The lives of a group of friends and families have forever been changed by the arrival of an outsider to their affluent ocean-side community of Newport Beach in Orange County, California. When Ryan Atwood ...moreThe lives of a group of friends and families have forever been changed by the arrival of an outsider to their affluent ocean-side community of Newport Beach in Orange County, California. When Ryan Atwood (series star BEN McKENZIE) was taken in from the streets of Chino by then public defender Sandy Cohen (series star PETER GALLAGHER), the Cohens had no idea how Ryan's arrival would change their lives and the lives of those around them. Initially resistant, Kirsten Cohen (series star KELLY ROWAN) opened her heart to accept the outsider just as she had accepted Sandy, another outsider, into her powerful old-money Newport Beach family. Their "adorkable" son, Seth (series star ADAM BRODY), found a friend and brother in Ryan to share his quirky way of looking at the world--and the trials and tribulations of winning the heart of Summer Roberts (series star RACHEL BILSON), Seth's lifelong crush.Early on, Ryan fell in love with the girl next door, Marissa Cooper (series star MISCHA BARTON), the daughter of Kirsten's high school sweetheart Jimmy Cooper (recurring guest star TATE DONOVAN - "The Pacifier," "Murder at 1600") and the notorious Julie Cooper (series star MELINDA CLARKE), who is now divorced from Jimmy. Ryan and Marissa's romance, however, is ill-fated, constantly tested by the young lovers' inability to escape from their pasts.Ryan, Marissa, Seth and Summer are about to begin their senior year at The Harbor School. But while everyone else celebrates the last days of summer, a dark cloud hangs over the foursome. Two months after being shot, Ryan's brother, Trey (recurring guest star LOGAN MARSHALL-GREEN - "24," "The Great Raid"), still clings to life, and the cops want to know who really shot him. Will Ryan take the fall for Marissa?Meanwhile, Julie and Jimmy are determined to protect their daughter at whatever cost. And as Seth, Ryan and Sandy try to fend for themselves at home, Kirsten continues recovering in her plush rehab by the sea and forms a friendship with fellow recovering alcoholic Charlotte Morgan (recurring guest star JERI RYAN - "Boston Public," "Star Trek: Voyager"), who--like all things in the O.C.--may not be everything she appears to be. less
Ryan Atwood, a troubled teen, plunges into the wealthy community of Newport Beach after idealistic lawyer Sandy Cohen takes him into his home- forever changing the lives of Sandy and his family, as well as the beautiful girl next door, Marissa.