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Air Date

August 5, 2003

Episode

1

Title

Premiere

Summary

THE O.C., otherwise known as Orange County, California, is an idyllic paradise, a wealthy, harbor-front community where everything and everyone appears to be perfect. But beneath the surface is a world of shifting loyalties and identities, of kids living secret lives, hidden from their parents, and of parents living secret lives, hidden from their children.

RYAN ATWOOD (BENJAMIN MCKENZIE), a troubled teen from the wrong side of the tracks who is thrust into this world, will soon learn that nothing is what it seems. He moves to the O.C. when SANDY COHEN (PETER GALLAGHER, "American Beauty," "While You Were Sleeping"), an idealistic pro-bono public defender, invites him to stay in his guest house. Sandy's wife, KIRSTEN (KELLY ROWAN), wealthy and beautiful, former homecoming queen, perfect spouse, mother, and business woman, isn't happy that Ryan has moved in. And she's worried about how it will affect their teenage son SETH (ADAM BRODY, "Growing Up Brady," "Neverland"), a soulful dreamer ostracized by his peers.

Making the whole situation more interesting is MARISSA COOPER (MISCHA BARTON), the heartbreakingly beautiful girl next door who seems to glide through life effortlessly. That is, until the indiscretions of her wealthy father JIMMY (TATE DONOVAN, "Hercules," "Mister Sterling") threaten to break her world apart.

THE O.C. is a story of fathers and sons, husbands and wives, and the coming of age of three young people. Ryan's arrival is the catalyst for new alliances forged, old flames rekindled, and unlikely friendships born.

Director

Doug Liman

Writers

Josh Schwartz

Peter Gallagher

Sandy Cohen

Kelly Rowan

Kirsten Cohen

Benjamin McKenzie

Ryan Atwood

Mischa Barton

Marissa Cooper

Adam Brody

Seth Cohen

Tate Donovan

Jimmy Cooper

Melinda Clarke

Julie Cooper

Daphne Ashbrook

Dawn Atwood

Chris Carmack

Luke Ward

Rachel Bilson

Summer

Ruth Williamson

Fashion Coordinator

Drew Fuller

TBD

Karen Coughton

Alison Simpson

Holly

Ashley Hartman

Barry Wiggins

Steve

Bradley Stryker

Trey Atwood

Camille Mana

Fashion P.A.

Christine Romeo

Newport Woman #1

Collin Stark

Saunders

Nielsen Ratings

5.0/8, 7.5 Mms viewers, #26 (8/5)

2.9/5, 4.2 Mms viewers, #80 (8/7)

3.5/6, 4.9 Mms viewers, #69 (8/11)

Photos

The O.C. Pilot Photo Gallery

Fox Television

Fox Television's O.C. Site

Warner Brothers

The Warner Brothers O.C. Site

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