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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The O.C. Orange County, It's where all the beautiful people live See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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5 August 2003 (USA)  »

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Melinda Clarke Julie Cooper-Nichol, actually read for the part of the perfect mother, Kirsten Cohen. In The Pilot, there just wasn't enough material for her to read as Julie, so she was brought in to read for the Kirsten part. The role of Kirsten eventually went to Canadian actress Kelly Rowan. See more »


In Season 3, when Ryan is with Sadie in the pool house, Seth finds the door locked when he tries to enter and states "when did this door ever have a lock." Ryan mentions he added it for privacy. In Season 1, when Hailey has the huge New Years party, she locks Ryan and Seth in the pool house, so they won't spoil her fun. See more »


Kirsten: Is everything okay?
Seth: Hmm? Yeah, it's fine.
Theresa: I'm pregnant.
Seth: Well, except for that.
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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 'Neighbours' on Five (2008) 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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Better than it ought to be
20 November 2003 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

It is at times corny, melodramatic, predictable, unbelievable as hell and sugar-coated. And yet? It works.

This show, which by all accounts should have been written off as a redo of good ole' Bev Niners, is funny, quirky and absolutely delightful. Somehow, over the first few episodes, it turned from being a guilty pleasure to just a genuine pleasure. This is largely due to the combined talents of Peter Gallagher, Kelly Rowan, Adam Brody and Ben McKenzie. They work as a family. They're funny. They're sweet. And somehow, Peter Gallagher is hot!

Adam Brody's ad-libs, Ben McK's baleful glances, Kelly Rowan's endearing nature and Peter Gallagher's eyebrows all add up to a fantastic hour of television that I await all week. The writing is quick, the acting (for the most part) is great and the in-jokes crack me up. Despite its silly premise, this show is pretty smart. And endearing. And really, really funny.

Would a public defender ever adopt his young client? No. Would ador(k)able, funny, smart Seth Cohen ever be considered unpopular? Probably not. Does Tate Donovan even look old enough to drink, let alone have a teenage daughter? Nah. My advice? Get over all that, sit back, and enjoy being entertained.

Cause this is how we do it in Orange County.

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