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The O.C.

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The O.C.
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Premiere August 5, 2003
Finale February 22, 2007
Creator Josh Schwartz
Network FOX
Style 60-minute teen drama
Company College Hill Pictures
(season 1)
Wonderland Sound and Vision
Warner Bros. Television
Seasons 4
Episodes 92
Origin USA

The O.C. (2003–2007) is at its most basic is a story of coming of age for four young people and the other people that affect them. Ryan, a young man from Chino, is adopted by a family in Newport Beach and is thrust into a world of luxury that is just as dangerous as the mean streets he grew up on. Accompanying Ryan's storylines were the storylines of his wealthy friends, Seth Cohen, Summer Roberts, and Marissa Cooper, along with their wealthy families.

The series premiered to critical acclaim and relatively high ratings, with many critics proclaiming it to be the next Beverly Hills, 90210. However, during its second season, the show fell out of favor after being placed into a highly competitive timeslot and has failed to completely recover. In the fourth season, the series' ratings plummeted to a record low average of 4 million viewers per episode, leading FOX to announce that the fourth season would be the show's last. Nonetheless, at the height of the show's popularity, it spawned the common phrasing of "O.C." as a somewhat sarcastic term to describe Orange County, as well as popular reality knockoffs such as Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and The Real Housewives of Orange County that will continue to remain on the air past The O.C.'s finale.

Due to critical acclaim and a very noticeable jump in quality between the third and fourth seasons of the series, The CW is allegedly interested in picking up the series for a fifth season for the Fall 2007 television season. However, due to liberal use of on-location filming and the popularity of the show's actors, the show is relatively expensive to produce and it is doubtful whether The CW will want to take a risk on the show financially.



Actor Character Duration
Billed Cast
Peter Gallagher Sandy Cohen 1 2 3 4
Benjamin McKenzie Ryan Atwood 1 2 3 4
Kelly Rowan Kirsten Cohen 1 2 3 4
Adam Brody Seth Cohen 1 2 3 4
Mischa Barton Marissa Cooper 1 2 3
Rachel Bilson Summer Roberts 1 2 3 4
Melinda Clarke Julie Cooper 1 2 3 4
Tate Donovan Jimmy Cooper 1 2 3 4
Chris Carmack Luke Ward 1 2
Alan Dale Caleb Nichol 1 2
Willa Holland Kaitlin Cooper 3 4
Autumn Reeser Taylor Townsend 3 4
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Samaire Armstrong Anna Stern 1 3
Daphne Ashbrook Dawn Atwood 1 3
Billy Campbell Carter Buckley 2
Michael Cassidy Zach Stevens 2
Rosalind Chao Dr. Kim 1 3 4
Wayne Dalghish Brad Ward 4
Ryan Donowho Johnny Harper 3
Cam Gigandet Kevin Volchok 3 4
Nicholas Gonzalez D.J. 2
Nikki Griffin Jess Sathers 2 3
Gary Grubbs Gordon Bullit 4
Taylor Handley Oliver Trask 1
Ashley Hartman Holly Fischer 1 4
Jeffrey Hephner Matt Ramsey 3
Johnny Lewis Dennis "Chili" Childress 3
Shannon Lucio Lindsay Gardner 2
Eric Mabius Dean Jack Hess 3
Logan Marshall-Green Trey Atwood 2 3
Michael Nouri Dr. Neil Roberts 1 2 3 4
Kim Oja Taryn Baker 1 2 3 4
Chris Pratt Ché 4
Corey Price Eric Ward 4
Brandon Quinn Spencer Bullit 4
Navi Rawat Theresa Diaz 1 2 3
Nikki Reed Sadie Campbell 3
Amanda Righetti Hailey Nichol 1 2 3
Jeri Ryan Charlotte Morgan 3
Kevin Sorbo Frank Atwood 4
Paula Trickey Veronica Townsend 4
Olivia Wilde Alex Kelly 2


Season Premiere Finale #
Season One August 5, 2003 May 5, 2004 27
Season Two November 4, 2004 May 19, 2005 24
Season Three September 8, 2005 May 18, 2006 25
Season Four November 2, 2006 February 22, 2007 16


DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Complete Series
The Complete Series November 27, 2007 28 purchase
Season Sets
The Complete First Season October 26, 2004 7 purchase
The Complete Second Season August 23, 2005 7 purchase
The Complete Third Season October 24, 2006 7 purchase
The Complete Fourth Season May 22, 2007 5 purchase

CD Releases

Title Release Date #
Music From the O.C.: Mix 1 March 30, 2004 1
Music From the O.C.: Mix 2 October 26, 2004 1
Music From the O.C.: Mix 3 October 26, 2004 1
Music From the O.C.: Mix 4 April 5, 2005 1
Music From the O.C.: Mix 5 November 8, 2005 1
Music From the O.C.: Mix 6 December 5, 2006 1

External Sites