Ever since I did my first blog about the characters on Friends, I have been thinking about another show that I love just as much (even a little more) and that is One Tree Hill or OTH. Similar to Friends, there are six main characters in OTH: Brooke, Peyton, Lucas, Nate, and Haley. And like Friends’s Monica and Ross, Lucas and Nate are half brothers while Brooke, Peyton, and Haley are best friends.
But the character dynamics are not just what makes Friends and OTH similar: both shows have a phenomenon where anyone that watches the show can relate to one of its main characters. You are either a Lucas, or a Peyton, or a Brooke, or a Nathan, or a Haley. Again JUST GOOGLE IT. P.S. I’m a Brooke, even though my favorite character is Peyton. Oh well.
And also like Friends, I would define OTH as a “family of friends centered sitcom.” In both shows, you rarely see parental figures and instead you learn about a group of friends that in OTH act more like adults than kids (while the adults act more like kids than adults– see characters, Deb and Dan for reference).
I am interested in seeing how similar these two shows are and if a “friends centered sitcom” is a new genre . . .Did Friends influence OTH? I have no doubt.