If you listen closely, you may hear the collective cries of 20-something year olds mourning the loss of One Tree Hill on Netflix. The CW (formerly WB) Network drama ran from Sept. 23, 2003 through April 4, 2012, and was a weeknight staple for many, including myself. The show followed a group of friends as they navigated their way through young adulthood: high school drama, true love, heartbreak, scandal, fame, and killer performances by up-and-coming artists. The show was not only hip, but charming, witty, and—dare I say—philosophical. Chad Michael Murray, who played Lucas Scott, often introduced and/or concluded episodes by reciting broody, famous quotes by poets and writers, as well as originals. For one hour each week, we were all in Tree Hill, North Carolina.
While fans, like me, may be devastated over its removal, there are always alternative options—such as saving up for the DVD set. When asked about her feelings over the removal of One Tree Hill, senior Matti Tyskewicz said that “[People] should have kept up with the show when it was on television and bought the DVDs like I did.” Well, now that lesson has been learned.
I’d like to close this article with my three favorite quotes from OTH—words of wisdom that I have lived by.
“It’s the oldest story in the world. One day you’re 17 and planning for someday. And then quietly and without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And then someday is yesterday. And this is your life.” – Nathan Scott
“We spend so much time wanting, pursuing, wishing. But ambition is good. Chasing things with integrity is good. Dreaming.” –Haley James Scott
“If you had a friend you knew you’d never see again, what would you say? If you could do one last thing for someone you love, what would it be? Say it, do it, don’t wait. Nothing lasts forever.” –Brooke Davis
Rest in Peace to Our (One) Chopped Down Tree (on Netflix).