Nathan Scott is Tree Hill High's biggest basketball star and is dating Peyton, a cheerleader. Nathan's half brother, Lucas, joins the team - and threatens to take both Nathan's spot in the lineup and his girl.



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Nathan Scott is the star of 'the Ravens' high school basketball team, just like his proud father, Dan Scott - but get's pushed even harder by his dad than the team's coach. When the team celebrates a victory by 'borrowing' a school bus arrests are made; Dan manages to get Nathan out of trouble. Unfortunately others are less lucky and the team needs new players, so the coach invites Nathan's half-brother Lucas Scott, who only plays informal basketball his passion being reading. When he also seems to get on with Nathan's steady girlfriend Peyton, the star dares him to a one-to-one for high stakes. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | Romance | Sport





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23 September 2003 (USA)  »

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Lucas is reading "The Winter of Our Discontent" by John Steinbeck. See more »


When Lucas offers Peyton a ride after needing her car towed, you can clearly see a crew member to the left of Peyton after she asks, "Why are guys such jerks?" In the same scene, you can see blue crew equipment on the right of the screen. See more »


Mouth: The basket counts, and it's 14-12, game point for Nathan. He could win it all, right here.
[Nathan comes forward and passes Lucas]
Mouth: Nathan for the win.
[Nathan is about to set the ball in the basket, but Lucas blocks him in the last moment]
Mouth: Holy crap, did you see that? Someday, men will write stories about that block. Children will be named after it. Argentinean women will weep for it.
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References Dawson's Creek (1998) See more »


Written and Performed by Ben Lee
Modular Records
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One of the best drama series pilots ever made.
8 October 2011 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

This is pure perfection from start to finish. Something is happening all the time, and it gives us perfect impression on what's going to happen in the rest of the season/series. In an effective course of 40 minutes we get to know all the main characters (with the exception of Brooke, who we first see in episode 2) and the relationship they're having and not having with each other: Lucas and Nathan who hate each other based on what their parents did, the relationships they are having with their parents, Lucas' very special friendship with Haley and his crush on Peyton, whom Nathan is dating (though they both are pretty miserable), and much more.

The music choices were great and describing, the direction was top notch, and the acting was surprisingly good for a high school TV series. It's not many shows that's got me hooked from episode 1 - but One Tree Hill sure did. Without a doubt the best high school drama show in my opinion.

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