First there was Dawson’s Creek, then the OC and somewhere in between there is One Tree Hill. On the surface it’s yet another High School Drama, in reality it’s a bit more than that.
Set in the fictional town One Tree Hill, a small town in the middle of America it is all about the One Tree Hill High School, it’s Basketball team and the family and friends surrounding it. In the centre there are two brothers, Lucas and Nathan who share the same father, Dan. Whilst Dan married Nathans mother and they had all the money they ever needed, Karen [Lucas mother] was left alone to raise Lucas.
At the beginning of the series Lucas joins the Basketball team, the Tree Hill Ravens and conflicts between his brother, the other team members and his father. Combine that with relationship problems, cheerleading problems and the continued friction between Dan and everyone else.
Some of the storylines involve death, stalking, teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, school shooting and gambling.
Music plays a big part in the series, one of the main characters is obsessed with music, there is a club opened in series 2, each episode ends with a song combining the events and every episode title is taken from a song.
I don’t really know why I started watching it in the first place, as well, I’m not a teen any more, I’m definitely not interested in basketball and well, it does sound like every other generic teen drama. At the end of the day I’m glad I did watch it. There is some excellent character development throughout the series and the stories are to an extent believable.
So far I’ve seen series 1-4 which is set during High School. Series 5 that is currently being shot in the States is set four years in the future. It’ll be interesting to see if the concept still works…
Season one intro: