By: Lacey Worsham
There is only one reason why One Tree Hill still has an overwhelmingly large and loyal fan base: the actors and actresses that make up the cast of this beloved television show. One Tree Hill lasted for nine seasons and directly competed against The O.C. I began watching it at a very young age because my older sister loved it. Now looking back on all the times we would watch it together and apply its messages to our own lives, I am reminded of many happy memories that were created through this show. I do not, however, really believe that its success lies in its ability to connect with viewers using different, common themes that can be seen in tons of other shows we often love or identify with, but instead lies in the talent of its cast.
Viewers might be drawn to a certain television show because of the plot or humor, but the deciding factor of whether or not they will remain loyal to the show is the cast’s ability to act out their character in a way that makes the show feel as real as the viewer’s own life does. The cast of One Tree Hill was successfully able to do this because we watched the characters grow and change like they were right beside us as we were experiencing the same things. They showed us how to deal with the large things in life, like violence, bullying, and depression, as well as the little things, like friendship and relationship trouble.
The cast’s success is evident every year during the One Tree Hill fan convention in Wilmington, North Carolina. This convention has been taking place since the show became popular and is continuing now 5 years after the show was concluded. What makes the convention special, however, is the annual arrival of as many cast members as possible. E! News stated that a majority of the cast always clear their schedules for the weekend of the convention and even have a weekend every year where the cast alone has a “family reunion”. I believe this demonstrates how special the show was not only to their fans, but also to each and every cast member that played a role in its production.
It is chemistry like the One Tree Hill cast contains that distinguishes true success and creates a lasting impact.