Every few generations, there’s a teen drama series that becomes a massive pop culture phenomenon. There’s Beverly Hills, 90210 for the Gen Xers. One Tree Hill, The O.C., and Gossip Girl for the millenials. And now there’s Riverdale and Euphoria for the Gen Z’s. Of course, that’s only naming a few of the most influential teen drama series.
The O.C. was created by Gossip Girl and Dynasty producer Josh Schwartz and premiered on Fox in August 2003. The series centered on Ryan Atwood (Ben McKenzie), a troubled teen from “the wrong side of the tracks,” who’s taken in by the affluent Cohen family in Newport Beach. It’s the culture shock of a lifetime as he attempts to assimilate into a whole new world.
For four seasons, The O.C. was super popular and impactful to pop culture, taking over the conversation for plot points like Seth and Summer’s Spider-man kiss and Marissa’s eventual death. The series was such a success that MTV wanted a piece of the pie and created a reality series called Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County.
As Netflix dips back into the 2000s nostalgia with Laguna Beach, which arrives on Netflix in November 2022, can you also watch the series that inspired it on Netflix? Here’s where to watch Ben McKenzie, Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, and Rachel Bilson in The O.C. as of November 2022.
Is The O.C. on Netflix?
Unfortunately, The O.C. isn’t currently available to stream on Netflix, and that isn’t likely to change anytime soon. However, never say never! The classic teen dram could arrive sometime in the future if the streamer were to make a deal with Warner Bros. Television.
If you’re looking for similar shows to check out on Netflix, add shows like Ginny & Georgia, Heartbreak High, Outer Banks, Laguna Beach, Gilmore Girls, Friday Night Lights, and more coming-of-age stories to your watch list.
Where to watch The O.C.
Currently, all four seasons of The O.C. are available to watch on both HBO Max and Hulu. The complete series, which features 92 episodes, was available to stream on Hulu first, with HBO Max also taking the rights because of the Warner Bros. connection.
Will you be reliving your teen years with the 2000s favorite?