episode Info: A troubled teen boy's life is forever changed when, upon landing in jail for a crime his brother committed, a public defender from Orange County, California decides to take him into his home..
A troubled youth becomes embroiled in the lives of a close-knit group of people in the wealthy, upper-class neighborhood of Newport Beach, Orange County, California. —Matt Patay
A troubled teen named Ryan is taken in by a public defense lawyer and his rich real estate developer wife in Newport Beach, California after he is kicked out and abandoned by his alchoholic and unstable mother. He meets their quick-witted son Seth and they soon become best friends.
Ensemble drama revolving around the young adult community of the Orange County, California, area. A street-smart teen winds up in the midst of the high-class society of Newport Beach, sparking something of an "edgier" take on the "Melrose Place" style premise. —Anonymous
Ryan Atwood is a troubled teenage youth from the wrong side of the tracks in Los Angeles who finds himself on his own, after he is thrown out of his own house. He finds a place to stay in the posh home of the Cohens in the wealthy community of Newport Beach, the O.C. (Orange County), California. Ryan is accepted by the stern but compassionate Sandford "Sandy" Cohen, a lawyer who has represented Ryan in the past for his misdeeds. But Sandy's wife, Kirsten, aware of Ryan's criminal history, is wary of this new house guest. The Cohen's son, Seth, bonds with Ryan quickly and shows him the ropes of the community -- and vice-versa with Ryan giving advice to Seth about life and love. Ryan develops a crush on Marissa Cooper, a neighbor girl who lives down the street, and he has problems with her not-so-sheltered existence in dealing with her distant father Jimmy and her weak-willed mother Julie. Also, Marissa's best friend, Summer, is oblivious to the crush that Seth has on her, while taking a liking to Ryan. And so begins a new life for Ryan, the Cohens, the Coopers, and generally everyone else in the wealthy, picturesque, secretive, turbulent community in Orange Coun.