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'The OC' Review, Synopsis and General Information

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Premiered:

August 5, 2003

When Was it Canceled?:

January 2007 - The series finale aired on February 22, 2007.
The series ran four seasons on Fox and produced 92 episodes.

Cast:

Peter Gallagher as Sandy Cohen
Benjamin McKenzie as Ryan Atwood
Kelly Rowan as Kirsten Cohen
Adam Brody as Seth Cohen
Mischa Barton as Marissa Cooper
Melinda Clarke as Julie Cooper
Rachel Bilson as Summer Roberts

Trivia Fact #1:

The Cohen's pool was really only four feet deep, therefore forcing the cast to perform scenes on their knees.

Trivia Fact #2:

In 2004, the character of Sandy Cohen was ranked #25 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" issue.

Trivia Fact #3:

The character of Ryan Atwood was originally Sandy's illegitimate son.

Rae's Take:

After the demise of Beverly Hills 90210, several unsuccessful attempts were made to replace the series as a nighttime soap. It may have taken three years, but The OC came along and swept viewers off their feet with the dynamic and compelling storylines. On most nighttime soaps of the past, storylines were always limited to the targeted demographic. Usually either the parents had the main stories and the children were mentioned as a mere formality or vice-versa.
It was almost as if the writers forgot that people at the opposite end of the age spectrum had lives as well.

The OC offered something very unique, they tell the stories of not only the teens, but the core adult characters as well, making this a program that teens and their parents can enjoy for very different reasons.

Synopsis:

Welcome to "The OC" where the lives of a group of friends and families have forever been changed by the arrival of an outsider in their affluent ocean-side community of Newport Beach in Orange County, California.

When Ryan Atwood (Benjamin Mckenzie) was taken in from the streets of Chino by then-public defender Sandy Cohen (Peter Gallagher), the Cohens had no idea how his arrival would change their lives and the lives of those around them. Initially resistant, Kirsten Cohen (Kelly Rowan) opened her heart to accept the outsider just as she had accepted Sandy, another outsider, into her powerful old-money Newport Beach family.

Their "adorkable" son Seth Cohen (Adam Brody) found a friend and brother in Ryan to share his quirky way of looking at the world and the trials and tribulations of winning the heart of Summer (Rachel Bilson), his lifelong crush.
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