Summer camp: It’s one of the greatest universal experiences for our generation, what with the adventure of going away from home for a week or two and all of the different people we meet. So it’s no surprise that TV shows jumped on the bandwagon to put their characters into the great outdoors. The characters from One Tree Hill, Are You Afraid of the Dark, Family Guy, and more bond, run from bears, lose weight, and hook up. Yep, sounds like camp to us.
This whole series was about camping — fat camp, to be precise, and the insecure, resistant, hopeful teenagers who populate it. It’s really too bad that it didn’t make it past one summer season: My So-Called Life creator Winnie Holzman wrote it with her daughter, and critics hailed Huge for showing an unflinching, sympathetic look at overweight characters. Over the show’s sole season, it addressed overeating, divorce, and first love, and even managed to poke fun at fitness celebrities like Jillian Michaels.
One Tree Hill – “(I Just) Died in Your Arms Tonight”
Poor Julian – this is where OTH‘s habit of making fun of him begins. Julian wants to join the guys’ camping trip, but is worried since, as he confesses to his girlfriend Brooke, “I don’t have homies.” Here’s how Julian becomes a man: He ziplines, hears the grisly details of Nathan and Brooke’s high school sex tape, and gets his first-ever fist-bump. Aww! (You can watch more detailed clips here and here.)