The O.C. is an American teen drama television series created by Josh Schwartz and produced by Wonderland Sound and Vision which portrays the fictional lives of a group of teenagers and their families residing in Newport Beach in Orange County, California.
The series originally aired in the USA on FOX from 5 August, 2003 to 22 February, 2007. There are 92 hour-long episodes in four seasons.
The O.C. originally aired in South Africa on DStv's GO channel (which later became Vuzu) from 1 April, 2004 to 10 May, 2007. It later aired on SABC3 and DStv's Sony Entertainment Television (SONY) channel.
See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 4 premiered on SABC3 on Monday 6 September 2010, at 21h00. New episodes broadcast Mondays to Wednesdays at the same time.
Season 4 premiered on SONY on Tuesday 30 November 2010, at 15h40. New episodes broadcast weekdays at the same time. There are 16 episodes in the fourth and final season.
The O.C. - also known as Orange County, California - is an idyllic paradise, a wealthy, harbour-front community where everything and everyone appears to be perfect.
But beneath the surface is a world of shifting loyalties and identities, of kids living secret lives hidden from their parents, and of parents living secret lives hidden from their children.
The O.C. tells the story of the Cohen, Cooper, and Nichol families, and Ryan Atwood, a troubled teen from the wrong side of the tracks, who is thrust into this world and who will forever change the lives of the residents of The O.C.
When the philanthropic Cohen family take in outsider Ryan Atwood, they have no idea how his presence will effect them.
Their awkward adolescent son, Seth, finds a friend and brother in Ryan to share his quirky way of looking at the world and to help him overcome the trials and tribulations of winning the heart of Summer Roberts, his lifelong crush.
Following on from Season 3, the series continues to follow the characters' lives in the wealthy community of Newport Beach, Orange County, California.
High school seems like a distant memory to the young graduates at the centres of The O.C., particularly because they have been thrust into adulthood after the death of their beloved friend Marissa Cooper.
The Cohen’s struggle to keep Ryan focused on the future, fighting the forces that threaten to pull him back into his old life.
Having left Orange County, Summer attends Brown University in Rhode Island, where she has reinvented herself as a left-leaning, tree-hugging activist.
And, lonely in Orange County, Seth works at a local comic book store.
Season 1 (27 episodes)
Channel: GO | Premiere: 1 Apr 2004 | Finale: 30 Sep 2004 | Thursdays, 20h00
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 10 Dec 2006 | Finale: 10 Jun 2007 | Sundays, 20h00
Channel: SONY | Premiere: 18 Aug 2008 | Finale: 23 Sep 2008 | Weekdays, 18h10
Season 2 (24 episodes)
Channel: GO | Aired: 2005
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 4 Sep 2008 | Finale: 30 Oct 2008 | Tue-Thu, 23h00
Channel: SONY | Premiere: 2 Feb 2009 | Finale: 13 Jul 2009 | Mondays, 17h00
Season 3 (25 episodes)
Channel: GO | Aired: 2006
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 2 Apr 2009 | Finale: 17 Sep 2009 | Thursdays, 22h15
Channel: SONY | Premiere: 15 Mar 2010 | Finale: 16 Apr 2010 | Mon-Fri, 15h40
Season 4 (16 episodes)
Channel: GO | Premiere: 11 Jan 2007 | Finale: 10 May 2007 | Thursdays, 20h00
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 6 Sep 2010 | Finale: 11 Oct 2010 | Mon-Wed, 21h00
Channel: SONY | Premiere: 30 Nov 2010 | Finale: 22 Dec 2010 | Mon-Fri, 15h40