California cool! Summerland lasted only two seasons, but it launched many of its actors into stardom and continues to be a memorable show for its fans.
The WB series, which ran from 2004 to 2005, centered on Ava Gregory (Lori Loughlin), who became the guardian to her two nephews Bradin (Jesse McCartney) and Derrick Westerly (Nick Benson) and her niece Nikki (Kay Panabaker) after their parents died in a tragic car accident. The Westerly kids left their home in Kansas to live with their aunt in Summerland, California.
Ava, who was a struggling fashion designer, had some help from her roommates and friends in taking care of the trio. She lived with her BFF and business partner Susannah Rexford (Merrin Dungey), former boyfriend, Johnny Durant (Shawn Christian) — who never stopped loving her — and former pro-surfing pal Jay Robertson (Ryan Kwanten).