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South of Nowhere
The main cast (Season 2+).
Format Teen drama
Created by Thomas W. Lynch
Starring Gabrielle Christian
Mandy Musgrave
Matt Cohen
Chris Hunter
Rob Moran
Maeve Quinlan
Valery Ortiz
Danso Gordon (Seasons 1-2)
Austen Parros (Seasons 1-2)
Eileen April Boylan (Seasons 2-3)
Aasha Davis (Seasons 2-3)
Opening theme "I Don't Want to Know (If You Don't Want Me)"
The Donnas
(Season 1)
(Season 2-3)
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 40 (List of episodes)
Running time 22 minutes
Original channel The N
Original run November 4, 2005 (2005-11-04) – December 12, 2008 (2008-12-12)

South of Nowhere is an American television series created by Thomas W. Lynch. Aimed primarily at teenagers, it first aired on November 4, 2005 and was one of six original series on The N. The second half of the third and final season aired October 10, 2008 and the final episode aired on December 12, 2008. Live webisodes were also created to accompany each episode in the season 2 storyline, and they can be seen exclusively through The N's website on the Click.



The show followed the lives of the members of the Carlin family (Paula, Arthur, Glen, Clay and Spencer) as they adjust to moving from Ohio to Los Angeles, California. One of the main focuses include the relationship between Spencer Carlin (Gabrielle Christian) and her openly gay friend, Ashley Davies (Mandy Musgrave).

The close friendship between the girls eventually led Spencer to question her own sexuality, a subject which created some controversy before the show's air date. It was the first series on The N to deal with such a subject relating to the main characters, and the first television show ever to have gay teenagers as the top-billed characters.

South of Nowhere 3B season premiere aired October 10, 2008.

South of Nowhere has received outstanding reviews from TV Guide, The Boston Tribute, New York Post, New York Daily News, Entertainment Weekly, and Variety.[1]


Like other shows on The N, such as Degrassi: The Next Generation, this show has tackled edgy and realistic subject matters for a teen drama like homosexuality, racism, abortion, adoption, homophobia, drugs, teen drinking, drug dealing, teen pregnancy, death, hate crimes, arrest, infidelity, condoms, college, domestic violence, stress, stepfamilies, peer pressure, sex, military and religion.

Each episode of South of Nowhere is half an hour in length with commercials (23–25 minutes of actual program); the pilot episode was one hour (approximately 46 minutes of actual program). The N initially ordered 11 episodes of the series. Many people thought that The N cut the season in half, but all they did was give South of Nowhere a four week break. The show returned to The N's lineup in January 2006 with the remaining episodes from the original order to air. During the break between episodes, interviews were shown with two of the stars, Gabrielle Christian and Matt Cohen, during commercial breaks.

The second season was originally set to begin on October 6, 2006, but was pushed up to September 29, 2006. Its season premiere followed the sixth season premiere of Degrassi: The Next Generation. Ratings for the second season are up by 35% from season 1 and on November 17, the series reached a high among teens with a 2.16 rating.[2]

The network officially renewed South of Nowhere for a third season, and 16 episodes have been ordered.[3] Eight episodes aired from August 10, 2007 to September 21, 2007. hj On February 27, 2008, it was officially announced on the N'sider podcast that South of Nowhere was to be canceled after the end of season 3B. Fans of the show were devastated. Student groups formed across the nation in protest, especially from the UCLA campus. One fan in particular began a sit-in demonstration in the middle of the I-5 from Wednesday to Friday of February 12-15 2008.

On February 28, an official announcement was made at the show's website that this will be the last season:

"Things change. It doesn't always seem good, but change they do. South of Nowhere has been a great journey. A show like this could not have existed ten years ago on youth oriented television or any television for that matter. But exist it does, because things change. I have loved my experience with The N for having the courage and vision to air South. I love the fans for allowing me to tell real stories about their lives. I love all of the producers, writers, directors, and crew who took the series into their hearts and participated in SON as more than a 'job'. I love the cast and how they dimensionalized the characters and created real people that you as fans could relate to and feel for as they reflected your own lives. I especially love Spashley. The name you gave to the two lead characters. To be able to create a show called 'Excellent,' 'groundbreaking' and 'impossible to resist' is rare. To create a show that touches the hearts and lives of a generation is a gift. Thank you for allowing me and Spashley into your hearts. And remember, things change, so there's no telling where the stories of Spashley will show up next.
Love and Respect,
Tom Lynch
Creator / Executive Producer

Promos began airing in March 2008 stating the show would be returning April 11. However, on March 21, it was announced that the final half of the third season had been pushed back to the fall.

South of Nowhere returned for the remainder of its Third Season on October 10, 2008 and ending its run on December 12, 2008.


Season Episodes Premiere Date End Date
Season 1 11 November 4, 2005 February 3, 2006
Season 2 13 September 29, 2006 December 22, 2006
Season 3 16 August 10, 2007 December 12, 2008


Music and media


  • The show's first season theme song was "I Don't Wanna Know (If You Don't Want Me)" by The Donnas.
  • The show's second and third season theme song is "Wasted" by L.P.
  • For iTunes and Amazon, the first season theme music was replaced with "Lift Me Up" by Gena Olivier.
  • The song used in the trailers leading up to the show's airdate was "No Money Fun" by Oly.
  • The song used repeatedly, including in the episode "The Morning After", is "Reasons to Fall" by Lauren Hoffman. (Another song by Lauren Hoffman "Ghost You Know" was used).
  • The song used in early promos for season 1 is "Perfect Vision" by Montag.
  • The song used in the first promo for season 3 is "Deep" by Ben Broussard.
  • The song used in the promo for the last half of the series is "Goodbye" by Secondhand Serenade.
  • The song used in the episode "Girls Guide To Dating" (also titled "Girls Guide To Dating Girls") is "Something In Me" by Katelyn Tarver.
  • The song used in "Behind The Music" is "What I Wouldn't Give" by Holly Brook.
  • The song used twice ("Saturday Night Is For Fighting" and "The It Girls") is "Hollywood" by Conex.[4]


South of Nowhere is available to download online on the "TV Shows" section of Apple's iTunes Music Store (not available in Canada) and the episodes are formatted for use with the Apple iPod. The show is also available for download on Amazon Unbox service and viewable on a compatible PC, TV, or portable video player. On all of these copies, the first season episodes have had the opening and closing theme music replaced with different music (noted above).

All episodes, as well as the webisodes, can be streamed on The N's video service "The Click".[5] However, this service is only available in selected countries. It is not available in Canada.

DVD release

Nickelodeon and struck a deal to produce DVDs of new and old Nickelodeon shows. Amazon will be making the discs, cover art, and disc art themselves.[6]

Season 2 was released on September 16, 2008, through[7] Season 1 was released on October 21, 2008.[8] These contain the same edits as used on Amazon Unbox.

Season 3 was released on June 16, 2009 through


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