Entertainment Weekly - 10/29/2004
"[With] whip-smart dialogue..."
Life in THE O.C. (or Orange County, California as it's better known) attracts the rich and famous to its wealthy homes and shores. The sun glints down on plastic surgery-enhanced models, and that odor visitors can whiff is the sweet smell of money. But a dark heart lies amongst the glamour, with a number of troubled individuals going through a series of life crises. Ryan Atwood (Benjamin McKenzie) is one such person--a 16-year-old whose life is strewn with difficulties, he is taken under the not-so-protective wing of the Cohen family. But Sandy (Peter Gallagher) and Kirsten Cohen (Kelly Rowan) have problems of their own to contend with, as does their son, Seth (Adam Brody). The Cooper family are their neighbors, whose troubled daughter, Marissa (Mischa Barton) also provides much of THE O.C.'s action. A huge hit with viewers who love to see how the privileged live their lives, this release contains the entire first season of the show.