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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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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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It's nothing like where you live. And nothing like what you imagine. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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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 character name Taylor Townsend is eerily similar to the neighboring towns mentioned in Bissinger's Friday Night Lights. One is Taylor, another is Townsend. See more »

Goofs

In the pilot episode Ryan says he is 17. Each season was a year because of a Chrismukkah episode per season. Ryan doesn't turn 18 until late season 3 meaning he was 17 for 3 years. See more »

Quotes

Marissa: [on why she won't hook up with D.J] He's the yard guy.
Summer: Well, he can park his truck in my driveway anytime.
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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
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Written by Jason Schwartzman, Jacques Brautbar, Sam Farrar, Alex Greenwald,
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A MUST SEE
14 November 2004 | by chandlersgurl85See all my reviews

The OC. How can I describe it? It is an amazing show. My brother wasn't that big of a fan when he first started watching it, but then I bought the first season on DVD, and now he's completely hooked! The story line is amazing, yet a bit confusing with the whole love triangle thing going, but it's exciting because you never know what's going to happen next.

Some of the acting is not so great (i.e., Mischa Barton as Marissa Cooper, she could take some serious acting classes), but everyone else is brilliant, Adam Brody and Peter Gallagher (my personal favorites) make a great team, Rachel Bilson, Benjamin McKenzie, Tate Donavan, Kelly Rowan, Melinda Clarke, they are all excellent!! I give this show a 10 out of 10. A definitely MUST SEE!!!! YOU WILL BE HOOKED!


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