Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003

The O.C.

A welcome revival of the teen-soap genre, it gave viewers everything you'd expect: glamour, heartbreak and over-the-top twists. But it also offered much you wouldn't expect: witty dialogue, believable and interesting adult characters and an unlikely breakout star in Adam Brody, who created a new type for teen shows to come: the smart kid who's so nerdy that he's cool. (FOX)