The O.C.: Season 4 (2006 - 2007)



Critic Consensus: After losing some luster due to one too many twists, The O.C. rebounds in its final season with a more streamlined narrative, bringing the series to a graceful conclusion.


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Air date: Nov 2, 2006
Air date: Nov 8, 2006
Air date: Nov 9, 2006
Air date: Nov 16, 2006
Air date: Nov 30, 2006
Air date: Dec 7, 2006
Air date: Dec 14, 2006
Air date: Dec 21, 2006
Air date: Jan 4, 2007
Air date: Jan 11, 2007
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High school is over. Time to move on. But events conspire to reunite Ryan, Seth and Summer in posh, seaside Newport. And there may even be a new Core Four.


Kevin Sorbo
as Frank Atwood
Gary Grubbs
as Gordon Bullit
Mischa Barton
as Marissa Cooper
Cam Gigandet
as Kevin Volchok
José Zúñiga
as Jason Spitz
Henri Lubatti
as Henri-Michel
Kat Sawyer
as Head Dean
Craig Susser
as Ham Guy/Santa/Journalist/Caterer
Tate Donovan
as Jimmy Cooper
Bridget Newton
as Ms. Tidey
Viji Nathan
as Psychic
Tia Carrere
as Dean Torres
Matt Crabtree
as Scientist
William Abadie
as Jean Claude Langois
Max Greenfield
as Young Sandy
Jim Pirri
as Patrick
Ellen Hollman
as Young Kirsten
Richard Molina
as ER Doctor
Graham Miller
as Young Jimmy
Johnny Michaels
as Huge Bartender
Elayn J. Taylor
as Exam Doctor
Jordan Mantell
as Sketchy Dude
Kim Evey
as Doctor
Gil Glasgow
as Security Guard
Mark Daniel Cade
as Security Guard
Jack Guzman
as Bouncer
Jeff Witzke
as News Correspondent
Jeffrey Drew
as Airline Representative
Stephen O'Mahoney
as Police Officer
Dan Jongebloed
as Alternate Taylor
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Critic Reviews for The O.C. Season 4

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (7)

Creator Josh Schwartz's writing came off like a light, sharp javelin, funny and wicked in all the right spots, and the cast was charismatic perfection.

Mar 5, 2019 | Full Review…

The series did an excellent job of bringing back the strong early interaction between the main cast, and most importantly, the overall sense of fun that had been missing for so much of the previous year.

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

The O.C. represented a new wave in self-referential teen TV that could be just as good and clever as its "adult" counterparts, while also tapping into a more genuinely youthful perspective.

Apr 1, 2016 | Full Review…

It's probably worth sticking around a little more, since there is potential that this season could be at least kinda' back on track. But if you've already bailed on the show, I don't know that there's enough to justify a reinvestment.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

The series used up three times as much plot as any other drama around. It burned through whole arcs of character development in one episode and started repeating itself.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Now I see what I missed: the rise of Autumn Reeser's Taylor as a fine, funny love interest for Ryan, lots of good jokes from a clearly-too-old-yet-still-game Seth, and a succession of terrific subplots and scenes for his underrated parents.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The O.C. is once again in great creative shape, with believable storylines and plenty of the razor-sharp wit at which the series excels.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Too ironic to be a soap, but too soapy to be a parody. Take this season's dismal debut: a clunky, dark hour in which hunky Ryan brooded... He should have mourned instead the loss of the show's last, best quality-an ability to make fun of itself.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

As is perhaps fitting, though, for a show about teenagers and their notoriously short attention spans, the writers found it hard to keep up the momentum and the quality took a dive... It has been clear the show is on its last legs.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Going forward, Thursday nights will be a little less quippy, a little less pop-culture-obsessed, a little less Seth-y. And, sure, a little less sexy.

Sep 18, 2018 | Full Review…

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