Lessons from: ‘The OC’
When ‘The OC’ premiered on Fox in the summer of 2003 it was an instant success. It was a pop cultural phenomenon that paved the way for several shows that came after it – think the CW’s revamped ‘90210’ and ‘Gossip Girl, and even Fox’s new hit ‘Revenge.’
Looking back on it now, five years after the show’s swan song, we can see the problems the show created, we see the corners the writers painted themselves in to, we can see all of its flaws. And we often tend to let the wreck of the third season overshadow the rest, which admittedly, was a wonderful and witty television show that at times made us laugh, forced us to face the hypocrisy of our own lives, and tackled some tough subjects – like drug use, what to do when your mom is sleeping with your ex-boyfriend, how to survive overdosing in an alley in Tijuana, how to make the popular girl like the shy nerdy kid, and whether or not buying the Lighthouse with a financial planner who embezzled money from his clients is a good investment.
Whew. That’s a lot. But it doesn’t even begin to describe everything that happened on this show during its four season run.
So starting this week I’m going to post a weekly series on lessons learned from ‘The OC’. These lessons might be television related or humanity based, but no matter how you look at, we owe a lot to the show that made, “Welcome to the OC, bitch!” a thing.
Use the links below to navigate between the posts.
Part I – America loves pretty white people with problems
Part II – It’s possible to have a show that is about the adults as much as the teenagers
Part III – More drama does not equal better television
Note: Photo courtesy of Fox.