While The OC is a Teen show, it’s roots and main theme is actually family. It did something Teen shows rarely do, it took the time to show an actual healthy parent and child relationship. That’s right Sandy and Kirsten actually parent their children and it’s that collective unit that carries the show.
Romances came and went and even literally died but the Bromance between Seth and Ryan is really the greatest love story ever told. One got a stable family, one that he would thieve in and one got a social life. They were each other’s biggest supporter throughout.
The OC manages to get the right mix of angst with comedy and really is Josh Schwartz at his best.