One Tree Hill Complete TV Series 1-9 DVD Box set
Schwahn originally planned to make One Tree Hill a feature length film with the title Ravens, the name of the show's high school basketball team. However, he became convinced that it would be more interesting as a television series. He said the idea for the story came from his own personal experiences. As in the setting of the show, Schwahn went to school in a small town and played on a basketball team. He described himself as similar to the character of Mouth McFadden. Schwahn said that in designing the show, he created Lucas as "this underdog kid from the wrong side of the tracks" who crosses over to the pretty and popular; he wanted to show the life of such a person in a basketball context, feeling that basketball was a great platform for telling stories.
The title of the show and the name of the fictional town where the series takes place are derived from the song "One Tree Hill", which is named after the landmark in New Zealand. Most of the show's episodes are titles of songs, bands or albums. Schwahn named the town "Tree Hill" because, while he was writing the idea for the show, he had been listening to the album The Joshua Tree by U2. In the early days, fans often asked Schwahn why the show was named One Tree Hill when the town was just called Tree Hill. The question is ostensibly answered when Karen tells Lucas in episode 1.22, "There is only one Tree Hill ... and it's your home."
One Tree Hill consists of various themes, such as love, friendship, rivalries and betrayal, and explores the reasons behind them. Neal Solon of DVD Verdict explained, "Much of the show is based on the mistakes the teens' parents have made and the way these mistakes manifest themselves in the students' lives." Two of the show's most prominent themes have been basketball and romance.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||Season ratings||One Tree Hill DVD releases|
|1||22||2003–2004||3.5 million||February 1, 2006||6|
|2||23||2004–2005||4.3 million||September 6, 2006||6|
|3||22||2005–2006||2.8 million||July 4, 2007||6|
|4||21||2006–2007||2.9 million||June 4, 2008||6|
|5||18||2008||2.9 million||April 1, 2009||5|
|6||24||2008–2009||2.8 million||February 3, 2010||7|
|7||22||2009–2010||2.3 million||May 4, 2011||5|
|8||22||2010–2011||1.8 million||February 1, 2012||5|
|9||13||2012||N/A||May 1, 2012
One Tree Hill Complete Season 1-9 Box Set Collection 50 Discs