One Tree Hill is an American teen drama television series created by Mark Schwahn which follows the eventful lives of some high-school kids in Tree Hill, a small but not too quiet town in North Carolina.
The series aired in the USA on The WB (which became The CW in 2006) from 23 September, 2003 to 4 April, 2012. There are 187 hour-long episodes in nine seasons.
The series premiered in South Africa on DStv's GO channel (which became Vuzu on 1 July, 2009) on Thursday 7 October, 2004. It later aired on TopTV's Top One channel and on DStv's M-Net Series channel (last season only, replacing Vuzu). See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
One Tree Hill premiered on Top One on Wednesday 5 May 2010, at 19h00. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 22 episodes in the first season.
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Tree Hill is a small town in North Carolina, home to the famous High School basketball team "The Tree Hill Ravens" and two half-brothers Lucas and Nathan Scott.
The two brothers have grown up in the same town, but have had little or no contact with each other due to the influence of their mutual father, Dan Scott.
Dan dated Lucas' mother Karen Roe in High School but left her and his unborn child (Lucas) behind to go to college and pursue a basketball scholarship. In college, he met Nathan's mother Deb, who also became pregnant.
Dan married Deb and provided her and Nathan with a stable home and rich lifestyle. In stark contrast, he never once tried to become a part of Lucas' life.
Lucas was raised single-handedly by Karen, with help from his paternal uncle Keith, the father figure in his life.
Nathan, a hot, young stud, plays for the Ravens, just as Dan did in his High School days but Lucas is forced to confine his talent to the River Court, until an opening in the lineup gives Keith an idea; he recommends Lucas to the Ravens' Coach, Whitey Durham, who asks Lucas to play. This adds to the tension between Lucas and Nathan.
Nathan, encouraged by Dan, tries to make life on the team difficult for Lucas, especially since Lucas has his eye on Nathan's girlfriend Peyton Sawyer.
Peyton dumps Nathan when she tires of his attitude towards her, towards Lucas and towards the fact that Nathan is using Lucas’ best friend Haley James to get at Lucas.
To Nathan's surprise, he falls in love with Haley and she with him, although their relationship puts a strain on Lucas and Haley's friendship.
Lucas starts dating Peyton's best friend Brooke Davis but his feelings for Peyton resurface and they end up being unfaithful to Brooke, who wants nothing more to do with either of them once she finds out.
Brooke has a pregnancy scare later in the season, putting Lucas in Dan's position; Lucas understands for the first time why Dan did what he did and decides that he doesn't want to do the same thing so he offers to be there for Brooke and the baby, leading a guilty Brooke to confess that she lied about being pregnant to punish Lucas for cheating on her with Peyton.
Peyton gets close to single father Jake Jagielski and his baby, Jenny, but the return of Jenny's mother Nicki and her decision to battle Jake for sole custody of Jenny drives Jake out of Tree Hill and leaves Peyton on her own.
Karen heads to Italy for a few weeks and leaves Lucas in Keith's care. Lucas almost dies in a car accident caused by Keith's drinking. He also sustains a very serious shoulder injury and Karen's potential romance with Keith is destroyed as a result.
Deb tires of the pressure Dan puts on Nathan and seeks a divorce from Dan, but things turn nasty and Nathan is caught in the middle of his warring parents.
After learning that Deb once had an affair, Nathan emancipates himself and moves into his own apartment.
Karen and Deb become friends and go into partnership together at Karen's café while Keith is forced to sell his Auto-Shop to Dan to pay Lucas' medical bills.
Keith proposes to Karen but she turns him down so he decides to leave Tree Hill and move to Charleston.
In the season finale, the Playoffs have arrived and with Whitey in hospital having eye surgery, Dan is now coaching the team. Lucas and Nathan form a united front against their father but end up losing the Playoffs and their season is over.
Lucas decides to move to Charleston with Keith and he and Nathan part on good terms.
Haley decides that she wants to sleep with Nathan and is ready to lose her virginity to him. They make plans to do it after the game. Dan walks in on Keith and Deb sleeping together and then suffers a massive heart attack the next morning as a result.
Brooke and Peyton reunite and concoct a plan to get rid of Nicki; Brooke tells Nicki that Jake took Jenny to Seattle (he actually took her to Savannah) and Nicki sets off, leaving Brooke and Peyton delighted.
They vow never to let another guy come between them again. Karen gives her consent for Lucas to leave with Keith, but reminds him; "There is only one Tree Hill - and it's your home".
Lucas comes to Nathan's apartment to say goodbye to Haley and it seems obvious to him that they slept together, which surprises him as she had said that she would not sleep with anyone until she was married.
He confronts Haley about it and is astounded when she announces that she and Nathan got married the night before. Following this groundbreaking revelation, Lucas and Keith leave Tree Hill.
One Tree Hill was created by Mark Schwahn and is executive produced by Schwahn, Joe Davola, Greg Prange, Mike Tollin and Brian Robbins. One Tree Hill is a Mastermind Laboratories and Tollin/Robbins Production in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Note: the first eight seasons aired on GO/Vuzu, after which the show was moved to M-Net Series for Season 9 (the final season).
Season 1 (22 episodes)
Channel: GO | Premiere: 7 Oct 2004 | Finale: 3 Mar 2005 | Thursdays, 21h00
Channel: Top One | Premiere: 5 May 2010 | Finale: 29 Sep 2010 | Wednesdays, 19h00
Season 2 (23 episodes)
Channel: GO | Premiere: 14 Jul 2005 | Finale: 15 Dec 2005 | Thursdays, 21h00
Channel: Top One | Premiere: 6 Oct 2010 | Finale: 9 Mar 2011 | Wednesdays, 19h00
Season 3 (22 episodes)
Channel: GO | Premiere: 13 Jul 2006 | Finale: 7 Dec 2006 | Thursdays, 20h00
Channel: Top One | Premiere: 22 Jun 2011 | Finale: 16 Nov 2011 | Wednesdays, 19h00
Season 4 (21 episodes)
Channel: GO | Premiere: 3 May 2007 | Finale: 20 Sep 2007 | Thursdays, 18h30
Channel: Top One | Premiere: 29 Feb 2012 | Finale: 18 Jul 2012 | Wednesdays, 19h00
Season 5 (18 episodes)
Channel: GO | Premiere: 12 Jun 2008 | Finale: 9 Oct 2008 | Thursdays, 18h30
Channel: Top One | Premiere: 24 Oct 2012 | Finale: 20 Feb 2013 | Wednesdays, 19h00
Season 6 (24 episodes)
Channel: Vuzu | Premiere: 2 Jul 2009 | Finale: 10 Dec 2009 | Thursdays, 20h30
Season 7 (22 episodes)
Channel: Vuzu | Premiere: 15 Apr 2010 | Finale: 9 Sep 2010 | Thursdays, 20h30
Season 8 (22 episodes)
Channel: Vuzu | Premiere: 13 Dec 2011 | Finale: 8 May 2012 | Tuesdays, 20h30
Season 9 (13 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 24 May 2013 | Finale: 5 Jul 2013 | Fridays, 20h30