It’s been over 15 years since The O.C. premiered on Fox, and stunned everyone with its juicy teen drama and sordid storylines. The series centered on Ryan Atwood (Ben McKenzie), a boy from the wrong side of the tracks who gets a second chance at life when he’s adopted by wealthy Newport Beach residents Sandy and Kirsten Cohen (Peter Gallager and Kelly Rowan). Ryan bonds quickly with his nerdy and awkward foster bother Seth (Adam Brody), and he quickly falls for the girl-next-door Marissa Cooper (Misha Barton)–though she’s not exactly available.
The O.C. was a smash hit in 2003 when it first premiered, and it launched the careers of all of the young actors including McKenzie, Brody, Barton and Rachel Bilson who played Marissa’s bestie, Summer Roberts. The series ran for four seasons until 2007, before it was canceled. Can you binge the entire show on Netflix or Hulu now?
Is The O.C. on Netflix?
Unless you’re living in 2008 and you still have a DVD plan attached to your Netflix subscription, you won’t be visiting the teens of Newport Beach through Netflix. Though the streaming service allows those who have a DVD plan to rent The O.C. a few DVDs at a time, those of us who are streaming only are pretty much out of luck.
If you’re willing to wait around for the DVDs, you might as well hit up Amazon.com and use your Prime subscription to order the complete series on DVD for just $74.70. Amazon can ship the entire thing to you in just 2-days, and it’s a collector’s edition box set which has all kinds of juicy behind-the-scenes details.
Is The O.C. on Hulu?
If you have a Hulu subscription (or at least a password) then you’re in luck. Hulu acquired the rights to the former FOX series and they are the sole streamer to provide the series in full. With a Hulu log-in, you can cuddle up with your favorite snacks and indulge in all 92-episodes of The O.C. which includes flighting, violence, love triangles, drug use and everything else that made high school look way more glamorous than it actually was.
Why was The O.C. canceled?
By the time The O.C. ended in 2007, the series was pretty much in shambles. Misha Barton had exited the show to try her hand at movies, and everyone else just seemed like they were tired of it all. In Jan. 2007, Fox decided to pull the plug on The O.C. due to poor ratings.
When the series first premiered it was bringing in an audience of 10 million each week. However, by Season 4, it was only bringing in about 4 million viewers. At the time of its cancelation, Fox News reported, “Observers have pointed to a variety of possible reasons for the slump, including inconsistent quality, the fickleness of younger viewers and a time-slot change.”
Though The O.C. ended on a less-than-stellar note, those first two seasons are gold.
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