Best of the Small Screen

Dramas No. 8

Over the next 8 weeks I’ll be taking a look at some of my favorite TV series, broken down into three groups (Limited Run Series, Comedies, and Dramas). In my post on March 1 I laid out the ground rules for these categories and this exploration, the biggest of which is no series that are currently airing. To read the whole thing, check out the post “Best of the Small Screen” from March 1.

Getting closer to the end, so today I reveal just how much I enjoy prime time teen soaps.

Everwood (2002–2006)
Number of Seasons/Episodes:
Network: The WB/The CW
Starring: Treat Williams, Gregory Smith, Emily Van Camp, Tom Amandes, Chris Pratt, John Beasley, Debra Mooney, Sarah Drew, and Stephanie Niznik
Creator: Greg Berlanti
Favorite Season/Episodes: Season 1, 1.01 “Pilot,” 3.16 “A Mountain Town,” 3.17 “Fate Accomplis,” 4.21 “Foreverwood, Pt. 1,” 4.22 “Foreverwood, Pt. 2”
About: Here’s the unvarnished truth, I love prime time teen soaps. I always have. It’s why last season I watched 13 episodes of “Riverdale.” So this week’s entry (and to some extent next week’s entry) are reflective of that personal taste. I really debated about series that I watched all the way to the end that I loved that could have made the list that fall in this genre. Some of those include “Dawson’s Creek,” “The Gilmore Girls,” and “The O.C.” Actually, “The O.C.” was close to making this list. It’s OK, I’ll wait while you finish laughing. Anyhow, “Everwood” is a family drama set in a Colorado mountain town. Ironically I now live in Colorado, but I didn’t when I first discovered this show. This is one I got into in a strange way. While I was hunting through DVDs, I found the first season of this show for cheap. I’d never heard of it or seen it, but it looked interesting and sounded like the kind of story I would like. So I bought the season and popped in episode one. (This was back in the glory days before streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime are what they are today). I am a sucker for a great story, and from the moment I watched the pilot, I was hooked. There was a lot about the characters and story I loved. I quickly got the final three seasons and powered through them. There’s some arcs and episodes I didn’t love, but overall I thought the cast, characters and story was great. There’s something fascinating about these families and this small town, and it feels a little more grounded than the world of “Gilmore Girls.” This is a show that featured early Chris Pratt, too. He’s a million miles away from the action star he’s become, so that’s fun, too. But at the heart of the show was the fascinating father-son dynamic with Andy (Williams) and Ephram (Smith) Brown. You get that in the pilot and especially in “A Mountain Town” and “Fate Accomplis,” a couple of powerful episodes in season three. I also thought “Everwood,” with the advantage of knowing their fate, did a great job with its two-part finale. It felt like the right ending for the series. If you are a fan of these types of shows, “Everwood” is a great one to dive into.

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