One Tree Hill: Season 1 (2003 - 2004)

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One Tree Hill

Critics Consensus

One Tree Hill's soporific sloppiness would be endearing if it weren't so self-serious, stranding a charismatic cast with stilted writing and a cloying tone.

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Critic Ratings: 16

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User Ratings: 1395

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 23, 2003
2
Air date: Sep 30, 2003
3
Air date: Oct 7, 2003
4
Air date: Oct 14, 2003
5
Air date: Oct 21, 2003
6
Air date: Oct 26, 2003
7
Air date: Nov 4, 2003
8
Air date: Nov 11, 2003
9
Air date: Nov 18, 2003
10
Air date: Jan 20, 2004
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Tv Season Info

Aside from basketball, Nathan Scott (James Lafferty) and Lucas Scott (Chad Michael Murray) have little in common -- but the two young men share the same father, Dan (Paul Johansson).

Critic Reviews for One Tree Hill Season 1

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (8)

The young audience for which One Tree Hill is aimed may swallow all this unflinchingly. Yet if they learned anything from Dawson's Creek, a much better and smarter show, they're more likely to gag.

Sep 23, 2003 | Full Review…

The title of this attempt at teen high drama is one of only several unintentionally comical elements in a series that gets some of the big notes right, but squawks out all of the little ones.

Jan 30, 2020 | Full Review…

OK, so call it Popular with balls.

Sep 23, 2003 | Full Review…
Top Critic

In some way or another, this show is trying to be Everwood, Dawson's Creek, Eight Mile and Hoosiers all rolled into one. It would be a whole lot more accessible if it would just try to be One Tree Hill, whatever that is.

Nov 26, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

The Biblical story is a good, classic plot that lends itself well to a modern retelling, as John Steinbeck did so well in East of Eden. If the pilot is any indication, it should work just as well for the teen set in One Tree Hill.

Nov 26, 2018 | Full Review…

A very likable and melancholy drama about high school basketball and patrimony.

Nov 26, 2018 | Full Review…

One Tree Hill is more teen angst from WB. Impressive photography and a good-looking cast add up to a drama that is at least pretty to look at.

Jan 30, 2020 | Full Review…

It's not a great show but it's a quintessential WB series.

Jan 30, 2020 | Full Review…

The writing -- like the basketball scenes -- is junior-varsity stuff.

Nov 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Enjoyably cheesy with some nice moments of juxtaposed stories and visuals. Teen soap fans will be satisfied, as long as they're willing to endure the show's intense, sometimes laughable earnestness.

Nov 26, 2018 | Full Review…

A standard-issue WB teen soap opera about love and basketball that promises to get better because it can't really get much worse.

Sep 14, 2018 | Full Review…

One Tree Hill will likely be cast as a "girl's" show (much like Dawson's), despite its focus on male athletes. This doesn't mean boys won't watch it, just that they won't talk about it.

Sep 23, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for One Tree Hill: Season 1

  • Jul 26, 2020
    With it's focus on character, its fantastic cast redemptive message and characters you grow to love, One Tree Hill may be the greatest teen drama of all time.
  • May 27, 2020
    I used to love watching this show growing up when it came out. But as I'm re-watching it during this quarantine I find it painfully flawed. First is the lack of representation within the first season. Aside from Skills and The Principle no one on the show remotely looks like me. And if they do well they result to playing roles like, cough cough, Skillz and The Principle. In the first season I could never get around Lucas Scott. The whole good boy turns rebellious player, adopting a vengeful/dickhead spirit, to then back to good boy was something I could never overlook and forgive. Like boy get a grip. Though Chad Michael Murray is a good actor with more range than his onscreen brother. James Lafferty's paper thin portrayal of Nathan Scott actually won me over Lucas from the very beginning. On the contrary of season one being centered around two brothers and their love of basketball, the women are truly the heart of the show. Any scene with Sophia Bush, Moira Kelly, Bethany Joy Lenz, and newcomer Hilarie Burton at the time is truly a highlight to savor!!!
  • Mar 26, 2020
    Good coming of age tv series. Pretty unrealistic towards the end but it's dynamic and has good, relatable, storylines
  • Sep 27, 2019
    While this show goes between lots of competition to many acts of love, this tv series provides so many great life lessons, especially for teenagers. Some may believe this show isn't appropriate for pre-teens or young teenagers as there are scenes of drug use and sex content but in the end, there's never going to be an ideal situation and it's the perfect depiction of real life circumstances.
  • Mar 08, 2015
    The Show One Tree Hill was directed and produced by Mark Schwahn. The show is set in the fictional town of One Tree Hill and it stars: Chad Michael Murray as Lucas Scott, James Lafferty as Nathan Scott, Hillarie Burton as Peyton Sawyer, Sophia Bush as Brooke Davis, and Bethany Joy Lenz as Haley James. In this serious, half-brothers Lucas and Nathan alternate between relationship and rivalry on the basketball court and in the hearts of their friends. Common adolescent problems are addressed: issues on drugs, sex, personality crisis, family relationships are common issues everywhere in the world. People can relate with the characters and their problems, because those are they problems they are having in their life today. This serious overall is a great show that shows many hardships of growing up and realizing what is important in your life.
  • Jan 04, 2015
    Perfect. This is the show I fell in love with. Back when the show had heart.

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