Have you ever been so emotionally attached to a television show that when a season ends or the show gets cancelled, you just don’t know what to do with yourself? You have to admit, at one point or another you were obsessed with watching “The O.C.” Yeah, me too. Sitting in front of the television set with a snack and a blanket, we would watch and come to tears as Ryan persistently fought to keep Marissa by his side or whenever Seth would climb onto a hot dog cart to confess his undying love for Summer. And now, we keep the blue and orange box sets of DVDs on a shelf, hidden away from any harsh realities that try to push this show into the past.
Ever since its first debut in August of 2003, it has been seen as a predominate time capsule of the American culture in that time period. The show helped to slowly introduce the growing taste of new music and one of the first teen soap operas to fantasize about life on the West Coast.
The outwardly handsome protagonist, Ryan Atwood, is first met in jail with the staring public defender, Sandy Cohen. Sandy is married to Kirsten Cohen, a profound workaholic but loving mother to their dorky teenage son, Seth Cohen. Wanting to be the star of the show, Seth soon becomes best friends with Ryan when the Cohens let him move into their lovely homes pool house right on the coast of Newport Beach, allowing him to have a fresh start in this tough world.
Ryan’s fresh start starts out with falling in love with the petite sun kissed girl next door, Marissa Cooper. Literally, the girl next door. Marissa’s best friend is the little brunette Newpsie, Summer Roberts. Summer has been the apple of Seth’s eye for years. Marissa is secretly struggling with substance abuse with a father, Jimmy Cooper, that is tempted to become a fraud and a mother, Julie Cooper, that goes prancing around in expensive tracksuits wanting to be her own body guard.
The show covers everything from affairs, grand theft auto, drug and alcohol abuse, fights and lots of financial issues. All of these events were carefully put together to make the show somewhat relatable to most of its viewers.
The soundtrack for “The O.C.” featured new aspiring indie artists that sometimes appear on the show in Newport’s main concert venue, The Bait Shop. The shows soundtrack was mostly made up of Indie whish was without a doubt very popular. “The O.C.” undeniably played a big role in helping to form Indie into what it is today.
Not many shows took off so well or ended so hard as “The O.C.”. Since the start, it had the highest rating among teens and adults over any other t.v. show or drama on television. But, in 2007 when it went off the air, most of its previous fanatics had already abandoned the show. What caused the show to go down hill? Was the plot adding up too quickly? Or was it the mainstream models of comedy and tragedy? Maybe the viewers just needed more excitement?
While it lasted though, our relationship with “The O.C.” was most like our first relationship with young love; obsessive but full of heartfelt memories.