The BEST Episodes of One Tree Hill

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2021

Network: The CW

Half-brothers Lucas and Nathan Scott trade between kinship and rivalry both on the basketball court and in the hearts of their friends in the small, but not so quiet town of Tree Hill, North Carolina.

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One Tree Hill

#1 - One Tree Hill

Season 9 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 4, 2012

In the final chapter of One Tree Hill, the tenth anniversary of Tric brings old faces and new possibilities for the Tree Hill family.

star 8.31
505 votes
Directors: Mark Schwahn
Writers: Mark Schwahn
Remember Me As a Time of Day

#2 - Remember Me As a Time of Day

Season 6 - Episode 24 - Aired May 18, 2009

Tree Hill bids goodbye to the past while anticipating the future: Lucas and Peyton prepare for the birth of their child with the help of a surprise visitor, Dan nears his end, and Brooke works with Victoria to relaunch Clothes Over Bro's. Meanwhile, Nathan returns to Tree Hill to face Haley and Jamie after being released from the Chiefs.

star 8.28
592 votes
Directors: Mark Schwahn
Songs to Love and Die By

#3 - Songs to Love and Die By

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 6, 2006

After a cardiac incident, Lucas has a dream in which the spirit of Keith visits and shows him how much one life can affect the lives of others, with a nod to “It's a Wonderful Life.” Elsewhere, Hayley is the victim of an accident and Dan helps out Nathan.

star 8.22
416 votes
Writers: Mark Schwahn
Nothing Left To Say But Goodbye

#4 - Nothing Left To Say But Goodbye

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 22, 2006

Derek tells Peyton to give Lucas a chance just as Brooke tries to make up with him. Rachel asks Haley to tutor her when she discovers she is failing a class. And Nathan has more trouble with Daunte.

star 8.16
398 votes
Directors: Janice Cooke
Writers: John Norris
The Leavers Dance

#5 - The Leavers Dance

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired May 24, 2005

In the second part of the this seamless 2-hour Season Finale of "One Tree Hill," things heat up between Lucas and Brooke since he finally tells her what he feels about her. Nathan and Deb conspire to desert Dan for good, leading to an explosive conclusion when he discovers their plan. Peyton has a shock. Meanwhile, Karen decides to spend the summer holiday in New Zealand. And at the climax of Dan's numerous deceptions someone sets the dealership on fire with him in it.

star 8.12
183 votes
Directors: Greg Prange
Writers: Mark Schwahn
I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness

#6 - I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 25, 2006

Nathan gets two surprises in a row, and everyone is eager to share their advice with him. Deb also shares something she picked up. Brooke decides to celebrate while Peyton is being attacked by her stalker.

star 8.09
441 votes
Directors: Stuart Gillard
Writers: Mark Schwahn
You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love

#7 - You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired May 2, 2007

It's Prom night, but things start to go awry as Lucas discovers who was the person in the hallway when Keith was killed, and psycho Derek holds Peyton hostage at her own house. Meanwhile, Haley and Nathan vow to be romantic with each other throughout the night, and Dan continues to win over Karen's affections.

star 8.09
359 votes
Directors: Tom Wright
Writers: Terrence Coli
I and Love and You

#8 - I and Love and You

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 26, 2009

Dan brings Renee onto his television show, leaving Nathan and Haley powerless to stop him from revealing the truth of her pregnancy to the world. Quinn examines what went wrong with David, and Sara and Clay discuss their past. Meanwhile, Brooke comes clean with Julian about her true desires.

star 8.08
590 votes
Directors: James Lafferty
Writers: Mark Schwahn
Pictures of You

#9 - Pictures of You

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 7, 2007

A class assignment reveals the deepest secrets and desires of Lucas and the students at Tree Hill High. Worried about college prospects, Skills turns to Haley, while Nathan wrestles with Deb's suicide attempt. Chase learns that Brooke cheated on her calculus exam, while nudity and drugs run rampant in the halls of the school.

star 8.07
451 votes
Directors: Les Butler
Writers: Mark Schwahn
Show Me How To Live

#10 - Show Me How To Live

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired May 4, 2009

The families of Tree Hill draw closer as Lucas bonds with Jamie while working on Peyton's car, Sam develops a connection with Victoria, and Brooke and Haley throw Peyton a baby shower. Meanwhile, Nathan's ambitions seem closer than ever when he learns that an NBA scout will be watching his next game.

star 8.06
518 votes
Directors: James Lafferty
Writers: William H. Brown
The Games That Play Us

#11 - The Games That Play Us

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired May 11, 2004

Lucas and Nathan bear the brunt of Dan's abuse as he coaches them into the playoffs, pushing both of them to their breaking points. Haley is stunned after Dan threatens her, causing her to reconsider her relationship with Nathan. Meanwhile, Whitey learns that his medical condition may be more serious than he first expected, and Dan learns a shocking secret from Deb.

star 8.05
635 votes
Directors: Greg Prange
Writers: Mark Schwahn
The Wind That Blew My Heart Away

#12 - The Wind That Blew My Heart Away

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 1, 2006

A violent rainstorm knocks out the power in Tree Hill, leading Haley to Nathan's doorstep and Brooke out into the downpour for a dramatic confrontation with Lucas. Peyton finally confronts the truth about Ellie's illness, while Mouth is tempted by his new friend, Rachel. Before morning, secrets are revealed, relationships are tested, and new love gets hotter than ever.

star 8.04
401 votes
Directors: David Jackson
Writers: Stacy Rukeyser
The Same Deep Water As You

#13 - The Same Deep Water As You

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 27, 2006

The residents of Tree Hill must deal with the aftermath of the shocking accident that left everyone without words. In the midst of all the chaos, Dan extends his help to Karen now that she is pregnant, Lucas and Peyton's friendship continues to grow stronger, and once rivals Brooke and Rachel move past their differences and manage to become good friends. Brooke has a difficult decision to make about her relationship with Lucas and Skills decides to try out for the Ravens.

star 8.01
475 votes
Directors: Greg Prange
Writers: Mark Schwahn
A Rush of Blood to the Head

#14 - A Rush of Blood to the Head

Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 29, 2012

Haley receives news of a possible tragedy. Dan’s search for Nathan leads him back to his dark past. Clay has a breakthrough in his treatment. Brooke and Julian deal with Xavier. Chase’s concern for Chuck pushes him to his limits.

star 8.01
472 votes
Directors: Greg Prange
Writers: Johnny Richardson
Just Watch the Fireworks

#15 - Just Watch the Fireworks

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 15, 2006

When someone unleashes the students' time capsule upon Tree Hill High, Lucas and Mouth must confront a person from their past. Brooke has to deal with the revelation that secrets aren't the only things she exposed in the time capsule. Dan learns to forgive Keith. Haley is forced to reconcile the man Nathan was before with the man he has become, and Peyton's Breast Cancer Benefit Concert at Tric features performances by Haley, Jack's Mannequin and the return of Fall Out Boy.

star 8.01
394 votes
Directors: Billy Dickson
Writers: Chad Fiveash, James Patrick Stoteraux
All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone

#16 - All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired Jun 13, 2007

Dan must face the harsh consequences of his decision to murder Keith as Karen and Haley's pregnancies complicate the lives of Nathan and the graduating seniors of Tree Hill High. Lucas wrestles with his post-high school options, and Peyton and Brooke prepare to spend the summer in Los Angeles together.

star 8.00
470 votes
Directors: Mark Schwahn
Writers: Mark Schwahn
Life in a Glass House

#17 - Life in a Glass House

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 4, 2003

On the night of Dan and Deb's annual basketball appreciation party stirs up old wounds and new feelings as Karen makes a new friend, Keith faces off with his younger brother once again and Lucas finally makes his move on Peyton. Also, Haley and Nathan grow closer until Brooke spreads a vicious rumor that leaves Haley devastated.

star 8.00
721 votes
Writers: Mike Kelley
The Runaway Found

#18 - The Runaway Found

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired May 16, 2007

Brooke and Peyton finally rekindle their friendship, Nathan's past mistakes continue to haunt him and Haley, and Lucas hears a shocking confession from the witness to Keith's murder.

star 7.99
431 votes
Directors: David Jackson
Writers: Mark Schwahn

#19 - Hundred

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 18, 2008

On Lucas and Lindsey's wedding day, Peyton must choose between intervening and losing Lucas forever. Nathan uses the event to try to mend his marriage to Haley. All are shocked when Dan, who is out of prison on parole, shows up at the event.

star 7.99
426 votes
Directors: Les Butler
Writers: Mark Schwahn
Darkness on the Edge of Town

#20 - Darkness on the Edge of Town

Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 7, 2010

A storm strikes Tree Hill, putting everyone's life in danger.

star 7.99
578 votes
Directors: Mark Schwahn
Writers: Mark Schwahn
Some You Give Away

#21 - Some You Give Away

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 29, 2006

As the Ravens prepare for the championship, Lucas learns Nathan intends to throw the game and decides on a risky plan to even the odds. Karen insists Deb show up for her son's final game and tries to help her get there. Also Dan makes a last plea with Daunte.

star 7.96
456 votes
Directors: Greg Prange
Writers: Mark Schwahn
The Last Day of Our Acquaintance

#22 - The Last Day of Our Acquaintance

Season 7 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 22, 2010

As Brooke angrily deals with Alexs tryst with Julian, Lydias condition worsens, prompting Quinn and Haley to try to reconnect with Taylor. Clay is forced to deal with Katies unsettling advances, and Nathan helps Jamie come to terms with Lydias impending death.

star 7.96
561 votes
Directors: Joe Davola
Writers: Mike Daniels
The Birth and Death of the Day

#23 - The Birth and Death of the Day

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Jun 6, 2007

As graduation approaches, Haley prepares for the recital of her valedictorian speech and motherhood. Nathan must adjust to life without basketball, while Brooke makes a confession that may have great consequences. Lucas confronts Dan after Karen's life is threatened.

star 7.95
480 votes
Directors: Greg Prange
Writers: Mark Schwahn
Things A Mama Don't Know

#24 - Things A Mama Don't Know

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 5, 2009

Peyton shares some startling news with Lucas, who discovers that Julian has been keeping another secret about the movie. While searching for runaway Sam, Brooke is forced to confront her lingering feelings over her attack. Nathan struggles with his new professional environment.

star 7.95
421 votes
Writers: Karin Gist
Family Affair

#25 - Family Affair

Season 7 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 25, 2010

Nathan tries to keep Haley calm after Taylor shows up at their house with Quinn’s ex-husband in tow. Julian sticks up for Alex on the set of their movie, and Brooke leans on Alexander to ease her heartache. Meanwhile, Clay gets a chance to prove his commitment to Quinn by helping her through a dinner with her sister and David.

star 7.95
474 votes
Directors: Paul Johansson
Writers: David Strauss, Mike Herro