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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 Sandy Cohen (92 episodes, 2003-2007)
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 Kirsten Cohen (92 episodes, 2003-2007)
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 Ryan Atwood (92 episodes, 2003-2007)
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 Seth Cohen (92 episodes, 2003-2007)
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 Summer Roberts (92 episodes, 2003-2007)
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 Julie Cooper / ... (90 episodes, 2003-2007)
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 Marissa Cooper (78 episodes, 2003-2007)
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 Jimmy Cooper (40 episodes, 2003-2006)
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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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When Adam Brody tested for the role of Seth Cohen, he decided to improvise everything. That didn't sit well with writer Josh Schwartz who told the producers afterward that he never wanted "to see that kid ever again". A month later, when they still had not found the right Seth, the producers called Brody back for another test. Despite Schwartz not liking the fact that Brody would not stick to the writing, he had to admit that there was something about him. Schwartz later confessed that Brody reminds him of himself in many ways - which in the end was perfect for the role of Seth, since it is based on the writer himself. See more »

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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 »

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Sandy: What are we fighting about?
Kirsten: I don't know, but it's serious!
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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 »

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Referenced in Chuck: Chuck Versus the Alma Mater (2007) See more »

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California
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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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A nice surprise
26 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

I watched the pilot episode of "The O.C." when it first ran because I was sick of watching reruns of "Friends" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (even though I love those shows) and I wanted to watch something fresh and new. I expected to be sitting through an hour of a cheesy, sudsy soap opera with a really hot guy (Benjamin McKenzie) and in truth, I did. However, I surprised myself by actually LIKING "The O.C.". For all its sudsiness and corny dialogue, it was really somewhat enjoyable. After having watched all 7 episodes of it so far, I think that its just getting better and better. I mean, sure Mischa Barton's acting skills are drastically limited, and the plot is nothing original, but I don't find it to be TOO much like "Beverly Hills 90210". Besides, I liked "90210" up until a point. Also, the theme song to "The O.C." is amazing, even better than the one for "Smallville". I am looking forward to the next few episodes of one of my newest favorite shows!


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