There are many, many instances/venues where I feel unlucky, for example: all casinos, the bar, sixth grade, driving my car, etc. But there was one occasion where I lucked out…the timing of my birth (Thanks Carol). Odd statement I know, but there is a reason for it.
Because I was born at that particular time (remember…a classy lady never reveals her age) I feel I grew up in the greatest era of teen soaps. I would like to thank whomever was the head of The WB/FOX during the 90s and early 00s for the precious gifts they bestowed upon me.
In this series of posts, I would like to share with you the teen soaps that made me the woman I am today.
“The O.C.” premiered on FOX Aug. 5, 2003. I specifically remember catching a preview of the premiere. When it was over…my mouth was agape and I made a mental post-it note that told me to be home for this show. Needless to say…I was pumped.
In case you did not watch the show, I’ll give you a quick synopsis. Ryan (Benjamin McKenzie) gets mixed up with the wrong crowd and ends up in jail. He is appointed a laywer named Sandy Cohen (Peter Gallagher) who decides to take Ryan in after his mother kicks him out.
Sandy bring Ryan home, which is in Newport Beach, to meet his wife Kirsten (Kelly Rowan) and son Seth (Adam Brody). Ryan moves into the Cohen’s pool house and attends school with the super rich kids. Of course there is a girl involved, that would be Marissa Cooper (Mischa Barton) and the love triangle/angst begins.
Fun Fact: Chad Michael Murray was offered the role of Ryan but turned it down in order to play Lucas Scott on “One Tree Hill.”
Sadly, “The O.C.” only lasted for four seasons and I blame its demise on Mischa Barton. She wanted to pursue a movie career and didn’t want to be held back by the show. After much uproar, Barton asked to leave the show, which meant her beloved character had to be killed off.
Spoiler Alert! Besides Jen Lindley passing away on the series finale of “Dawson’s Creek,” Marissa dying in Ryan’s arm was awful, so awful…possibly beyond awful.
Why I want “The O.C.” to come back? This show captured my attention with its very first episode and I felt like I knew these characters. I even cared for them. To be taken out of my life after four seasons was just plain rude.
The show had all the necessary pieces to make a great teen soap: love triangles, teen angst, drugs, booze, a hilariously evil mother (Marissa’s mom Julie) who sleeps with her daughter’s ex-boyfriend, embezzlement, etc.
If you have never watched “The O.C.,” I say two things: 1. Get. It. Together. 2. Buy the DVDs. All four seasons are available.