As soon as upon a time, Fox’s The O.C. was the highest teen drama to observe that was slightly grittier than what could possibly be discovered over on The WB. The present turned Ben McKenzie, Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, and Rachel Bilson into family names. Characters had been immensely quotable, “Chrismukkah” turned a popular culture buzzword, and even the track selections had been talked about. As anyone who watched on Fox again within the day, I felt immensely previous once I realized that August 5 marked twenty years since The O.C. premiered, however McKenzie’s anniversary throwback is definitely enjoyable… even when his children do not see why Ryan Atwood was so cool.
Ben McKenzie, who would go on to star as Jim Gordon in Fox’s Gotham for its five-season run, performed the sleeveless undershirt-loving Ryan Atwood, and Ryan appeared just like the epitome of cool throughout The O.C.‘s run from 2003 – 2007… for a few of us within the goal demographic in these days, anyway! In keeping with the actor on Instagram, his children simply do not see the coolness of Ryan. Have a look:
Having rewatched the pilot simply final yr, the early 2000s trend was nonetheless pretty contemporary in my reminiscence, and Ben McKenzie and Adam Brody nonetheless look very very similar to merchandise of the period as Ryan and Seth Cohen on this throwback pic. Possibly McKenzie’s youngsters will really feel in another way in the event that they watch The O.C. sometime, however on condition that his children with former Gotham co-star Morena Baccarin had been born in 2016 and 2021, they are not what I’d contemplate the precise age to completely recognize the present… particularly with what their dad will get as much as in it!
Whereas McKenzie’s children might not discover Ryan Atwood as cool as followers did again within the day, any of these followers who at the moment are within the temper to revisit the sequence have some choices. All 4 seasons are presently accessible streaming: with a subscription to HBO Max and/or a subscription to Hulu. Ben McKenzie’s throwback additionally bought some love from some former O.C. co-stars. Rachel Bilson, who performed Summer season Roberts, expressed her emotions by way of emoji:
Melinda Clarke, whose Julie Cooper by no means had a really “cool” opinion of Ben McKenzie’s character, chimed in as properly. The actress went on to look alongside her former co-star on Gotham, and did not miss her likelihood to touch upon McKenzie’s throwback:
The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz shared his two cents as properly with a really brief and candy message that bought fun out of me. He wrote “Similar,” which means that his children additionally do not totally recognize the teenager drama that made such an impression on so many within the early 2000s. I suppose we will not all be longtime followers who nonetheless know all of the phrases to Phantom Planet’s “California” opening theme track!
In all seriousness, it is enjoyable to see the actor throwing again to the present that actually launched his profession as a TV main man, even whether it is jarring to know that “Welcome to the O.C., bitch!” was first uttered 20 years in the past. I simply hope that I am not the one one now within the temper to revisit The O.C.!