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(2003–2007)

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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.
When they were casting for the role of Marissa Cooper, writer Josh Schwartz had written to the producers that Marissa was "the most beautiful girl you had ever seen". They later said that they chose Mischa Barton because of her awkward beauty (meant in a good way), and as Barton herself later stated: "I was up against girls who looked liked your usual Californian beach blondes. Guess they decided to go against that."
When Ben McKenzie was cast, he was working as a telemarketer.
Kelly Rowan is only fourteen years older than Adam Brody, who plays her son.
In one scene the characters talk about Seth (played by Adam Brody) vomiting "like that girl from 'The Sixth Sense'". A joke, since Mischa Barton played that very girl in the film The Sixth Sense (1999).
In an early draft of the series, Ryan Atwood was going to be Sandy Cohen's illegitimate child.
In the first couple of episodes, the Cohens have a maid, and the Coopers have a dog. Somehow the maid and the dog disappeared without a trace during the first season.
Peter Gallagher and Mischa Barton were the first two actors to be signed to the show. The part that the producers had the most problems casting was Ryan, so the last actor to sign was Benjamin McKenzie, who got cast at the last minute.
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 one and on.
The Cohen's pool is only four feet deep, so the cast do the pool scenes on their knees.
The infamous "Welcome to the O.C., bitch!" was not a line in the original script.
When Tate Donovan signed on to play Jimmy Cooper in the pilot, he was so afraid that the show would never get picked up because he had been in so many pilots to shows that never materialized, that he thought that he was possibly jinxing them. He was therefore relieved when the show became a huge international success.
Adam Brody originally auditioned for the part of Ryan Atwood.
Kaitlin was originally played by Shailene Woodley in season one. When Kaitlin returns in season three, Willa Holland had taken over the role.
Chad Michael Murray was offered a role in the show, but he turned it down when he had the opportunity to play Lucas in One Tree Hill (2003).
Adam Brody (Seth Cohen) doesn't like boats, so when he sails away in The O.C.: The Ties That Bind (2004), he is not in the boat at all. It is a forty-year-old double in a wig, that is actually sailing the boat.
When Ben McKenzie was cast as Ryan, the producers were amazed that he looked so much like a young Russell Crowe. Later in the show, Ryan takes his girlfriend Marissa to the theaters, and upon leaving she says that she didn't enjoy the film, because "Russell Crowe never did it for me."
The writers were going to make Seth a part of the popular clique. However, they changed their minds, and made him an outcast.
Chrismukkah was almost called Hannamas.
Peter Gallagher, Kelly Rowan, Ben McKenzie, Adam Brody, and Rachel Bilson are the only five actors and actresses to appear in all 92 episodes of the series.
The two finalists for the role of Marissa were Mischa Barton and Olivia Wilde. Writers felt Olivia was too strong to play the emotionally unstable Marissa, so they wrote her the character of Alex.
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).
There is now a Sandy Cohen Public Defender Fellowship at Berkeley Law School. Students commonly refer to it as "The Sandy" or "The Sandy Cohen Public Defender Fellowship for Lawyers Who Dare to Dream."
The character Kaitlin Cooper left the show, after the first season, to go away to boarding school. When she returns almost eighteen months later in season three, Ryan Atwood says that he hasn't seen her since she was eleven. In the next episode, the characters talk about Kaitlin leaving for boarding school when she was twelve. A couple of episodes later, Kaitlin celebrates her fifteenth birthday. Eighteen months after leaving for boarding school.
Was originally intended to be called "Orange County", but a movie of the same name had recently come out (Orange County (2002)).
Garrett Hedlund was originally cast as Ryan Atwood, but he had to drop out, due to scheduling conflicts.
The entire cast (including newcomer Michael Cassidy, Creator Josh Schwartz, and Producer McG) was given the key to the city of Newport Beach, California by Mayor Tod Ridgeway on October 28, 2004 at The Historic Balboa Pavilion in Newport Beach.
At various different times, writers considered pairing Ryan and Anna, Luke and Summer, and Seth and Marissa.
Though being part of the regular cast, neither Jimmy Cooper (Tate Donovan) nor Luke Ward (Chris Carmack) are in every episode, whereas Summer Roberts (Rachel Bilson), who was billed as a guest star for the first half of season one, has been in every episode.
Ryan and Seth only hug a few times in the series.
In season three, every time someone bangs on the door of Julie's trailer, she always assumes it is her neighbor Gus.
At one point, Josh Schwartz planned to write a spin-off show that focused on Anna.
Seth Cohen is watching television, and Ryan Atwood asks what he is watching. Seth replies with, "Sherman Oaks: The Real Valley", which is the reality version of the fake television show, The Valley. There is a reality version of The O.C. called, Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County (2004).
Wilson Bethel joins Rachel Bilson in the kissing booth in "The Telenovela" (season one, episode twenty). They later starred in Hart of Dixie (2011).
The server in the pilot episode, and The Best Christmakkuh Ever, is also the person who owns the Berkley house in the fourth season.
Peter Gallagher, who played Sandy, was the first person cast.
Due to labor union salary rules about filming outside of Los Angeles County, the show was filmed at Raleigh Studios in Manhattan Beach (forty miles away from the actual Newport Beach) to reduce filming costs.
There is a Turkish remake of "The O.C." named "Medcezir".
Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson dated for almost the entire run of the show (2003-2006). Additionally, several inside jokes are written into the show about this.
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Seth's middle name is Ezekiel.
Melinda Clarke (Julie Cooper-Nichol), actually read for the part of the perfect mother, Kirsten Cohen. In the pilot episode, 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.
Josh Schwartz, who went to school in Providence, Rhode Island at the Wheeler School, often includes references to his former teachers and friends, including an episode in which he refers to "Schmidt's bio", Schmidt having been his biology teacher. Renee Wheeler is also named after the Wheeler School.
The Cohen's pool is only four feet deep. The actors and actresses had to film the pool scenes on their knees.
In season three, during senior prom, Summer brings a date, who's a famous pop star in South Korea. His stage name is "Big Korea". Adam Brody (Seth) plays drums in a band called "Big Japan".
In season four, Ashley Benson and Janel Parish have small roles in the episode "The Summer Bummer". Both later went on to play leading roles in Pretty Little Liars (2010).
Caleb's wife and Kirsten and Hailey's mother's name was Rose Nichol. She, like Kirsten, suffered from alcoholism.
One actress and two actors from the Twilight saga were in season three, episode fifteen, "The Heavy Lifting", with semi re-occurring roles. Nikki Reed (Rosalie) as Sadie Campbell, Cam Gigandet (James) as Kevin Volchok, and Jackson Rathbone (Jasper) as Justin.
Bret Harrison plays two separate characters; Danny in "The Rivals", and Swerve in "The Return of the Nana". Todd Sherry also plays two separate characters; a Waiter in the the pilot episode and "The Best Chrismukkah Ever", and Todd in the "The End's Not Near, It's Here".
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In the pilot, Seth's room is painted purple. In the second episode, it changes to blue.
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The character name Taylor Townsend is eerily similar to the neighboring towns mentioned in Bissinger's Friday Night Lights. One is Taylor, another is Townsend.
Inspired the reality show Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County (2004), starring Lauren Conrad, Stephen Colleti, and Kristin Cavallari.
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The opening credits theme song, "California" by Phantom Planet, was also featured in the end credits of Orange County (2002).
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Trey is played by Bradley Stryker in the pilot episode and "The Homecoming", and is replaced by Logan Marshall-Green in the second season.
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Wilson Bethel and Rachel Bilson would go on to appear in Hart of Dixie (2011). Bethel had a small role in this show.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

To go out with a bang in the third season, the producers spread the word that one of five different leading characters would die in the last episode of the season. Rumors spread that they had actually shot all five deaths to avoid exposure of the truth about which character was dying. Whether or not all five death scenes were shot or not was never confirmed. However, Mischa Barton revealed it was her character that died on Access Hollywood an hour before the episode aired.
In season two, when Hailey returns to attend the wake for Caleb, Jimmy asks about the North Shore. Amanda Righetti had left this show to start work on the series North Shore (2004).
In season four, several references are made to Grey's Anatomy (2005): in episode three, "The Cold Turkey", when Dr. Roberts tells Summer he is leaving Newport to accept a position at a hospital in Seattle, he says, "the hospital is famous for being wonderfully quirky. It's called Seattle Grace." In the next episode, "The Metamorphosis", after Julie speaks to Dr. Roberts on the phone, Kaitlin asks "So how's Seattle? Is that short sassy lady still bossing Dr. Roberts around at the hospital?" Presumably she is referring to Dr. Miranda Bailey.
In season four, Doctor Roberts (Michael Nouri) leaves Orange County for a job at a hospital in Seattle. At one point he says to Summer, "It's a quirky hospital called Seattle Grace." This is the fictional hospital portrayed on ABC's Grey's Anatomy (2005). They further say "Is Doctor Roberts still being bossed around by the short lady?" This a reference to Doctor Miranda Bailey (Chandra Willson), a character on Grey's Anatomy (2005).
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