The O.C.

2003 TV-PG 4 seasons

The O.C.

2003 TV-PG 4 seasons
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Troubled teen Ryan Atwood (Benjamin McKenzie) finds himself among the glamour and glitz of Orange County after living on the wrong side of the tracks. Once lawyer Sandy Cohen (Peter Gallagher), puts Ryan up in his house, the young man quickly becomes entangled with spoiled rich girl Marissa (Mischa Barton), who introduces him to a whole new world of money, backstabbing, and vice. Kelly Rowan, Rachel Bilson and Melinda Clarke also star.
Peter Gallagher, Kelly Rowan, Ben McKenzie, Adam Brody, Rachel Bilson, Melinda Clarke, Mischa Barton, Tate Donovan, Alan Dale, Autumn Reeser, Chris Carmack, Willa Holland
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  4

Summary of Season 1 (2003) - 7 discs

Ritzy Newport Beach, Calif., is a place where money, gossip, sex, glamour and dysfunction collide in this edgy soap. Teenager Ryan (Benjamin McKenzie) ends up there after his mother abandons him and lawyer Sandy (Peter Gallagher) takes him in. He finds a new best bud, Seth (Adam Brody), and a new crush, Marissa (Mischa Barton), but not everyone is as welcoming, including Marissa's boyfriend, Luke (Chris Carmack). Welcome to the O.C.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this is a show full of teen drinking, drugging, fighting, sex, and angst. A single episode dealt with fallout from a shooting, included scenes in a rehab facility, and showcased the usual melodramatic relationships and smooching we've come to expect from evening soaps. The characters try to escape the consequences of their actions and get away with as much as they can. If your kids behaved the way these teens do, you'd be really worried about their values.

Sexual Content

Shirtless guys, talk of hooking up, sex on the brain, bodies on the beach.


There are fist fights and verbal threats.


"Bitch" is the favorite word.

Social Behavior

There are fist fights, drug taking, homosexual slurs, friends leaving friends drunk on the sidewalk -- nothing you'd want your kids doing. But bad behavior is shown to have bad consequences, and kids learn from thier mistakes and the mistakes of their friends -- and flawed parents.


Designer labels and thing-lust permeate most episodes. Now the show has put its name on clothes, music, and perfume, too.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

High schoolers shown drinking heavily, smoking pot, snorting coke, and -- oh yeah -- drinking so much that the sympathetic main character is deposited on her front walk passed out cold. Over the top and really irresponsible.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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