First air date
August 5, 2003
The teen drama centers around a group of young adults that reside in Newport Beach, Calif. Ryan Francis Atwood, a troubled young man from Chino, Calif., is adopted by his attorney, Sandy Cohen, and his wife, Kirsten, after he gets in trouble with the law. His whole life changes as he makes the transition from a rough working class neighborhood to a luxurious lifestyle in a wealthy neighborhood. Ryan and his surrogate brother, Seth, end up becoming part of a close knit of friends that includes Marissa, Summer and Taylor. The friends end up going through dramatic events together and have to deal with subjects such as love affairs, sexuality, alcoholism, gambling addiction and are even forced to learn how to deal with death.