Mike Lobel, Deanna Casaluce, and Melissa Di Marco as Jay Hogart (7 episodes), Alex Nuñez (9 episodes), and Daphne Hatzilakos (13 episodes) were promoted after recurring in the previous seasons.
The three actors from season four who did not return this season were Daniel Clark as Sean Cameron, Melissa Mc Intyre as Ashley Kerwin, and Dan Woods as Mr. All left the series, except for Melissa Mc Intyre, who made her return in the season finale and Daniel Clark, who made his return in season six. Film director Kevin Smith and actor Jason Mewes returned to the show for two episodes when they guest starred as exaggerated versions of themselves (for example Kevin is portrayed as being unmarried and childless).
It received praise for its depiction of a relationship between two gay characters, but mixed reviews for highlighting the issue of anorexia and bulimia in teenage girls.
Joining the main cast are Jamie Johnston, who was cast as Peter Stone (10 episodes).
It is the fourth series set in the fictional Degrassi universe created by Schuyler and Kit Hood in 1979.
Like its predecessors, Degrassi: The Next Generation follows a group of students from Degrassi Community School, a fictional school in Toronto, Ontario, and depicts some of the typical issues and challenges common to a teenager's life.
The first season of Degrassi: The Next Generation commenced airing in Canada on October 14, 2001 and concluded on March 3, 2002, comprising 15 episodes.
After being outed by Bianca, he was once again the victim of transphobia, although he eventually earned the respect and admiration that he deserved from his classmates.
Degrassi: The Next Generation is a Canadian teen drama television series created by Linda Schuyler and Yan Moore.
The series is now considered the first incarnation and premiered on CTV on October 14, 2001 and then ended on MTV Canada and Teen Nick on August 2, 2015.
The reception for Degrassi: The Next Generation's first season was mixed.
It had earned itself 365,000 Canadian viewers aged 18 to 49, while its accompanying website was attracting 28 million hits per month, but press reviews were not as complimentary.