Information Report On "The Oc" Film And Television Studies

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‘The OC’ is a television series aimed at teenage viewers, which has been carefully constructed to appeal to its demographic. In order to be successful in attracting a regular youth audience, many things needed to be considered such as the character types and storylines, as well as the ideology of the series and the representations of youth. Although it lingers in the genre of the dramatic it is occasionally comedic in order to create a successful amalgamation of the two genres most popular with teens. ‘The OC’ is essentially about a network of friends, family and aquaintances and the trials and tribulations which they go through in their wealthy turbulent community of Orange County, making it a unique and interesting series for young viewers.Character TypesThe characters of ‘The OC’ have been constructed to all be very different yet all appealing to the target audience. Because like all teen shows, the majority of characters are within the age range of the youth audience, they were all constructed to be different to the usual characters of a teen series, yet also with many similar aspects and character types that the viewers are familiar with.Ryan is a troubled teenager from the wrong side of the tracks in Chino, Los Angeles who is thrown out of his house after an unfortunate run-in with the law. He finds himself on his own and is welcomed into the expensive Cohen residence in the wealthy community of Orange County, California. He is the typical “bad boy”, “rebel without a cause” character, which is especially appealing to teenage girls despite his often cynical and pessimistic attitude.Sandy is the “ideal dad” who is the head of the Cohen household. He welcomed Ryan into their lives and gave him a chance when no one else would because he too was from a similar background. He married into money with his wife Kirsten and doesn’t fit in with the wealthy superficiality, and remains grounded by working as a pro bono lawyer for kids who need a second chance. He is stern yet compassionate and easy-going, escaping from the Newport expectations by surfing and joking around.Kirsten is the “typical mother” character who wants to protect her family, and when aware of Ryan’s criminal history, is wary of their new house guest. She can be a strict workaholic although she is soft and caring once she opens up, and becomes a mother-figure for Ryan.Seth is the son of Sandy and Kirsten and is the joker of the series, while also considered to be the “nerdy guy”. This is because of his obsession with sailing, video games and comic books, and his secret unrequitted infatuation with Summer. It does not help that his dad often proves to be an embarrassment and that he is a bullied loner at school although he is able to overcome most of these things with the help of Ryan, which makes him an unlikely role model for the teenage audience who are often confronted with similar...

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