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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 do I stream South of Nowhere online? South of Nowhere is available for streaming on TeenNick, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch South of Nowhere on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Apple TV online.

3 Seasons, 39 Episodes
November 4, 2005
Cast: Matt Cohen, Maeve Quinlan
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South of Nowhere Full Episode Guide

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Spencer wants someone to help her show her pride, but everyone's too busy worrying about themselves.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • As Spencer tries to protect Carmen from Ashley, Aiden tries to protect himself from himself.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 season 3 premiere episode will take place shortly after the High School Prom Shooting.

  • Aiden has trouble coming to terms with his feelings for Ashley. Especially since he is now dating her half sister again. As Aiden tries to make Ashley realize that they were meant to be, Spencer watches as her heart breaks.

  • Aiden tries to make sense of all the women in his life. Who he loves and who he wants to be 'just friends' with. Madison comes back looking a mess.

  • Spencer accidentally views a racy tape of Ashley and Aiden when they were dating. This tape brings up whole new issues with her and Ashley, as well as issues with the already unstable Kyla and Aiden. Could it be the end of their relationships?

  • The Carlin family along with Madison, Ashley, Aiden and Kayla have a paintball war, but this fake war brings out real battles.

  • Spencer and Ashley hit the road to escape Spencer's problems with her mom, but the girls encounter car---and other---troubles; Kyla returns from her trip to Baltimore to find her relationship with Aiden a mess, courtesy of Madison; and Chelsea finds an unexpected ally, who helps her deal with her pregnancy.

  • After Spencer's mother walks in on her and Ashley, she goes to great measures to keep the girls apart, only to have them run off together. Meanwhile, Glenn goes to therapy for his pain killer addiction and Clay calls his birth mother, looking for advice on what to do with his girlfriend.

  • Spencer decides to come out of the closet and tell her parents that she is in love with Ashley; Clay and Chelsea confront the realities of their unplanned pregnancy; and Glen becomes even more self-destructive and unbalanced.

  • Clay is less than thrilled by news that his birth mother is moving to Los Angeles; a friend from Ohio visits Spencer and brings out a side of her that Ashley has never seen; Paula and Arthur are dismayed to discover that Glen's new pain prescription is almost gone.

  • Spencer struggles with intolerance about her sexuality at school and at home; Madison jumps at an opportunity---given to her by Kyla---to get back together with Aiden.

  • Spencer's mother hooks her up with a male date, and Spencer's clear lack of interest becomes suspicious to her mother.

  • Vh1 Behind the Music gets footage of Ashley and Spencer kissing. As Ashley and Spencer desperately try to stop the footage from airing, secrets come out.

  • Ashley begins adjusting to the death of her father, but all this adjusting is turning Spencer away. Meanwhile, Glen begins his recovery.

  • Ashley is thrilled about having finally consummated her relationship with Spencer, whom she takes to meet her rock-star dad (C.C. Deville). However, Ashley's joy is short-lived when tragedy strikes. Meanwhile, Madison wants to reunite with Aiden, but he's turned off by her spoiled-rotten attitude.

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