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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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It's nothing like where you live. And nothing like what you imagine. See more »


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5 August 2003 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Seth Cohen (Adam Brody) says in an episode "I'm not reading that, that's like 'The Ring'. I don't wanna die." Adam Brody appears in The Ring (2002). 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 »


Kirsten: It would be nice if Uncle Sean could be here.
Sandy: Not if we have to pay for the bar tab.
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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 Friday Night with Jonathan Ross: Episode #11.5 (2006) 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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14 November 2004 | by (Thousand Oaks, California) – See all my reviews

The OC. How can I describe it? It is an amazing show. My brother wasn't that big of a fan when he first started watching it, but then I bought the first season on DVD, and now he's completely hooked! The story line is amazing, yet a bit confusing with the whole love triangle thing going, but it's exciting because you never know what's going to happen next.

Some of the acting is not so great (i.e., Mischa Barton as Marissa Cooper, she could take some serious acting classes), but everyone else is brilliant, Adam Brody and Peter Gallagher (my personal favorites) make a great team, Rachel Bilson, Benjamin McKenzie, Tate Donavan, Kelly Rowan, Melinda Clarke, they are all excellent!! I give this show a 10 out of 10. A definitely MUST SEE!!!! YOU WILL BE HOOKED!

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