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The OC - The Complete Season 1 [DVD] 
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All 27 episodes from the first season of the racy US teen drama. In the pilot episode, troubled teen Ryan Atwood (Benjamin McKenzie) is taken in by the wealthy Cohen family after being arrested for car theft in his hometown of Chino, California. In 'The Model Home', Ryan decides to run away from his cushy new home, but is persuaded to stay by his new friends Seth (Adam Brody) and Marissa (Mischa Barton). 'The Gamble' sees Ryan's mother Dawn (Daphne Ashbrook) making a surprise visit to her son's new home. Newport's finest young ladies are preparing to enter society in 'The Debut'. 'The Outsider' sees Ryan taking a job at the Crab Shack diner. Marissa must choose between Ryan and Luke (Chris Carmack) in 'The Girlfriend'. In 'The Escape', Seth, Ryan, Marissa and Summer (Rachel Bilson) take an end-of-summer trip to Tijuana, Mexico. 'The Rescue' sees Ryan enrolling at his new school. School begins in 'The Heights', and Marissa finally chooses her man. 'The Perfect Couple' sees Ryan and Marissa planning their first date. In 'The Homecoming', it's Thanksgiving - and Ryan gets a call from his family back home. 'The Secret' sees Ryan and Luke making friends. In 'The Best Chrismukkah Ever', Seth is still stringing two girls along. It's New Year in 'The Countdown', and Seth finally makes his choice. In 'The Third Wheel', there's an unwelcome guest in the Cohen household. 'The Links' sees Summer getting used to being just friends with Seth and Anna (Samaire Armstrong). Summer has found herself a new boyfriend in 'The Rivals'. Relationships are looking fragile for a few couples in 'The Truth'. In 'The Heartbreak', it's Valentine's Day and Marissa confesses her true feelings to Ryan. In 'The Telenovela', Ryan and Marissa are having trouble staying just friends. 'The Goodbye Girl' sees Anna leaving Newport to return to Pittsburgh, much to Seth's dismay. In 'The L.A.', Summer and Marissa get invited to a Hollywood party. 'The Nana' sees Nana Chen (Linda Lavin) arriving in Newport for Passover with some tragic news. 'The Proposal' sees Luke becoming the victim of a tragic accident. In 'The Shower', everyone is in shock after Caleb (Alan Dale) and Julie (Melinda Clarke) announce their engagement. In 'The Strip', Seth and Ryan get into a sticky situation in Las Vegas while attending Caleb's Bachelor party. Finally, in 'The Ties That Bind', Juile and Caleb get married, while Ryan faces a difficult decision.
When Ryan Atwood, a tough, guarded, fiercely intelligent 16-year-old plunges headlong into the wealthy, privileged community of Newport Beach, he soon discovers that the ruling families of Orange County are every bit as territorial as the tough crowd with which he ran on the streets of Chino. For Sandy Cohen, the idealistic public defender who takes Ryan in; his wife Kirsten, the linchpin of O.C. society; their awkward adolescent son, Seth; and the beautiful troubled girl next door, Marissa Copper - Ryan's presence will forever change their lives.
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I'm writing this, then, for two reasons; firstly to encourage prospective buyers not to be put off and to give it a go, but also because I seriously do enjoy the series.
The OC is described on the official review as 'edgy', a term which sums it up well; it may be set in the materialistic, artificially beautiful world of Orange County, but a more than desultory flick across channels makes it clear that this is completely self-aware. The OC is a show about outsiders. Revolving around Ryan, a resented lower-class arrival into the community,and Seth, a geek despised for not fitting in, the mere fact that the series was written by Josh Schwartz,(who in his teen years suffered bullying in Orange County) should make it clear that while it may take us into the homes and stories of beatified, trivial rich kids, it is far from celebrating them. It will not be too much of a spoiler, hopefully, to say that Marissa, who with her water-polo playing boyfriend fits initially fairly well into the 'rich kid' category, finds that when her desperate attempts to break away from the Orange County tight social circle lead to emotional disaster; society is unwilling to let go of her, a beautiful 'rich kid', as much as it is the customary outsiders.
I could say more but hope I've made some case for the OC.Read more ›
Teens like the show for the trendy music and fashions, while people over 20 consider it a guilty pleasure; it certainly is deliciously decadent, romantic, funny, shocking, and, of course, luxuriantly beautiful. The secret lives of the fabulously rich Newpsies contrast nicely with the outsider's two-fisted approach to life, until he realizes they're not so different after all. Season One has all the angst of high school junior year, as well as the social and financial machinations of the middle-agers. The action all revolves around Ryan, sensitively played by Mackenzie, and the loving Cohen family, with the wonderful Peter Gallagher anchoring it all as the kindly and wise dad. Creator Josh Schwartz has made fascinating characters and an addictive story line. Extras are few; there are no bloopers or commentary, but it's still a terrific DVD set that will satisfy your craving for all things O.C.
The OC has it all. The overlapping storylines include relationship problems, covering themes like jealousy, infidelity and heartbreak, as well as the development of other relationships and friendships, with the odd punch-up or cat fight in between. The introduction of new characters keep the flow of story interesting and there is always something new going on. It never gets boring.
Entertaining, full of surprises, with an amazingly talented cast, 18 hours of television masterpiece. What more could you ask for?
Bring on Season 2!
It's essentially about a young kid named Ryan who is chucked out by his mother and brought into the home of his lawyer, Sandy Cohen. But it's not any old home. Sandy lives in Newport, an incredibly superficial world full of the rich and the beautiful; the complete opposite of his home town Chino.
The series follows Ryan as he starts a new life living with Sandy, his wife Kirsten and their son Seth. Seth is the dorky but adorable one who doesn't quite fit in. He loves sailing and comic books and doesn't really have any friends until Ryan comes along. Nextdoor neighbour Marissa appears to have the perfect life but her Dad goes and ruins all that!
We learn how Seth has been in love with Marissa's best friend Summer for years and years, but she doesn't even know who he is. (He named his boat "Summer Breeze" after her) That soon changes as the super popular Summer falls for geeky Seth. Oh dear, what will that do to her reputation?!
Other important younger characters include Marissa's boyfriend and then ex-boyfriend Luke, Marissa's therapy buddy and all round weirdo Oliver, Seth's other lady Anna, and Kirsten's sister Hailey.
Although the OC is largely a teen drama, the parents have just as big a part as the youngsters. Sandy's wife Kirsten, Marissa's parents Jimmy and Julie not forgetting Kirsten's father Caleb, the scheming and manipulative businessman.
There's not a bad or boring episode in this series. Every episode is so witty and the sarcasm from characters such as Seth is hilarious.Read more ›
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Used but completely new! It came home quite fast than expected. I happy because I will see this amazing serie again. I'm looking forward to buy the next seasons.Published 3 months ago by Guillermo Castellanos
Arrived in perfect condition and very quick . Amazing price as well . Would defiantly recommendPublished 4 months ago by David Earle
I'm only giving it 4 stars because, even though this is a new "remastered" edition of the original U.S. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Emy Max
arrived on time and is good but i think could have been betterPublished 6 months ago by M. F. Bradshaw