11 Reasons You Loved 'One Tree Hill' So Much

Ad failed to load

Teen shows are one of life's true pleasures. They are soapy, romantic, and full of iconic characters. One Tree Hill is definitely one of those shows. Brooke, Lucas, Peyton, Haley, and Nathan's adventures in high school and beyond were enthralling — even when the drama sailed over the top and off into the stratosphere. That's one of the many reasons you loved One Tree Hill so much though. It's one show that always did its own thing, and made no apologies for it. (For reference, see Dan watch in horror as a dog eats his donor heart.)

Part of the show's appeal comes from how perfectly it captures the '00s. Lots of TV series tackled the '90s experience, but One Tree Hill is one of the few that found inspiration in the strange times that were the turn of the century. Technology was advancing and so was the reality of how teenagers lived. The residents of Tree Hill embody the era with ease, and that makes watching old episodes on Netflix feel like you're checking in with your favorite high school pals.

One Tree Hill is a wonderful, crazy, and unforgettable show, and here are 11 reasons why you loved it so much. And no, it's not just because Brooke Davis is the actual best, but...

Ad failed to load

1. Brooke Davis Is The Actual Best


At least 70 percent of your love for One Tree Hill is tied to Brooke and her ability to see through everyone's garbage, including her own. She is a sass machine with a heart of gold, and pretty much everything she ever said is quotable.

Ad failed to load

2. Nathan & Haley's Romance


Most of the romances on One Tree Hill weren't built to last, but Nathan and Haley were always meant to be forever. From their first season courtship to their complicated marriage, their love story gave the show half of its heart.

Ad failed to load

3. Peyton & Brooke's Friendship


The other half of the show's heart is Brooke and Peyton. These two have one of TV's best female friendships. They dealt with boy troubles, major life events, and even a friend breakup, and they always came out of every situation stronger. They're a true inspiration.

Ad failed to load

4. The Crazy Plot Twists


Come on, you know those insane late series twists kept you coming back for more. From Haley and Nathan's nanny nightmare to Dan using the school shooting to kill Keith, you never knew what would happen next on One Tree Hill.

Ad failed to load

5. Lucas & Nathan's Brotherly Love/Hate Relationship


Lucas and Nathan's love/hate relationship was most prominent in Season 1, but there was something gratifying about watching these brothers from opposite sides of the tracks bond.

Ad failed to load

6. Loving To Hate Dan


Dan truly was a loathsome man, but his evilness was so over the top it made it easy to love to hate him.

Ad failed to load

7. The Music

othfan486 on YouTube

Gavin DeGraw, Tyler Hilton, Switchfoot — One Tree Hill is a treasure trove of '00s music. These were the artists and bands of your teen years, and hearing them again will always take you back to high school.

Ad failed to load

8. All Of Those Heartbreaking Moments


If you ever need a good cry, One Tree Hill is there for you. Limo crashes, losing parents, a school shooting, and Lucas' heart issues are just a few of the moments that left fans bawling.

Ad failed to load

9. The Love Triangle


The Peyton/Lucas/Brooke triangle is unique in that it was nearly impossible to choose sides. Lucas' love for both women always felt genuine, but nothing was as powerful as the bond Peyton and Brooke had with each other.

Ad failed to load

10. The High School Years


The post-time jump seasons were good too, but the show was at its best when it was delving into the complicated friendships people form in high school.

Ad failed to load

11. Jamie Scott


Cutest kid in the world? Most definitely.

Ad failed to load

Face it, once you've seen One Tree Hill, there's no going back. You'll love this show forever.

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

What No One Tells You About Breaking Up With Your Mother

The thing about the last time you talk to your mother is that you don’t know it when it’s happening. Or, at least, I didn’t. Nothing about the last phone call I had with my mother, in December 2014, stands out as a point of no return. Sure, we fought…
By Gabrielle Moss

I Tried Venus' New Facial Hair Removal Device & Will Never Get My Upper Lip Area Waxed Again

I remember the first time I realized I was growing hair above my upper lip. It was when a very rude seventh grader decided to point it out in front of my friends and me during our lunch break. He wasn't wrong — just mean — and ever since then, I've b…
By Sara Tan

7 Ways To Celebrate Your 30th Birthday That Are Feminist AF

Turning 30 is a pretty major milestone; it's one of those birthdays where large parties, floods of presents and many bouquets from besotted admirers seem to be in order. And as a woman and a feminist, I'm here to offer some additional 30th birthday i…
By JR Thorpe

Here’s Everything Leaving & Coming To Netflix In April

As the virtual shelf life for non-original Netflix programs grows shorter and shorter, fans of the streaming service are bidding woeful goodbyes to their favorite titles left and right. So, for those who need some time to prepare, here's everything l…
By Angelica Florio

Here Are The Exact Steps To Take If You Want To Travel All The Time & Work Remotely

When I first decided I wanted to become a digital nomad — someone who travels non-stop while working remotely — I was terrified and unsure if I would actually go through with it. I worried my work would suffer from all the travel and time zone change…
By Suzannah Weiss

11 Ways To Stay Positive When Dating Feels Like The Worst, According To Matchmakers

With every first date that leads to nowhere or every non-relationship that ends up being a waste of your time, finding love can seem far from possible. It can also be pretty rough on your self-esteem if you continually put a lot of effort into dating…
By Kristine Fellizar

Is Amazon's Alexa Making Our Relationships Weird?

Earlier this year, I started dating a guy who was in a very codependent relationship with Alexa. Alexa helped this guy (I'll call him "Paul") decide where to eat dinner and reminded him to work out. Alexa handled his to-do lists, restocked his toile…
By Sophie Saint Thomas

You Can Get Too Faced Mascara & Tarte Lipstick For HALF OFF At Ulta This Month

It's finally here! Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty Sale runs from now through Saturday, April 7 and is the retailer's epic "event" of the year. The promotion features "Beauty Steals," which means 50 percent off specific products for a single day. It also in…
By Amy Sciarretto

7 Things My 20s Taught Me About Toxic Relationships

I'll be turning 30 in less than a week, and while I'm trying to get all the habits of my twenties out of the way ASAP, I'm also reflecting on the what I learned over the past decade. And top of the list is the lessons I learned about toxic relationsh…
By JR Thorpe

7 Surprising Things That Happened When I Went A Month Without Drinking

If someone asked you if you could take a break from drinking alcohol, would you be able to do it? You may think it’s no big deal to take a month off from drinking, or you may think it’s a *huge* deal, as alcohol seems to be the center of many social …
By Natalia Lusinski

I Wore 'Dad Shoes' For A Week & They Were SO Much Cooler Than I Thought They’d Be

It’s no secret that fashion loves a good polarizing trend. Not too long ago, Birkenstocks made their high fashion runway appearance at Céline and Crocs followed suit on the runways of Christopher Kane and Balenciaga. Now, it’s time for the "ugly" sne…
By Dale Arden Chong

8 Ways Younger Millennials Communicate That Older Millennials Don’t Get

When comparing the ways our parents grew up communicating and the way we all grew up communicating, it seems like their generation and ours grew up in a different world. The technology our parents grew up with was so basic, it's ancient in comparison…
By Kaitlyn Wylde

This Is The ONE Sign That Won’t Be Affected By Mercury Retrograde This Month

It really doesn't seem fair that one astrological sign can ever enjoy the benefit of escaping the wrath of Mercury retrograde — that is, of course, unless that sign is your own — but it happens. Occasionally, the stars just align in the right way for…
By Kaitlyn Wylde

Why My Boyfriend & I Started Couples Counseling 6 Months Into Our Relationship

Right away, Kurt and I agreed on almost everything. We had met through a mutual friend in 2015, but we didn't start dating until we came across each other on Bumble a few years later. That's when we discovered that we were on the same page when it ca…
By Rachel Simon

This Primer & Mascara Combo Literally Doubles The Length Of My Eyelashes

Even as someone who loves beauty, I was never been particularly passionate about finding the perfect mascara. And then I got lash extensions for the first time. While I enjoy the long, full lashes that lash extensions provide, I always found myself j…
By Olivia Muenter

I Accidentally Fell In Love With My Friend With Benefits & It's Painful

Against my better judgment, I have fallen in love with my friend with benefits. I think I may have fallen in love with him month ago, but being stubborn AF, I fought against those feelings, tooth and nail, and, when it was suggested by a couple close…
By Amanda Chatel

This Viral Post About A Woman Breastfeeding In Public Actually Has A Happy Ending For Once

And today in things that will warm even the coldest of hearts, we have this: A story recently posted to the r/TwoXChromosome subreddit about a dad’s response to his daughter shaming a breastfeeding parent is everything. Posted by Redditor u/starsonwi…
By Lucia Peters

These March Beauty Launches Require Your Immediate Attention

I write one of these beauty editorials every month (feel free to check out January and February 2018 if you're in need of even more products to shower yourself with). Sometimes, I get worried that there won't be enough newness to share — especially b…
By Amanda Richards

Here's How You’re Most Likely To Get Your Heart Broken, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Getting your heart broken can be one of the most painful experiences you can have in your life. But if you're into astrology, being familiar with your zodiac sign can be pretty helpful. For instance, when you know the ways you're likely to get your h…
By Kristine Fellizar

How I Learned Losing Your Job Isn't The End Of The World

Two and a half years ago, I was taking a day off from my marketing job at a San Francisco tech startup to host a friend when I got a call from the CEO. Apparently, I'd missed a pretty big day: 80 percent of the company, including the whole sales and …
By Suzannah Weiss

Why Arizona's Exit From 'Grey's Anatomy' Is A Huge Blow To The LGBTQ Community

Whenever I re-watch Grey's Anatomy, I don't start with Derek Shepherd waking up in Meredith's apartment after their first hookup. I start with Season 5, when Callie first meets Arizona in a bar. I start here, because I want to watch someone like me f…
By Martha Sorren

I Couldn't Find A Beauty Campaign With Plus Size Models, So I Made One Myself

In the fall of 2015, I visited relatives in my hometown, a small suburb of New Jersey. There isn't much to do there, apart from dining at Applebee's or hitting the mall. As a plus size woman, cruising through a shopping mall is a mixed bag. Certain d…
By Marie Southard Ospina

If You’re Addicted To Rewatching ‘The Office,' There’s An Actual Reason For That

A few weeks ago, I tweeted that I was looking for fans of The Office who can't stop, won't stop rewatching the series, and that they should email me if they'd like to contribute to an article about their obsession. By the next morning, I had 32 messa…
By Lia Beck