Inspired by the success of Fox's teen soap THE O.C., the producers at MTV came up with this reality series about the real-life residents of Orange County, California. Like the characters in THE O.C., the teens of LAGUNA BEACH - THE REAL ORANGE COUNTY drive fancy cars and spend a great deal of their time shopping for expensive clothes. They also fret about their love lives, or lack thereof, while sunning by pools and cruising the California strip. LAGUNA BEACH does not follow the same narrative structure as THE O.C., but there's plenty of high drama; from catfights to boy drama to who's going out with whom to the prom. While the half-hour series follows the lives of six different teenagers in their last year before leaving Laguna for college, viewers will find a semi-protagonist in Lauren. An aspiring fashion designer, Lauren agonises over her relationship with Stephen, who constantly switches his attention between Lauren, and her ultimate nemesis, a junior named Kristin. While the two girls supposedly can't stand each other, shared social circles bring them together time and time again, causing loyalties to be tested, and drama to reach breaking point.