Season Cast 53

  1. Ben McKenzie

    Ben McKenzie

    Ryan Atwood (27 Episodes)

  2. Adam Brody

    Adam Brody

    Seth Cohen (27 Episodes)

  3. Rachel Bilson

    Rachel Bilson

    Summer Roberts (27 Episodes), (13 Episodes)

  4. Melinda Clarke

    Melinda Clarke

    Julie Cooper (27 Episodes), (11 Episodes)

  5. Peter Gallagher
  6. Kelly Rowan

    Kelly Rowan

    Kirsten Cohen (27 Episodes)

  7. Mischa Barton
  8. Chris Carmack

    Chris Carmack

    Luke Ward (27 Episodes), (1 Episode)

  9. Samaire Armstrong

    Samaire Armstrong

    (13 Episodes)

  10. Amanda Righetti
  11. Navi Rawat

    Navi Rawat

    (8 Episodes)

  12. Taylor Handley

    Taylor Handley

    (6 Episodes)

  13. Bonnie Somerville

    Bonnie Somerville

    (5 Episodes)

  14. Shailene Woodley

    Shailene Woodley

    (5 Episodes)

  15. Ashley Hartman

    Ashley Hartman

    (5 Episodes)

  16. Kimberly Oja

    (4 Episodes)

  17. Rosalind Chao

    Rosalind Chao

    (3 Episodes)

  18. Eric Balfour

    Eric Balfour

    (3 Episodes)

  19. Brian McNamara

    Brian McNamara

    (2 Episodes)

  20. Daphne Ashbrook

    Daphne Ashbrook

    (2 Episodes)

  21. Danielle Bisutti

    Danielle Bisutti

    (2 Episodes)

  22. Bradley Stryker

    Bradley Stryker

    (2 Episodes)

  23. Jem

    (1 Episode)

  24. Lamont Thompson

    Lamont Thompson

    (1 Episode)

  25. Keri Lynn Pratt

    Keri Lynn Pratt

    (1 Episode)

  26. Alaina Huffman

    Alaina Huffman

    (1 Episode)

  27. Francis Capra

    Francis Capra

    (1 Episode)

  28. Robert Schwartzman

    Robert Schwartzman

    (1 Episode)

  29. Bret Harrison

    Bret Harrison

    (1 Episode)

  30. Colin Hanks

    Colin Hanks

    (1 Episode)

  31. Shane Haboucha

    Shane Haboucha

    (1 Episode)

  32. Mary Castro

    Mary Castro

    (1 Episode)

  33. April Grace

    April Grace

    (1 Episode)

  34. Al Sapienza

    Al Sapienza

    (1 Episode)

  35. Gina Gallego

    Gina Gallego

    (1 Episode)

  36. Michael Reilly Burke
  37. Nichole Hiltz

    Nichole Hiltz

    (1 Episode)

  38. Christopher Cousins

    Christopher Cousins

    (1 Episode)

  39. Richard Herd

    Richard Herd

    (1 Episode)

  40. Paris Hilton

    Paris Hilton

    (1 Episode)

  41. Kristen Renton

    (1 Episode)

  42. Gwendoline Yeo

    Gwendoline Yeo

    (1 Episode)

  43. Michael Nouri

    Michael Nouri

    (1 Episode)

  44. Jay Kenneth Johnson

    Jay Kenneth Johnson

    (1 Episode)

  45. Paul Wesley

    Paul Wesley

    (1 Episode)

  46. Eric Allan Kramer

    Eric Allan Kramer

    (1 Episode)

  47. Kevin Rankin

    Kevin Rankin

    (1 Episode)

  48. Dita de Leon

    (1 Episode)

  49. Mark Daniel Cade

    (1 Episode)

  50. Drew Fuller

    Drew Fuller

    (1 Episode)

  51. Heidi Van Horne

    Heidi Van Horne

    (1 Episode)

  52. Camille Mana

    Camille Mana

    (1 Episode)

  53. Phil Abrams

    Phil Abrams

    (1 Episode)

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Season Crew 34

Production

  1. McG

    McG

    Executive Producer (27 Episodes)

  2. J. J. Philbin

    Producer (27 Episodes)

  3. Bob DeLaurentis

    Producer (27 Episodes)

  4. Stephanie Savage

    Stephanie Savage

    Producer (27 Episodes)

  5. Josh Schwartz
  6. Dave Bartis

    Producer (27 Episodes)

  7. Doug Liman

    Doug Liman

    Producer (27 Episodes)

Writing

  1. Josh Schwartz

    Josh Schwartz

    Writer (14 Episodes)

  2. Allan Heinberg

    Allan Heinberg

    Writer (8 Episodes)

  3. Erica Messer

    Erica Messer

    Writer (3 Episodes)

  4. Melissa Rosenberg

    Melissa Rosenberg

    Writer (3 Episodes)

  5. Debra J. Fisher

    Writer (3 Episodes)

  6. Stephanie Savage

    Stephanie Savage

    Writer (2 Episodes)

  7. Brian Oh

    Writer (1 Episode)

  8. Jane Espenson

    Jane Espenson

    Writer (1 Episode)

  9. Liz Friedman

    Liz Friedman

    Writer (1 Episode)

  10. J. J. Philbin

    Writer (1 Episode)

Show

Episodes 27

1
8.8

Premiere

August 5, 2003

A new life for Ryan Atwood, the Cohens and the Cooper families, and basically everyone else in the wealthy, picturesque, secretive, turbulent community of Orange County.

Be prepared to meet spoiled rich kids and watch Ryan struggle to fit in with his new crowd...

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August 12, 2003

Faced with the prospect of life in a group home, Ryan decides to run away from Newport, but Seth and Marissa convince him to stay and hide in a vacant building project. Jimmy discusses his recent financial woes with Kirsten, and she offers a solution. After Luke witnesses a close encounter between Marissa and Ryan, he confronts Ryan and a fight breaks loose. Ryan's presence in Newport is exposed in a big way, and two arrests are made.

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8.3

The Gamble

August 19, 2003

Sandy comes to Ryan's rescue once again, after he has a difficult stay in Juvenile Hall. Seth makes Kirsten aware of his anger over Ryan's situation, and Kirsten makes a compromise. Ryan's mother, Dawn, makes a surprise visit to Newport, and things don't go quite as she and Ryan may have planned. The monetary secret involving Julie, Jimmy, Kirsten and Sandy comes to a head.

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0.0

The Debut

August 26, 2003

It's time for the annual Cotillion ball. Cherished by many, hated by most, it's the time when Newport's finest young ladies enter society. More information about Jimmy's business trouble comes to light, and Kirsten's loan to Jimmy is not happy news for Sandy.

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8.5

The Outsider

September 2, 2003

Ryan takes a job at the Crab Shack diner. A co-worker at the diner might mean bad news for the Newport kids. Ryan asks Marissa out on a date. Sandy attempts to help Jimmy sort out his life, and gives him some bad news. Julie reveals a long-held secret to Kirsten. Disaster strikes at another one of Holly's parties.

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September 9, 2003

Kirsten's father, Caleb Nichol, comes for a visit along with his new girlfriend, Gabrielle. 24-year-old Grandma Nichol has arrived. Kirsten finds her job in jeopardy, while Sandy considers making a change. Much to Ryan's disappointment, Luke decides he wants a second chance with Marissa...but who will Marissa choose? Summer makes the moves on Seth, who wonders if her feelings are real.

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8.5

The Escape

September 16, 2003

The Newport kids plan an end-of-summer trip down to Tijuana, Mexico (aka "T.J."). Jimmy has plans of his own, which don't sit well with Marissa. Sandy gets a new job, which Kirsten can't understand. Summer, Seth, Ryan and Marissa find themselves in a strange place together. Jimmy takes it too far. Disaster strikes one of the O.C. kids.

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8
8.5

The Rescue

October 29, 2003

Everyone is back home in Newport, and Marissa is recovering. Julie points her finger at Ryan and forbids him from seeing Marissa, who does not appreciate the help. Sandy starts his new job, but finds himself surprised by the case work. Kirsten finds herself surprised by Sandy's new co-worker. Ryan enrolls at his new school, with conditions. Julie gets an intervention, and Jimmy gets a new roommate.

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9
9.0

The Heights

November 5, 2003

Back to school for the O.C. kids. No one really wants to be there, except for the gossips. Ryan doesn't feel like he fits in at his new school, and Luke doesn't make the situation any better. Sandy accepts a case at his new job, a case that will test his relationship with Kirsten and her father. Anna and Seth hatch a plan. Marissa chooses her man.

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November 12, 2003

Couples are plentiful in 'The O.C.' It is a night of firsts. Now that they are free to love one another, Ryan and Marissa plan their first official date. Kirsten sees her father with a new woman, and fears Sandy has found a new woman of his own. Seth takes matters into his own hands with a girl, and is taken by another girl.

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November 19, 2003

It's Thanksgiving time in ‘the O.C.' It's time for family reunions, and Ryan gets called home by his family. Is it because of the holiday, or is it for a favor? Marissa decides to go along for the ride, but ends up going down Ryan's bad-memory lane instead. Seth plays the player role, but not very well.

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12
9.0

The Secret

November 26, 2003

Seth and Kirsten want to avoid facing the world after their respective displays at Thanksgiving. Sandy has some advice for Jimmy, which doesn't sit well with Julie. Ryan and Luke find themselves getting along after an O.C. loved-one comes out of the closet to face negative reactions.

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December 3, 2003

Ryan, and the World, are officially introduced to the bi-religious holiday Chrismukkah, thanks to Seth. And Seth insists he has TWO Godly forces helping him as he plays TWO girls. Marissa has some 'discount shopping' to do, and finds herself in an embarrassing situation, or two, or three. Kirsten does something that could cost her more than just her job. Summer and Anna each have very special gifts for Seth, but which one will he like the most? And a new boy enters the Newport scene.

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8.5

The Countdown

December 17, 2003

It's New Years and "love" is in the air. A sister returns home, and throws a party. Oliver casts his spell. Sandy and Kirsten find themselves in a rut, and out of their environment. Seth finally makes a decision between Summer and Anna. 2004 is born.

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January 7, 2004

Hailey discovers she isn't as welcome as she might have thought. Perhaps the Cohen house is full? Luke makes some new friends, while Seth and Anna try to tell a friend about their decision. Rooney sings, a lot, and Oliver noses, a lot. Trouble brews.

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16
8.5

The Links

January 14, 2004

Oliver plans a trip for the gang, but things don't go as well as everyone might have hoped- except for Oliver of course. Summer really plants herself into "friendship" within Anna and Seth's relationship. Jimmy and Sandy decide to go into business together. Caleb and Julie return from Europe, and Hailey and Kirsten butt heads. Ryan finds himself in the cold.

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17
8.5

The Rivals

January 21, 2004

Sandy and Jimmy have plans to sign papers for the Lighthouse... but is Jimmy ready? Oliver makes his plans official to Ryan, but Ryan just cannot catch a break from anyone and finds himself in an all too familiar position. Summer has a "big" new boyfriend... for a little while. And Julie gets a job.

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18
9.0

The Truth

February 11, 2004

Changes are happening within the couplehoods of the O.C.'ers. Lines seem to be blurred. Oliver reveals himself as he falls apart, but not before Ryan is completely left in the cold. Someone loses school, one loses work, two lose their partners, and one more loses it all.

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February 18, 2004

It's Valentine's Day in Newport, and everyone is preparing for the Valentine's singles benefit. Luke has a new crush, while Sandy gives Seth some sex advice. An old friend of Ryan's shows up in town, which forces Marissa to lay her feelings on the table. Seth and Summer take their relationship to another level.

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February 25, 2004

Ryan and Marissa begin their life together as "friends", but both discover that it might be harder to do than to say. Theresa drops into Newport for work, and another visit. Julie and Luke realize the meaning of "booty calls", and Seth and Summer make a declaration.

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March 3, 2004

Anna announces that she is leaving Newport to go back to Pittsburgh, which leaves Seth feeling saddened and guilt-ridden. Legal troubles brew for Caleb and Kirsten while Sandy works to solve them. Luke and Julie's secret romance is getting harder to contain, and Theresa brings a bit of trouble from Chino to the O.C.

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8.5

The L.A.

March 24, 2004

When Summer and Marissa run into Grady Bridges, the star of Summer's favourite prime-time soap 'The Valley', he invites them to an LA party, and they accept. On the road trip to LA, Seth, Summer, Marissa, and Ryan run into Hailey, now working at a strip club. Jimmy and Sandy present their restaurant to Newport's finest and approach Caleb for some financial help.

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23
8.5

The Nana

March 31, 2004

Nana Cohen comes to California for Passover with some sad news. Ryan searches for Marissa, who'd gone missing after learning Julie and Luke's secret, and he finds her in the most unlikely of places. Summer tries to impress Nana. Jimmy and Hailey take a step forward.

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24
8.5

The Proposal

April 14, 2004

Jimmy and Sandy run into a roadblock in their effort to re-open the Balboa Lighthouse restaurant. Summer and Seth take it upon themselves to finally make Marissa feel more at home at Jimmy's. Everyone is shocked when Caleb makes a proposal, which sparks a near-fatal accident for Luke. Marissa, and Sandy and Jimmy each strike deals with Caleb. An old O.C. friend moves away.

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8.0

The Shower

April 21, 2004

Everyone is still reacting to the surprise engagement of Julie and Caleb. Kirsten is shocked, and a little burdened to find she's been asked to be Julie's Maid of Honour. Kirsten and Marissa end up in charge of throwing Julie's wedding shower, and Marissa invites an unwanted guest. Theresa calls Sandy for help and tries to avoid Ryan. Jimmy and Hailey continue their romance, and Seth awkwardly meets Summer's father.

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26
9.0

The Strip

April 28, 2004

It's Bachelor and Bachelorette party time for Caleb and Julie. Caleb and the boys head off to Las Vegas while Kirsten organizes an evening at the Cohen house for Julie, strippers included. Seth and Ryan get themselves into a tricky situation in Vegas while back home, Summer pines over lost love, and Marissa comforts Theresa. Jimmy and Sandy learn of Caleb's true motives. Julie and Hailey take a swim, while Theresa has some shocking news for Ryan and Marissa.

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May 5, 2004

Julie and Caleb walk down the aisle, as Ryan and Theresa face a difficult decision regarding their pregnancy. Marissa moves into Caleb and Julie's new castle on the cliff, and Seth struggles to find himself when things around him seem to fall apart. Life in The O.C. comes full circle from one year before.

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