A troubled teen named Ryan is taken in by a public defense lawyer and his rich real estate developer wife in Newport Beach, California after he is kicked out and abandoned by his alchoholic and unstable mother. He meets their quick-witted son Seth and they soon become best friends.
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Did You Know?
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
In season 2 Kaitlyn is mentioned of living in the new house and when she returns she said that she went to the house that was next door to the Cohen's and some weird guy answered the door. She should have known that they moved if she was still living there at the start of season 2. See more
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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
Referenced in Retrosexual: The 80's