It’s a moving drama that deals with family, friendship, and love in a way that makes you want to keep visiting it again and again and again.
There is something comforting in teen dramas that are soapy and dramatic, but at the same time tell a really good story. During moments of life-related highs and lows, when all you want to do is wallow in your emotions, a good teen drama provides the best escape. And ‘One Tree Hill’ is the best of its kind, because there’s something in it for everyone. There’s sibling rivalry and family dynamics, there is love and time-tested friendships, there’s even murder, and, there’s sports. Recently, actress Bethany Joy Lenz, who plays Haley on the show, teased fans with an Instagram post and instantly triggered speculation for a ‘One Tree Hill’ reboot. Whether or not this is a possibility in the near future, ‘One Tree Hill’ is a teen drama that actually does deserve a reboot. Here’s why.
- It captured the 00’s era well
- There was always scope for redemption for everyone
- It’s about friendships and loyalty
It captured the 00’s era well
One reason the show is so obviously appealing is because it captured the curious era that was the early 00’s when technology – including mobile phones and the internet – were still budding and wriggling their way into ordinary people’s lives. This did make an impact on young people living at the turn of the century, and ‘One Tree Hill’ did a good job of portraying it.
The show also captured what it was like being in high school in those strange times, about the many twists and turns relationships and friendships can take in high school, and how difficult growing up can sometimes be. If a reboot was optioned, it would be interesting to see how the show-makers would depict Tree Hill High School and its complex characters in the present times.
There was always scope for redemption for everyone
Your teenage years are all about making mistakes and getting through them. But it’s also a time when you start to realise your parents and other adults around you are not perfect either.
‘One Tree Hill’ deftly brought that theme to life.
And who better an example of this than Dan Scott himself? He’s portrayed almost as an antagonist in the show, and he really has done some very bad deeds – including murder. Nobody could have thought they could ever grow to like the character. But Dan was giving a chance at redeeming himself, which he took up eagerly and tried hard for forgiveness. It’s heart-warming then, to see everyone forgive him for his sins.
It’s about friendships and loyalty
One of the things that lay at the core of the show is the importance of friendship and loyalty. These two things ground you and make you who you are, especially during your early adult years. There was a strong friendship between Peyton and Brooke, who had their fair share of ups and downs, but always stuck with each other no matter what. Then there was the wonderful platonic friendship between Haley and Lucas, who were just very good friends who were always there for each other and were loyal towards each other without there being any unnecessary undercurrents of romance.
And then, of course, there was the bond between Lucas and Nathan itself, who start out competing with each other but ultimately develop a strong bond both as brothers and as friends.
A ‘One Tree Hill’ reboot has so much ground to play with, and a die-hard and loyal fanbase still. So, this could just be the perfect time for a reboot! What do you think?