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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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Did You Know?


Melinda Clarke and Rachel Bilson were only meant to be guest stars, but their characters became so important and integral to the show's popularity that they finally got signed as regulars and appeared in the opening credits from the last half of season 1 and on. 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 »


Seth: Look at all these people, these normal, non-traumatised people - in relationships, in love.
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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 »


Featured in Sex, Lies & Soaps: Family Conflict (2006) See more »


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Performed by Phantom Planet
Written by Jason Schwartzman, Jacques Brautbar, Sam Farrar, Alex Greenwald,
Darren Robinson (uncredited)
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30 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

Inevitably when a new show comes out, critics feel the need to compare it to something else. Why can't critics just base their opinions on the actual show and not something that was on the air in the 90's, namely 90210. I am not saying the show is without flaws, there are some things that need to be worked out, but I think it's a good show. It is entertaining and that's the most important thing. I think the actors are doing a good job and getting more comfortable with their characters with each episode. The plot lines for each of the episodes are somewhat exagerated, granted, but I would prefer to have a story that is exagerated and not entirely plausible or realistic. I want an escape. That's what this show provides. People just need to keep in my it's a soap and that's what soaps are like!

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