The O.C. : Season 1

  • Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 5, 2003
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17

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Critic Reviews

  1. Orlando Sentinel
    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: Tim Goodman
    May 6, 2013
    90
    The series reflects the youth and intelligence of its writer and succeeds by quickly getting viewers past what would seem an insurmountable obstacle -- caring about what happens to rich white kids in Orange County.
  3. Miami Herald
    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]
  4. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jul 1, 2013
    80
    The O.C. looks to have enough heart, talent and wit to generate a few seasons' worth of luxurious suds.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Carina Chocano
    Jun 14, 2013
    75
    Somewhere in all the high-stakes soapiness ... and often deft and subtle drama, there is a pretty wicked satire of baby-boomer values.
  7. Houston Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Mike McDaniel
    May 6, 2013
    75
    The O.C. may be a lousy title but it's cast, written and directed well. Early indications are that the show is smartly going after two generations of viewers - not just the 20-somethings Fox is famous for, but also their parents. [5 Aug 2003, p.8]
  8. Chicago Sun-Times
    Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    May 6, 2013
    75
    McKenzie is a revelation and, backed by an able cast, he is what salvages this music-infused, glossy soap from slick filmmakers Doug Liman and McG. [5 Aug 2003, p.39]
  9. San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    Reviewed by: Chuck Barney
    May 6, 2013
    75
    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]
  10. Dallas Morning News
    Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    May 7, 2013
    67
    The O.C. looks as though it will be hard-pressed to build and maintain a loyal base of younger viewers. Sure, it's worth a look. But no, it wouldn't be terribly missed. [4 Aug 2003, p.12E]
  11. Philadelphia Daily News
    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]
  12. Deseret News
    Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    May 7, 2013
    60
    Not that The O.C. is a bad show. It actually shows some promise of being a decent drama that will appeal to Fox's young-skewing audience. [4 Aug 2003, p.C06]
  13. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 28, 2013
    58
    Nothing in the opener is especially fresh or intriguing except the relationship between Ryan and Seth.
  14. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    May 6, 2013
    50
    All glamour and glitz and surface. The show is intended as a prime-time soap to appeal to those who watched "Beverly Hills, 90210," "Dawson's Creek" and "Felicity" - and for them, The O.C. ought to connect quickly. [5 Aug 2003, p.66]
  15. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Steve Johnson
    May 6, 2013
    50
    Better is Brody, a bundle of oddball mannerisms and naked yearnings as he plays Seth, the one character the writer truly seems to identify with and understand. Obsessed with sailing and acutely self-conscious, Seth is given a degree of specificity that would be affecting in another show but here serves primarily to underscore how generic everybody else is. [5 Aug 2003, p.C1]
  16. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    May 7, 2013
    40
    As soaps go, The O.C. has its positive attributes, but the show is at its most enjoyable when it's focused on the family at the core. Anytime it strays into the world of the wealthy kids of Newport Beach in Orange County, Calif., it's almost painful because the characters are so detestable and yet bland. [3 Aug 2003, p.TV-5]
  17. Washington Post
    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]
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 61 Ratings

User score distribution:
  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 Full Review »