If you were a teenager during the 1990s there was one show you most certainly tuned into: Heartbreak High. The Australian drama series, about a group of high school students, was must-watch television during the ‘90s and with its relatable characters and hard-hitting storylines, it offered up a refreshing take on the standard teen shows.
Conceived as a spin-off of the 1993 movie, The Heartbreak Kid, Heartbreak High ran for seven seasons between 1994 and 1999. In this time, the show clocked up a whopping 210 episodes, and covered a range of topics including teen pregnancy, racism, homophobia, drug addiction, adoption, relationships, dysfunctional families, and mental health issues, amongst others.
But with so many storylines, and so many episodes, chances are you didn’t catch every episode of the show when it first aired. And if that is the case, then you probably have a few questions about Heartbreak High, including the all-important question: How did it end?
Below you will find answers to a variety of questions about the series. These questions cover basic information about storylines and characters in Heartbreak High, as well as details about the final episode.
What was the name of the school in Heartbreak High?
Two schools were featured in Heartbreak High: Hartley High and Hartley Heights.
From Season One to Season Five, the students attended Hartley High. From Season Six onward, thanks to structural problems with the buildings at Hartley High, the students moved to Hartley Heights.
Who were the original cast of Heartbreak High and who were the final cast?
The original cast line-up of Heartbreak High included Nick, Christina, Rose, Con, Danielle, Steve, Yola, Rivers, Jodie, Chaka, Jack, Southgate, Graham, Deloraine, Ruby, Irini, George and Effie. The final cast line-up of Heartbreak High included Drazic, Dennis, Gemma, Zac, Thania, Marco, Tess, Tim, Jackie, and Carson.
Two things to note:
- Gemma Whitely was credited as appearing in the final episode, but the character was absent as she was expelled in the previous episode.
- Despite not being part of the regular cast line-up, long-running character, Anita Scheppers appeared throughout the final episode.
How did Heartbreak High end?
The final episode of Heartbreak High had three storylines. The first centred around an ongoing story thread regarding Drazic and stolen car parts; the second story saw Tess, Zac, Dennis, and Thania conduct a séance; while the third story was light-hearted and involved Marco and Principal Carson competing in a game of lawn bowls.
Drazic’s story was the most significant of the three storylines, as he was placed in a position where he could be arrested and sent to prison for receiving stolen goods. However, going against his usual character type, Drazic worked with the police to ensure the correct person was charged for the crime, and he walked away free.
After taking this significant step to change and grow as a person, Drazic asked Anita to move in with him and get married. After a short while to think about the proposal, Anita accepted.
With Drazic and Anita off to celebrate, life at Hartley Heights continued.
Did the series finale to Heartbreak High provide a satisfactory conclusion?
While Anita and Drazic’s storyline was concluded, and other students experienced character growth during the final episode of Heartbreak High, the finale itself played out more like a regular episode than a series (or even a season) finale.
The core students – Dennis, Zac, Thania, Marco, and Tess – were not given a definitive conclusion, and instead simply continued their time at Hartley Heights, studying for their HSC.
Did any of the original characters appear in the series finale?
As the storylines of the original cast were all concluded in earlier seasons, none of the original characters appeared in the final episode.
Did all of the characters from previous seasons receive happy endings?
While the majority of the characters from previous seasons left the show to move onto pastures new after graduating school, not all of them had happy endings. At least two characters were written out of the series under tragic circumstances.
The first of these was Nick Poulos, as played by Alex Dimitriades. Nick died of a brain aneurysm, after taking part in a boxing match at the end of the first season.
The second character to die was Steve Wiley (Corey Page), who died off-screen during the first episode of Season Four. Steve died in an accident while taking photographs at the beach.
A number of other characters departed the show rather abruptly, including Nikki Ruark, who developed mental health issues, Melanie Black who left school to go travelling with her terminally ill boyfriend, and Gemma Whitely who was expelled in the penultimate episode.
What was the name of the family that featured in Heartbreak High?
Although the students were the main focus of the series, Heartbreak High regularly featured a family unit as part of the ongoing story. The central family changed during the course of the series, but included: The Poulos family (Season One), the Bordino family (Season Two, Three & Four), the Scheppers family (Season Five), the Delaine family (Season Six and Seven), and finally the Masons (final ten episodes of Season Seven).
What was the name of the school principal?
Between Hartley High and Hartley Heights, five principals appeared in the series. In order of appearance, they included: Deloraine, June Dyson, Les Bailey, Di Barnett, and Carson.
Who were the teachers at Hartley High/Hartley Heights?
Teachers came and went throughout the series, sometimes only lasting a handful of episodes. The teaching staff included Yola Fatoush, Southgate, Graham Brown, Christina Milano, Andrew Bell, Sam Robinson, Nat Delaine, Ronnie Brooks, Albers, Vic Morris, Tom Summers, and Jackie Kassis.
What was the name of the pool hall where all of the students hung out?
The pool hall, which featured prominently throughout Heartbreak High, was called The Shark Pool.
Which character appeared in the most episodes?
The character who appeared in the most episodes was Drazic, as played by Callan Mulvey. Drazic made his debut during the fifth season and remained with the show until the final episode, clocking up 112 episodes in the process.
Did any famous actors appear in Heartbreak High?
A number of well-known Aussie actors appeared in Heartbreak High including Peter Sumner, Ivar Kants, Terence Donovan, Simon Baker, and Andy Anderson. However, Heartbreak High also provided a starting point for a number of young unknown actors who went on to have successful careers including Callan Mulvey, Ada Nicodemou, Scott Major, Luke Jacobz, Danny Raco, Jason Clarke, Dominic Purcell, and Rose Byrne.
How popular was Heartbreak High?
Heartbreak High was extremely popular. The show aired on Network Ten and ABC in Australia and was sold to more than 25 countries around the world, including in the USA, Europe and Asia.
Here in the UK, the series aired on at least three channels, including Trouble and TCC, as well as on BBC2 where it was given a weekly early evening slot, as well as repeat screenings during Sunday lunchtimes and throughout the school holidays. The show was so popular over in the UK, that at one point the BBC even helped to fund some of the production.
And finally, what is the Star Wars/Heartbreak High connection?
This may have slipped past some viewers, but eagle-eyed audiences will have noticed that Peter Sumner, who played Principal Les Bailey, had a very minor role in Star Wars: A New Hope (1977). He played the character, Lt. Pol Treidum.
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