The BEST Episodes of South of Nowhere

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 21, 2020

Network: TEENick

The Carlin Family arrives in Los Angeles and finds themselves unprepared for L.A.'s fast paced, ethnically diverse- "anything goes" environment. Sixteen-year-old Spencer Carlin never felt like she fit in small town America and now she's beginning to question everything. Glen Carlin is a handsome, outgoing 17-year-old. He's an awesome basketball player, popular with the girls, the guy everyone wants to be around. Glen seems to have the world in his pocket. Spencer and Glen are joined by their adopted brother, Clay. Clay Carlin is 17, smart, sarcastic, and African-American. He is looking forward to forging his own identity, but finds that "being black" in L.A. is a test he may not pass. South of Nowhere, It's not where you've been, it's where you're going. South of Nowhere is a show that deals in honest, authentic and compelling ways with issues all families and adolescents confront including: identity, self-discovery, sexual identity, racial identity, family, faith, parental expectations and peer pressure, among others.

On The Precipice

#1 - On The Precipice

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Dec 12, 2008

Everyone must decide on their plans for the future, including Spencer, who must choose between going away to college or staying in L.A. with Ashley.

star 9.17
12 votes
The Valley Of The Shadow

#2 - The Valley Of The Shadow

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 10, 2007

Moments after the drive-by shooting at the King High prom, ambulances rush the victims to the ER--and everyone realizes that nothing will be the same again. As Spencer and Ashley rechart their existence in the aftermath, their relationship might not be strong enough to take the strain.

star 8.81
37 votes
The Morning After (1)

#3 - The Morning After (1)

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 29, 2006

Spencer wakes up with Ashley and they talk about what happened the night before. Ashley and Spencer go out to dinner with Ashley's father and afterwards find out he died, and at his wake Ashley find out she has a half-sister.

star 8.46
13 votes
What's Just Happened?

#4 - What's Just Happened?

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Feb 3, 2006

After nursing Ashley through a rough night, Ashley and Spencer are closer than ever. Meanwhile, Clay borrows Sean’s car and heads to Arizona for a personal mission and Glen is on a rollercoaster of his own, with some great news from a college recruiter… followed by an event that may change his life forever.

star 8.42
12 votes
Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are

#5 - Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 10, 2006

Arthur and Paula are out for the weekend, so Glen thinks it's the perfect time to have a party right? Think again. He got put into jail for buying drugs. Now, after finding out she's pregnant, Chelsea really doesn't know what to do. Clay's trying to be supportive, but Chelsea's just pushing him away until she figures out what to do. In the meantime, Spencer thinks it's finally time to tell her parents that she's in love with Ashley, but will they approve?

star 8.27
11 votes
The Morning After (2)

#6 - The Morning After (2)

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 29, 2006

Spencer wakes up with Ashley and they talk about what happened the night before. Ashley and Spencer go out to dinner with Ashley's father and afterwards find out he died, and at his wake Ashley find out she has a half-sister.

star 8.25
4 votes
Past, Present and Future

#7 - Past, Present and Future

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Nov 21, 2008

Spencer must make decisions about college and her future with Ashley.

star 8.00
10 votes
Rules of Engagement

#8 - Rules of Engagement

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 20, 2006

Spencer gets caught in the middle of homosexuality intolerance at school, and at home. Meanwhile, there's something going on between Aiden and a girl he met at the gym.

star 8.00
12 votes
First Time

#9 - First Time

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 2, 2005

Ashley makes a video involving revelations of people's first time having sex. As Clay's first date with Chelsea nears, he is forced to face a lot of unwanted attention and even advice as everyone finds out he is still a virgin. Meanwhile, Ashley decides to get back at Madison and Sherry for spreading rumors about her.

star 7.89
18 votes
That's the Way the World Crumbles

#10 - That's the Way the World Crumbles

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 17, 2006

Mrs. Carlin walks in on Ashley and Spencer making out, and completely freaks out. Will the truth about Spencer destroy the Carlin family?

star 7.85
13 votes
Objects May Be Closer Than They Appear

#11 - Objects May Be Closer Than They Appear

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 1, 2006

Spencer & Ashley won't let Paula keep them apart. So they're out on the road! But will it have a happy end? Elsewhere another Carlin family member's secret is out.

star 7.83
12 votes
The Truth Hurts

#12 - The Truth Hurts

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 31, 2007

Spencer has moved on with a relationship with Carmen, but Ashley wants her friend back; Madison wants to get into a club and hopes Ashley will help her do it; and Aiden just wants someone to help him before he falls apart.

star 7.67
9 votes
Say it Aint So, Spencer

#13 - Say it Aint So, Spencer

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 27, 2006

Spencer accepts a date with Aiden, which ends up confusing her even more. Clay faces trouble while searcing for his birth mother, while Paula and Arthur try couple's counseling as a way to deal with their issues.

star 7.67
15 votes
Girl's Guide to Dating

#14 - Girl's Guide to Dating

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 9, 2005

Spencer and Ashley sneak out of the school while its under lockdown. While sneaking out, Spencer reveals her feelings towards girls, and Ashley tries to help but it hurts Spencer in the process.

star 7.65
17 votes
Love and War and Love and War

#15 - Love and War and Love and War

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 8, 2006

As the Carlin family try to reconnect they try out Paint ball in an effort to get their feelings out. But as Spencer grows closer to her family, Ashley feels she and Spencer are just moving apart.

star 7.64
11 votes
Too Many Girls, Not Enough Aiden

#16 - Too Many Girls, Not Enough Aiden

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 22, 2006

Aiden's under pressure from Madison, Kyla, Ashley and Spencer over friendship and relationship issues. It seems that in order to make one of them happy, he has to break another one's heart.

star 7.63
8 votes
Secret Truths (1)

#17 - Secret Truths (1)

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 4, 2005

After their mother gets a new job, the Carlin family moves from small town Ohio to the big city of Los Angeles, California. Siblings Spencer, Glenn and adopted African American Clay must adjust to a new school, friends, and problems and must try and survive in a place where everyone else is also trying to find their identity.

star 7.59
29 votes
Directors: Donna Deitch
Writers: Rose Troche
A Very Inconvenient Truth

#18 - A Very Inconvenient Truth

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Oct 24, 2008

After being completely embarassed on national television, Kyla tries to get back into Ashley's good graces by being honest with her. Meanwhile, Ashley feels as if she is being pushed aside by Spencer.

star 7.58
12 votes
Love and Kisses

#19 - Love and Kisses

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 7, 2008

Spencer is having fun hanging out with Lily's hipster crowd, which includes spending time with Jonica. Meanwhile, the budding relationship between Aiden and Sasha faces a challenge and Glen begins to having feelings for another.

star 7.58
12 votes
Gay Pride

#20 - Gay Pride

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 21, 2007

Spencer goes to Pride and she wants someone to come and show pride with her.

star 7.55
11 votes
Spencer's 18th Birthday

#21 - Spencer's 18th Birthday

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 17, 2008

Spencer's grandmother comes to visit for her special day. Spencer has a hard time telling her grandmother about her newfound sexuality. Meanwhile, Spencer gets to know Lily's girlfriend, Jonica. Kyla and Ashley are asked to sing on national televison, they embarrass themseleves live, all thanks to Kyla and her fake voice. Meanwhile, Glen becomes hurt when he witness Aiden spending quality time with his father.

star 7.55
11 votes
Directors: Paul Hoen
Writers: Arika Lisanne Mittman
Guess Who's Coming Out to Dinner?

#22 - Guess Who's Coming Out to Dinner?

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 13, 2006

Spencer's mom sets her up on a date, and Ashley is not happy that Spencer has not told her parents about their relationship yet. Ashley wants Spencer to tell her parents about them or she is going to stop waiting for her.

star 7.54
13 votes
Friends, Lovers, Brothers, and Others

#23 - Friends, Lovers, Brothers, and Others

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 11, 2005

Ashley is shocked to learn that her rock star father is back in town and receives support from Spencer and Ashley. However, problems arise when Spencer and Aiden get closer. Sean and Clay continue bonding, and Glen and Madison's relationship intensifies.

star 7.50
16 votes
Put Out or Get Out

#24 - Put Out or Get Out

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 18, 2005

Ashley is not too impressed with Spencer's new gal pal. Meanwhile, Clay finds common ground with someone he least expected and Madison puts Glen and Aiden in a possibly dangerous situation.

star 7.44
16 votes
Shake Rattle & Roll

#25 - Shake Rattle & Roll

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 20, 2006

Ashley and Madison have another clash in the girl’s locker room. In a little tussle, Madison discovers Ashley’s cell phone that has fallen out of her bag and the mischief begins. A basketball scout from a major University is interested in recruiting Glen and tries to persuade his decision with some expensive gifts. At home, Arthur finds a suspicious email. The Carlin family experiences their first California earthquake, which shakes the foundation of their friendships and marriage.

star 7.43
14 votes