The first season of Heartbreak High was written off as a flop when it failed to grab the attention of audiences in its first week after being released on September 14th 2022. Then it became kind of a sensation on TikTok and ended up amassing more than 42 million hours of viewership by its third week. Netflix had officially announced the second season of the Australian highschool drama on October 19th 2022. On 29th May 2023, Netflix ANZ tweeted that they have started the production process for season 2 – “School is officially back in session, as Netflix has announced Heartbreak High will return for Season 2.” The show is being produced by Fremantle Australia and NewBe.
Netflix’s Heartbreak High is a reboot of a 90s show with the same title. The show itself was an adaptation of a film. The original Heartbreak High series ran for 200 episodes between 1994 and 1999 first on Channel 10 and then on ABC. It was a definite fan favorite in Australia and New Zealand. The show became popular in 70 countries and was translated in multiple languages. The new reboot is loosely based on the original show with its unique and modernized treatment of the highschool drama.
The Netflix reboot that was announced in 2020 and eventually released in 2022 received a fair amount of love for its authentic and fresh depiction of highschool romance and the representation of characters with different races, cultures, and disabilities.
TVTonight shared a video depicting a table read as part of the pre-production it also shard the names of reappearing cast members – “Returning cast include Ayesha Madon, James Majoos, Chloé Hayden, Will McDonald, Chika Ikogwe and Gemma Chua-Tran.” Filming and pre-production have started in Sydney.
Netflix’s Heartbreak High owes a lot of its success to social media. The show was hyped up on TikTok before it finally hit a home run on the streaming platform. Before that it was a mere average local success, not even hitting the top spot in Australia. TikTok posts related to Heartbreak High have over 12 billion views. A lot of this attention translates to the streaming platform.
Social media is likely to play a key role in the success of the second season of the teenage drama as well. As for the release date, there has not been an official declaration. We can assume that the show will air at some point early in 2024.