Sandy Cohen is often lauded as the best parent of The O.C. thanks to his easygoing demeanor and his excellent advice. But let’s face it: Sandy wouldn’t be the dream dad without Kirsten. Not only does Kirsten balance out his lax parenting style by being the tough mom, but she’s a fierce, smart woman who sticks out in a town filled with housewives looking for rich husbands. Sandy’s an amazing dad, but there were so many times on the show when it became clear that Kirsten is such an underrated O.C. character.
Despite her tough persona, Kirsten always manages to see the best in everyone — including Julie Cooper, who repeatedly brings chaos into her life. Throughout the whole show, Kirsten is the confidant that many of the characters need, even helping out Taylor and Theresa along the way. Kirsten’s advice is often just as great as Sandy’s, and sometimes, even better.
Thanks to her, Seth and Ryan go from being absolutely clueless when it comes to women, to being fantastic boyfriends with headstrong, independent women who match Kirsten’s best traits. Also, let’s face it: Sandy wouldn’t have the opportunity to be the great dad he is without being perfectly complemented by his wife's more serious personality. Here are 11 moments Kirsten proved she’s the best character on The O.C.