Heartbreak High (2022 TV series)

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Heartbreak High
Heartbreak High 2022 Promotional Poster.jpg
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GenreComedy drama
Teen drama
Created by
  • Hannah Carroll Chapman
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
  • Carly Heaton
  • Sarah Freeman
  • Jeroen Koopman
  • Tarik Traidia
  • Brian Abel
  • Michael Jenkins
  • Megan Palinkas
Production locationsSydney, New South Wales
CinematographySimon Ozolins
Drew English
Running time45–52 minutes
Production companyFremantle Australia & NewBe[1]
Original networkNetflix
Original release14 September 2022 (2022-09-14) –
RelatedHeartbreak High (original 1994 TV series)

Heartbreak High is an Australian comedy drama streaming television series created for Netflix, by Hannah Carroll Chapman. It is a soft-reboot of the 1994 series first screened on Network Ten.[2][3] The series follow the students and teachers of Hartley High as they navigate racial tensions in Australia, high school romances, and all sorts of teen angst.[4] The show premiered on 14 September 2022.[5] A month after it was released, the show was renewed for a second season.[6]

The first season was met with positive critical reviews and received 15 AACTA Awards nominations, including Best Drama Series, winning six.


After a map detailing the sexual exploits of Hartley High's students is discovered graffitied on the wall of the school, all of the students whose names were on it are forced to attend a new sexual education course called the Sexual Literacy Tutorial (SLT, pronounced "sluts" by the students). The map's creator, Amerie Wadia (Ayesha Madon), becomes a social outcast after taking the fall for its co-author, Harper McLean (Asher Yasbincek), who has stopped talking to her following a tragedy at a music festival they attended.



  • Ayesha Madon as Amerie Wadia, a brash, working-class Indo-Australian girl who becomes a pariah at Hartley High.[7]
  • James Majoos as Darren Rivers, a queer and non-binary student who befriends Amerie.
  • Chloé Hayden as Quinn “Quinni” Gallagher-Jones, Darren's lesbian best friend who is autistic.[8][9]
  • Asher Yasbincek as Harper McLean, a punk girl who has had a falling out with Amerie
  • Thomas Weatherall as Malakai Mitchell, a bisexual Bundjalung basketball jock new to Hartley.[10]
  • Will McDonald as Douglas “Ca$h” Piggott, an asexual eshay, drug dealer and food delivery driver.
  • Joshua Heuston as Dustin “Dusty” Reid, a bisexual musician involved with Harper.[7]
  • Gemma Chua-Tran as Sasha So, a Chinese-Australian lesbian.
  • Bryn Chapman-Parish as Spencer “Spider” White, the class clown.
  • Sherry-Lee Watson as Missy Beckett, an Indigenous student involved with Sasha.
  • Brodie Townsend as Anthony “Ant” Vaughn, an affable, big-hearted student.
  • Chika Ikogwe as Josephine “Jojo” Obah, English and SLT’s teacher at Hartley High.
  • Scott Major as Peter Rivers, Darren's father, who reprises his role from the 1994 series.
  • Rachel House as Principal Stacy "Woodsy" Woods, the performatively woke school principal at Hartley High.

Recurring and notable guest stars[edit]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [11]
1"Map Bitch"Gracie OttoHannah Carroll Chapman14 September 2022 (2022-09-14)
Amerie becomes a social pariah at Hartley High after the "incest map", a detailed diagram of which students have been sexually involved, is discovered and she is revealed as the culprit. Harper, Amerie's longtime best friend and co-creator of the map, starts ignoring her and punches her when she tries to talk to her, but doesn't explain why. The students who appear on the map are placed in a mandatory sex education class headed by Principal Woods and English teacher JoJo as a result. Darren sleeps on the street after clashing with their stepfather over their non-binary identity and eventually seeks refuge at their father Scott's house. Quinn and Darren befriend Amerie and take her to a party, where she kisses her crush, Dusty.
2"Renaissance Titties"Gracie OttoMatthew Whittet & Hannah Carroll Chapman14 September 2022 (2022-09-14)
3"Eetsway"Neil SharmaMarieke Hardy14 September 2022 (2022-09-14)
4"Rack Off"Neil SharmaMeyne Wyatt14 September 2022 (2022-09-14)
5"Bin Chicken"Adam Murfet & Jessie OldfieldThomas Wilson-White14 September 2022 (2022-09-14)
6"Angeline"Adam Murfet & Jessie OldfieldNatesha Somasundaram14 September 2022 (2022-09-14)
7"The Sheriff"Gracie OttoMegan Palinkas & Matthew Whittet14 September 2022 (2022-09-14)
8"Three of Swords"Gracie OttoHannah Carroll Chapman14 September 2022 (2022-09-14)


The series was announced in December 2020, and filming began in November 2021.[12][13][14]

The TV series was mostly filmed in the suburbs of Marouba and Matraville of New South Wales between late 2021 and early 2022.[15]

A second season was announced on 19 October 2022.[16][17]


Audience viewership[edit]

Heartbreak High debuted at number six on Netflix's Top 10 TV English titles for the tracking week of 19–25 September 2022 with 18.25 million hours viewed.[18] On the following week, it climbed to number five and garnered 14.88 million viewing hours.[19] The series remained in the top 10 for the third week, placing at number eight with 9.48 million viewing hours.[20]

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gave the series an approval rating of 100%, with an average rating of 7.3 out of 10, based on nine critics.[21] On the review website IMDb, the series holds an average score of 7.7 out of 10, as of October 15, 2022.[22] The show received praise for its racial, sexuality, gender and neurodivergent representation, realism towards modern teenhood, costumes and visuals.[23][24][25] It was also positively compared to other popular modern teen dramas (which viewers found it very similar to), including Euphoria, Never Have I Ever and Sex Education. Alex Henderson of The Conversation said that the show addressed serious topics like substance abuse, discrimination or youth crime, but still uses comical moments and avoids cliché moments whilst showing mistakes made by the characters.[26] Mitchell Adams of The Sydney Morning Herald commented on the representation of autism, saying "scenes where Quinni feels overwhelmed just sitting on a bus, or being at a party while forcing herself to mask how she feels in order to better fit in and not upset people, depict a pain neurodivergent people know all too well".[27] Collider named the series as one of the best new TV shows of 2022.[28]


Award Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
AACTA Awards 2022 Best Drama Series Heartbreak High Nominated [29]
Best Lead Actor in Drama James Majoos Nominated
Best Supporting Actor in Drama Thomas Weatherall Won
Best Direction in Drama or Comedy Gracie Otto Nominated
Best Screenplay in Television Hannah Carroll Chapman (for "Map Bitch") Won
Best Cinematography in Television Simon Ozolins (for "Map Bitch") Nominated
Best Costume Design in Television Rita Carmody (for "Map Bitch") Won
Best Production Design in Television Marni Kornhauser (for "Map Bitch") Nominated
Best Casting Amanda Mitchell Nominated
Audience Choice Award for Best Television Series Heartbreak High Won
Audience Choice Award for Best Actor Bryn Chapman-Parish Won
Thomas Weatherall Nominated
Audience Choice Award for Best Actress Chloé Hayden Won
Ayesha Madon Nominated
Asher Yasbincek Nominated
AACTA International Awards 2023 Best Drama Series Heartbreak High Nominated [30]
Best Actor in a Series Thomas Weatherall Nominated
GLAAD Media Awards 2023 Outstanding New TV Series Heartbreak High Pending [31]


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