• Network: The CW
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 23, 2003
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9
Metascore
46

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 27
  2. Negative: 11 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Jun 30, 2013
    80
    A welcome surprise - an unabashed melodrama that doesn't wink at the audience but doesn't take itself too seriously, either. Every choice it makes, from pacing to photography to music, seems just about right, and the casting is inspired. (I appreciate that it filled its lead roles with two young men who are somewhat credible on the court.) [23 Sept 2003, p.43]
  2. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Jun 30, 2013
    80
    The show feels lived-in, making it all the more inviting to dwell there ourselves. [23 Sept 2003, p.B23]
  3. Reviewed by: Virginia Heffernan
    Jun 30, 2013
    80
    A very likable and melancholy drama about high school basketball and patrimony.
  4. Reviewed by: Samantha Bonar
    Jun 30, 2013
    80
    This compelling storyline could make the tale of battling basketball brothers a keeper for the WB. [23 Sept 2003, p.E11]
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 30, 2013
    70
    A little overheated, too obvious and too cliche-ridden. But it's still an entertaining yarn. [23 Sept 2003, p.B-1]
  6. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jun 30, 2013
    70
    A mildly gripping pilot involving half-brothers raised on different sides of the tracks in the same small town. I'm not remotely the target demo here - even the parents in this show, who include Moira Kelly, are younger than I - but I kind of liked it. Especially when it made fun of "Dawson's Creek." [23 Sept 2003, p.38]
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Jun 30, 2013
    70
    Weep no more for Dawson's Creek, Felicity or Beverly Hills, 90210. That achy yearning in your soul for a mawkish, trashy, over-the-top, slightly dumb but kinda fun teen soap is about to be filled with One Tree Hill. [23 Sept 2003, p.4E]
  8. Reviewed by: Alynda Wheat
    Jun 17, 2013
    67
    There's nothing inherently bad about contrived plots and interchangeable kissing partners ... The problem is 'One Tree Hill' doesn't always find the line between silly fun and total inanity.
  9. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jun 30, 2013
    60
    As trite as it sounds, the series plays it all earnestly enough for its target audience, and the show is beautifully shot in North Carolina, the basketball mecca where the fictional town is set. Even the sports scenes are well staged (in the pilot, anyway) and less schlocky than "The White Shadow" norm, with Lafferty, at least, looking like he's actually got game. [23 Sept 2003, p.13]
  10. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Jun 30, 2013
    50
    The opening hour is too loaded down with cliched angst to stimulate much more than the libido of its target teen audience. [22 Sept 2003]
  11. Reviewed by: Preston Turegano
    Jun 30, 2013
    50
    The most dominating cast member of this attractive show is Corbin -- the delightfully rigid Maurice Minnifield on "Northern Exposure." But coming down court fast for a slam-dunk is Sheffer, who makes an outstanding impression as the only male role model who gives Lucas the love and support he needs in the tough game of life. Daddy Dan is an expletive deleted. [23 Sept 2003, p.E-6]
  12. Reviewed by: Mike McDaniel
    Jun 30, 2013
    50
    Quick - which is the one to root for, the one you want to make the basketball team and get the girl? If you don't know, One Tree Hill holds all kinds of possibilities for you. Me, I run from jerks. [23 Sept 2003, p.1]
  13. Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Jun 30, 2013
    50
    It's not quite up to the level of "The OC." Not yet anyway. [23 Sept 2003, p.41]
  14. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Jun 30, 2013
    40
    Hill is terribly hokey. Half-brother basketball wizards compete for hoops and girls, as their alienated parents battle. The West Wing's Moira Kelly, as mom to the poor boy, is the only actor who shows any scope on the show. [22 Sept 2003, p.C09]
  15. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Jun 30, 2013
    40
    The connection results in many brooding stares, nasty arguments and expert shots. The WB's scheduling the show after Gilmore Girls suggests that programmers believe that girls just want to have fun while boys want a good cry. They won't get it from One Tree Hill. [23 Sept 2003, p.E1]
  16. Reviewed by: David Zurawik
    Jun 30, 2013
    40
    Impressive photography and a good-looking cast add up to a drama that is at least pretty to look at. But it doesn't have quite the sizzle of Fox's new teen drama "The O.C.", the new series young viewers seem to be in love with this fall...Maybe, if you're 14, this is epic enough. [23 Sept 2003, p.1E]
  17. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 28, 2013
    38
    Murray is more interesting here than in last season's laughable The Lone Ranger, but the writing... is junior-varsity stuff.
  18. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jun 30, 2013
    37
    One Tree Hill isn't the worst show you'll see this season, but it may be the most depressingly superfluous. As too often happens with WB shows, Hill reminds you of every other WB show you've ever seen. It's as if the network has done away with original programming and gone straight to scheduling reruns. [23 Sept 2003, p.4D]
  19. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Jun 30, 2013
    30
    The young audience for which One Tree Hill is aimed may swallow all this unflinchingly. Yet if they learned anything from "Dawson's Creek," a much better and smarter show, they're more likely to gag. [23 Sept 2003, p.83]
  20. Reviewed by: Steve Johnson
    Jun 30, 2013
    30
    The title of this attempt at teen high drama is one of only several unintentionally comical elements in a series that gets some of the big notes right, but squawks out all of the little ones.[23 Sept 2003, p.C7]
  21. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jun 30, 2013
    30
    One Tree Hill needs a lot of work. The characters are painfully one-dimensional, as they fall on either the good or the bad side of the fence. Their actions are predictable based on whether they've been designated as angels or devils. The writers need to humanize them - especially the brothers - by giving them mixed feelings and unexpected lines. Also, some humor please. [23 Sept 2003, p.D14]
  22. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jun 30, 2013
    25
    One Tree Hill is more like "One Ill-Conceived Idea" or "One Note Hill." It just sits there, like desperate mush, a recipe for success that is bland and unsatisfying. It's like they came up with the concoction -- teen angst and pouting and brooding and raw emotions and shirtlessness -- then mixed it all together with lumpen writing and overarching themes.
  23. Reviewed by: Adam Buckman
    Jun 30, 2013
    25
    In some way or another, this show is trying to be "Everwood," "Dawson's Creek," "Eight Mile" and "Hoosiers" all rolled into one. It would be a whole lot more accessible if it would just try to be One Tree Hill, whatever that is. [23 Sept 2003, p.79]
  24. Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Jun 30, 2013
    20
    A standard-issue WB teen soap opera about love and basketball that promises to get better because it can't really get much worse...It has no distinguishable stars and worse, for all its dramatic story lines, no real passion. [23 Sept 2003, p.E1]
  25. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jun 30, 2013
    10
    The show is pure hooey. [21 Sept 2003, p.N01]
  26. Reviewed by: Manuel Mendoza
    Jun 30, 2013
    0
    This behavior might make for a juicy melodrama if the rest of the characters weren't so predictably earnest. In the pilot, the stakes in a one-on-one showdown turn out to be meaningless, making any emotional investment in the outcome worthless. [23 Sept 2003, p.10E]
  27. Reviewed by: Amy Amatangelo
    Jun 30, 2013
    0
    Say what you want about WB's late teen soap "Dawson's Creek," but even the worst episode was infinitely better than the network's dreadful One Tree Hill. [23 Sept 2003, p.46]
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jun 5, 2013
    9
    From season 1 to season 4 the show has been great, because it had a direction, and it followed it with strenght and memorable moments. I really liked it, because probably i watched in the period in which the characters had more or less my age and, anyway, was very well made. After the pause, the seasons 5 and 6 were good as well. Not as good, but at least they didn't lose grip in respect to the first 4. It's not usual to see the character you liked so many years later in a show, and that was the plus point. But then, after the season 6, all the good that had been done was ruined with two useless seasons, with new characters, too much sentimental. The last season was not the worst, but well...who cares after the mess made in the previous two? Full Review »
  2. Jul 12, 2012
    10
    Awesome, Excellent, and a Wonderful t.v show and story plot!! Shows the ups and downs of life with an add of drama. Great characters and personalities. An inspiring show to follow your dreams, and to never give up. Mark Schwahn has created an exciting, brilliant, and admirable series and that's all there is to it. Full Review »
  3. Apr 23, 2012
    10
    I am a die hard OTH fan. I have watched it since it came out and had to accept the finale this year. It was a very hard thing to do. I've grown with it over the years. It was an inspiring show. It connected with me in every way. I fell in love with the casting. I seriously dont know how to explain so...its a fantastic show and any person that enjoys the genre will enjoy this show. Full Review »