The O.C. turned 15 in early August, and the anniversary is the perfect reminder of how amazing the show's first season still is. Even though the second and third season are also full of memorable dramatic arcs, the first season of The O.C. is special to fans thanks to all its iconic moments, from Luke’s “Welcome to the O.C., bitch!” to the beginning of the show’s biggest romances. When it first aired, it was an excellent intro to characters that fans instantly fell in love with and proceeded to follow for four seasons.
The great thing about the O.C.'s first season is that it has 27 episodes, so it feels like two seasons in one — making it the perfect one to marathon. It has plenty of twists that fans could have never expected (Julie and Luke’s affair! Theresa’s pregnancy! Marissa’s scary experience in Tijuana!). But it also has so many touching moments that makes it easy to relate to the characters as they struggled with first relationships, family issues, teen angst, and so on. Plus, this season truly has it all: steamy affairs, love triangles, teen pregnancy, road trips, huge fights — and even an appearance by Paris Hilton. Take a trip down memory lane and revisit the first season’s best moments.