• 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. 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]
  2. 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]
  3. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 28, 2013
    58
    Nothing in the opener is especially fresh or intriguing except the relationship between Ryan and Seth.
  4. 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]
  5. 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]
  6. 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]
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 63 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 63
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 63
  3. Negative: 19 out of 63
  1. May 31, 2017
    10
    I just started watching The O.C. and it's actually good. A lot of things happened in the pilot. And it really surprised me. The O.C. is aI just started watching The O.C. and it's actually good. A lot of things happened in the pilot. And it really surprised me. The O.C. is a binge-worthy show. And whoever is reading this, you should watch this show. You won't be disappointed. Full Review »
  2. 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 »