The O.C. 4 Seasons 2003

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Season 1
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1. Pilot TV-NR CC

When tough, guarded, fiercely intelligent 16-year-old Ryan Atwood (series star BENJAMIN McKENZIE) is arrested for participating in a car theft, idealistic pro-bono public defender Sandy Cohen (series star PETER GALLAGHER) is assigned to the case.

Starring:
Peter Gallagher, Kelly Rowan
Runtime:
46 minutes
Original air date:
August 5, 2003

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    1. Pilot When tough, guarded, fiercely intelligent 16-year-old Ryan Atwood (series star BENJAMIN McKENZIE) is arrested for participating in a car theft, idealistic pro-bono public defender Sandy Cohen (series star PETER GALLAGHER) is assigned to the case.

    TV-NR 46min August 5, 2003
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    2. The Model Home Now that Ryan's mother has abandoned Ryan and moved away, Sandy has no choice but to accede to Kirsten's wishes and remand Ryan to Social Services. Facing the prospect of living in a foster home, Ryan prepares to secretly leave on his own.

    TV-NR 44min August 13, 2003
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    3. The Gamble Kirsten's company does not charge Ryan with arson for the model home burning, but he must remain in juvenile hall until he can be placed in the care of a guardian.

    TV-NR 44min August 19, 2003
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    4. The Debut Sandy and Kirsten convince child services officials to let them become Ryan's caretakers, and Ryan agrees to stay out of trouble. But with the upcoming cotillion, an old-fashioned formal event at which teenagers make their "debut" in society, that may be hard to do.

    TV-NR 45min August 26, 2003
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    5. The Outsider After befriending a likeable busboy, Donnie (PAUL WASILEWSKI), at a casual seafood restaurant, Ryan takes a job there.

    TV-NR 45min September 2, 2003
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    6. The Girlfriend Kirsten nervously prepares a magnificent birthday party for her widowed father, Caleb Nichol (recurring guest star ALAN DALE), an extremely successful and driven businessman for whom Kirsten works.

    TV-NR 44min September 9, 2003
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    7. The Escape It's the end of summer, and Seth convinces a reluctant Ryan to plan a trip to Tijuana, where hundreds of rowdy teens congregate to indulge in escapist excess before they have to begin school again.

    TV-NR 44min September 16, 2003
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    8. The Rescue While Marissa recovers in the hospital from her overdose, everyone remains concerned about her. Julie (recurring guest star MELINDA CLARKE) vents her anger at Ryan, blaming him for all of Marissa's problems and warning him to stay away from her daughter.

    TV-NR 44min October 29, 2003
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    9. The Heights The summer is officially over, and it's the first day of school. Summer (recurring guest star RACHEL BILSON) still ignores Seth in public, but privately she is jealous of Seth's burgeoning relationship with iconoclastic East Coast girl Anna Stern (recurring guest star SAMAIRE ARMSTRONG).

    TV-NR 44min November 5, 2003
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    10. The Perfect Couple Having seriously dated for one week, Marissa and Ryan are progressing slowly.

    TV-NR 44min November 12, 2003
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    11. The Homecoming When Seth tries to choose between dating Summer (recurring guest star RACHEL BILSON) or Anna (recurring guest star SAMAIRE ARMSTRONG), he ends up in the middle of a very complicated situation.

    TV-NR 44min November 19, 2003
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    12. The Secret After Thanksgiving, Anna (recurring guest star SAMAIRE ARMSTRONG) and Summer (recurring guest star RACHEL BILSON) remain upset with Seth for his behavior on the holiday, and Seth struggles to reconcile with them.

    TV-NR 44min November 26, 2003
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    13. The Best Chrismukkah Ever Seth excitedly introduces a skeptical Ryan to Chrismukkah, a Cohen family tradition that resulted from Kirsten being Christian and Sandy being Jewish.

    TV-NR 44min December 3, 2003
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    14. The Countdown Kirsten's rebellious 25-year-old sister, Hailey Nichol (recurring guest star AMANDA RIGHETTI), comes to town on New Year's Eve, causing turmoil in the Cohen household.

    TV-NR 44min December 17, 2003
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    15. The Third Wheel Kirsten's unemployed sister, Hailey (recurring guest star AMANDA RIGHETTI), moves in with the Cohens and disrupts the entire family when she behaves as the houseguest from hell.

    TV-NR 44min January 7, 2004
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    16. The Links Ryan, Seth, Marissa, Anna (recurring guest star SAMAIRE ARMSTRONG), Luke and Summer head to Palm Springs for a parent-free weekend at the home of Marissa's new, troubled friend Oliver (recurring guest star TAYLOR HANDLEY).

    TV-NR 44min January 14, 2004
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    17. The Rivals Sandy and Jimmy begin a new business partnership when they buy The Lighthouse, a beloved Newport restaurant.

    TV-NR 44min January 21, 2004
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    18. The Truth Caleb (recurring guest star ALAN DALE) once again puts Kirsten in a difficult situation when he forces her to terminate Julie.

    TV-NR 44min February 11, 2004
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    19. The Heartbreak Marissa tries to mend her relationship with Ryan, but he can't forgive her for the situation with Oliver.

    TV-NR 44min February 18, 2004
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    20. The Telenovela Marissa and Ryan try to start over as friends, but it's not as easy as they had hoped.

    TV-NR 44min February 25, 2004
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    21. The Goodbye Girl When Theresa (recurring guest star NAVI RAWAT) decides to stay in Newport, Ryan is glad, but he feels obligated to help her find a job and a place to live.

    TV-NR 44min March 3, 2004
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    22. The L.A. When actor Grady Bridges (COLIN HANKS - "Orange County," "Roswell") invites Summer and Marissa to his birthday party, the girls take Ryan and Seth to Los Angeles to join in the festivities.

    TV-NR 44min March 24, 2004
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    23. The Nana The Cohen family prepares for a visit from Sandy's mother, Sophie (LINDA LAVIN - "Alice"), for Passover dinner.

    TV-NR 44min March 31, 2004
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    24. The Proposal Marissa isn't ready to speak to Luke or her mother, Julie, following her discovery that the two have been having an affair.

    TV-NR 44min April 14, 2004
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    25. The Shower Every bride-to-be must have a wedding shower, and Julie is going to have one to remember, thanks to Marissa.

    TV-NR 44min April 21, 2004
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    26. The Strip These are Caleb's (recurring guest star ALAN DALE) last days as a bachelor, and he's spending them in Las Vegas.

    TV-NR 44min April 28, 2004
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    27. The Ties That Bind It's Julie Cooper's wedding day, and it will be a day to remember for more people than just the blushing bride.

    TV-NR 44min May 5, 2004

Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Doug Liman
Starring Peter Gallagher, Kelly Rowan
Supporting actors Ben McKenzie, Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Tate Donovan, Melinda Clarke, Daphne Ashbrook, Chris Carmack, Rachel Bilson, Ruth Williamson, Drew Fuller, Ashley Hartman, Alison Simpson, Barry Wiggins, Bradley Stryker, Camille Mana, Christine Romeo, Collin Stark, Josh Waters
Season year 2004
Network FOX
Executive Producer David Bartis
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127 of 143 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 7, 2004
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The first season of "The O.C." was the guilty pleasure of the 2003-2004 television series, although when it popped up in the summer of 2003 that really was more the end of the 2002-2003 television series. After CBS had its great success with the original "Survivor" as a summer series, it took a while for somebody to take the next step, which was what FOX did when they offered up this new soap opera into the wasteland of summer reruns. Actually, the first seven episodes that aired in August and September constituted a test run for "The O.C.," which came back with another twenty episodes starting at the end of October.

The appeal of the show based on the early buzz and media attention was supposed to be on the relationship between Ryan Atwood (Benjamin McKenzie), the boy from the wrong side of the track who is given a second chance by a compassionate lawyer, and Marissa Cooper (Mischa Barton), the spoiled little rich girl who lives next door. Basically the selling point was that he looked like a young Russell Crowe and she looked like a young Twiggy. But star-crossed lovers have been down to death, especially with the entire bad boy meets good girl angle, and the real reason we got hooked on this show was the Cohens, Sandy (Peter Gallagher) and Seth (Adam Brody).

Clearly the sarcasm gene is dominant on the male side of the Cohen family. When Seth is once again the target of golden boy Luke Ward (Chris Carmack), he goes down with his mouth flapping, noting that at least he does not shave his chest. As Sandy says where he accuses Seth of being sarcastic and his son denies the charge, "Well, it's hard to tell sometimes." Actually it is just safer to assume the Cohens are being sarcastic.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Porfie Medina on December 19, 2004
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The O.C. is much better than I expected it to be. I had been hearing so much about this show but was not really that interested in seeing it. I read the reviews here on amazon and saw nothing but positive reviews which of course made me curious to check it out. I ended up purchasing this first season and I have to say I was really pleased with how good the show is. I like the fact that the show is not just about kids in high school, but also their parents and family and how they all interact. The cast is really good and believable enough to either make you love them or hate them. The show is very emotional at times and it is very addicting. I think what scared me away before I ever saw an episode was that I figured The O.C. was just another show about rich kids in California like Beverly Hills 90210 and/or Melrose place. The show is so much more than those other shows and has just the right amount of drama mixed in with just the right amount of heart. I highly recommend The O.C. for anyone who likes must see TV. I can't wait until season 2 comes out on DVD.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Richard Cron on December 10, 2004
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My wife and me bought this set before ever watching an episode. We had heard it was good so we thought we would see what all the fuss was about. Now we know. Every thursday night at eight o'clock is like a religious activity, we never miss it. The only draw back is you get in the habit of being able to watch hours at a time one episode after another and now we have to wait a week to see one hour. We will buy season two the day it is released.This show is a true winner.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By MJ Lanich on October 8, 2004
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yeah i said it . . . read that headline again. Ive watched so many shows over the years in the teen genre who's sole purpose was to craft each show around trying to teach you something like "dont steal", "dont lie" etc. you get the point. But finally here it is . . . a show that says here is our characters, here is the story and thats it.

The show is actually quite amazing. first of all its said in a nice locale instead of a normal everyday american setting. The actors are great and the characters are even better. Adam Brody is 50% of the reason to watch the show in the first place. His humor makes you laugh the whole show. And YES!!! . . parents finally are not made out to be stupid morons ala john hughes with no screen time whatsoever. NO they actually are depicted like normal parents and a couple and have their own plot lines to follow. And finally Summer and Anna (who ive heard will be back to fight for seth in season 2) are supremely gorgeous.

And finally I dont care whether this is exactly what orange county is like in real life. But maybe it is. there could be some family living there watching the show going . . . huh I think someone taped our life for the past couple of years.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Deas on November 28, 2004
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You wont be able to turn off the t.v. once you start watching the OC. you will quickly find yourself wide awake at 4 am and still wanting to contiue to watch more even though you cant keep your eyes open. I highly suggest that you buy and watch this Season of The OC!!!!!!!!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By B. Andico on August 20, 2004
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This is definitely a show I had no doubt a DVD release is well-deserved and anticipated.

An entertainment magazine quoted The O.C. as "Dawson's Creek meets Hollywood Wives". In a way this is true, but I believe there's more to it than that. It appeals to almost everyone...

The O.C. is a story about the lives of the rich and the not so rich in the Orange County (hence the title). It focuses on the lives of three teenagers who are coming of age and it delves on how each approach every adventures or misadventures they come upon usually together as friends. To some this might sound cliche and unoriginal but there's a reason why it's one of if not the hottest TV series at present.

It appeals to most, especially the teen populace, which I think makes up a big bulk of the show's fan following, because of relateability to the key characters Ryan, Seth, and Marissa. While it may have some similarity to Dawson's Creek (which I'm not familiar with since I never watched any episode of Dawson's Creek), it is unique in a sense that the characters' backgrounds are based on this place for the rich and famous and how they react to changes in their lives. It also appeals to the grown ups, mainly the mothers, because of it's being a pseudo telenovela or soap. But to the general public, it's a TV program worth watching.

Good and timely stories. Great soundtrack. The Cast are great and they made their characters believably human and not two-dimensional. All in all, it's a labor of love that really paid off.

To those who haven't watched The O.C. before, here's your chance to see what all the fuss is all about and to enjoy it the same way as most people did.
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