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.
Season 2 premiered on Top One on Wednesday 6 October 2010, at 19h00. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 23 episodes in the second season.
Top One Repeats
After Lucas and Keith learn of Dan's heart attack, they return to Tree Hill and Dan decides he wants to get to know Lucas. Lucas cautiously enters into a relationship with his father.
After Dan learns that Lucas has inherited his hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), the genetic defect which caused Dan's own heart attack, he convinces Lucas to move in with him and pays for his medication, keeping his condition a secret.
Dan also agrees to stay away from Keith and his girlfriend Jules (guest star, Maria Menounos) as Lucas discovers that Dan hired Jules to make Keith fall in love with her and then break his heart to get back at Keith for sleeping with Deb. Jules leaves Keith at the altar and he leaves Tree Hill with a broken heart.
Nathan and Haley receive a visit from Haley's wild older sister, Taylor James (guest star, Lindsey McKeon) who is revealed to have been the first girl Nathan ever slept with, long before he met Haley.
To make things worse, the marriage is tested even further with the arrival of Chris Keller (guest star, Tyler Hilton), a musician who convinces Haley to leave Nathan and Tree Hill to come on tour with him.
In despair, Nathan attempts to kill himself by crashing a race car but a dream makes him realise that he has to get on with life without Haley and so he allows papers to be drawn up to annul their marriage.
Peyton starts an all-ages club named TRIC but at the same time, finds herself tempted to take drugs and enters a dark place in her life, which Jake helps her out of when he returns.
Jake and Peyton fall in love and begin a relationship, but Jake is forced to leave Peyton and Tree Hill once again when Nicki kidnaps Jenny and disappears with her.
Brooke begins the season by forming a "Friends With Benefits" arrangement with her new neighbour, Felix Taggarro (guest star, Michael Copon), but after her parents lose all their money, Brooke discovers an inner strength she never knew she had.
She runs for Student Council President and is elected over her bitter opponent, Erica Marsh (guest star, Katherine Bailess). She dumps Felix after discovering he vandalized Peyton's locker and Felix is sent to Military School by his parents. Brooke gets close to Lucas and moves into his old bedroom after her parents move to California.
Lucas dates Felix's sister Anna (guest star, Daniella Alonso) but ends things with her after realising that he still holds a torch for Brooke. Anna's break-up with Lucas leaves her confused about her sexuality.
After kissing Peyton in a misunderstanding, Anna starts coming to terms with the fact that she is bisexual. After coming out to her parents, Anna returns to her old Boarding School to be with her girlfriend.
Dan and Deb reconcile, united in their disapproval of Nathan's marriage. Lucas finds out Deb has developed an addiction to painkillers and after Nathan's car accident, she tries to overcome it by going to rehab, blaming her unhappy marriage to Dan for her addiction.
Karen dates her business professor, the much younger Andy Hargrove (guest star, Kieren Hutchison), who makes an enemy out of Dan.
In the season finale, Andy is forced to return to New Zealand and look after his ill mother. Karen decides to go after him but is concerned that he hasn't checked into his hotel. Before Karen leaves Tree Hill, she thinks she sees Keith on the street opposite the café.
Deb is discharged from rehab and learns that Dan tried to make Nathan feel guilty for her addiction. Deb tells Nathan that she wants them to make a fresh start away from Tree Hill and Lucas gives her the ledger of Dan's illegal business activities, which Andy uncovered.
Dan blackmails Deb into giving the ledger back to him and disowns Lucas for betraying him. Nathan also disowns Lucas because he is angry with him for interfering in his family.
Dan learns that Whitey has been telling Deb and Nathan a few home truths about him and threatens to have him fired. Lucas finally tells Brooke how he feels about her but she leaves for a summer in California without telling him how she herself feels.
Peyton receives chilling instant-messages from someone named "WATCHMEWATCHU" and believes that it is the mysterious reporter, Ellie Harp (guest star, Sheryl Lee). Ellie comes to Peyton's house and shocks Peyton by telling her that she is her mother.
Dan finds a white substance on the rim of a bottle left for him anonymously at the dealership and discovers he has been poisoned. Before Dan falls unconscious, a black-clad figure enters his office and sets it alight.
Nathan moves back in with Deb but gets a surprise when he arrives home to find Haley on his doorstep. Lucas and Peyton find themselves alone on the beach together and realise that it's just the two of them this summer.
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