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The Best Episodes of One Tree Hill

Every episode of One Tree Hill ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of One Tree Hill!

In Tree Hill, North Carolina two half brothers share a last name and nothing else. Brooding, blue-collar Lucas is a talented street-side basketball player, but his skills are appreciated only by his friends at the river court. Popular, affluent Nathan basks in the hero-worship of the town, as the star of his high school team. And both boys are the son of former college ball player Dan Scott whose long ago choice to abandon Lucas and his mother Karen, will haunt him long into his life with wife Deb and their son Nathan.

Genre:Drama
Networks:The WBThe CW

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The best episode of "One Tree Hill" is "With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept", rated 9.7/10 from 1820 user votes. It was directed by Gregory Prange and written by Mark Schwahn. "With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept" aired on 3/1/2006 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Some You Give Away".

  • With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept
    9.7/10 1,820 votes

    #1 - With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept

    Season 3 Episode 16 - Aired 2006-03-01

    Due to the aftermath of the release of the time capsule, chaos breaks out. Someone is holding students of Tree Hill hostage with a gun, shooting. While lives hang in the balance, Nathan and Lucas put themselves at risk to protect their friends and loved ones. Young lives are shattered and two lives will end.

    Director: Gregory Prange

    Writer: Mark Schwahn

  • Some You Give Away
    9.6/10 890 votes

    #2 - Some You Give Away

    Season 4 Episode 9 - Aired 2006-11-29

    As the Ravens prepare for the championship, Lucas learns Nathan intends to throw the game and decides on a risky plan to even the odds. Karen insists Deb show up for her son's final game and tries to help her get there. Also Dan makes a last plea with Daunte.

    Director: Gregory Prange

    Writer: Mark Schwahn

  • Danny Boy
    9.4/10 571 votes

    #3 - Danny Boy

    Season 9 Episode 11 - Aired 2012-03-21

    The search for Nathan becomes increasingly dangerous, and Dan’s life hangs in the balance. Brooke is surprised when her father returns. And Clay and Quinn reconnect with Logan.

    Director: Joe Davola

    Writer: David Strauss, Mike Herro

  • The Show Must Go On
    9.3/10 663 votes

    #4 - The Show Must Go On

    Season 3 Episode 22 - Aired 2006-05-03

    Nathan worries about Haley as they prepare to renew their vows. Peyton and Brooke's friendship becomes strained and Deb confesses to Dan about the fire.

    Director: Mark Schwahn

    Writer: Mark Schwahn

  • All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone
    9.3/10 737 votes

    #5 - All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone

    Season 4 Episode 21 - Aired 2007-06-13

    Dan must face the harsh consequences of his decision to murder Keith as Karen and Haley's pregnancies complicate the lives of Nathan and the graduating seniors of Tree Hill High. Lucas wrestles with his post-high school options, and Peyton and Brooke prepare to spend the summer in Los Angeles together.

    Director: Mark Schwahn

    Writer: Mark Schwahn

  • One Tree Hill
    9.3/10 820 votes

    #6 - One Tree Hill

    Season 9 Episode 13 - Aired 2012-04-04

    In the final chapter of One Tree Hill, the tenth anniversary of Tric brings old faces and new possibilities for the Tree Hill family.

    Director: Mark Schwahn

    Writer: Mark Schwahn

  • Pictures of You
    9.2/10 704 votes

    #7 - Pictures of You

    Season 4 Episode 13 - Aired 2007-02-07

    A class assignment reveals the deepest secrets and desires of Lucas and the students at Tree Hill High. Worried about college prospects, Skills turns to Haley, while Nathan wrestles with Deb's suicide attempt. Chase learns that Brooke cheated on her calculus exam, while nudity and drugs run rampant in the halls of the school.

    Director: Les Butler

    Writer: Mark Schwahn

  • Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.
    9.2/10 568 votes

    #8 - Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.

    Season 6 Episode 3 - Aired 2008-09-15

    When tragedy strikes in Tree Hill, Nathan and Haley experience difficulties breaking the news. Brooke still hurt over the robbery, questions her friendship with Peyton, and Lucas and Skills finally meet Quentin's mother.

    Director: Liz Friedlander

    Writer: Mark Schwahn

  • Remember Me as a Time of Day
    9.2/10 554 votes

    #9 - Remember Me as a Time of Day

    Season 6 Episode 24 - Aired 2009-05-18

    Tree Hill bids goodbye to the past while anticipating the future: Lucas and Peyton prepare for the birth of their child with the help of a surprise visitor, Dan nears his end, and Brooke works with Victoria to relaunch Clothes Over Bro's. Meanwhile, Nathan returns to Tree Hill to face Haley and Jamie after being released from the Chiefs.

    Director: Mark Schwahn

    Writer: Mark Schwahn

  • Darkness on the Edge of Town
    9.2/10 471 votes

    #10 - Darkness on the Edge of Town

    Season 8 Episode 11 - Aired 2010-12-07

    A storm strikes Tree Hill, putting everyone's life in danger.

    Director: Mark Schwahn

    Writer: Mark Schwahn

  • The Wind That Blew My Heart Away
    9.1/10 523 votes

    #11 - The Wind That Blew My Heart Away

    Season 3 Episode 13 - Aired 2006-02-01

    A violent rainstorm knocks out the power in Tree Hill, leading Haley to Nathan's doorstep and Brooke out into the downpour for a dramatic confrontation with Lucas. Peyton finally confronts the truth about Ellie's illness, while Mouth is tempted by his new friend, Rachel. Before morning, secrets are revealed, relationships are tested, and new love gets hotter than ever.

    Director: David Jackson

    Writer: Stacy Rukeyser

  • Hundred
    9.1/10 495 votes

    #12 - Hundred

    Season 5 Episode 12 - Aired 2008-03-18

    On Lucas and Lindsey's wedding day, Peyton must choose between intervening and losing Lucas forever. Nathan uses the event to try to mend his marriage to Haley. All are shocked when Dan, who is out of prison on parole, shows up at the event.

    Director: Les Butler

    Writer: Mark Schwahn

  • Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
    9.1/10 381 votes

    #13 - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

    Season 9 Episode 10 - Aired 2012-03-14

    Dan, Julian and Chris Keller attempt to rescue Nathan. Brooke’s conflict with Xavier escalates. Quinn and Clay revisit the past.

    Director: Mark Schwahn

    Writer: Mark Schwahn

  • Who Will Survive, and What Will Be Left of Them
    9.0/10 491 votes

    #14 - Who Will Survive, and What Will Be Left of Them

    Season 3 Episode 17 - Aired 2006-03-29

    The aftermath of the school shooting and the death of Jimmy Edwards forces everyone in Tree Hill to examine their lives. Nathan reassesses his relationship with Haley, while Brooke and Rachel join forces to heal the student body. Dan must deal with the ramifications of shooting Keith, while Lucas and Peyton consider the implications of their kiss in the library.

    Director: John Asher

    Writer: Mark Schwahn

  • The Games That Play Us
    8.9/10 539 votes

    #15 - The Games That Play Us

    Season 1 Episode 22 - Aired 2004-05-11

    Lucas and Nathan bear the brunt of Dan's abuse as he coaches them into the playoffs, pushing both of them to their breaking points. Haley is stunned after Dan threatens her, causing her to reconsider her relationship with Nathan. Meanwhile, Whitey learns that his medical condition may be more serious than he first expected, and Dan learns a shocking secret from Deb.

    Director: Gregory Prange

    Writer: Mark Schwahn

  • The Leavers Dance (2)
    8.9/10 449 votes

    #16 - The Leavers Dance (2)

    Season 2 Episode 23 - Aired 2005-05-24

    In the second part of the this seamless 2-hour Season Finale of "One Tree Hill," things heat up between Lucas and Brooke since he finally tells her what he feels about her. Nathan and Deb conspire to desert Dan for good, leading to an explosive conclusion when he discovers their plan. Peyton has a shock. Meanwhile, Karen decides to spend the summer holiday in New Zealand. And at the climax of Dan's numerous deceptions someone sets the dealership on fire with him in it.

    Director: Gregory Prange

    Writer: Mark Schwahn

  • How a Resurrection Really Feels
    8.9/10 456 votes

    #17 - How a Resurrection Really Feels

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 2005-12-07

    It is revealed that Lucas knows who tried to kill Dan and he confronts the guilty party. Brooke, Peyton and Haley find themselves behind bars. Peyton finds her guilty conscience on the surface. Chris Keller convinces Nathan to be his wingman at a high-stakes poker game. The residents of Tree Hill finally choose a mayor.

    Director: Gregory Prange

    Writer: Mark Schwahn

  • Songs to Love and Die By
    8.9/10 514 votes

    #18 - Songs to Love and Die By

    Season 4 Episode 10 - Aired 2006-12-06

    After a cardiac incident, Lucas has a dream in which the spirit of Keith visits and shows him how much one life can affect the lives of others, with a nod to “It's a Wonderful Life.” Elsewhere, Hayley is the victim of an accident and Dan helps out Nathan.

    Director: John Asher

    Writer: Mark Schwahn

  • You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love
    8.9/10 494 votes

    #19 - You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love

    Season 4 Episode 16 - Aired 2007-05-02

    It's Prom night, but things start to go awry as Lucas discovers who was the person in the hallway when Keith was killed, and psycho Derek holds Peyton hostage at her own house. Meanwhile, Haley and Nathan vow to be romantic with each other throughout the night, and Dan continues to win over Karen's affections.

    Director: Thomas J. Wright

    Writer: Terrence Coli

  • What Comes After the Blues
    8.9/10 437 votes

    #20 - What Comes After the Blues

    Season 5 Episode 18 - Aired 2008-05-19

    The Tree Hill residents are forced to face their fears as Dan turns over on a new leaf and Brooke taking the hardest decision of her life. In the meantime, Haley's career takes a turn and Peyton is visited by somebody from her past. Mouth and Millicent meet a new face. With all, Lucas and Brooke help each other through the struggles.

    Director: Mark Schwahn

    Writer: Mark Schwahn

  • Forever and Almost Always
    8.9/10 416 votes

    #21 - Forever and Almost Always

    Season 6 Episode 23 - Aired 2009-05-11

    Lucas and Peyton's wedding day finally arrives, bringing some surprise guests along with it. Haley finds herself playing an unexpected role in the ceremony, as Skills and Brooke try to control Jamie and Nick. Meanwhile, Nathan continues to hope to be drafted into the NBA.

    Director: Gregory Prange

    Writer: Mark Schwahn

  • I and Love and You
    8.9/10 390 votes

    #22 - I and Love and You

    Season 7 Episode 7 - Aired 2009-10-26

    Dan brings Renee onto his television show, leaving Nathan and Haley powerless to stop him from revealing the truth of her pregnancy to the world. Quinn examines what went wrong with David, and Sara and Clay discuss their past. Meanwhile, Brooke comes clean with Julian about her true desires.

    Director: James Lafferty

    Writer: Mark Schwahn

  • Every Night Is Another Story
    8.8/10 714 votes

    #23 - Every Night Is Another Story

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2003-10-28

    When Whitey throws Lucas and Nathan off the bus due to their misconduct on the basketball court, not only does it leave the two brothers stranded 30 miles from home, but they encounter a carload of punks who threaten them with a gun. Injured during the game, Brooke needs Peyton to drive her home and in, an unlikely turn of events, Peyton asks Haley for help. Meanwhile, Karen and Keith attend a business function and tempers flare when Dan and Deb are seated at their table.

    Director: Jason Moore

    Writer: Mike Kelley

  • I Will Dare
    8.8/10 505 votes

    #24 - I Will Dare

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2004-10-19

    Felix organizes a "dare night" to test the limits of his new classmates. While out playing the game, Lucas meets a mysterious new girl, Anna, and the two of them seem to hit it off. Peyton tearfully confesses to the church that she recently tried cocaine and Keith is caught off guard when a beautiful woman comes to the shop and begins flirting with him. Meanwhile, Karen goes on a date with Andy, her younger professor.

    Director: Thomas J. Wright

    Writer: Mark Schwahn

  • Just Watch the Fireworks
    8.8/10 433 votes

    #25 - Just Watch the Fireworks

    Season 3 Episode 15 - Aired 2006-02-15

    When someone unleashes the students' time capsule upon Tree Hill High, Lucas and Mouth must confront a person from their past. Brooke has to deal with the revelation that secrets aren't the only things she exposed in the time capsule. Dan learns to forgive Keith. Haley is forced to reconcile the man Nathan was before with the man he has become, and Peyton's Breast Cancer Benefit Concert at Tric features performances by Haley, Jack's Mannequin and the return of Fall Out Boy.

    Director: Billy Dickson

    Writer: Chad Fiveash, James Patrick Stoteraux