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Trivia: The O.C.
  • Actor Allusion: At Kaitlin's school, Marissa pretends to be an exchange student from London. Mischa Barton was born in London to British parents. Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping also applies and is lampshaded.
  • Casting Gag: Tate Donovan plays Jimmy Cooper (Father to Marissa & Kaitlin) and voiced the title character in Disney's Hercules. When the decision was made to finally introduce Frank Atwood (Ryan's father) in season 4, Kevin Sorbo got the role; Sorbo having played the title character in the unrelated Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Mischa Barton publicly blamed the show for her personal issues. Shortly after the show'a cancellation, she said it was no surprise the show had been cancelled, since they killed her off.
    • Tate Donovan has been rather critical of the show's younger actors in interviews following his departure from the show.
  • Creator Breakdown - Josh Schwartz was jaded by pressure from some fans and Executive Meddling and seemingly zoned out during Season 3.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Benjamin Mackenzie, Adam Brody, Rachel Bilson & Autumn Reeser were all in their early to mid twenties playing teenagers. Lampshaded in "The L.A."
    Ryan (speaking of the star from the Show Within a Show): How does that guy play high school?
    Seth: It's Hollywood, man.
    • Averted with the Coopers. Mischa Barton was 17 playing 16 and Willa Holland was 14 playing 14.
  • Defictionalization: Before the series, "OC" was sometimes used in print as shorthand for "Orange County," but very rarely in speech, and never prefixed with a "the." Many Orange County residents scoffed at the show's title, but over the years, some of them really do refer to the region "the OC" without irony.
  • Dueling Shows: With One Tree Hill. The latter lasted longer, but The OC is usually thought to be the better of the two.
  • Executive Meddling - Resulted in the end of the Marissa/Alex lesbian relationship. Also, apparently a big factor for the quality decline in Season 3, as Fox wanted something 'promotable' to happen every week. The writers once got a note that said, "This is Fox, not Fox Searchlight".
  • Fake American/Fake Nationality: Kelly Rowan is Canadian.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!
    • Steve-O as an insane Marine Seth meets and drinks with in Mexico (4x02)
    • Thirteen plays Seth and Marissa's ex-girlfriend and her ex-girlfriend was Sloan.
    • Rosalie Hale plays one of Ryan's girlfriends and James plays the antagonist of season 3 who kills Marissa.
      • Plus Jasper romanced Kaitlin.
    • Apparently when Taylor was a kid she looked like a younger version of CeCe.
      • And when Sandy was in college he looked like Schmidt.
    • Lucy Hale plays Kaitlin's roommate, whose father created The Valley.
    • Hanna Marin as the Alpha Bitch of Kaitlin's class and one of the girls that she bosses around is Mona Vanderwal.
    • Vicki Donovan is one of Marissa's friends at Newport Union.
      • And Stefan Salvatore shot Luke.
    • Amy Juergens was Marissa's sister in Season 1.
    • Che wound up playing First base for the Oakland Athetics.
    • Julie Cooper used to run a brothel on a border planet and slept with Malcolm Reynolds.
    • And of course Hercules as Ryan's father.
    • Ryan later made up for his criminal past by becoming a Police officer. When that didn't work, he became Batman instead.
    • Wade was on the water polo team. Why does he have cornrows.
    • Volchok cheated on Marissa with Naomi Clark.
    • Bob Duncan is Harbor's soccer coach.
  • McLeaned: Marissa Cooper was killed off at the end of season 3, as the actor wanted off the show.
  • The Other Darrin: Kaitlin Cooper, Trey Atwood, and Theresa's mother.
    • Kaitlin's Other Darrin was lampshaded when Ryan didn't recognize her after she returned.
  • Playing Gertrude: Amanda Righetti was 20 playing 25 year old Hailey Nichol. This also resulted in her being younger than Adam Brody, who was playing her teenaged nephew.
  • Romance on the Set: Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson were engaged in real life.
  • Star-Making Role: For Rachel Bilson; to a lesser degree for Benjamin McKenzie & Autumn Reeser.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Kaitlin was reintroduced in season 3 with a view to creating a spin-off following Kaitlin & her friends at boarding school. This was then retooled into keeping Kaitlin as a main cast member in the fourth season so they could keep the high school drama aspect of the show after the original group had graduated.
    • The writers tried to get Trey to return in Season 4 to finish his story arc.
    • In the same season, Al Gore was supposed to be Summer's GEORGE recruiter, but had scheduling differences.

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