The Best Years

5:30pm Sunday, December 13 on TV2

Samantha Best is back, as the college drama The Best Years returns for a new season on TV2.

Samantha (Charity Shea) has been shuffled and tossed through foster homes throughout her entire life, and last season, she was accepted to a prestigious college in Massachusetts on a scholarship. After heading to South America for eight months, Samantha now returns to Charles University for a second year, and a chance to rebuild her life – but she finds that things have changed. Trent, Dawn and Devon have all left, and she has to make other friends.

A new batch of students arrive and things are shaken-up with a risky sorority prank – but is Samantha the intended target? Elsewhere, Noah (Randall Edwards) must sort out his feelings for Kathryn (Jennifer Miller) when she returns to the university.

Back on TV2 this week is The Best Years, a compelling drama which tells the story of Samantha Best, an orphan beginning a new life when she is accepted on scholarship into a prestigious university.

Shuffled through the foster care system her entire life, Samantha is finally looking forward to a future of new opportunities and friendships. Starting her freshman year at Charles University in Boston, Massachusetts, she has to contend with the ins and outs of college as she struggles to find her own identity.

Samantha and her fellow students go about setting up their futures at college, only to discover that the future is now. Every decision they make – good or bad – will affect the rest of their lives. The opportunity to reinvent themselves and really become who they want to be, is within reach, but one wrong step can lead to disaster.

The Best Years is a brand-new drama following Samantha Best (Charity Shea) as she starts her freshman year at the prestigious Charles University in Boston. Samantha is an orphan, and has been shuffled through the foster care system her entire life so now she is finally looking forward to a future of new opportunities and friendships thanks to a full-ride scholarship.

Upon her arrival at Charles, Samantha quickly meets some of the people who will be sharing this new life with her. They include; her new roommate Kathryn, (Jennifer Miller) a rich socialite from one of the most prominent families in the mid-west; Devon, (Brandon Jay McLaren) a fellow scholarship recipient and star basketball player who has caught her eye; Dawn (Athena Karkanis) former child-star who trades in Hollywood for university; Trent Hamilton (Niall Matter) part-time student and full-time head bartender at Boston’s hot spot, Colony; and Noah Jensen (Randal Edwards) Devon’s room-mate, a business major with a future planned in Hollywood.
Although her fees have been covered, money is still an issue for Samantha so she finds herself a part-time job at Colony, a hot night club. With her new-found friends, her employer, Lee Campbell (Alan van Sprang) and the benefactress of her scholarship, Dorothy O’Sullivan (Sherry Miller), Samantha has found her new, occasionally dysfunctional, family.

Samantha and her fellow students begin to discover that the future is now, and every decision they make – good or bad – will affect the rest of their lives. The opportunity to reinvent themselves is within reach, but one wrong step can lead to disaster. In the first episode, an innocent celebration of their first day on campus ended in tragedy, which means everyone now has to grow up a whole lot faster.

This week’s episode sees Samantha deciding whether joining the sorority her benefactor Dorothy O’Sullivan belonged to will lead to greater success. But she is horrified to discover Kathryn is planning the same thing, and there is only room for one. The stakes are high and the competition between the two is fierce. Meanwhile, just as things are heating up between Sam and Devon, she has to refuse a date offer as she has sorority obligations. This lands Devon in the arms of a very available and understanding cheerleader.

Creator of The Best Years, Aaron Martin, says the show is; “about the time in a young person’s life when they are making the transition from teenager to adulthood. A time when every decision they make will determine the type of adult they will eventually become – a time of reinvention,” states Martin. “I like this age range in story telling because the characters can make huge mistakes and yet remain sympathetic.”

“We have an ensemble cast, but there is definitely a lead in the character of Samantha Best played by Charity Shea. Each episode focuses on her journey and the lessons she learns from the mistakes she makes.”

Brand-new drama The Best Years screens every Sunday at 5.30pm on TV2.

The Best Years follows orphaned and full-ride scholar, Samantha Best (Charity Shea) as she starts her freshman year at the prestigious Charles University in Massachusetts.

Samantha has been shuffled through the foster care system her entire life and is finally looking forward to a future of new opportunities and friendships.

She’ll have to contend with the in’s and out’s of college and mingle with a new world of ‘frenemies’ as she struggles to find her own identity. Along the way she will meet new roommate Kathryn Klarner, (Jennifer Miller) a rich socialite from one of the most prominent families in the mid-west, Dawn Vargas (Athena Karkanis) child actor who trades in Hollywood for university, and Devon Sylver, (Brandon Jay McLaren “She’s The Man”) a fellow scholarship recipient and star basketball player who has caught her eye.

With her new dysfunctional family and a part-time job at Boston’s hot spot, Colony, Samantha will find herself juggling a lot more than just academics.

The new teen show will air next year in the US and Canada.