Critic Consensus: One Tree Hill's soporific sloppiness would be endearing if it weren't so self-serious, stranding a charismatic cast with stilted writing and a cloying tone.
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as Lucas Scott
as Nathan Scott
as Peyton Sawyer
as Whitey Durham
as Dan Scott
as Keith Scott
as Karen Roe
as Haley James
as Marvin `Mouth' McFadden
as Brooke Davis
as Tim Smith
as Principal Turner
as Jake Jagielski
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.
The writing -- like the basketball scenes -- is junior-varsity stuff.
Enjoyably cheesy with some nice moments of juxtaposed stories and visuals. Teen soap fans will be satisfied, as long as they're willing to endure the show's intense, sometimes laughable earnestness.
Even if you loved the show, it's impossible to deny that there were some serious problematic parts, such as character portrayal, age differences, choices to make some episodes "supernatural," and select plot holes that avid fans could spot immediately.
A standard-issue WB teen soap opera about love and basketball that promises to get better because it can't really get much worse.
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.
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