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One Tree Hill is an American teen, young adult television drama created by Mark Schwahn, which premiered on September 23, 2003, on The WB Television Network. After its third season, The WB merged with UPN to form The CW Television Network, and since September 27, 2006 the network is the official broadcaster for the show in the USA. On February 25, 2009, The CW renewed the show for a seventh season. The show is set in fictional town Tree Hill in North Carolinamarker and originally follows the lives of two half-brothers, Lucas Scott (Chad Michael Murray) and Nathan Scott (James Lafferty). Their relationship evolves from heartless enemies to caring brothers, and the basketball drama, as well as the brothers' on-again/off-again romances with female characters, are significant elements within the series.

The first four seasons of the show focus on the characters' high school years. With the beginning of the fifth season, Schwahn decided to skip the timeline four years ahead, showing their lives after college. In the seventh season, he adjusted the timeline one year into the future after the sixth season. The opening credits were originally intertwined with the song "I Don't Want to Be" by Gavin DeGraw playing in the background. The theme was removed from the opening in the fifth season, and the credits have since only consisted of the title written on a black background. The show's interiors are filmed at the EUE/Screen Gems studios in Wilmington, North Carolinamarker and exteriors are filmed in and around Wilmington.

The show has received average ratings, with the second season being the highest rated season, averaging 4.3 million viewers weekly, and has won Teen Choice Awards. Currently, six seasons of One Tree Hill are available on DVD in regions 1, 2 and 4. On May 12, 2009, it was confirmed that Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton would not be returning for the seventh season; their characters had been two of the five main protagonists throughout the show.



Schwahn originally planned to make One Tree Hill a feature length movie with the title Ravens, after the high school basketball team. However, he said that it would be more interesting as a television series. The title of the show and the name of the fictional town where the series takes place is derived from the song "One Tree Hill", which is, actually, named after a landmarkmarker in New Zealand. Most of the episodes of the show are titles of songs, bands or albums.

Schwahn named the town "Tree Hill" because while he was writing the idea for the show he had been listening to the album The Joshua Tree by U2. At the start of the show, fans often asked Schwahn why the show was named One Tree Hill when the town was just called Tree Hill. The question is ostensibly answered when Karen tells Lucas in Episode 1.22 that "There is only one Tree Hill - and it's your home." 1, Tree Hill is also the address of Tree Hill High School.

Episode format

Episodes follow a regular structure. An episode usually begins with a recap of events relevant to the upcoming narrative; however this is sometimes dropped due to time constraints. During the first four seasons, the theme tune is played either immediately after the recap, or after the first few scenes. Whenever an episode features sensitive or violent subjects, or when an episode's running length is close to the total allotted time, there are no opening credits but only One Tree Hill written on a black background. Since the beginning of Season 5, the theme tune was abandoned and only the single title shot is used.

One Tree Hill is known for its numerous voiceovers featuring either literary quotes, or characters reflecting on events of the episode. Most of them have been made by Chad Michael Murray's character Lucas Scott. However, there have been several occurrences where other characters have done so. James Lafferty, Hilarie Burton, Sophia Bush, Bethany Joy Galeotti and Paul Johansson have narrated various episodes in their starring roles as Nathan Scott, Peyton Sawyer, Brooke Davis, Haley James Scott and Dan Scott, respectively. Guest stars Bryan Greenberg, Sheryl Lee, Torrey DeVitto and Ashley Rickards have given their voice to an episode each, playing the roles of Jake Jagielski, Ellie Harp, Carrie and Sam Walker. There have also been episodes that feature multiple narrators. Cast members Lee Norris, Antwon Tanner, Danneel Harris, Barry Corbin and Jackson Brundage voiced their characters Mouth, Skills, Rachel, Coach Brian "Whitey" Durham and Jamie respectively. Characters who interact with the main cast such as Bevin, Chase, Shelly and Glenda helped to narrate the joint episodes being portrayed by Bevin Prince, Stephen Colletti, Elisabeth Harnois and Amber Wallace. As the show progesses, more and more songs have replaced voiceovers. Starting with Season 7, Paul Johansson's character, Dan Scott, has taken over the narrator's role.

Series timeline

One Tree Hill's timeline was set as complex by Schwahn in 2003. In the first season of the series, the main teenage characters are age sixteen. The first and second seasons equate to one year, and the third and fourth seasons equate to another year. Due to this, the main teenage characters are age eighteen at the end of the fourth season; but instead of the show's timeline contrasting the real world, it corresponds to it with the real-world date of 2007. The timeline was further complicated in the fifth season of the series, where the show was "dramatically retooled and set four years into the future - after the characters [had] already graduated from college". The fifth season began shooting on July 30, 2007 and premiered January 8, 2008. With this, the characters were stated to be age twenty two. In 2009, Schwahn decided to alter the timeline again, as the seventh season is set fourteen months after the show's sixth season, helping to better explain the somewhat abrupt departures of series leads Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton.

Sponsored plot elements

AT&T is prominently inserted into the show as a sponsor. Most of the characters on the show have AT&T Mobility (and earlier, Cingular) cell phones. The company has given One Tree Hill fans the chance to make several choices about the show's plot. The first was whether or not Nathan and Taylor would kiss when they met at the 'Swinging Donkey' bar in Season 2; the fans chose for them not to. The second was what Nathan and Haley's second wedding song would be in the finale of Season Three; the fans chose "More Than Anyone" by Gavin DeGraw. The company also allowed the fans to choose which band would perform at the senior prom in Season Four; the fans chose Within Reason, a band from Birmingham, Alabamamarker.

Sunkist is another sponsor which can be spotted at concerts in episodes such as "When it Isn't Like it Should Be" and "Just Watch the Fireworks", in the characters' fridges, and on the school's vending machines. It held a contest to choose which town the characters would visit in "It Gets the Worst at Night", and Honey Grove, Texasmarker won. Nikemarker makes multiple appearances in the show. The Tree Hill high school basketball team wore Nike jerseys and shoes. Almost all athletic shoes worn by Nathan during his basketball run were Nike shoes. The characters also make references to Nike athletes including Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Carmelo Anthony. Nike also provided the film crew with their own sweater vests for season 5.

In Episode 4.04: "Can't Stop This Thing We Started", Rachel took part in a Maxim photoshoot which mirrored a real life photoshoot for Danneel Harris, Hilarie Burton and Sophia Bush, in stores on October 14, 2006, where Danneel wore the same outfit as her character. In Episode 4.07: "All These Things That I've Done", America's Next Top Model winner of a challenge, CariDee English got to play a small role as a model named Tia in a fashion show. Macy'smarker had a competition to win a walk-on role on the show. The winner would get to spend time with the cast, see the show in production, attend a charity event and appear in one episode. In Episode 5.17: "Hate is Safer Than Love", Mia, played by Kate Voegele agrees to take part in both Rock the Vote and a Starburst funded concert.


Music plays a significant part in the plot and the movement of the scenes throughout an episode. Several scenes are tied together seamlessly at the end of each show and the song, which is usually played in its entirety and helps create a singular mood from seemingly unconnected events. A significant portion of One Tree Hill episodes are named after songs.

In addition to featuring popular indie music on the show, artists have guest-starred. The show has used the musical aspirations of two characters (Peyton and Haley) to integrate the guest storylines. The in-universe bar and dance-club 'TRIC' and 'Karen's Café' have been the settings of most of the musical performances. The season with most performances is Season 3, which also saw the release of a second soundtrack for the show. The show has a long list of artists who have participated in the show; Gavin DeGraw, Sheryl Crow, Michelle Branch, The Wreckers, Tyler Hilton, Jimmy Eat World, The Honorary Title, Fall Out Boy, Angels & Airwaves, Nada Surf, Jack's Mannequin, Michelle Featherstone, Lupe Fiasco, Bear Lake, and Within Reason. Season 5 featured Kate Voegele in an important character role as Mia Catallano, The Honorary Title and Kevin Federline in another character role as Jason. Bethany Joy Galeotti who plays Haley James Scott, Bryan Greenberg who played Jake Jagielski and Tyler Hilton who played Chris Keller have also performed on the show. Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz appeared in an episode after the band's performance as himself, in a storyline where he becomes a love-interest for Peyton. Other well-known bands whose songs have featured on the show include: Oasis, Radiohead, Stereophonics, Mclusky, Snow Patrol, Frightened Rabbit, Margot and the Nuclear So and So's, Bon Iver, Keane, Starsailor, Travis, Feeder, Dashboard Confessional, Pink, The Cure, Switchfoot, Audioslave and Foo Fighters.

The show has released three soundtrack albums: One Tree Hill - Music From The WB Television Series, Vol. 1, Friends with Benefit: Music from the Television Series One Tree Hill, Volume 2 and The Road Mix: Music from the Television Series One Tree Hill, Volume 3. Proceeds of the second soundtrack go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation to tie in with a storyline on the show involving breast cancer. On November 13 2008, iTunes published a soundtrack called "Music From One Tree Hill" that contained songs from the sixth season.

Schwahn has revealed that each episode title is named after a particular song that has something in common with the theme of the episode. For example, episode 1.02 ("The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most") is named after a Dashboard Confessional song of the same name. In this episode, Lucas realizes that basketball, which had once been his safe place, is now the place that he has come to fear the most after joining the Ravens.

One Tree Hill made history by having Led Zeppelin's song "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" in its Season 3 finale. Led Zeppelin has never licensed their songs on network TV (the only other time was on HBO's cable series The Sopranos). One Tree Hill is the first non-cable network television series to ever have a licensed Led Zeppelin song on their show.


On February 7, 2007, SOAPnet announced that it would be picking up reruns of The O.C. and One Tree Hill. The deal made with the show's production company, Warner Brothers, states that SOAPnet holds on to the option of picking up the fifth season for syndication which SOAPnet did, airing fifth season episodes beginning in January 2009.

Cast and characters

Original cast

Chad Michael Murray portrays Lucas Scott. At the beginning, Lucas and Nathan start out as enemies but bond as friends and as brothers as the show progresses. Lucas' best friend is Haley and he has been a romantic interest for Peyton Sawyer and Brooke Davis at the same time. Lucas has a serious heart condition, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) which he concealed for a long time. Aside from basketball, his greatest passion is literature and quotes from the books he reads are used on the show. In Season Five, he is a successful writer and head coach of the Ravens basketball team. He was in a relationship with his editor, Lindsey Strauss but conflicted by his feelings for former love Peyton. This ultimately leads to Lindsey leaving him at the altar. In the season finale, he asks either Brooke, Peyton or Lindsey to marry him. At the beginning of Season Six, it is revealed to be Peyton. The two fly to Las Vegas to get married, but feel that it isn't romantic enough. They decide to fly home to Tree Hill, and have the wedding there. Lucas then receives an offer to turn his book An Unkindness of Ravens into a movie. He and Julian, an ex-boyfriend of Peyton, become partners as far as movie-making decisions go. The film is later canceled, and Julian moves back to Los Angeles. Peyton discovers that she is pregnant with Lucas's baby, and they begin expecting their first child together. It is revealed that Peyton has a condition called placenta previa, which means that her and the baby could both die in delivery. Lucas and Peyton later marry and have their reception at Tric. In the season finale, Peyton gives birth to their baby daughter Sawyer Brooke Scott. Lucas then takes a road trip with his new wife Peyton and daughter Sawyer, driving off into the sunset. Season 6 was Chad Michael Murray's last season as Lucas Scott.

James Lafferty portrays Nathan Scott, the son that Dan did claim, although his relationships with both his parents are strained at the best of times. Nathan marries Haley in Season One, and renews his vows with her in Season Three, and becomes a father to James Lucas "Jamie" Scott in Season Four. In Season One, he and Lucas start out as enemies, but bond as friends and brothers as the show progresses. Nathan is the star player of the Ravens and is named "Most Valuable Player" in Season Four. Also, in Season Four, he is investigated for shaving points. He loses his basketball scholarship to Duke University due to his admission of point-shaving in two games. Basketball has always been his greatest passion and he sees it as his "way out." In Season Five, a fight leaves Nathan near-paralyzed and his dreams shattered, though he later regains the use of his legs and slowly starts to make a comeback in basketball. Nathan starts playing "slam ball" but after being attacked by a rival, Jamie asks him to stop, fearing that Nathan would end up hurt again. He gets approval from Haley and Jamie to join a semi-pro team known as the Charleston Chiefs. He briefly competes with the team's lead point guard, a cocky player who thinks Nathan's playing is "outdated". After this player leaves, Nathan continues on the team without much incident. Later, he and Haley contemplate moving. He is eventually selected to play for the Charlotte Bobcats.

Hilarie Burton portrays Peyton Sawyer, in season 6 referred to as Peyton Sawyer Scott, whose two greatest passions in life are music and art; she uses her art to express the issues that play out in her life. Brooke Davis is her best friend, and she is also close friends with Haley. In Season One, Peyton is a cheerleader and dates Nathan Scott, the biggest basketball star in Tree Hill High. In Season Three, she discovers that she is adopted. In Season Four, she meets who she thinks is her half-brother Derek. His suspicious behavior tips off both Peyton and Lucas to seek the truth, but not before "Derek's" obsession with Peyton leads him to break into her house and attempt to harm her. She is saved by Lucas and the real Derek. After getting to know her birth mother, Ellie, Peyton loses her to breast cancer. In Season Five, a lonely Peyton is working for a record company in LA. In a flashback, it is revealed that while in LA, Lucas asked Peyton to marry him, but she was not ready for marriage. She and Brooke decide to return to Tree Hill, where she starts her own record label, Red Bedroom Records, and battles her feelings for Lucas, who is engaged to Lindsey. Lindsey later leaves him at the altar because she believes that Lucas is still in love with Peyton. In the Season Five finale Lucas asks her to Las Vegas to get married, but once there they feel that it is not romantic enough. They decide to fly home to Tree Hill, and have the wedding there. Peyton has a health scare after collapsing in her office. She discovers she is pregnant with Lucas' baby, and they are now expecting their first child. As Peyton is preparing for their wedding, she feels Lucas should be more involved. Since Lucas is so caught up with making his film, Peyton feels alone. She begins to prepare their house for the baby but without Lucas's help she feels hopeless. She and Lucas later get married. Peyton gives birth to her and Lucas's daughter, Sawyer Brooke Scott. Peyton then takes a road trip with her new husband Lucas and daughter Sawyer, as they drive off into the sunset. Season 6 was Hilarie Burton's last season as Peyton Sawyer.

Bethany Joy Galeotti (formerly Bethany Joy Lenz) portrays Haley James Scott, Lucas' best friend, Nathan's wife and Jamie's mother. She marries Nathan in Season One, renews her vows with him in Season Three, and in Season Four gives birth to their son, Jamie. In Season Two she has a great career opportunity, making music with the help of Chris Keller, a selfish, arrogant musician who kisses her, which angers Nathan. She goes on tour, leaving Nathan behind. In early Season Three, Nathan and Haley have relationship issues, but eventually overcome these difficulties. In Season Three, at Brooke's request, she becomes a cheerleader. In Season Four she gets hit by a car that Dante is driving. She is pregnant with Nathan's baby at the time, but luckily, Haley and her unborn baby both survive. In Season Five, as well as balancing the roles of wife and mother, she is an English teacher at Tree Hill High, and is also planning a musical comeback. In Season Five she tries very hard to help a difficult student, Quentin, who bonds with Nathan and Jamie. She then supports Nathan's passion for basketball, and soothes Jamie's grief over the death of Quentin, playing a large part in his recovery. Later, she and Nathan contemplate moving.

Sophia Bush portrays Brooke Davis. In high school, Brooke is captain of the cheerleading squad, and a seemingly beautiful and a perfect girl next door. She is Peyton's best friend, but is also very close with Haley. She is girlfriend to Lucas twice but their relationship doesn't work out either time. In Season One, Brooke was the popular girl that everyone loved, and captain of the cheerleader squad. Though her life seemed perfect, she would be in pain dealing with her distant parents, her friend's inability to take her seriously, and the betrayal of her boyfriend and her best friend. In Season Two, Brooke started becoming more independent and the girl next door. She ran and won high school president, and stopped her partying ways. She left Tree Hill in the season finale to go to California. In Season Three, Brooke came back to finish her senior year. She creates a clothing line, "Clothes Over Bros". In Season 4, Brooke isolates herself from Lucas and Peyton after their betrayal and tries to realize what kind of person she is on her own, as well as what she wants to do with her life after high school. Brooke reconnects with Peyton mid-season, as well as with Lucas near the end of high school. In Season Five,Clothes Over Bros is a household name, but despite Brooke's success, she is unhappy in her personal life, so she and Peyton return to Tree Hill where Brooke turns a now-closed Karen's Café into a Clothes Over Bros store. She then reveals her desire to have a baby and looks after Baby Angie, who is in the US for heart surgery. Brooke is devastated when the time comes for Angie to return to her home country. Brooke also deals with her mother's prominent force over her company and their terrible relationship. In Season Six, Brooke is attacked and robbed at her store. She isolates herself again from her friends and claims she "fell down the stairs" to excuse her visible wounds. She then buys a gun and asks Deb to teach her how to use it. Eventually, she gives up her company to her mother, Victoria, and tells her she's no longer her daughter. Brooke then fosters a rebellious teenage girl named Sam. She and Sam start off at odds but gradually develop a more mother-daughter type of relationship. It is furthered when Sam is kidnapped by Brooke's attacker. Brooke saves Sam and sends her attacker to jail. She helps with Lucas's movie as a costume designer, though the film is later canceled. She soon starts a relationship with Julian Baker, the film's movie producer who also happens to be Peyton's ex. She and Julian break up when Brooke declines his invitation to join him in Los Angeles. She later learns that Sam is being sought out by her birth mother. Sam later moves in with her birth mother. After reconciling with her mother, Brooke flies to Los Angeles and tells Julian that she loves him. In Season 7, it is revealed Brooke was going to propose (writing, "Will you marry me?" into the sand of a beach) to Julian but was interrupted by his announcement that he was making a movie in New Zealand and would be gone for several months. However, Julian did not end up going and instead stayed for Brooke in Tree Hill.

Paul Johansson portrays Dan Scott, a once great basketball player, who is father to both Nathan and Lucas, although he never wanted anything to do with the latter. After his marriage to Deb crumbles and she and Nathan try to rid themselves of him, Dan's evil comes to the forefront. After Dan finds Deb sleeping with his brother, Keith, a war begins between the two brothers, culminating with Dan fatally shooting his brother in Season Three, believing that Keith had set his car dealership alight. After discovering that Deb was actually behind the fire, Dan tried to make amends by supporting Karen through her pregnancy and started to turn over a new leaf. However, after Lucas discovers he is Keith's murderer, he is placed in jail. Four years later, he is granted parole and tries to redeem himself to his family, because he is dying of HCM. In the season finale, he is knocked down by a car moments before his beeper goes off to inform him that he is ready for his heart transplant. It is revealed that in the new season Carrie (the crazy lady who was once Jamie's nanny) was the one who hit Dan in the car accident. She intends to use him to get Jamie. After she gets him she intends to kill Dan. Haley ends up saving Dan. A second heart is found for Dan, however on the doctor "drops" the heart on the floor making it not a transplant canidate. Dan has made rare appearances since his abduction until season 7. At the end of season 6, he was left waiting via beeper for when he can receive a heart transplant. In season 7, it is reveled Dan Scott has now married Rachel Gatina, former high school student of Tree Hill High with both of Dan's children, Nathan and Lucas Scott. Rachel is in the marriage for money while Dan is in it for happiness. Rachel, is also the producer of his self-help talk show about redemption.

Barry Corbin portrays Coach Brian "Whitey" Durham, the Ravens coach for over 35 years, retiring in Season Four. He and Dan never saw eye-to-eye and often bickered over their differing opinions on the team. Whitey often laments the death of his wife, Camilla, and the fact that he didn't spend more time with her while she was alive. He retires after the Ravens finally win him the much-coveted NC State Championship title but later takes a coaching position in a college three hours away from Tree Hill, so that Nathan has the chance to play college basketball. Whitey made an appearance in the 6th season finale.

Craig Sheffer portrays Keith Scott, Dan's older, kinder, under-achieving brother. After Dan chose Deb over Karen, Keith helped Karen to raise Lucas (acting as a surrogate father to him) and fell in love with her but they only got together in Season Three. He had a recurring drinking problem and an ongoing rivalry with his brother which involved him sleeping with Deb and Dan paying Jules to seduce Keith and then dump him to get back at Keith for this. When Dan mistook him for the one who tried to kill him in the dealership fire, he shot him after the siege at Tree Hill High, killing him instantly. Since his death, Karen has given birth to Keith's daughter, Lily Roe-Scott. Keith has been haunting Dan as a teen and as an adult ghost, but later forgives him for what he has done. He has guided his nephews (Lucas and Nathan) as a sort of Guardian angel throughout Season Four.

Moira Kelly portrays Karen Roe, Lucas' mother. Dan abandoned her after she became pregnant in high school and with a lot of help from Dan's brother (and in later years, Karen's lover and father of her second child) Keith, Karen raised Lucas alone. Karen is devastated by Keith's death in Season Three. In Season Four, she gets close to Dan again before learning that he was the one who killed Keith. She gives birth to Keith's daughter, whom she names Lily Roe Scott. In Season Five, Karen is traveling the world with Lily and when she returns for Lucas' wedding, she is accompanied by Andy Hargrove. She also makes an appearance at the end of the 6th season.

Additional cast

Barbara Alyn Woods portrays Deb Scott, Dan's neurotic ex-wife and Nathan's mother. Married to Dan for seventeen years, she eventually divorces him in Season Three, her hatred of him driving her to attempt to kill him at one point. Deb battles a pill addiction in Season Two and again in Season Four, but overcomes it for good the second time. In Season Five, she returns after an unexplained absence to be Jamie's nanny and begins a surprising and secretive sexual relationship with Skills. Their relationship is later revealed, and in season 6, Deb breaks up with Skills, telling him that he needs to get married and have kids, which she does not want to do again.

Lee Norris portrays Marvin "Mouth" McFadden, one of Lucas's oldest friends, originating from the River Court. His father is named Joey, and his grandad is named Mel. Mel has alzheimers and so can't remember portions of his life, such as the 50 years he was married. Mouth goes to read to Mel every week and reveals to Peyton that his grandfather doesn't remember that he has a grandson and thinks that Mouth is actually Joey, his son. One night, Peyton and Mouth go to the nursing home Mel is living in and they take him to a go-karting track. At the end of the night, Peyton asks Mouth why he keeps visiting Mel if he doesn't remember Mouth, and Mouth replies,'Because I will.' He is somewhat unlucky in love, being the victim of Brooke's unrequited love in Season Two, being dumped by Erica when she becomes popular and falling for Rachel, only to get sidelined for the older Cooper. GiGi, his co-sports announcer, has also broken up with him after only seeing him for a few weeks and Shelly Simon runs out on him after he loses his virginity to her. In Season Five, he has a fling with his boss, Alice, before finally settling down with Millicent. Mouth becomes a sports commentator in Season Five, having commentated at the Ravens' games throughout High School but quits his job in the season finale. In season 6, he moves out of town with Millicent but she comes back to help Brooke and he follows her. He gets his job back and his intern ends up being Gigi, who seems to like him. Millicent later finds Gigi sleeping in Mouth's apartment, and Mouth defends himself by saying he was just doing her a favor. Millicent gets drunk and sleeps with Owen, and Mouth later finds out. After a while, the others noticed that he seemed sad, and urged him to get Millie back. He returns to New York and after a heartfelt apology, they're back together.

Antwon Tanner portrays Antwon "Skills" Taylor, one of Lucas' oldest friends, originating from the River Court. He takes on a more prominent role in Season Four when he fills Lucas' vacancy on the Ravens. In Season Five, he becomes the assistant Head Coach of The Ravens basketball team and lives with Mouth, Junk and Fergie. He and his high school girlfriend Bevin Mirskey are no longer together in Season Five and Skills begins a sexual relationship with Deb after meeting each other online. They break up later on in the sixth season, mainly because Deb sees that Skills will be married and have children later in life, and Deb is done with it. Skills begins dating Jamie's teacher Lauren, later in the sixth season.

Danneel Harris portrays Rachel Gatina, who moves to Tree Hill in Season Three. After joining the cheerleading squad, she instantly clashes with Brooke as she pursues Lucas, although Brooke and Rachel later become friends. Rachel gets close to Mouth but sidelines him for Cooper, who dumps Rachel when he finds out she lied about her true age. After Nathan and Haley's wedding, Cooper and Rachel have an altercation in the limo which causes it to veer off the Molina Bridge and into the water. Nathan rescues Rachel and she develops a crush on him but backs off when she discovers that Haley is pregnant. Rachel takes the fall for a calculus exam she stole with Brooke and, to protect her new friend, is expelled from Tree Hill High. In Season Five, Rachel is a former employee of Brooke's and a heroin addict who takes an overdose after being fired by her friend. Brooke brings Rachel back to Tree Hill to help get her life back on track but Rachel leaves again, taking a load of Brooke's cash with her, after an encounter with Victoria. In the seventh season, Rachel returns to the screens as Dan Scott's new wife. It is revealed that Rachel was a stripper at a night club when she ran into Dan. After sleeping together, and looking at his self-help book, she comes up with the idea of a TV show. Rachel is the producer of this self help show about redemption with Dan the one giving out advice.

Jackson Brundage portrays Jamie Scott, Nathan and Haley's highly intelligent son. Jamie sees Nathan as a role-model. He is first introduced in the fourth season, and continues to act as a comic relief or a psych to other characters when they reveal their problems to him throughout the fifth, sixth and seventh season, where he is now age seven. In the fifth and sixth season, Nanny Carrie, his former nanny, has a special obsession for taking Haley's family. As revealed in the sixth season, Nanny Carrie lost her son, who was around Jamie's age. He is good friends with Quentin. After Quentin's death, he becomes best friends with his younger brother Andre.

Lisa Goldstein portrays Millicent "Millie" Huxtable, Brooke's assistant for Clothes over Bros. She is involved in a romantic relationship with Marvin "Mouth" McFadden. In the six season premiere, she moves to Omaha with him. She returns to Tree Hill during the fifth episode to work for Brooke in her new store. She reunites with Mouth only to enter a series of mishaps. Millicent discovers Gigi sleeping in Mouth's apartment. He assures her that nothing happened. She then discovers a half naked picture of Gigi in Mouth's phone, and she retaliates by getting drunk and sleeping with Owen. Mouth discovers this, but after a while and a few comments from others, Mouth returns to New York to win Millie back, with success.

Austin Nichols portrays Julian Baker, Peyton's ex-boyfriend from L.A.. He initially comes to Tree Hill to win Peyton back. He offers to produce a movie, based on Lucas's first book. At first, Peyton does not reveal to Lucas that Julian is her ex-boyfriend, but she is forced to do when the plans of the movie takes form. Lucas beats up Julian, and hates him, but when the episodes of season six progresses, he and Lucas bond while talking plans over the movie. Brooke rebuffs his advances until Peyton gives her blessing because she sees that Brooke has serious interest in Julian. Brooke, However, is still unable to open her heart to anyone until Victoria convinces her to not go in the same way as her mother. Brooke and Victoria reconcile and Brooke flies to L.A. to say "I love you, too" back to Julian. Brooke's confession is successful, as Julian and Brooke's relationship is blossoming at the start of the seventh season.

Robert Buckley portrays Clayton "Clay" Evans, Nathan's sports agent. He's pretty reckless when it comes to love, however, it is revealed in "I and Love and You" that his true love was his late wife Sarah whom he met in college. As a young, married couple, Sarah was Clay's emotional rock, particularly as his career blossomed. Sarah collapsed and died suddenly, leaving Clay a widower. When Nathan's season ends, he has problems finding another team that will pick up Nathan to play for the team.

Shantel VanSanten portrays Quinn James, the older free spirited sister of Haley. She returns to Tree Hill for Jamie's seventh birthday. At first, it looks like she's staying for a few days. She reveals to Haley that she left David, her husband, commenting that she feels like she is sleeping next to a stranger.

Jana Kramer portrays Alex Dupre, an actress turned model who moved to Tree Hill to become the new face of Brooke's fashion line, Clothes Over Bros. After standing naked infront of Julian, Brooke fired her for being 'the high school Brooke'. She has also befriended Millicent, despite a bitter start. Jana Kramer was originally a guest star but has recently been promoted to series regular.


There were 22 episodes in Season 1, 23 episodes in Season 2, 22 episodes in Season 3, 21 episodes in Season 4, 18 episodes in Season 5, 24 episodes in Season 6, and 24 episodes have been ordered for Season 7.

The first season deals with the first half of Lucas's, Peyton's, Nathan's, Haley's and Brooke's junior years (up to the first game of the State Championship). Major storylines include the rivalry between Nathan and Lucas, the blossoming of Haley and Nathan's relationship, the set-up of the Peyton-Lucas-Brooke love triangle, the parent's own love quadrangle and the basketball state championship.

The second season explores new romances between Lucas and Anna, Jake and Peyton, and Felix and Brooke. Also featured is the disintegration of Haley and Nathan's marriage and the repercussions of Dan's genetic disease Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy - especially on Lucas. Karen goes back to school, beginning a relationship with her teacher, Andy Hargove, in addition to starting the Tric club. Also in this season, a troubled Deb struggles with an addiction, and recurring character Chris Keller is introduced.

Season three features the arrival of trouble-maker Rachel Gatina, who would stir drama in the Lucas-Brooke relationship. Peyton and Jake's relationship draws to a close while Haley and Nathan reconcile and plan a wedding. Chris Keller exits the show permanently. Dan has a major subplot trying to solve the attempt on his life made during the previous season's cliffhanger. A major episode involving most of the main cast in a hostage situation at Tree Hill High culminates with Peyton getting shot in the leg and Dan's murder of his brother, Keith.

The fourth season features the second Peyton-Lucas-Brooke love triangle. Haley's pregnancy is threatened by Nathan's risky forays into gambling and loan sharks. Peyton is stalked by her fake half brother named Derek. Lucas and the real Derek come and save her. Lucas looks for the truth behind his uncle's death, leading him to suspect Dan with different visions of Keith, at a time when Dan is rekindling his romance with Karen. It also sees the growing friendship between Rachel and Brooke. The season builds up to the group's graduation from High School and Haley and Karen having their babies.

The fifth season jumps forward in time 4-plus years. The gap is sometimes shown in flashback as the character's struggle with adulthood and return to the town of Tree Hill for various reasons. Lucas, a published author, is in a committed relationship with his editor, Lindsey, which becomes a triangle when Peyton returns from a failed music career in Los Angeles. The marriage of Haley and Nathan goes into crisis as Nathan faces major depression after being seriously injured. Brooke looks for life beyond success in her work life and helps Peyton launch a music label. Lucas, Skills and Nathan return to the Tree Hill Ravens as coaches.

Season six features the progression of the relationship between Peyton and Lucas as they plan a wedding and deal with Peyton's dangerous pregnancy. Brooke takes in a foster child, Sam, and fights her mother for control of her company. A major storyline follows Lucas as his book is optioned for a movie, and Julian Baker is introduced. Mouth and Millie work on their relationship as Nathan and Haley reach for their individual dreams.

Season seven will be set one year into the future after the sixth season, without former co-stars Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton. It will introduce two new regular characters: Haley's free spirited sister Quinn; and Nathan's agent Clayton. Also, Danneel Harris who played Rachel is scheduled to reappear in a seven episode arc this season, starting with the second episode. Austin Nichols, who portrays Julian Baker, has been promoted to full series regular after being a recurring star in the sixth season.


Seasonal ratings

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of One Tree Hill on The WB and The CW.

Season Timeslot Season premiere Season finale TV seasons Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1st Tuesday 9/8c September 23, 2003 May 11, 2004 2003-2004 #173 3.5
2nd September 21, 2004 May 24, 2005 2004-2005 #117 4.3
3rd Wednesday 8/7c October 5, 2005 May 3, 2006 2005-2006 #139 2.8
4th Wednesday 9/8c September 27, 2006 June 13, 2007 2006-2007 #136 2.9
5th Tuesday 9/8C (January 8 - March 18)
Monday 9/8C (April 14 - May 19)
January 8, 2008 May 19, 2008 2008 #184 2.9
6th Monday 9/8c September 1, 2008 May 18, 2009 2008-2009 #170 2.8
7th Monday 8/7c September 14, 2009 May 17, 2010 2009-2010 TBA 2.5 (to date)

In its third season, The WB moved the show from Tuesday to Wednesday. After it was moved, the show suffered a ratings decline which many thought was due to the timeslot change. A landmark episode in the third season, "With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept," which featured two tragic deaths, aired on March 1, 2006, raking in a 2.5/4 rating, which was the highest rating for Season Three. The May 3, 2006 season finale pulled in a 2.3/4 rating with a 1.4 rating for adults 18-49, the show's biggest audience in that season with the exception of the episode on March 1.

With the announcement that The WB and UPN would be merging to create one network, The CW, rumors of cancellation soon surfaced. This was brought on by The CW executives stating that only the best shows from both networks would be back in the fall.

DVD releases

Seasons One through Six of One Tree Hill have been released on DVD in Regions 1, 2 and 4. DVD releases typically include commentary by cast and crew members on a select number of episodes, deleted scenes, gag reels and some featurettes. Information on DVD release is available in each individual season article.

Complete season Release dates
Region 1 (United States, Canada) Region 2 (United Kingdom) Region 4 (Australia)
1st January 25, 2005 September 5, 2005 February 1, 2006
2nd September 13, 2005 April 10, 2006 September 6, 2006
3rd September 26, 2006 October 23, 2006 July 4, 2007
4th December 18, 2007 April 7, 2008 June 4, 2008
5th August 26, 2008 October 6, 2008 April 1, 2009
6th August 25, 2009 October 5, 2009 February 2010


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