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

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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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A slick hit about a troubled L.A. teen taken in by an idealistic lawyer and his family in affluent Orange County. The series filled the youth-soap hole left by the departed '90210,' but quickly proved itself far more gritty---and witty. In addition, early plots set up an appealing balance between the kids and grown-ups, who were portrayed as real people with real problems, instead of sounding boards for the unblemished Romeos and Juliets. From the directors of 'Go' and 'Charlie's Angels.'

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
Chris Carmack
as Luke Ward
Navi Rawat
as Theresa
Amanda Righetti
as Hailey, Hailey Nichol
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, Sophie "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, Connor Ward
Colin Stark
as Saunders
Sarah Carroll
as Girl No. 1
Keri Lynn Pratt
as Girl No. 2
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
Deborah Cox
as Natalie
Phil Abrams
as Mr. Sheeran
Michael Noun
as Neil Roberts
John Waters
as Keg Bro
Drew Fuller
as Norland
Lisa K. Wyatt
as Customer
Paul Witten
as Fashion Coordinator
Ted Rooney
as Themselves
Collin Stark
as Saunders
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
Christopher Cousins
as Greg Fischer
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 (10) | Top Critics (9)

[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.

January 29, 2015 | Full Review…

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

January 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.

January 29, 2015 | Full Review…

Nothing in the opener is especially fresh or intriguing except the relationship between Ryan and Seth.

January 29, 2015 | Full Review…

Fashioned crudely to appeal to teenage masochism, the series plows old ground in the tritest possible way.

January 29, 2015 | Full Review…

Much here depends on McKenzie, an unknown. But his efforts at Russell Crowe-like brooding play more as blankness.

January 29, 2015 | Full Review…

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