I’m watching the show and I’m not turned off by it. Suprising, really. And neither is the New Yorker:
“The O.C.” means to show us that, difficult as it may be for the misfit Ryan, a poor kid from a broken family, to make his way in this exclusive place, with its cutthroat attitude toward outsiders, life can be just as demanding, and even as frightening, for the insiders. (Itâ€™s not easy having green.) While on one level this is laughableâ€”all you need to know about a gated community, it could be argued, is that there is a gateâ€”â€œThe O.C.â€? has a seductive quality.