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 6, 2003

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The O.C. is one of my all-time favorite shows.
L. Hooshmand
From the very first episode, I fell in love with The O.C. and couldn't stop watching to see what would happen next.
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The DVD season 1 box set is a must have as it has great special features.
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127 of 144 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 7, 2004
Format: DVD
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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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Porfie on December 19, 2004
Format: DVD
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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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By B. Andico on August 20, 2004
Format: DVD
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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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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