One Tree Hill (2003–2012)
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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.


Bryan Gordon


Mark Schwahn (created by), Mark Schwahn




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Chad Michael Murray ... Lucas Scott
James Lafferty ... Nathan Scott
Hilarie Burton ... Peyton Sawyer
Bethany Joy Lenz ... Haley James
Paul Johansson ... Dan Scott
Sophia Bush ... Brooke Davis (credit only)
Barry Corbin ... Whitey
Craig Sheffer ... Keith Scott
Moira Kelly ... Karen Roe
Antwon Tanner ... Antwon 'Skills' Taylor
Bryan Greenberg ... Jake Jaglieski
Samantha Shelton ... Reagan
Lee Norris ... Mouth
Colin Fickes ... Edwards
Brett Claywell ... Tim


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


Did You Know?


Sophia Bush receives credit but does not appear in this episode due to becoming casted after the pilot and the series being greenlit. See more »


At 27:34 on the left hand side of the screen when Lucas and Peyton are talking for the first time, a crew members arm and leg are visible. See more »


Haley James: [Small flock of birds just flew at her] Damn! What is up? I was attacked by a flock of crows last week! I'm totally serious!
Lucas 'Luke' Scott: By the way, it's a murder.
Haley James: What?
Lucas 'Luke' Scott: More than one crow is a murder.
Haley James: I don't know what the hell you're talking about.
Lucas 'Luke' Scott: A parliament of owls, an exaltation of larks... a murder of crows.
Haley James: I think that is why people think you're weird, right there.
Lucas 'Luke' Scott: I would like to show him sometimes, what a mistake he's made.
Haley James: Dan?
Lucas 'Luke' Scott: Mostly for Mom... and sometimes for me.
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References Dawson's Creek (1998) See more »


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Written by Christopher Carrabba
Performed by Dashboard Confessional
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Greatest Show Ever - It's as simple as that
17 November 2008 | by bball_p3See all my reviews

One Tree Hill has redefined the name ''television series''. Easily the most well written series ever, with amazing actors and a great combination of humor, romance, action, and suspense. The pilot really gives you the feeling that this show has something special, and is running with it, running long and hard. OTH has the best music with amazing bands, that sometimes no ones ever even heard of before, but yet, they are still amazing. Take Gavin Degraw for example. He didn't have many sales for his album, but the second one tree hill made his hit song ''I don't wanna be'' the theme song, his sales sky rocketed. One tree hill has been strong for 6 seasons, and hopefully there's much more to come. The material is still fresh and Mark Schwan is the greatest television creator living today. The pilot episode started something that didn't seem to go anywhere at first, but keeps growing as it continues on. 10/10 to Mark Schwan, the actors, the writers, the directors and everyone else involved with One Tree Hill.

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Release Date:

23 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

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