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



Critic 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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Air date: Aug 5, 2003
Air date: Aug 12, 2003
Air date: Aug 19, 2003
Air date: Aug 26, 2003
Air date: Sep 2, 2003
Air date: Sep 9, 2003
Air date: Sep 16, 2003
Air date: Oct 29, 2003
Air date: Nov 5, 2003
Air date: Nov 12, 2003
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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
Taylor Handley
as Oliver Trask
Bonnie Somerville
as Rachel Hoffman
Mary Castro
as Pole Dancer
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 (22) | Top Critics (15)

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…

Tell me you don't get choked up... and I'll call you a liar.

Sep 18, 2018 | 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…

There's little else that could make this hit Fox series any sudsier than it already is.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

There is much daftness to enjoy in The O.C... It's trash, of course, but quality trash.

Sep 18, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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While on one level this is laughable, The O.C. has a seductive quality... This, you have to admit, looks pretty enticing.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

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