One Tree Hill

2003 • The CW
1.33K reviews
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Season 1 episodes (22)

1 Pilot
Nathan's father, Dan, and Lucas' mother, Karen Roe, were high school sweethearts. When Karen became pregnant during their senior year, she was devastated by Dan's decision to go to college leaving Karen behind to raise their son, Lucas, alone. When Dan's dream of a basketball career didn't work out, he returned to town with the wife he met in college and his new son, Nathan. Now a wealthy businessman, Dan lives his basketball dreams through Nathan. While Karen raised Lucas without a father, she remained friends with Dan's older brother who has served as Lucas' surrogate father. Dan and Keith clash over Dan's disowning of Lucas. Nathan challenges Lucas to a basketball game. If Nathan wins, Lucas must not join the team; if Lucas wins, Nathan will quit. He then reveals to Peyton that he changed his end of the bargain--Lucas bets that if he won, Nathan would not be allowed to quit the team. The two estranged half-brothers are now teammates.
2 The Places I Have Come to Fear the Most
After failing in his first varsity basketball game, Lucas decides to quit the team. Meanwhile, Nathan and Peyton's faltering relationship continues to weaken as Peyton tires of Nathan's poor treatment of Lucas. And Keith forces Karen to deal with her resentment towards Dan after she refuses to attend Lucas' games.
3 Are You True?
After a particularly spectacular basketball game, Lucas quickly supplants Nathan as the team's most popular player. Sexy cheerleader Brooke immediately sets her romantic sights on the new star athlete. Frustrated by Lucas' success--and goaded on by Dan--Nathan rallies his teammates and begins a hazing campaign against Lucas, including trashing the outdoor court where Lucas practices.
4 Crash Into You
Haley convinces Lucas to go with the team to a party at Nathan's beach house, hoping that the guys will become friendlier. When Lucas sees the wealth that is denied him, he finally confronts his mother about why she lets Dan ignore them. Meanwhile, when Nathan's mother, Deb Scott (recurring guest star BARBARA ALYN WOODS), returns home and tries to deal with her angry son, she turns to Karen for advice.
5 All That You Can't Leave Behind
Lucas asks Keith to play with him in the annual "Father and Son" basketball game and realizes he got the better father figure after Dan publicly humiliates Nathan on the court. Meanwhile, Peyton has a hard time dealing with the anniversary of her mother's death and finds a comforting ally in Whitey.
6 Every Night is Another Story
When Whitey ejects Lucas and Nathan from the team bus due to their misconduct on the basketball court, the half-brothers are stranded 30 miles from home. They encounter a carload of punks who threaten them with a gun. Injured during the game, Brooke needs Peyton to drive her home and, in an unlikely turn of events, Peyton asks Haley for help. Meanwhile, Karen and Keith attend a business function, and tempers flare when Nathan's mother, Deb (recurring guest star BARBARA ALYN WOODS), is seated at their table with Dan.
7 Life in a Glass House
The night of Dan and Deb's (recurring guest star BARBARA ALYN WOODS) annual basketball appreciation party spurs old memories and new feelings. Karen makes a new friend, Keith confronts Dan again, and Lucas finally makes his romantic intentions clear to Peyton. Meanwhile, Haley and Nathan grow closer until Brooke spreads a vicious rumor that devastates Haley.
8 The Search for Something More
Hoping to have fun, Brooke and Peyton attend a college party, but the situation gets bad when one of the guys, Gabe (MIKE ERWIN - "Everwood"), drugs Peyton. After Brooke calls Lucas for help, the friends bond while caring for the sleeping Peyton, prompting Lucas to gain a new appreciation for Brooke. Meanwhile, Haley gives Nathan another chance, and the two go on their first date.
9 With Arms Outstretched
After fighting with his father and Haley, Nathan succumbs to the pressure and takes amphetamines to help him play basketball better. However, he isn't prepared for the destruction the drugs do to both his body and his family. Meanwhile, Peyton intends to rekindle her relationship with Lucas, but when she arrives at his house, she witnesses him with Brooke.
10 You Gotta Go There to Come Back
Lucas and Peyton try to redefine their friendship after Lucas chooses to be with her best friend, Brooke, who is unaware that Lucas and Peyton briefly dated. Dan invites Deb (recurring guest star BARBARA ALYN WOODS) to a getaway weekend, but she suggests he devote the time to Nathan. However, Dan and Nathan's father/son weekend ends abruptly when, after Dan's constant criticism, Nathan publicly reveals his drug use and rebukes his father. Lucas asks Nathan to join his team in a late-night basketball game.
11 The Living Years
Unable to cope with the pressure from Dan, Nathan quits the basketball team. Although Haley fears that Nathan will not need her emotional support as much now, he relies even more heavily on her. Meanwhile, Brooke becomes increasingly jealous of Lucas and Peyton's growing friendship.
12 Crash Course in Polite Conversation
After Peyton receives the devastating news that her father is lost at sea, she and Lucas take an overnight trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina, to identify a body that has washed ashore. Overcome with emotion, Peyton kisses Lucas. Meanwhile, an unexpected visit from Dan's parents, Royal (GERALD McRANEY - "Major Dad") and May (TESS HARPER - "Crimes of the Heart"), leaves the Scott family in turmoil as numerous family secrets are revealed during Dan's birthday dinner.
13 Hanging by a Moment
On their way to drive Karen home from the airport, Keith and Lucas collide with an oncoming vehicle, leaving Lucas unconscious and fighting for his life. At that moment, Dan is traveling to Deb's house to plead with her to give their marriage a chance, and he witnesses the accident. At the hospital, Dan must acknowledge that Lucas is his son in order to authorize emergency surgery. Karen is paged at the airport with the devastating news. Meanwhile, Peyton decides to tell best friend Brooke that she kissed Lucas.
14 I Shall Believe
While holding a vigil at Lucas' bedside as he lays in a coma, Karen meets Brooke, who is now dating Lucas, and learns from Deb (recurring guest star BARBARA ALYN WOODS) that Deb and Dan are getting divorced. Most shocking of all, Karen is horrified to discover that Keith was drinking alcohol while driving at the time of the accident. Meanwhile, Nathan tries to win Haley back after she breaks up with him.
15 Suddenly Everything Has Changed
After his near-death experience, Lucas decides he made the wrong choice in girlfriends. He breaks up with Brooke and secretly rekindles his romance with Peyton. However, the truth is revealed after he is rushed to the emergency room again, and the girls come face to face in the hospital. Meanwhile, unable to pay his mortgage because he had to cover Lucas' hospital bill, Keith puts his business up for sale.
16 The First Cut is the Deepest
Nathan must choose which parent to live with after Dan and Deb's divorce. Dan forces Nathan to make the decision by threatening to reveal Deb's (recurring guest star BARBARA ALYN WOODS) darkest secrets in court unless Nathan chooses him. Meanwhile, Lucas meets a beautiful stranger who challenges his perceptions of life since Lucas' car accident. Grammy Award winner SHERYL CROW guest stars as herself and performs her song "The First Cut Is the Deepest" in Karen's Café.
17 Spirit in the Night
The gang hits the road to Charlotte, North Carolina, for a basketball game and an annual cheerleading competition that squad leader Brooke is determined to win. When one of the teammates gets sick, Brooke's fellow cheerleader Peyton begs Haley to join the squad for the competition. Meanwhile, after Whitey assigns Lucas and Nathan to the same hotel room, tempers flare, and Haley is caught in the middle.
18 To Wish Impossible Things
Lucas, Nathan, their teammate Jake (recurring guest star BRYAN GREENBERG) and the rest of the Raven basketball players are auctioned to the highest bidder in the annual "Boy Toy" charity auction, and the evening leads to surprising developments. Meanwhile, having missed out on the auction, Brooke ends up with offbeat Mouth (recurring guest star LEE NORRIS) and gives him the night of his life.
19 How Can You Be Sure?
Lucas must make a difficult decision regarding Brooke. Haley considers having sex with Nathan. Keith wants more from his relationship with Karen. And Dan tries to get runaway Nathan to return home.
20 What Is and What Should Never Be
While Nathan looks for an after-school job to pay his rent, Haley hosts a party at his apartment--but she panics when the situation gets out of control. After jilted Brooke realizes she was not invited to the festivities, she decides to attend the party anyway, along with her new friend, Nicki (recurring guest star EMMANUELLE VAUGIER - "Smallville").
21 The Leaving Song
Lucas is shocked to learn that Dan once asked Karen for joint custody of him when he was a baby. Meanwhile, Peyton panics after her friend Nicki (recurring guest star EMMANUELLE VAUGIER) kidnaps basketball player Jake's (recurring guest star BRYAN GREENBERG) baby while baby-sitting.
22 The Games That Play Us
Lucas and Nathan bear the brunt of Dan's abuse as he coaches them into the playoffs, pushing both of them to their emotional breaking points. Haley is stunned after Dan threatens her, causing her to reconsider her relationship with Nathan. Meanwhile, Whitey finds out that his medical condition may be more serious than he first expected, and Dan learns a shocking secret from Deb.

About this show

Aside from their love for hoops, Lucas and Nathan seemed to have little in common. But the two young men are bound by the fact that they share the same father. The star of the basketball team, Nathan Scott (series star JAMES LAFFERTY) was raised to inherit his father's throne amidst popularity and wealth, while his half-brother, Lucas (series star CHAD MICHAEL MURRAY), was raised in modest surroundings, the only child of a single mom. When Lucas joined the Ravens team, his transition into Nathan's world created a love triangle with Peyton Sawyer (series star HILARIE BURTON). Although she was Nathan's girlfriend at the time, Peyton felt an instant connection to Lucas. Complicating things even further, Peyton's feisty best friend, Brooke Davis (series star SOPHIA BUSH), quickly set her sights on Lucas as well. And it didn't take Nathan long to notice Lucas' best friend, Haley James (series star BETHANY JOY GALEOTTI), an intriguing girl who helped bad-boy Nathan become a kinder person.

Ratings and reviews

1.33K reviews
Jean Luc Pressoir
December 31, 2020
One Tree Hill is one of the best coming-of-age shows to look up to and inspiration to everyone's personal and professional lives. I partly grew up with the series I used to watch One Tree Hill during my teenage days years ago growing with just relating the relationships between dealing drama of my family and friends. I'm an aspiring actor, recording artist, writer, designer, photographer, and chef. I'm Haitian American. I have interest in basketball, football, soccer, and swimming. I'm into comics like mostly DC Comics and Marvel, write stories and songs, do creative design, and taking photos. I love to cook and bake any type of cuisine or dessert. I love to listen Hip-Hop/Rap, R&B, Soul, Gospel, and Jazz music all the time it's so much on my mind.
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J.J. Begay
December 20, 2020
The show is one LONG music video, every song has to seep with the dialogue and scenes, gets annoying. Show perpetuates the cat fighting, overly jealous, stalking girlfriend/women; it's insulting. Every girl looks like the skinny model pretending to live normal lives. Tells girls that good men only look for "hot girls" to be their wives. Show is capitivating for all the wrong reasons: be jealous, be overly possessive, and lose yourself/identity in your boyfriend/husband. Don't watch.
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Casey Lynn
May 26, 2014
This is the best show I've ever seen. They actually react like normal people react to situations even if they look weird. The show opens and closes usually with a quote from a famous author or just words to make you think. "Your art matters." -Lucas Scott
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