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Higher Ground 

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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Series cast summary:
Joe Lando ...  Peter Scarbrow 22 episodes, 2000
Hayden Christensen ...  Scott Barringer 22 episodes, 2000
A.J. Cook ...  Shelby Merrick 22 episodes, 2000
Kandyse McClure ...  Katherine Ann 'Kat' Cabot / ... 22 episodes, 2000
Jorge Vargas ...  Augusto 'Auggie' Ciceros 22 episodes, 2000
Meghan Ory ...  Juliette Waybourne 22 episodes, 2000
Kyle Downes ...  Ezra Friedken / ... 22 episodes, 2000
Jewel Staite ...  Daisy Lipenowski 22 episodes, 2000
Anne Marie DeLuise ...  Sophie Becker 17 episodes, 2000


Located high in the mountains of the Northwestern United States and 25 miles from the nearest town, Mount Horizon High School is a harbor for at-risk teenagers from their troubled pasts. The series focuses on one group of teens, the Cliffhangers, who, with the aid of school counselors and each other, navigate adolescence as they learn to overcome their fears and face their inner demons. Providing them with not only a normal high school education, but also a rigorous schedule of outdoor activities and the tools they need in the aftermath of their abuse, the students work towards gaining confidence to face their personal struggles. While navigating perilous action sequences, friendships, and romantic entanglements, the students (and some teachers) find Mount Horizon's world much safer than their turbulent home lives have been. The students tackle issues such as substance abuse, depression, neglect, sexual, physical and verbal abuse, self-harm, eating disorders, gang violence, learning ...

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





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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 »


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 »


Shelby Merrick: There're only two words I ever want to hear from you, "I'm sorry."
Scott Barringer: I don't know why you're...
Shelby Merrick: Wrong words.
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A emotional roller coaster of a show
5 July 2000 | by coverme6See all my reviews

Current TV shows reflecting the lives of teenagers are getting

pretty dismal and irritating because they all centralize on the

same themes of dead-end relationships and sex. "Dawson's Creek"

is a nauseous example. However, with the new hit TV drama

"Higher Ground," the genre of the teen drama is getting a new

image and personality. Hayden Christianson and Joe Lando head

this rugged show about emotional troubled teens who are sent to

a boot camp called Horizon. Their primary objectives in that one

camp is definitely not to fish, eat toasted marshmellows or to

sing songs around the campfire. Oh no. These adolescents are

sent there to encounter their inner troubles and to find a

better well being. In other words, those kids are being trained

to "straighten up and fly right."

With great dramatical performances by the cast, "Higher Ground"

is not a typical kid soap opera. This show is

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14 January 2000 (USA) See more »

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