TV Series | TV-PG | | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A troubled youth becomes embroiled in the lives of a close-knit group of people in the wealthy, upper-class neighborhood of Newport Beach, Orange County, California.
Josh Schwartz, who went to school in Providence, Rhode Island at the Wheeler School, often includes references to his former teachers and friends, including an episode in which he refers to "Schmidt's bio", Schmidt having been his biology teacher. Renee Wheeler ... ...
Wait. Are you the kid from Chino who steals cars and sets people's houses on fire?
Anna: So you're saying I'm making my debut into society with Newport's most wanted?
Ryan: Is that going to be a problem?
Anna: I can't wait!
In the pilot episode Ryan says he is 17. Each season was a year because of a Chrismukkah episode per season. Ryan doesn't turn 18 until late season 3 meaning he was 17 for 3 years.
For the first half of season one, Rachel Bilson (Summer) and Melinda Clarke (Julie) were credited as guest stars, even though Rachel Bilson appeared in each episode. From the fourteenth episode on, they were credited on the theme song as regulars.