The BEST Episodes of South of Nowhere

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 15, 2019

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

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 9.09
11 votes
Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are

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

Season 2 - Episode 7

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 8.70
10 votes
The Morning After (1)

#3 - The Morning After (1)

Season 2 - Episode 1

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 8.50
12 votes
What's Just Happened?

#4 - What's Just Happened?

Season 1 - Episode 11

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 8.45
11 votes
Objects May Be Closer Than They Appear

#5 - Objects May Be Closer Than They Appear

Season 2 - Episode 9

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 8.36
11 votes
Gay Pride

#6 - Gay Pride

Season 3 - Episode 8

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

star 8.10
10 votes
A Very Inconvenient Truth

#7 - A Very Inconvenient Truth

Season 3 - Episode 11

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 8.09
11 votes
Love and Kisses

#8 - Love and Kisses

Season 3 - Episode 12

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 8.09
11 votes
Say it Aint So, Spencer

#9 - Say it Aint So, Spencer

Season 1 - Episode 10

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 8.07
14 votes
Girl's Guide to Dating

#10 - Girl's Guide to Dating

Season 1 - Episode 6

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 8.00
16 votes
Saturday Night Is For Fighting

#11 - Saturday Night Is For Fighting

Season 3 - Episode 7

Jake's working hard to make Kyla the new It girl, but when she finds out that Ashley's poised to out-It her, It hits the fan. Aiden's there to see it splatter, and realizes that he might be splattering along with it. Meanwhile, Spencer discovers that guys have a hard time distinguishing being with her from being with her.

star 8.00
9 votes
Better Late Than Never

#12 - Better Late Than Never

Season 3 - Episode 13

Glen finally discovers true love, but quickly has problems dealing with his new feelings.

star 8.00
9 votes
The Valley Of The Shadow

#13 - The Valley Of The Shadow

Season 3 - Episode 1

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 8.00
8 votes
Can't Buy Me Love

#14 - Can't Buy Me Love

Season 3 - Episode 2

When Ashley and Kyla get their inheritance from their father’s estate, Ashley thinks the money will give her the opportunity to get away with Spencer. However, when Aiden decides he wants a second chance with Ashley, it throws a major dent in her plans. Later, when Spencer finds out that Ashley and Aiden spent the night together, she decides to end her relationship with Ashley. Meanwhile, Glen tries to think of a way to get out of serving in the Army.

star 7.86
7 votes
Shake Rattle & Roll

#15 - Shake Rattle & Roll

Season 1 - Episode 9

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 7.85
13 votes
Rules of Engagement

#16 - Rules of Engagement

Season 2 - Episode 5

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 7.82
11 votes
Secret Truths (1)

#17 - Secret Truths (1)

Season 1 - Episode 1

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 7.81
26 votes
Directors: Donna Deitch
Writers: Rose Troche
Spencer's New Girlfriend

#18 - Spencer's New Girlfriend

Season 3 - Episode 4

Spencer becomes closer to Carmen. Ashley and Aiden's relationship suffers.

star 7.80
10 votes
Past, Present and Future

#19 - Past, Present and Future

Season 3 - Episode 14

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

star 7.78
9 votes
Trouble in Paradise

#20 - Trouble in Paradise

Season 2 - Episode 13

Aiden has trouble coming to terms with his feelings for Ashley. Especially since he is now dating her half sister again. As Aiden tries to make Ashley realize that they were meant to be, Spencer watches as her heart breaks.

star 7.78
9 votes
Secret Truths (2)

#21 - Secret Truths (2)

Season 1 - Episode 2

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 7.77
13 votes
Directors: Donna Deitch
Writers: Thomas W. Lynch
First Time

#22 - First Time

Season 1 - Episode 5

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 7.76
17 votes
The Morning After (2)

#23 - The Morning After (2)

Season 2 - Episode 2

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 7.67
3 votes
That's the Way the World Crumbles

#24 - That's the Way the World Crumbles

Season 2 - Episode 8

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

star 7.67
12 votes
Career Day

#25 - Career Day

Season 3 - Episode 9

"Spashley" is back, and this time Ashley's the one looking for commitment. Glen gets fired by Jake because he wasn't there for Kyla when the photographer cornered her from the night before. Glen comes home to find Arthur "son-ing" Aiden, who is also dating the new girl, Sasha Miller. Meanwhile, Jake decides to scam Ashley and make Kyla's voice on the cd fake, seeing as how she can't sing. 

star 7.67
9 votes
Directors: Paul Hoen
Writers: Arika Lisanne Mittman