When Ryan Atwood, a tough, guarded, fiercely intelligent 16-year-old plunges headlong into the wealthy 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 - Ryan's presence will forever change their lives.
High school students, White -- California -- Newport Beach -- Social conditions -- Drama.
Newport Beach (Calif.) -- Social life and customs -- Drama.
Orange County (Calif.) -- Social life and customs -- Drama.
Problem youth -- California -- Drama.
Teenagers -- California -- Newport Beach -- Conduct of life -- Drama.
Television programs -- United States.
Bilson, Rachel, actor.
Brody, Adam, 1979- actor.
Carmack, Chris, 1980- actor.
Clarke, Melinda, actor.
College Hill Pictures, Inc., production company.
Donovan, Tate, actor.
Gallagher, Peter, 1955- actor.
Hypnotic (Firm), production company.
Liman, Doug, television director.
McKenzie, Benjamin, 1978- actor.
Rowan, Kelly, actor.
Schwartz, Josh, 1976- creator, screenwriter.
Warner Bros. Television, production company.
Warner Home Video (Firm), publisher.
Wonderland Sound and Vision (Firm), production company.