The O.C.

(2003)

The O.C. is an idyllic paradise, a wealthy, harbour-front community where everything and everyone appears to be perfect. But beneath the surface is a world of shifting loyalties and identities, of kids living secret lives hidden from their parents, and of parents living secret lives hidden from their children. 'The O.C.' tells the story of the Cohen, Cooper, and Nichol families, and Ryan Atwood, a troubled teen from the wrong side of the tracks, who is thrust into this world, and who will forever change the lives of the residents of The O.C.

The End of ‘The O.C.’ Era

Having reviewed a few seasons of The O.C., I think I have made it abundantly clear that very little about this show matches any of the experiences that I have had as resident in Orange County. I live in Fountain Valley which is north of where the events went down in Newport Beach. If you knew nothing about Orange County, CA and then you watched this show, you would think that everybody is white, they all drive expensive cars, and their biggest worries are should they buy a Lexus or a Cadillac? This show seems to exist in an Orange County where Santa Ana, Anaheim, Garden Grove, Fountain Valley, and even parts of Huntington Beach don't exist. In fact in the real place it is depicting, it seems to ignore other aspects of that area that may not have been as desirable as the show creators would have wanted them to be. Making this all worse is the fact that the reality show Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, seems to do the same thing. Maybe these shows are trying to drive home the point of how sheltered those kids are? But that is another story entirely...

So while I may never have had the love for The O.C. that I should have, I can understand how fiercely devoted to it it's fans were. Aside from the fact that the cast is filled with imminently watchable characters (my personal favorite being Melinda Clarke), I think that The O.C. was as pure a viewing experience as TV can be. As I start to work my around in the show (for some reason I find myself beginning in the Third Season), I understand a lot more about the fans obsession. I can see why characters like Seth Cohen (Adam Brody) and Ryan Atwood (Benjamin McKenzie) would be as popular with guys as they are with girls. I can see why these characters as well as characters like Marissa Cooper (Mischa Barton), Summer Roberts (Rachel Bilson) and Julie Cooper-Nichol-Roberts (the aforementioned Melinda Clarke) not only set trends and styles of speech, but also captured imaginations and even hearts.

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Watch Clips from This Week's Episode of ‘The O.C.’

We've got your first look inside this week's episode of The O.C.! Click a clip below to check them out.

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Rachel Bilson and Creator Josh Schwartz Talk ‘The O.C.: Season 4’

The O.C., like Beverly Hills, 90210 before it, has been a force of nature on TV. Creating trends, styles and even new additions to the English language, this is a show that has very much tapped into the public zeitgeist. However all good things must come to an end and it was just announced that the upcoming Fourth Season of The O.C. would be it's last.

We recently had a chance to sit it on a conference call with The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz and one of the show's stars Rachel Bilson.

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