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Debuting on Fox in 2003, The O.C. managed to win over skeptical viewers with its distinctive mix of shock-inducing drama and heartwarming comedy, making it one of the crucial talked about and beloved teen dramas of the early 2000s. Created and produced by Gossip Lady and Chuck creator Josh Schwartz, The O.C. was the proper type of escapism that transported viewers into the houses of Orange County’s wealthiest households, which is only one motive why the present has continued to remain related following its conclusion in 2007.

Whereas many followers would argue that the sequence was at its greatest within the extra lighthearted and “enjoyable” episodes, which principally targeted on the friendships and romantic relationships between the youthful characters, we won’t overlook the extra emotional and heartbreaking moments that made The O.C. one of the crucial beloved teen dramas of all-time. Here is our rating of the 10 most heartbreaking episodes of The O.C.

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10 “The O.Sea”

Over the course of 4 seasons and 92 episodes, The O.C. gave followers quite a lot of characters to despise (keep in mind Oliver?), however Kirsten’s highly effective and merciless father Caleb was undoubtedly essentially the most irritating and hated amongst followers. Even supposing Caleb was principally despised by the fanbase, his stunning demise in “The O.Sea” and extra particularly Kirsten’s response to his passing make it one of the crucial heartbreaking and memorable episodes of all the sequence.

9 “The Proposal”

Whereas the episode takes place shortly after Marissa learns the stunning fact about Julie and Luke’s secret relationship, “The Proposal” units itself as much as be a surprisingly lighthearted and enjoyable episode, with Seth and Summer time adorning Marissa’s new bed room. Nevertheless, the episode rapidly turns into one of many present’s most emotional when Luke nearly kills himself whereas driving drunk. In a determined try and earn Marissa’s forgiveness and converse to Julie on final time, Luke significantly injures himself, which ends up in a surprisingly emotional interplay with Marissa.

8 “The Night time Strikes”

For a complete of 4 seasons and 92-episodes, The O.C. made viewers and followers all over the world want they might spend Chrismukkah within the Cohen’s gorgeous residence, which is why it is heartbreaking to observe the household return following a large earthquake, solely to search out that their residence (together with the poolhouse) and all of their extraordinarily costly belongings had been completely destroyed. After all, houses might be rebuilt, however the destruction of the Cohen home cemented “The Night time Strikes” as one of many extra heartbreaking episodes.

7 “The Showdown”

Whereas the youthful characters have been actually the main focus of the sequence, The O.C. discovered a solution to make viewers fall in love with a number of of the older characters as properly, particularly Seth’s lovable dad and mom Sandy and Kirsten. “The Showdown” is remembered by followers as one of the crucial emotional and completely heartbreaking episodes, principally as a result of the truth that it positioned Kirsten in a horrific automotive crash, leaving followers to marvel if Seth’s beloved mom had been left significantly injured or lifeless.

6 “The Goodbye Lady”

The primary season of The O.C. did a incredible job of constructing followers fall in love with the characters and the friendships that fashioned between them, which included Seth’s nerdy first girlfriend Anna. It is by no means simple to say goodbye to a pal, and, whereas “The Goodbye Lady” did not characteristic any game-changing moments or main character deaths, Seth saying farewell to his greatest pal (not together with Ryan) made it one of the crucial memorable and heartbreaking episodes of all the sequence. Additionally, who does not love a dramatic and emotional chase by means of the airport?

5 “The Ties That Bind”

The O.C. is well-known for delivering heartbreaking and memorable finales, and the present gave followers a fantastic one with the ultimate episode of the very first season. “The Ties That Bind” made certain to hit an emotional nerve by sending Ryan again to Chino and forcing him to say farewell to the brand new life he discovered with the Cohen’s, Marissa, and Seth. If that wasn’t sufficient, Seth made issues infinitely extra emotional by crusing into the sundown, leaving his dad and mom and his life in Orange County behind.

4 “The Chilly Turkey”

Marissa could have been lifeless and buried, however the fourth and remaining season continued to make use of the character to ship heartbreaking moments. Whereas “The Chilly Turkey” had loads of uplifting and glad moments, together with Volchok’s arrest and a charitable Thanksgiving dinner, the episode additionally featured one of many present’s most heartbreaking scenes. The closing moments of the episode gave us a heartbreaking dialog between Ryan and Julie, with Ryan fantastically describing the second he noticed Marissa for the primary time.

3 “The Dearly Beloved”

Followers of The O.C. will undoubtedly keep in mind “The Dearly Beloved” as one of the crucial stunning episodes of all the sequence. Whereas the episode is maybe most remembered for the tragic showdown between Ryan and Trey, its most heartbreaking sequence is surprisingly centered round one of many older characters. Kirsten’s alcoholism is lastly confronted by Sandy, Seth, and Ryan with a heartbreaking intervention, which featured Kirsten’s closest family and friends members begging her to enter rehab.

2 “The Graduates”

“The Graduates” lands second on our rating for quite a few causes. The episode broke hearts with a lovely commencement ceremony, which noticed Ryan, Marissa, Seth and Summer time say goodbye to highschool and one another, and finally devastated followers by killing a beloved character. Whereas teen dramas are recognized for pushing boundaries and exploring sensitive topics, not many exhibits have the braveness to kill an vital character, however The O.C. shocked viewers all over the world by killing Marissa and having her die in what is definitely one of many exhibits most memorable and heartbreaking episodes.

1 “The Finish’s Not Close to, It is Right here”

Relating to heartbreaking episodes of tv, nothing can put together us for the top. Because the sequence finale, “The Finish’s Not Close to, It is Right here” turned out to be heartbreaking for all kinds of causes. Not solely does the episode wrap the whole lot up fantastically with most of the characters going their separate methods, however we get a small have a look at what the long run holds for these beloved characters earlier than we’re compelled to say goodbye to them eternally. As for essentially the most heartbreaking second within the finale, nothing fairly compares to Ryan saying farewell to the Cohen residence one final time.

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