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The O.C. 

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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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Josh Schwartz
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Peter Gallagher ...  Sandy Cohen 92 episodes, 2003-2007
Kelly Rowan ...  Kirsten Cohen 92 episodes, 2003-2007
Ben McKenzie ...  Ryan Atwood 92 episodes, 2003-2007
Adam Brody ...  Seth Cohen 92 episodes, 2003-2007
Rachel Bilson ...  Summer Roberts 92 episodes, 2003-2007
Melinda Clarke ...  Julie Cooper / ... 90 episodes, 2003-2007
Mischa Barton ...  Marissa Cooper 78 episodes, 2003-2007
Tate Donovan ...  Jimmy Cooper 40 episodes, 2003-2006
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Orange County See more »

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The opening credits theme song, "California" by Phantom Planet, was also featured in the end credits of Orange County (2002). See more »

Goofs

Throughout out the series, it's clear that the actors/actresses portraying teenagers are actually in their 20s+. This is done as to not interfere with the schooling of real teenagers and to give the general viewing audience who are teenagers themselves someone they can look up to. See more »

Quotes

Summer: You've got to admit, Coop.
[Marissa looks at her]
Summer: Whatever happens, Ryan facing off with Trey to avenge your honour - God, that is so *freaking* hot!
[Marissa doesn't say anything]
Summer: In a mythic, biblical, Samurai Western kind of way.
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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 »

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California
(main title)
Performed by Phantom Planet
Written by Jason Schwartzman, Jacques Brautbar, Sam Farrar, Alex Greenwald,
Darren Robinson (uncredited)
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OK, so they may be tanned, pretty and skinny, but hey, there's sarcasm!
13 November 2004 | by andibabyxSee all my reviews

OK this show is without a doubt hilarious. The user who said it was boring, i can simply not fathom. Okay, so the storyline may be a little bit of a cliché, a kid from the wrong side of the tracks, posh galas every week and people who are too pretty to exist in the real world. But isn't that what T.V is? An escape from the real world? This is the only show the me and my family actually agree on. Why? Because the story lines, although they may seem obvious, are interweaving. (E.G Caleb is kirsten's dad, who is marrying Julie Cooper, the ex-wife of Jimmy Cooper, who was kirsten's high school sweetheart.-OK, when i put it like that it sounds like a sunset beach episode.*shudder-twitch*)

But the point is this, The O.C is different from all those other "Ooh it's sunny, we're rich and pretty but our lives are so hard" shows because it makes fun of itself. Its is not afraid to make fun of itself. It knows that it's a show about a group of beautiful people with loadsa cash but not so much happiness. Bottom line, It's a cliché and there are too many black-tie events, but at the end of the day, it's easy going and will make you laugh out loud. Give it a go.


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