and change his low math grade.
5215"Accidents Will HappenPart TwoEleanore LindoTeleplay by: Shelley Scarrow
Story by: James Hurst & Nicole Demerse
9 February 2004 (2004-02-09)August 26, 2006 (The N)315
Manny and Craig decide to raise their baby, but when they fail miserably at taking care of Spike and Snake's baby, Manny realizes she's not ready to be a mother at her age and considers having an abortion, which upsets both Craig and Emma. Meanwhile, after Sean tells Liberty to get over J.T., she sets her sights on him. Sean hurts her feelings, but makes it up to Liberty by setting her up with one of his friends.
5316"Take on Me"Phil EarnshawTeleplay by: Sean Carley
Story by: Sean Carley & Aaron Martin
16 February 2004 (2004-02-16)June 11, 2004 (The N)316
In this homage to The Breakfast Club, Hazel, Ellie, Jimmy, Toby and Sean are stuck in Mr. Raditch's Saturday detention block, and despite being in different cliques, they begin to bond.
5417"Don't Dream It's Over"Allan EastmanTeleplay by: Rebecca Schechter
Story by: Aaron Martin & Christine Alexiou
23 February 2004 (2004-02-23)June 18, 2004 (The N)317
Paige plans a weekend road trip with Spinner, Jimmy and Hazel, who wants Terri to join them. Terri doesn't want to feel like a fifth wheel, so Paige suggests she bring someone. When Terri shows up at The Dot with Rick, her abusive ex, everyone is shocked and angered. At the park, Paige and Rick get into a fight, and when Terri is forced to choose between them, the result is tragic. Meanwhile, Ellie doesn't like how Sean treats Marco when they hang out together. Ellie nearly jeopardizes her first relationship, but Marco tells her that Sean could be great for her, if she lets him.
5518"Rock & Roll High School"Stefan ScainiTeleplay by: Brendon Yorke
Story by: James Hurst & Rebecca Schechter
8 March 2004 (2004-03-08)July 2, 2004 (The N)318

Craig's band, Downtown Sasquatch, goes up against Ashley's, Hell Hath No Fury, for a chance to win a recording session. The battle of the bands quickly turns personal when Ashley writes an angry song about how Craig broke her heart. Meanwhile, Caitlin gets a crash course in parenting when she must care for Joey and Angie after he injures his back, with Angie constantly giving her a hard time.

Special guest star: Chris Woodward.
5619"It's Raining Men"Andrew PotterTeleplay by: James Hurst
Story by: James Hurst & Aaron Martin
15 March 2004 (2004-03-15)July 9, 2004 (The N)319
Marco is prepared to go on his first date since coming out of the closet and sets his sights on Dylan. Nervous about the evening, he turns to Spinner for help. Meanwhile, J.T. hosts a party after he stars in a commercial for french fries. However, the feedback is less than stellar due to the rather cheesy nature of it.
5720"I Want Candy"Stefan ScainiTeleplay by: Aaron Martin
Story by: Aaron Martin & Shelley Scarrow
22 March 2004 (2004-03-22)July 16, 2004 (The N)320
Paige and Spinner decide to skip school for a day of fun before their final exams and invite Ashley, who is still depressed over her breakup with Craig. They are in for a surprise when Ashley says she may leave Degrassi. Meanwhile, Emma finds Snake's will and panics, fearing that the chemotherapy failed.
5821"Our House"Allan EastmanTeleplay by: Yan Moore
Story by: Yan Moore & Aaron Martin
29 March 2004 (2004-03-29)July 30, 2004 (The N)321
Sean's brother gets a job in Alberta, but Sean wants to stay at Degrassi. He finds out that he can live by himself with student welfare, but that plan is in jeopardy when his place becomes party central. Meanwhile, Liberty makes it her mission to get J.T. his dream date to the semiformal, even if it's not her.
5922"The Power of Love"Stefan ScainiTeleplay by: Aaron Martin
Story by: Aaron Martin & Shelley Scarrow
5 April 2004 (2004-04-05)August 6, 2004 (The N)322

It's the end-of-the-year dance at Degrassi, and Jimmy wants it to be perfect for his date and their friends, but one misfortune after another plagues the evening. Meanwhile, feeling guilty for stealing Snake's laptop, Sean decides to come clean to him, but he soon realizes that getting Mr. Simpson's forgiveness is not going to be easy. Also, Joey asks Caitlin to move in with him, but she is soon offered a job in Los Angeles.

Special guest star: Billy Ray Cyrus as the limo driver.

DVD release

The DVD release of season three was released by Alliance Atlantis Home Entertainment in Canada, and by FUNimation Entertainment in the US on 28 March 2006 after it had completed broadcast on television. It was released in Australia by Shock Records on 13 April 2011. As well as every episode from the season, the DVD release features bonus material including Audio commentaries, deleted scenes, and bloopers. Currently Season 3 Isn't Being Released On DVD by any Studio in Australia

The Complete Third Season
Set details[6] Special features[6]
  • Audio commentaries:
    • "Accidents Will Happen"
    • "Pride"
  • Deleted Moments
  • Rock and Roll High School Karaoke
    • "I'm in Love"
    • "Spinner's Rap"
    • "Mr. Nice Guy"
    • "What I Know"
  • Season 3 interactive quiz
  • CTV Degrassi promo
  • Degrassi yearbook
  • Character and cast biographies
Release dates[6][35]
CanadaUnited States Region 1 Australia Region 4
28 March 2006 13 April 2011


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