Summerland (2004–2005)
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Ava Gregory is single and works as a fashion designer. Her life changes drastically when her sister and brother-in-law are killed in an accident and she must take over raising their three ... See full summary »


Ian Toynton


Lori Loughlin (creator), Stephen Tolkin (creator) | 1 more credit »


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Episode credited cast:
Lori Loughlin ... Ava Gregory
Shawn Christian ... Johnny Durant
Merrin Dungey ... Susannah Rexford
Ryan Kwanten ... Jay Robertson
Jesse McCartney ... Bradin Westerly
Taylor Cole ... Erika Spalding
Kay Panabaker ... Nikki Westerly
Nick Benson ... Derrick Westerly (as Nicholas J. Benson)
Glenn Morshower ... Ted Westerly
Megan Ward ... Karen Westerly
Joseph Kell ... Bob Westerly
Patrick Fabian ... Ian Straub
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Boyd ... Tommy
Christa Campbell ... Fashion Model
Kylee Cochran ... Nichelle


Ava Gregory is single and works as a fashion designer. Her life changes drastically when her sister and brother-in-law are killed in an accident and she must take over raising their three children: Nikki, Bradin, and Derrick. She brings them to live with her in California and her friends Johnny, Susannah and Jay help her look after them. Written by stargirl

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1 June 2004 (USA) See more »

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The phone call in the beginning of the show doesn't make sense. The children in Kansas are rushing to meet the school bus, around 7ish in the morning probably, while Ava has to rush to get to a 9am meeting. There IS 2 hours difference between Kansas and California, but it's the other direction - 7am in Kansas would be 5 am in California. See more »


Ava Gregory: Hello?
Bradin Westerly: [crying] My parents...
Ava Gregory: Bradin?
Ava Gregory: Bradin? Bradin, what is it?
Bradin Westerly: [crying] The river. It broke through.
Ava Gregory: Bradin, honey, talk to me!
Bradin Westerly: [crying] My parents... they're dead!
Johnny Durant: What is it?
Ava Gregory: My sister and her... her husband were killed in an accindent.
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Quite Possibly the Best Show on the Wb
17 June 2004 | by mountaineer188See all my reviews

This show is phenomenal, it is taking over the spot that 7eventh Heaven had once filled. Its fresh, its new, its surprising, Its Unconventional. It's been compared to Raising Helen but the comparisons stop after the death and the three children live with their aunt. In Summerland, its 4 friends who are thrown into parenting. They are dealing with the ups and downs, the crush's, the drug's, sex, whatever comes up, and what makes the show unique is that between the four of them, they have no clue how to handle it. The show also has some fantastic underlying stories. The Ava and Johnny romance is sort of mysterious, there's tons of history behind it that the audience can't wait to explore it.

The cast is wonderful (they fit so perfectly).....

Lori Loughlin (Ava) is such a beautiful actress and it wouldn't be the same without her, loved her from full house and its great to see her back in prime time.

Shawn Christian (Johnny) I didn't realize he was such a good actor and its so hard to not imagine him in playing that part. He has such great interaction with the cast especially with Derrick, and he is such a great looking guy.

Merrin Dungey (Susannah), loved her in Alias, love her now. She's still in the role of the roommate. but we can be reassured she isn't gonna turn into some killer character. I love her and she's getting more face time here than in Alias, but I doubt those kick boxing skills from Alias will kick in, but you never know.

Ryan Kwanten (Jay), I love him, he's so cool and I wouldn't mind having him for a brother. I've never watched anything with him before, but he's a great actor and he pulls the part off perfectly.

Jesse McCartney (Bradin), formally of soap opera fame and teeny bopper fame.

He's a good actor and he sort of reminds me of David Gallagher, his character seems to be the smarter of the teenage sons on television.

Kay Panabaker (Nikki), she is such a smart actress. I didn't like her character at first, but she's growing on me, i really like the way her story's going, and girls always make for more interesting storyline's anyways.

Nick Benson (Derrick), he is so adorable, to me he is the breakout star, i love watching him and in that first episode where he tries to give himself to his mom, it broke my heart, if he continues to act, I wouldn't be surprised if he got his own show (when he's older) and became some phenomenal movie star.

Taylor Cole (Erika), when I fist saw the pilot i though she was just a one time character, but clearly I was wrong, I don't know what the writers plan to do with her , but so far so good, she's growing on me.

This is such an awesome show, watch it, don't listen to the others who say that it sucks, give it a chance and decide for yourself because its worth it to sit down and watch especially with all the other crap on TV, its a great family drama to watch that touches serous issues. It's the new 7eventh Heaven, but has its own complete identity.

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