Welcome to The O.C., an affluent community home to California’s elite. On the outside, these wealthy individuals seem to live in an idyllic paradise, but closed doors hide a world of deception, lies, and hidden loyalties.
The community of Newport was changed forever with the arrival of Ryan Atwood (Ben McKenzie), a brooding teenager from Chino taken under the wing of public defender Sandy Cohen (Peter Gallagher) and his wife, Kirsten (Kelly Rowan). But little did the Cohens know the large impact that Ryan would have on their family and friends. To their “adorkable” son, Seth (Adam Brody), Ryan became a close friend and brother in which he could confide and voice his troubles – especially in winning the heart of his long time crush Summer Roberts (Rachel Bilson). Ryan quickly fell for the girl next door, Marissa Cooper (Mischa Barton), but their relationship is tested in everything they do, as well as by Marissa's mother, Julie Cooper (Melinda Clarke), and in Ryan’s quest to escape from his troubled past.