the unofficial fan blog of the o.c. creator josh schwartz



Created By: Josh Schwartz
Network: FOX
Originally Aired: August 5, 2003- February 22, 2007
Main Cast: Ben McKenzie, Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Rachel Bilson, Peter Gallagher, Kelly Rowan, Melinda Clarke, Tate Donovan, Alan Dale, Chris Carmack, Autumn Reeser, Willa Holland
Seasons: 4
Episodes: 92
Rundown: Amazing during Seasons 1 and 2, turned to shit during Season 3. Killed Marissa on the Season 3 finale which ultimately killed the show and lost half of the viewers. This is Josh’s best show, despite it’s crappy later seasons.  The CW should bring it back.

Created By: Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak
Network: NBC
Originally Aired: September 24, 2007- Present
Main Cast: Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Baldwin, Sarah Lancaster, Joshua Gomez, Ryan McPartlin, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Vik Sahay, Scott Krinsky
Seasons: 3
Rundown: Great during Season 1, great during Season 2 outside of some filler episodes, and a slight drop in quality during Season 3.

Created By: Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage
Network: The CW
Originally Aired: September 19, 2007- Present
Main Cast: Blake Lively, Ed Westwick, Leighton Meester, Taylor Momsen, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Jessica Szohr, Matthew Settle, Kelly Rutherford
Seasons: 3
Rundown: Solid during Season 1, went downhill in Season 2 but was still watchable, got even worse during Season 3. Gossip Girl is a fun guilty pleasure, but it lacks the likable characters and real friendships that The O.C. and Chuck have. Everybody has slept with everybody, and everybody has been an asshole to each other. The arcs are also very short and despite having watched every episode, I honestly could barely name you any of the guest star characters. Chuck Bass is the most interesting character on the show.


Atomic County (2006)- The one O.C. spin-off that actually saw the light of day.  Atomic County was a cartoon based on the comic book created by Seth and Zach on the show.  The show aired as 2 minute shorts on V-Cast starting in spring 2006.

Rockville CA (2009)- An internet short series about young people attending indie concerts at a club.  Debuted in spring 2009 on


Brookfield (1999)- Boarding school drama set in New England starring Amy Smart, Eric Balfour, and Kal Penn.  The pilot was filmed in 1999 but never aired when the show was not picked up.  This was Josh Schwartz’s first pilot.

Wall to Wall Records (2000)- Drama set in a record store in Los Angeles featuring Bradley Cooper.  The pilot was filmed in 2000 but it never aired and the show was not picked up.

Alphabet City (2004)- A drama about a New York tabloid, a pilot script was written but it was never produced.  May have been before 2004.

Athens (2005)- Athens was intended to be a brother show to The O.C.  It was going to be set in the fictional New England area town of Athens and be about an outsider named Ethan Frost who was a freshmen in the college, his best friend was going to be a young English professor named Jed Hall.  They were going to move in together and originally dislike each other, but become friends.  It was being developed as early as Spring 2004 and was set to air on FOX on Mondays starting in January 2005 with 24, but ultimately the show never aired.

Untitled Kaitlin Cooper Spin-off (2006)- In 2005 Josh began working on a Kaitlin Cooper boarding school drama.  The show would have been a spin-off of The O.C. and was set to debut in January 2006.  Damn Josh just could never get a damn boarding school drama on the air, even after 3 attempts.  FOX’s decision to not air the show was because Gail Berman left FOX in May 2005.  She was a big backer of The O.C. while FOX’s following president Peter Ligori was not as committed to the show.

Valley Girls (2009)- Valley Girls was set to be a crossover spin-off of The O.C. and Gossip Girl.  The show was going to be set in the 80’s and feature Lily from Gossip Girl as a teenager, played by Brittany Snow.  Young versions of Kirsten Cohen, Jimmy Cooper, and Julie Cooper were also going to be incorporated into the show.  Flashback sequences (not including The O.C. characters) aired on a May 2009 episode of Gossip Girl, serving as the show’s pilot.  The CW ultimately opted not to pick up the show, in favor of The Vampire Diaries and Mischa Barton’s disaster The Beautiful Life.

Hitched (2010)- Josh’s first sitcom, pilot was filmed in spring 2010.  It was going to be about young newlyweds, which was probably inspired by Josh’s marriage.  Eugene Levy and Kurtwood Smith were going to be on the show, and Kristin Kreuk was originally set to star before dropping out.  CBS ended up not picking up the show, adding to the list of failed Josh Schwartz projects.


4 responses

  1. Paige

    If this is a site that is providing information on his TV shows then your personal opinion on them should not be mentioned (like when you judge the seasons or his best TV show). Other than that, this seems good.

    August 4, 2010 at 9:12 pm

  2. This site provides information but also opinion, this site analyzes a lot of Josh’s work. My opinion isn’t gospel, it’s just my opinion. I’m a big fan of the guy’s work but I see he’s made many mistakes.

    August 5, 2010 at 12:23 am

  3. Yannick

    I disagree that the later seasons of The O.C. are crappy. Season 3 was the worst season and honestly it was still better than most other shows. Season 4 is fan-favorite for many. I’m glad we had four different seasons with different spirits. Yes the show had its ups and downs but every show has them, but The O.C. never hit the point of no return that a lot of shows hit when they have nothing else to do on the air. The O.C. lasted long enough and I’m sure season 3 and 4 would have been even better had they been given a budget as big as the first two seasons.

    August 5, 2010 at 8:38 pm

  4. I agree that Season 4 was more watchable than Season 3. To me that doesn’t make it good though. I know there are people out there whose favorite season is Season 4, but this is a vast minority. Season 4 had AWFUL ratings, many people I talk to who caught an episode or so tell me how badly they thought it sucked. Also, Marissa wasn’t in it, which meant you no longer had the endgame couple on the show (Ryan/Marissa) and the top female friendship (Summer/Marissa). Those were major parts of the show and to me it just didn’t feel like the same show without them.

    August 7, 2010 at 9:50 am

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