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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 5, 2003
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
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  • Starring: Melinda Clarke, Adam Brody, Tate Donovan
  • Summary: The O.C. - also known as Orange County, California - is an idyllic paradise, a wealthy, harbor-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 parentsThe O.C. - also known as Orange County, California - is an idyllic paradise, a wealthy, harbor-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.Produced by: Warner Brothers TV, College Hill Pictures, Wonderland and Hypnotic ProductionsTheme Song: California (Here We Come) by Phantom Planet. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Creator: Josh Schwartz
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Aug 5, 2003
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 09:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    May 7, 2013
    90
    The first new fall TV series is also one of the most promising. The O.C. -- which stands for Orange County, California-style -- mixes potent conflicts with lavish backdrops and attractive folk. The concoction carries a surprisingly bittersweet kick. [3 Aug 2003, p.4]
  2. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    May 6, 2013
    90
    It flickers with longing and resentment, vulnerability and rejection, temptation and moral erosion. It is totally absorbing television. [5 Aug 2003, p.1E]
  3. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    May 6, 2013
    80
    Purists may be irritated by the pilfering of James Dean's classic film "Rebel Without a Cause," including, in the show's second episode, an entire plot line in which Ryan (Benjamin McKenzie) runs away and plays house with Marissa and another young friend in the unfinished model house of a new development. Yet the empty swimming pool, used by the boys as a skateboarding rink, is a rather amusing homage to that 1955 movie by Nicholas Ray.
  4. Brody's portrayal of the wise but nerdy Seth energizes The O.C. He's comical without being cartoonish, and the humorous touches he brings to the story help to lighten up a show that at times feels overly heavy. Here's hoping the script writers don't leave his character in the dust in favor of chasing more glamorous story lines. [5 Aug 2003, p.D01]
  5. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    May 7, 2013
    60
    McKenzie may look like Russell Crowe's younger brother - while playing nearly a decade below his own age - but for all the James Dean comparisons being bandied about, he's a character straight out of Dickens: a little bit Pip, a little bit David Copperfield. [4 Aug 2003, p.28]
  6. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 28, 2013
    58
    Nothing in the opener is especially fresh or intriguing except the relationship between Ryan and Seth.
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    May 6, 2013
    20
    Encumbered by a script that is nearly breathtaking in its imbecilic banality, The O.C. makes one long for the cold comforts of a sleazy-minded "reality" show. Fox is trying to pass off this moody, moon-faced trifle, a drama about rich young brats in Orange County, Calif., as the first series of the new fall season (in August?). But if there's any justice left in television, "O.C. will be canceled by the time the actual fall shows premiere. [5 Aug 2003, p.C01]

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Mar 20, 2014
    10
    la primera temporada de the o.c fue simplemente perfecta, luego en la segunda para adelante decayo fue una copia de la primer temporada con unla primera temporada de the o.c fue simplemente perfecta, luego en la segunda para adelante decayo fue una copia de la primer temporada con un par de toques distintos pero muy copia de la primera temporada. debo darle un 10 a la primera temporada de the oc. porque tiene musica perfecta y a tiempo paisajes inreibles un guion genial actores muy buenos (bueno es una telenovela media facil pero lo hicieron muy bien) y creo que deberian hacer mas series como esta y skin 10 la primera y las demas la segunda 6 la tercera 7 y la ultima no la termine Expand

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