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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.
[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.
The O.C. stands for a not-too-shabby soap opera with honest-to-goodness screenwriting and actors.
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.
Mostly it takes a paint-by-numbers approach to drama, laying out a predictable story in an unimaginative way, putting the greatest priority on filling the screen with chiseled faces and well-toned bodies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for The O.C.: Season 1
Apr 27, 2021The OC Season 1 is a master class in genre reinvention with some of the most satisfying story arcs of any series of its ilk -- perfectly executed from pilot to finale.
Apr 10, 2021One of the best teen dramas of all time.
Nov 13, 2020A balanced and cohesive Season of The O.C, the serie' family drama has a taste for more.
Jan 19, 2019So my review dissapeared but a gave this a 3.75-4/5. really liked this season
Nov 05, 2017The 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, 2017One 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, 2017Although 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, 2017The O.C.-one of the best shows ever and forever, and thats 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, 2016The Cast is brilliant .
Sep 03, 2015Like 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.