The O.C. (2003–2007)

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A troubled youth becomes embroiled in the lives of a close-knit group of people in the wealthy, upper-class neighborhood of Newport Beach, Orange County, California.


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Series cast summary:
 Sandy Cohen (92 episodes, 2003-2007)
 Kirsten Cohen (92 episodes, 2003-2007)
 Ryan Atwood (92 episodes, 2003-2007)
 Seth Cohen (92 episodes, 2003-2007)
 Summer Roberts (92 episodes, 2003-2007)
 Julie Cooper / ... (90 episodes, 2003-2007)
 Marissa Cooper (78 episodes, 2003-2007)
 Jimmy Cooper (40 episodes, 2003-2006)


Ensemble drama revolving around the young adult community of the Orange County, California, area. A street-smart teen winds up in the midst of the high-class society of Newport Beach, sparking something of an "edgier" take on the "Melrose Place" style premise. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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5 August 2003 (USA)  »

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Peter Gallagher, Kelly Rowan, 'Benjamin McKenzie', 'Adam Brody' and Rachel Bilson are the only five actors to appear in all 92 episodes of the series. See more »


In Season 3, when Ryan was seeing Sadie and was unsure about asking Marisa to come to his birthday party, the calendar on the Cooper's wall had the number 19 circled as Ryan's birthday and the next day was indicated as the first day of Spring which would be in March. In the last season, Ryan is perusing a scrapbook put together by Taylor, which had included their hospital bracelets from when they both were in a coma. Ryan's bracelet showed the date 09-05-86. See more »


Caleb: Do you hear a clicking on the phone? Every time I try to dial and I swear, I hear a clicking.
Julie: Okay, Nixon. Paranoid, much?
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Crazy Credits

For the first half of season one, Rachel Bilson (Summer) and Melinda Clarke (Julie) were credited as guest stars, even though Rachel Bilson appeared in each episode. From the fourteenth episode on, they were credited on the theme song as regulars. See more »


Referenced in The Einstein Factor: 2009 Series B: Heat 5 (2009) See more »


(main title)
Performed by Phantom Planet
Written by Jason Schwartzman, Jacques Brautbar, Sam Farrar, Alex Greenwald,
Darren Robinson (uncredited)
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Why do people think this is "unrealistic"?
18 August 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I come from a part of Australia called the Sunshine Coast where most people come to escape city life and live by the sea. Most of the people who live along the coastlines here are just as beautiful-looking in that sun-drenched, California way, but not only that: this is a place where people come to avoid their problems, only to end up taking them with them. For all the glitz, glamour and romance of this place, I have never come across a more dysfunctional group of self-absorbed people in my life.

That's what immediately drew me to "The O.C.". I noticed the obvious plot lines that have been faithful to Soap Operas for decades, but this show has such a pungent wit about the nature of these people. They may look like they have a life that people aspire to, but they really don't and in some ways the nature of their environment only enhances these problems. I found that this show perfectly captured the reality of this sort of lifestyle, albeit modified for T.V.. A movie version of this would be much more vicious, if made by the right people, but please don't talk to me about the corniness of this show and how it doesn't reflect real life. I know these people. They exist. And they really are contemptible.

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