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If you watched either of these teen dramas, which premiered in 2003, you might recall the constant torment of deciding whether you were team Marisa and Ryan or team Luke and Payton.

One Tree Hill VS The O.C.
The OC

Both shows feature a classic combination of high school drama, complicated love triangles, overbearing parents, and the presence of pills. These plots bear a striking resemblance to…

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These shows have such a timeless appeal that I find myself constantly drawn back to them, even though they have been on the air for more than a decade. Now, let’s talk about my TV craving.

1. They both had top lead hotties everyone wanted to date with a bad boy husky side…

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THE OC– Ryan Atwood, aka Ben Mckenzie
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Chad Michael Murray, aka Lucas Scott – ONE TREE HILL

2. Not to mention the geeks we love!

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Adam Brody is playing the awesome Seth Cohan.
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Haley James (Scott), aka Bethany Joy Lenz.

3. Shocking deaths that left us speechless

THE O.C.: Marissa (Mischa Barton) dies in Ryan’s (Ben McKenzie) arms in THE O.C. season finale episode “The Graduates” airing
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In the school, Dan Scott shoots his brother Keith Scott.

4. Gun dramas!

Luke is at a house party when a friend of Ryan pulls a gun out… what happens next is a shock!
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Chase’s ex-wife passed away, and an imposter looks like her decision to make his life hard without her in it…

5. Fashion inspiration divas

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These two OC girls love high-class shopping and fashion shows.
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Brooke started her fashion label in high school, which boosted her creative career of “Clothes Over Bro”.

6. Unexpected couples (Which we LOVE)

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Taylor and Ryan, she’s had her eye on him since day one, of the season. 7. They officially get it on!
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Hayley and Nathan taught the joke innocently. Hayley won’t betray Lucas Scott. Teaching became tingles.

7. The evil parent

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Julie Cooper Nichol, Marissa’s mother. She wants the best for her daughter but is a self-centred upper-class lady who wants money and spas.
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Dan Scott selfishly impregnated two women. He leads evil parents.

8. There is always a bar/club where they all gather for more drama

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The bait shop, where all the bands such as The Roonies, Death Cab for Cutie and much more.
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Tric, a club created by Karen (Scott’s mother) and Peyton to attract new talent to Tree Hill, is open.

9. The cheating scandals

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Julie is married to Caleb but starts an affair with her ex-husband.
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We enjoyed Brooke and Scott dating. Things heated up when he cheated and had feelings for Peyton.

10. The lying friend… (Stalker)

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Oliver Trask fell in love with Marisa after a lousy therapy session. Affecting Marisa’s friends and Ryan.
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Derk, Peyton’s (thought brother), was a stalker who watched her YouTube channel.

11. The secret sibling dramas

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Caleb Nichol’s love kid is Lindsay Wheeler Gardner. She dated Ryan Atwood. She dated half-nephew, Seth Cohen.
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Derek Sommers—Peyton Sawyer’s half-brother—followed Deryk. He healed her after Iain Banks’ attack. 

12. Going off the rails

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After stealing, skipping school, drinking, and overdosing, Marissa’s father Jimmy Cooper was convicted of fraud and bankruptcy.
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Basketball superstar, Nathan had enormous salaries. After a fight.

13. Talent issues, emerging stars, and fame

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Seth Cohan’s career begins with his comic books and publishers.
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Hayley James Scott becomes a singer

14. Unexpected pregnancies

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Ryan raised the infant in Chino. Ryan built in Chino while Theresa prepared for the delivery.
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Haley finds out that Nathan has been accepted into Duke as Haley reveals that she is pregnant.

15. The hot romantic kiss scenes

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After fighting Marisa, the romantic countdown pushes Ryan to join Oliver’s penthouse New Year’s party.
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Lucas realizes Peyton is the one…

16. The popular hot girls

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Summer Roberts
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Brooke Davis

17. The randomly funny character that pops up now and again

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Che… AKA Chris Pratt playing the funny hippie college student.
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Good old Skills, his laughable lines and chilled times.

18. There is always a rabbit!

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Meet Pancakes The Bunny Summer saved from the science lab.
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19. Super heartbreaking moments that make us think about our love life…

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Seth displays his love for summer.
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Brooke and Lucas.

20. Always that spoiled slutty sister

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21. Artist decorating/ painting…

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22. Band prompting

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Death Cab For Cutie
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Gavin DeGraw

23. Lots of catfights

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Julie and her sister
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Brooke and Payton over Lucas Scott

24. Lots of boys fights

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Ryan is always in the middle of a fight
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Scott and Lucas

25. Always some symbol toy….or accessory

Princess Sparkles

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Nayley Bracelet from a toy

26. Always the nice single parent

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Summer and her Dad Dr Roberts.
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Karen Lucas Scott’s mother was raised as a single mum.

27. Friends always move in together

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28. Someone always leaves….

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29. Always some girl boxing

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Summer Roberts
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30. Always a road trip

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Seth, Marissa, Summer & Ryan
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Chris Keller & Nathan

31. Always a mega shocking gone too soon funeral

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Caleb dies of a heart attack.
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Quinten dies from a gunshot.

32. The stunning girl partners

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Marisa and Alex
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33. They both love their tequila

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Marisa on a bender in Mexico
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Always the Tequila!

So there you have it! What are your thoughts?

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