The OC was one of those magical shows that everyone watched and genuinely enjoyed because it was legitimately entertaining. You had your bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks, the cute nerd who likes comics and indie rock, the messed up rich girl and the messed up rich girl’s amazingly snooty BFF with a soft side. Set it in a sexy, beach side location and throw in a great soundtrack? You have yourself one of the most formative TV shows of my childhood.
This was the first show that I started that actually felt like I was witnessing a television phenomenon with each episode. It was funny, sincere and had the perfect balance of cheese and drama. It was like a soap opera with less plastic surgery.
If you loved The OC like I did–I mean who didn’t?–check out these 12 memorable moments from the show!
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'Welcome To The OC, Bitch!'
So Marissa's jerk BF Luke (at the time) gave Ryan a great welcoming present: A punch in the face. The best part about him saying, "Welcome to the OC, bitch! This is how we do it in Orange County" was that it made Orange County look like this mecca for tough rich kids when really...it's not. I'm from LA, its northern neighbor, and we've never looked at Orange County as a place for tough kids. This scene just cracked me up.Source: The OC/FOX
Sandy Cohen's Eyebrows
Need I say more?Source: The OC/FOX
Marissa Blamin' It On The Alcohol
Wow, Marissa really had her fair share of problems, didn't she? I mean, she was a total alcoholic by the time she was sixteen. That, on top of having a bad relationship with her mom and having a dad who was caught in the middle of a fraud case? Yikes.Source: The OC/FOX
Ryan Hates Rich Kids
Do you know what Ryan likes about rich kids? Nothing.Source: The OC/FOX
Remember that cool "alternative" chick Anna who moved to Orange County from Pittsburgh and got all close with Seth and that made Summer all jealous? Ah, simpler times.Source: The OC/FOX
The Spiderman Kiss
Summer fulfilling Seth's nerdy comic book hero fantasy by mimicking the steamy kiss from the first Spiderman movie. For some reason this was, like, my definition of true love when I was 14-years-old.Source: The OC/FOX
The simple combination of the religions of the Cohen's inter-faith household spawned became so popular that it is pretty much a household term these days.Source: The OC/FOX
Trey Effs Everything Up And Ends Up Shot
So Ryan's messed up brother from back home just messes everything up. He tries to rape Marissa, then tries to kill Ryan? And...Marissa shoots him? It was the most over the top death scene on television (especially with that music) and spawned a hilarious SNL Digital Short about it. Classic.Source: The OC/FOX
Marissa's Pool Rage
My favorite part about Marissa screaming her head off was that she sounded like Charlie Brown whenever he misses the football.Source: The OC/FOX
Seth Cohen: An Early '00s Indie Dreamboat
Seth Cohen was a dreamboat. I mean, seriously. His style was so early '00s cute indie kid (rockin the striped shirt with the long sleeved shirt underneath wow is it getting hot in here?). Also, he loved Death Cab For Cutie and comic books? I just...who didn't want Cohen?Source: The OC/FOX
Marissa Is Bi Now?
So what do you think? Was Marissa's attraction to Alex a ploy to increase ratings? Or was it just legit. People are really unsure, and I don't blame them. It came out of nowhere to me but hey, sexuality is funny like that!Source: The OC/FOX
Marissa's Death And The End Of The Show For Most Of Us
Cars. Fire. Dead Coop. Honestly, this is when I stopped watching the show and, from what I've heard, I didn't really miss anything in the next and final season. By this point the show needed to end. It ran its course and didn't know what to do anymore...besides kill off Marissa.Source: The OC/FOX