The O.C.: Season 1 (2003 - 2004)

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Season 1
The O.C.

Critics Consensus

Even though it lacks an original take on teen angst, The O.C. functions well enough for its target audience, churning plenty of soap storylines out of a talented cast.

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Critic Ratings: 27

85%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 107

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Episodes

1
Air date: Aug 5, 2003
2
Air date: Aug 12, 2003
3
Air date: Aug 19, 2003
4
Air date: Aug 26, 2003
5
Air date: Sep 2, 2003
6
Air date: Sep 9, 2003
7
Air date: Sep 16, 2003
8
Air date: Oct 29, 2003
9
Air date: Nov 5, 2003
10
Air date: Nov 12, 2003
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Cast

Benjamin McKenzie
as Ryan Atwood
Peter Gallagher
as Sandy Cohen
Rachel Bilson
as Summer Roberts
Kelly Rowan
as Kirsten Cohen
Adam Brody
as Seth Cohen
Mischa Barton
as Marissa Cooper
Tate Donovan
as Jimmy Cooper
Alan Dale
as Caleb Nichol
Melinda Clarke
as Julie Cooper
Navi Rawat
as Theresa
Taylor Handley
as Oliver Trask
Bonnie Somerville
as Rachel Hoffman
Mary Castro
as Pole Dancer
Jem
as Herself
Daphne Ashbrook
as Dawn Atwood
Linda Lavin
as Nana Cohen
Michael Nouri
as Neil Roberts
Larry Anderson
as Bob Coughlin
Colin Hanks
as Grady Bridges
Craig Warner
as Bartender
Jerry Schumacher
as Robert Campbell
Kelly McCracken
as Riviera Photographer
Joe Howard
as Robert Mills
Brian McNamara
as Carson Ward
Colin Stark
as Saunders
Sarah Carroll
as Girl No. 1
Melissa Strom
as Girl No. 3
Camille Mana
as Fashion P.A.
Shailene Woodley
as Kaitlin Cooper
Ashley Hartman
as Holly Fischer
Kimberly Oja
as Newport Woman
Adam Grimes
as Nordlund
Kimberly Stanphill
as Newport Woman #3
Devin Mills
as Newport Woman #3
Josh Kloss
as Saunders
Ruth Williamson
as Fashion Coordinator
Kevin E. West
as Mr. Bendis
Christine Romeo
as Newport Woman #1
Carrie Armstrong
as Diner Cashier
John Kloss
as Chip Saunders
Shane Haboucha
as Eric Ward
Austin Dolan
as Brad Ward
Michael Reilly Burke
as Tom Willington
Phil Abrams
as Mr. Sheeran
Michael Noun
as Neil Roberts
Paul Witten
as Fashion Coordinator
Ted Rooney
as Themselves
Alison Simpson
as Karen Coughlin
Laura Milby
as Cashier
Eric Allan Kramer
as Soccer Coach
Natalie Blalock
as Gail Van Deepen
Steven M. Gagnon
as Arson Investigator
Robert A. Guthrie
as Crowbar Kid
April Grace
as Dr. Burke
Kate Rodgers
as Meredith Ward
Lamont Thompson
as DA Greg Hoades
Doug Ballard
as Peter Johnson
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Critic Reviews for The O.C. Season 1

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (17)

The O.C. doesn't pretend to be something it's not... But it speaks the truth in terms of the dynamic between teens and their parents and teens with teens.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

[It] looks like it'll hit the mark with the young target audience, and this early-summer start will help generate buzz, as it did when 90210 took off.

Jan 29, 2015 | Full Review…

The O.C. stands for a not-too-shabby soap opera with honest-to-goodness screenwriting and actors.

Jan 29, 2015 | Full Review…

Most of all, The O.C. presents a father figure who is decent, smart and generous. Gallagher embodies those qualities with ease -- he's the kind of father that television sorely needs.

Jan 29, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 29, 2015 | Full Review…

If this one doesn't last, then I give up. It's as good as TV soap gets.

Mar 31, 2020 | Full Review…

The O.C.'s primary appeal is its implausibility, which offers respite from the moral swamp of reality TV. It's okay for fictional characters to be ridiculous and tacky.

Mar 31, 2020 | Full Review…

This is how they do it in "The O.C." -- shallow glamour and stylish melodrama, perfect TV teen bait.

Mar 31, 2020 | Full Review…

Fox returns to teen drama with a remastered mix of the classics.

Mar 31, 2020 | Full Review…

There's nothing not to like about the people of The O.C.

Mar 31, 2020 | Full Review…

At its best, this was a guilty pleasure that managed to transcend the whole guilty pleasure entertainment it delivered by virtue of its wit and charm. Thanks to strong performances and very lovable characters, it's a show that's a pleasure to revisit.

Sep 18, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Even though the script is well written, it's throbbingly unoriginal. But that probably doesn't matter if you're a teen looking out at the world wondering where the edges are.

Sep 18, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The O.C.: Season 1

  • Jan 19, 2019
    So my review dissapeared but a gave this a 3.75-4/5. really liked this season
  • Nov 05, 2017
    The characters are boring and make their interpreter seem silly, mainly the stereotyped Summer, the plot is predictable, the story is unoriginal and formulaic. I absolutely don't remember anything good to say about this show. Definitly stop watching after this unnecessary stupid season.
  • Jul 24, 2017
    One minute this show is jam packed with emotion and originality, the next moment it is just the opposite. It is better than many "teenager shows" with its memorable cast and their performances, but it is also one of those shows that starts off strong and loses its fire in the later seasons.
  • Jul 12, 2017
    Although it's gets cheesy and isn't exactly original, it's easy to become addicted to and binge watch. The acting is pretty good, and even when it's a bit too dramatic, it's still more watchable than most teen shows today.
  • Apr 17, 2017
    The O.C.-one of the best shows ever and forever, and that’s why: not only is it an encouraging, positive show that lifts you up when you need to watch something to forget the world and its cruelty, it does so without being destructive/not at the cost of other people/values. There is no clumsy, obvious affirmative action (which is always reverse racism underneath), there is no bashing of Europeans/non-Americans for the sake of a nasty political agenda/clumsy propaganda, there is no twisting of historical facts (especially European ones), no turning European legends into villains and so on. And yet, it is a thrilling, entertaining, sometimes thought-provoking show – yes, it can be done, and it can be done successfully and artfully. True, there have been shows about teenagers in rich neighborhoods before, true, there have been shows about unlike couplings/brothers. There have been shows about noble criminals and teenage romance. But this show unites it all in a unique and charming way, and adds a lot of heart and soul and smartness. This is not just a dumb teenie/romance/hypocritical family show, these are beautifully written, round (and perfectly cast) characters with heart and wits – entertaining and educating at the same time (without being overly didactic). This is the show I would recommend to parents to show their kids in order to show them how to behave in the world. A truly uplifting, funny and also instructive show – for viewers and writers alike, this is how it is done, you can entertain/be entertained without violence and xenophobia. A plus!!
  • Mar 06, 2016
    The Cast is brilliant .
  • Sep 03, 2015
    Like the end of season 1 and from what I've read online, I think I should stop watching further and consider it a series finale.
  • Jan 18, 2014
    I was so obsessed with the o.c. when i was younger.. it was not a flawless show and the later seasons were pretty much unwatchable... but there is so much to love about it... the wit, the characters, the scenery...

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