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The O.C. Coming to Hulu, Plus Smallville and More

California here we come...


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For fans of televised teenage drama, we’ve got some good news for you: all four seasons of the Fox hit show The O.C. will be streaming on Hulu very soon. That’s right, soon you’ll be able to enjoy all four seasons of postmodern comedy and melodrama from the comfort of your very own computer. Joining The O.C. on Hulu are SouthlandRizzoli and Isles, and (another fan favorite) Smallville. Later this summer, Lucifer and Bloodline will be joining the Hulu lineup, as well.

As Polygon’s Julia Alexander points out, the addition of these shows marks a change of heart for Warner Bros., as Hulu has tried to strike a streaming deal with them in the past. Hopefully this might mean we’ll get even more shows down the line, but to be honest, between The O.C. and Smallville, I think my inner teen-Jess has enough media to consume.

For those of you who didn’t catch The O.C., then here’s your shot to see what the hype was all about. Like I said, much of The O.C. was very melodramatic, but not obnoxiously so. As Jia Tolentino and Mallory Ortberg wrote for The Awl:

The pilot episode of the show alone covers grand theft auto, cocaine, juvie, white-collar fraud, a seven-figure wealth gap, a threesome in the bathroom of a high school party, brawling, infidelity, alcoholism.

Yet the great trick of the show is that it doesn’t feel like all that. It feels private, like a diary. It took melodrama and removed the self-importance. It used its carefully engineered exterior of beauty, wealth and scandal to sneak in an interior that was all depth and familiarity and heart.

Personally speaking, the absolute indie-fest that formed the music Voltron that was the show’s soundtrack was a big sell for me. The show’s theme song alone, Phantom Planet’s “California”, was a bit of a gateway for me, helping me slowly build more and more interest in indie music in general. I might refer to it jokingly at times, but that song (like most songs for everyone else, I suppose) has some very real feelings attached. I get all hecked up on the feels just thinking about it, and this show is very much to thank for that.

All that being said, here’s what you really came here for:

You’re welcome.

(featured image via 20th Century Fox)

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Jessica Lachenal is a writer who doesn’t talk about herself a lot, so she isn’t quite sure how biographical info panels should work. But here we go anyway. She's the Weekend Editor for The Mary Sue, a Contributing Writer for The Bold Italic (, and a Staff Writer for Spinning Platters ( She's also been featured in Model View Culture and Frontiers LA magazine, and on Autostraddle. She hopes this has been as awkward for you as it has been for her.