Everwood was a drama series that ran from 2002-06 on what was then The WB, starring Treat Williams as Dr. Andrew Brown (unlike most of the WB's shows, this was cancelled when it merged with UPN to create The CW). After the death of his wife, Brown left his prestigious position at an New York hospital, packed up his teenage son and nine-year-old daughter, and left the big city for the quiet, sleepy mountain town of Everwood, Colorado.According to Television Without Pity, its stories were often pure cheese in concept, but executed so awesomely they could only sputter, "Damn you, Berlanti!"
This show provides examples of:
Alpha Bitch: Delia's friend Brittany is a toned down, younger version
Ephram: You're marrying Bright and then leaving the country?
Broken Pedestal: happens twice to poor Ephram in the second half of season one: his piano teacher has to leave town because he got one of his female students pregnant — just weeks after Ephram found out his mother had been cheating on his father, probably right up until she died.
Cliff Hanger: the first season finale. Colin Hart's fate is not revealed until the second season premiere.
Cloud Cuckoolander: Andy Brown is frequently considered this; he's completely okay with it.
Edna: Remind me again why you're offering this thankless town free medicine?
Andy: Well, the long answer is that after fifteen years of making money off of other people's sickness, I've decided to alleviate my guilt by doing something incredibly altruistic. The short answer is: I'm nuts!
Deadpan Snarker: Ephram. It's his self-defence mechanism. He snarks at his father, his sister Delia, at Amy when he wants to tease her, at Bright... He's sarcastic with everybody.
Driven to Suicide: Reid, Ephram and Bright's room-mate from season 4 when he fails out of medical school and cheats on a test. He is caught and expelled. His friends all feel guilty for not realizing that Reid was depressed. Upon recovery, Reid pretends everything is fine which understandably upsets them and Amy calls him on it.
Played Straight: Ephram Brown is a brilliant pianist. Amy Abbott, his love interest and his eventual girlfriend, likes Ephram's playing a lot. She admires his dedication to music and his immense talent.
Discussed Trope: In a flashback, Ephram's mum tells him that girls find his playing very attractive. She's convinced that they sense he's very confident when he plays.
Invoked Trope: Mrs Brown was quite a matchmaker. She tried to invoke the trope as she makes Ephram accidentally meet his crush and invite her for his piano recital.
Fashion Hurts: What Delia learns when wearing uncomfortable stockings.
Near Death Clairvoyance: Sort of. Andy's deceased wife appears a few times to discuss the difficulties of parenting with him; the first few of these are actually "replays" in Andy's mind of conversations they'd had before, but the last one is completely original.
Non-Idle Rich: Dr. Brown's personal fortune amassed as a world-renowned neurosurgeon is large enough for him to operate a private medical practice, free of charge.
Otaku: Ephram's piano mastery is a refreshingly non-geeky example.
Dr. Andy Brown is a widower; the death of his wife and the family dealing with their grief kicked off the series. His young daughter Delia doesn't like when he dates Linda Abbott, and his son Ephram disapproves also, but mainly because she's ill and he's afraid that Delia will become attached and they will have to go through it yet again. At the end of the series, Andy gets together with his friendly neighbour Nina. Both Ephram and Delia have always liked her, so they will probably be okay with it.
When divorced Nina dated Jake, another newcomer and a young handsome doctor, her son Sam seemed to like him.
Edna, a Cool Old Lady married Irving Harper, who was in turn a Cool Old Guy. It was a wonderful case of December-December Romance and a Happily Married couple. In a flashback, the audience finds out that Edna's son Harold was against the marriage, which hurt Edna's feelings. Irving's children were fairly estranged from him anyway, but were no fans either.
Teens Are Monsters: Averted. The teenage characters could be volatile and cause the adults grief, but the adults weren't always perfect either and most of the arguments were shown from both sides, displaying real conflict rather than standards kids versus parents.
A few times with Ephram and Amy. S1: Ephram —> Amy. S2: Amy —> Ephram. S4: Ephram —> Amy then Amy —> Ephram.
There is also a bit of this with Bright/Hannah/Topher.
World of Snark: Nearly everyone has snide comments for their family and friends. Ephram, Delia, Andy in the Brown family, Harry, Bright, Edna and sometimes Rose in the Abbott family, and often the patients snark at their doctors. Drs. Brown and Abbott often engage in Snark-to-Snark Combat — their rivalry soon changes to sympathetic banter and eventually they become friends with healthy dose of sarcasm from both sides.