The O.C.

A slick hit about a troubled L.A. teen taken in by an idealistic lawyer and his family in affluent Orange County. The series filled the youth-soap hole left by the departed '90210,' but quickly proved itself far more gritty---and witty. In addition, early plots set up an appealing balance between the kids and grown-ups, who were portrayed as real people (more…)

Season 1, Episode 4 The Debut

First Aired: August 26, 2003

The Cohens agree to be Ryan's guardians as long as he stays out of trouble, which could be a problem since Marissa's deb ball is looming and Luke is no longer the only escort option in town. Meanwhile, Jimmy's crimes begin to catch up with him, leading to a public---and very violent---revelation. Julie: Melinda Clarke. Marissa: Mischa Barton. Seth: Adam Brody. Kirsten: Kelly Rowan. Jimmy: Tate Donovan.

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  • Premiered: August 5, 2003
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: A slick hit about a troubled L.A. teen taken in by an idealistic lawyer and his family in affluent Orange County. The series filled the youth-soap hole left by the departed '90210,' but quickly proved itself far more gritty---and witty. In addition, early… (more)

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