I don’t wanna be anyone other than who I’ve been trying to be lately: the emotionally captivating teen drama One Tree Hill is an eloquent reflection on adolescence. Here is why now is the perfect time to binge-watch all 9 Seasons…
One Tree Hill (2003-2009): Created by Mark Schwahn (The Royals); 9 Seasons à 22 episodes à 42mins.; starring Chad Michael Murray (Freaky Friday, Agent Carter), James Lafferty, Bethany Joy Lenz, Hilarie Burton, Sophia Bush (Chicago PD, John Tucker must die), Danneel Ackles, Stephen Coletti (Laguna Beach), Robert Buckley (iZombie), Shantel VanSanten (The Flash), Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike, True Blood), Ashley Rickards (Awkward), Evan Peters (X-Men, American Horror Story), Austin Nichols, Bryan Greenberg (The Good Guy), Torrey DeVitto (Chicago Med).
For fans of: Teen dramas like The O.C., alternative rock music, touching stories about love, friendship and family.
Not only does Mark Schwahn’s coming-of-age tale about two estranged brothers include wonderful literary quotes as themes and summaries of the episode’s tone, it also boasts flawless dialogues and monologues, great speeches, chilling fights, tearjerking declarations of love, and indispensable life lessons. Here are 5 reasons why you should stream it now…
1. It’s the best mixtape you ever had
One Tree Hill features an outstanding soundtrack comprised of small indie artists from the 2000s, as well as live music from bands such as Jimmy Eat World, Fall Out Boy and the Noisettes.
2. The complicated relationship between the Scott brothers
The complicated bond between the estranged brothers is one of OTH‘s strongest suits since it is really well written and acted, especially in the first four seasons of the show: they fight and make up more than any couple on the show, but when it comes down to, they have each other’s backs.
Nathan: I never thought when we played that one-on-one game that I would end up here feeling like this.
Lucas: Like what?
Nathan: Like I’m gonna miss you. Look, you gotta do what you feel. But I actually wish you weren’t gonna leave. Because you’re one hell of a basketball player. And because you’re my brother.
3. It will give you fashion inspiration
Of course the early 2000s weren’t exactly the heyday of teen fashion, but One Tree Hill‘s second and third season in particular will give you wardrobe envy, whether you’re into Peyton’s tomboyish alt-rock look, or Brooke’s outgoing and flamboyantly feminine outfits, or Lucas and Nathan’s sporty style. As the show graduates from high school drama to post-grad dilemma in Season 5, so does its style: denim skirts and band-logo t-shirts are replaced by silk dresses and sleeveless blouses; Lucas and Nathan start wearing more suits and shirts.
4. It will make you adjust your friendship goals
The relationship between childhood friends Brooke and Peyton is taken on a roller coaster ride in the course of the show’s nine season run. One moment they are fighting over a boy and the next one is comforting the other while she cries her heart out. Who wouldn’t want a friend like that?
5. It features a whole range of pretty faces
Granted, few of them have been able to move on to bigger and better things (Sophia Bush stars on Chicago P.D.), but the cast of One Tree Hill, most of whom were still kids themselves when they started on the show, have delivered several spectacular performances over the years (I still get goosebumps every time I watch *that* ex-lover’s quarrel at the end of 5×06). In addition, and true to CW fashion, they are all incredibly good-looking. So feast yourself on pretty faces and impeccable torsos, long skinny legs and flawless hair.
To binge or not to binge: There’s plenty of it to go around, so binge away!
Where can I watch? In the US, it’s available on Netflix. In Germany, all 9 Seasons are available for streaming on Maxdome. Season 1-8 are available on Amazon Prime.