Former Wall Street mogul Peter Scarbrow becomes headmaster of Mount Horizon, a progressive school for teens at risk, high in the mountains of the Northwestern United States.
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 Peter Scarbrow (22 episodes, 2000)
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 Scott Barringer (22 episodes, 2000)
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 Shelby Merrick (22 episodes, 2000)
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 Katherine Ann 'Kat' Cabot / ... (22 episodes, 2000)
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 Augusto 'Auggie' Ciceros (22 episodes, 2000)
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 Juliette Waybourne (22 episodes, 2000)
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 Ezra Friedken / ... (22 episodes, 2000)
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 Daisy Lipenowski (22 episodes, 2000)
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 Sophie Becker (17 episodes, 2000)
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Former Wall Street mogul Peter Scarbrow becomes headmaster of Mount Horizon, a progressive school for teens at risk, high in the mountains of the Northwestern United States.

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When Their Troubles Can't Be Solved, He's Their Last Chance.

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14 January 2000 (USA)  »

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Cliffhangers  »

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Originally aired on Fridays at 9:00PM on American cable network, Fox Family, now ABC Family. Over the years, reruns of the show have aired on Encore WAM! and Canadian television network, VisionTV. See more »

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After Kat sees the blood on a shirt in Juliette's dirty laundry, she runs into the room and tears off the sleeve of Juliette's shirt. In the next shot, it's not torn, and in the following scenes when Juliette is being taken away and in the lodge it also isn't torn. (episode 11) See more »

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Sophie Becker: I've met some tough kids in my life, but Shelby? Man, she's as hard as concrete.
Peter Scarbrow: Reinforced concrete.
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Poignant, realistic, wonderful
13 November 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

If you're looking for 'Dawson's Creek,' this is not it. If you want mushy characters who fall apart when their clothes don't match, this is not it. If you want a show that is realistic, dramatic, thoughtful, and well-acted, look no further. 'Higher Ground' is it.

Located 25 miles from the nearest town, Mount Horizon High School is a school for teens who were struggling with their lives. The show focuses on one group of these teens, the Cliffhangers, the director of the school, and a few counselors. One teen is a vandal, one had an eating disorder, several were on drugs, and a couple were sexually abused. As their individual stories unfold, we can see deeper into their hearts, as well as our own.

Joe Lando (who plays Peter Scarbrow, the director of the school) makes an outstanding return to TV drama, and other standout performances include those of Hayden Christensen (playing Scott Barringer), A.J. Cook (playing Shelby Merrick), and Jewel Staite (playing Daisy Lipenowski).

It is utterly believable, thoughtful, poignant, and wonderful. You will cry with these teens, and you will love and want to understand each of them.


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