The mom works as an ER nurse, the father is a guidance counselor for teens, and they both find that being in a city gives them a better chance to use their practice to the fullest.
There are 3 siblings: Glen, who is a popular jock, impressively good at basketball; Clay, adoptive brother who is very, very smart (takes AP classes in high school); and Spencer, little sister, cheerleader, and a little bi-curious.
Each character has their own paths to take in school. Of course, Glen is a shoe-in for the jocks, though him and Aiden, star of the basketball team, get into it when they are fighting for the team spot and for the head cheerleader, Madison.
Spencer is trying to be the girl she was back in Ohio but she is finding herself changing with the new environment. When she finds out her best friend, Ashley, is gay, Spencer tries to figure out who she likes more: Aiden or Ashley.
Clay, growing up in an all white family while being African American, has never been judged by his race until he moves to LA. Now, he realizes that just because of his skin color, cops are more suspicious of him than his siblings and has to get used to being different from the rest of his family.
This show has every event and subject you can possibly imagine:
- Small town to city living
- Sports/sports injury
- Sexual orientation/sexuality
- Racial differences
- Teenage pregnancy
- Drug addiction
- Underage drinking/clubbing
- Gangs/School lock downs
- Unknown half sibling
The episodes are 30 minutes long and there are 3 seasons of this show. It aired from 2005-2008 on The-N station, which is now called Teen Nick. It actually goes pretty fast when you have the time to sit down and watch it.
I'm not sure why I watched it as quickly as I did. I think the character Ashley reminded me a lot of Sophia Bush when she was in One Tree Hill and Aiden is a cutie :)
But this tackles a lot of different subjects that I think the viewers can relate to, and the viewers will want to find out more and more about each character to see how the grown and change from when they first got to California.
Funnily enough, I really enjoyed it and watched the episodes online in 1 1/2 to 2 weeks. I think others will enjoy it as well and it doesn't take forever to watch the complete series (unlike Smallville where it's 10 seasons long! haha)
This was a hidden gem for me and I'm glad that I decided to watch the first episode to see what it was about!