The Best Episodes of South of Nowhere

Last Updated: Nov 2, 2018

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
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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
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What's Just Happened?

#3 - 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
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The Morning After (1)

#4 - 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 8.45
11 votes
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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
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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
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Love and Kisses

#7 - 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
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A Very Inconvenient Truth

#8 - 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
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Secret Truths (1)

#9 - 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 8.08
25 votes
Directors: Donna Deitch
Writers: Rose Troche
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Say it Aint So, Spencer

#10 - 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
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Girl's Guide to Dating

#11 - 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
15 votes
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Saturday Night Is For Fighting

#12 - 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
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Better Late Than Never

#13 - 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
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The Valley Of The Shadow

#14 - 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
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Can't Buy Me Love

#15 - 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
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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
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Spencer's New Girlfriend

#17 - Spencer's New Girlfriend

Season 3 - Episode 4

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

star 7.80
10 votes
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Past, Present and Future

#18 - Past, Present and Future

Season 3 - Episode 14

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

star 7.78
9 votes
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Trouble in Paradise

#19 - 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
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Shake Rattle & Roll

#20 - 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 7.75
12 votes
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Spencer's 18th Birthday

#21 - Spencer's 18th Birthday

Season 3 - Episode 10

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 7.70
10 votes
Directors: Paul Hoen
Writers: Arika Lisanne Mittman
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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 7.69
16 votes
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Career Day

#23 - 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
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The Truth Hurts

#24 - The Truth Hurts

Season 3 - Episode 5

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
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That's the Way the World Crumbles

#25 - 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
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