South of Nowhere

South of Nowhere

  • 2005
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.9  (4,757)

Teen drama television series are so popular they're sort of taboo. But, South of Nowhere is one of the few original teen dramas. South of Nowhere was a series broadcasted on The N and the series tackled a lot of controversial subjects like homosexuality, racism, and abortion. And, most of the leading characters were homosexuals, which was a first for teen dramas. Most of the episodes concerned problems which were realistic for most teenagers. Problems like religion, habitual drug use, peer pressure, military, and divorce. For this reason, the show is sometimes considered edgy. South of Nowhere follows the Carlin family who move from Ohio to Los Angeles, California. One of the defining relationships of the show is between Spencer Carlin and Ashley Davies, who is Spencer's lesbian friend. This relationship makes Spencer wonder about her sexuality, which is a major part of the series. A few things the Carlin family has to deal with are the fast paced lifestyle of Los Angeles and the overcrowded public school. And, as any teenager living in Los Angeles can tell you, these are problems they face every day. One thing that makes this show significant is it gives both sides of the story, when a controversial subject comes up. So, not only is the show honest and unique, but it's also objective. One example is one of the Carlin parents is faithful towards the Democratic Party, while the other is more for the Republican Party. Sexual encounters are also a major part of South of Nowhere. In the first season, while Ashley is making a documentary about sex, it comes out that Clay Carlin is a virgin. The news about Clay's virginity brings about advice from pretty much everyone on the show, which makes Clay feel like there is something wrong with being a virgin. Homosexuality is another main aspect of South of Nowhere; in fact, for most of the first and second season Ashley pressures Spencer Carlin to announce to her family that she is gay. But, these controversial subjects make the show great. South of Nowhere is one of the more unique teen dramas because of the methods the writers use. In fact, ratings for the show have consistently been favorable. And, fans continue to praise the show for its originality and realistic plot lines. So, if South of Nowhere sounds interesting to you, you might want to check it out.

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Seasons
On The Precipice
16. On The Precipice
December 12, 2008
Everyone must decide on their plans for the future, including Spencer, who must choose between going away to college or staying in L.A. with Ashley.
Taking Seconds
15. Taking Seconds
December 5, 2008
Coming soon
Past, Present and Future
14. Past, Present and Future
November 21, 2008
Everyone's life has become about choices. Chelsea has to choose between Glen and Sean. Aiden has to choose what's next in his life. And Spencer has to choose whether going to college means leaving home--and leaving Ashley.
Better Late Than Never
13. Better Late Than Never
November 14, 2008
Glen finally realizes his feelings for Chelsea just as Sean blows back into town, looking to scoop her up for himself. Will the new-and-improved Glen watch her slip away? Meanwhile, Ashley wishes Kyla would slip away. Ash refuses to forgive her and wants her out of her life forever. Spencer's siding with Ash, until there's some proof that Kyla may not be as evil as she seems...
Love and Kisses
12. Love and Kisses
November 7, 2008
Spencer's falling into Lily's hipster crowd and loving every second of it--especially the seconds she spends making passes at Jonica. Meanwhile, Aiden would be falling for Sasha, if she didn't keep, y'know, being herself. And Glen is falling for the right girl... finally.
A Very Inconvienient Truth
11. A Very Inconvienient Truth
October 24, 2008
Now that Kyla's been humiliated on national television, she decides that the only way to redeem herself is to put the lies behind her and come clean to Ashley. Ashley needs someone she can trust, because she feels like Spencer's already eyeing up her replacement. And Glen feels like his dad's eyeing up a replacement son when Arthur brings along a third wheel on their father/son camping trip.
Spencer's 18th Birthday
10. Spencer's 18th Birthday
October 17, 2008
It's the weekend of Spencer's eighteenth birthday, and her grandmother's flying in to celebrate with the family. Spencer needs to find a way to tell her grandmother that she's gay, but Paula's doing all she can to keep it a secret. Kyla has a secret too, and the whole world's about to discover it, on live television.
Career Day
9. Career Day
October 10, 2008
Spashley's back! After a night they'll never forget, Spencer and Ashley are ready to pick up where they left off. This time Ashley's the one looking for stability and commitment, especially since Kyla's already half way to ruining their lives. Meanwhile, since Aiden's rebuilding his life, he figures he'll start with a big, Sasha-shaped piece.
Gay Pride
8. Gay Pride
September 21, 2007
Spencer wants someone to help her show her pride, but everyone's too busy worrying about themselves.
Saturday Night is for Fighting
7. Saturday Night is for Fighting
September 14, 2007
Jake's working hard to make Kyla the new It girl, but when she finds out that Ashley's poised to out-It her, It hits the fan. Aiden's there to see it splatter, and realizes that he might be splattering along with it. Meanwhile, Spencer discovers that guys have a hard time distinguishing being with her from being with her.
Fighting Crime
6. Fighting Crime
September 7, 2007
Spencer's done with Carmen, and just in time too. Ashley needs her support, because an old friend from New York is ready to make her famous. Meanwhile, Aiden and Madison figure that since they're both unattached, maybe they could try attaching every once in a while. And Glen discovers that Chelsea is thinking of changing her plans for the baby, but plans sometimes have a way of changing themselves.
The Truth Hurts
5. The Truth Hurts
August 31, 2007
As Spencer tries to protect Carmen from Ashley, Aiden tries to protect himself from himself.
Spencer's New Girlfriend
4. Spencer's New Girlfriend
August 24, 2007
While Spencer spends the day at Chelsea's studio with Carmen, Ashley is having a hard time figuring out who she wants to be with, especially after Aiden puts his foot down with the way she leads him on. Meanwhile Madison learns what Jake has in store for her when she goes back to his place for a romantic dance lesson.
The It Girls
3. The It Girls
August 17, 2007
Tired of living her mother, Ashley decides to move out and asks Kyla if she wants to purchase a loft with her. Now that they're living together, the girls start acting more like sisters when they bond at a fashion show's after-party. Meanwhile, Chelsea and Spenser are having a hard time moving on after Clay's death and are hesitant to watch the True Life documentary about the school shooting. It is only after Chelsea and Spencer feel the baby kick that they feel ready to watch the documentary and attempt moving on with their lives.
Can't Buy Me Love
2. Can't Buy Me Love
August 10, 2007
When Ashley and Kyla get their inheritance from their father's estate, Ashley thinks the money will give her the opportunity to get away with Spencer. However, when Aiden decides he wants a second chance with Ashley, it throws a major dent in her plans. Later, when Spencer finds out that Ashley and Aiden spent the night together, she decides to end her relationship with Ashley. Meanwhile, Glen tries to think of a way to get out of serving in the Army.
The Valley of the Shadows
1. The Valley of the Shadows
August 10, 2007
The season 3 premiere episode will take place shortly after the High School Prom Shooting.
Description

Teen drama television series are so popular they're sort of taboo. But, South of Nowhere is one of the few original teen dramas. South of Nowhere was a series broadcasted on The N and the series tackled a lot of controversial subjects like homosexuality, racism, and abortion. And, most of the leading characters were homosexuals, which was a first for teen dramas.

Most of the episodes concerned problems which were realistic for most teenagers. Problems like religion, habitual drug use, peer pressure, military, and divorce. For this reason, the show is sometimes considered edgy. South of Nowhere follows the Carlin family who move from Ohio to Los Angeles, California. One of the defining relationships of the show is between Spencer Carlin and Ashley Davies, who is Spencer's lesbian friend. This relationship makes Spencer wonder about her sexuality, which is a major part of the series.

A few things the Carlin family has to deal with are the fast paced lifestyle of Los Angeles and the overcrowded public school. And, as any teenager living in Los Angeles can tell you, these are problems they face every day. One thing that makes this show significant is it gives both sides of the story, when a controversial subject comes up. So, not only is the show honest and unique, but it's also objective. One example is one of the Carlin parents is faithful towards the Democratic Party, while the other is more for the Republican Party.

Sexual encounters are also a major part of South of Nowhere. In the first season, while Ashley is making a documentary about sex, it comes out that Clay Carlin is a virgin. The news about Clay's virginity brings about advice from pretty much everyone on the show, which makes Clay feel like there is something wrong with being a virgin. Homosexuality is another main aspect of South of Nowhere; in fact, for most of the first and second season Ashley pressures Spencer Carlin to announce to her family that she is gay. But, these controversial subjects make the show great.

South of Nowhere is one of the more unique teen dramas because of the methods the writers use. In fact, ratings for the show have consistently been favorable. And, fans continue to praise the show for its originality and realistic plot lines. So, if South of Nowhere sounds interesting to you, you might want to check it out.South of Nowhere is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (39 episodes). The series first aired on November 4, 2005.

Where to Watch South of Nowhere

South of Nowhere is available for streaming on the TeenNick website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch South of Nowhere on demand at Amazon, Microsoft Movies & TV and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    November 4, 2005
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (4,757)