The 2003 Fox teen drama, you may keep in mind, adopted the lives of Newport Beach’s uber-wealthy and all the issues that include being uber-wealthy in Newport Beach. When troubled teenager Ryan Atwood (Ben McKenzie) leaves unruly Chino to reside with the upper-crust Cohens and falls in love with equally rich woman subsequent door Marissa Cooper (Mischa Barton), an enthralling spectacle of dinner events, dishonest scandals, overdoses, shootouts and haymakers ensues, all underscored by a legendary early-2000s indie-rock soundtrack.
So sure, it is the best present ever made.
Tragically, proper across the begin of quarantine, Hulu pulled The O.C. simply as I used to be midway by way of Season One. Devastated, I scoured the web and located all 4 DVD field units on Mericart for $30, brushed the mud off my DVD participant and binged.
Now there’s loads to word about The O.C when watching it in 2020: the legal low-rise denims, Ryan’s plethora of white tanks and beaded choker necklaces, the spaghetti straps, Mischa Barton’s appearing (or lack thereof), Olivia Wilde’s eyebrows and the long-lasting Phantom Planet title track. But actually essentially the most outstanding a part of The O.C. is the present’s patriarch, Sandy Cohen, who’s, unarguably, the best TV dad ever. Without Sandy, there could be no O.C., nor would there be among the iconic TV dads which have graced screens within the 13 years because the present’s finale.
Sandy, performed by the all the time very good Peter Gallagher, works as a public defender even though his spouse Kirsten’s (Kelly Rowan) household owns probably the most highly effective real-estate corporations in California. He might simply rack in some severe money lawyering for The Newport Group, however Sandy Cohen has morals! When Ryan will get caught for stealing a automotive within the pilot episode, Sandy takes an opportunity on him, convincing his apprehensive spouse to let the presumptive ne’er-do-well transfer in with them and their dorky son Seth (Adam Brody).
Then come the fisticuffs and the mannequin properties burning down and Ryan’s place throughout the household being questioned, even by Sandy. Ultimately, although, Sandy and Kirsten fall in love with the brooding teen and legally undertake him. Of course, this doesn’t cease Ryan and Seth from stepping into hassle, however after each fuck-up all through the collection (and there are loads), Sandy arrives to dole out stern however loving fatherly recommendation, just a few jokes and a few severe eyebrow furrowing. Since he’s just about the one current and down to earth grownup in Newport, the “core four” — Ryan, Seth, Marissa and Seth’s everlasting crush Summer (Rachel Bilson) — typically seek the advice of him for all times and occasional authorized recommendation. When Ryan appears like a burden on the Cohens, Sandy earnestly asks him, “You think you can mess up so badly we’ll just give up on you?” When Seth has a painfully awkward first sexual expertise, Sandy provides him the equally awkward, however refreshingly sincere “talk”. He even doled out relationship advice to Marissa, and in doing so inspired us all to battle for love when it’s difficult, as a result of ultimately, it’s value it.
In being such a cool and relaxed and relatable dad, Sandy Cohen additionally turned, as the youngsters say as we speak, the blueprint.
He walked so beloved TV dads like Modern Family’s Phil Dunphey, Friday Night Lights’ Coach Taylor and This Is Us’s Jack Pearson might run. Most of the TV dads pre-Sandy Cohen (save for Uncle Phil) simply weren’t doin’ it like they’re now. TV dads largely consisted of grumpy, older dudes who meant nicely however couldn’t all the time correctly talk with their youngsters (suppose Red Forman on That ‘70s Shows), giant man-babies who do nothing but complain and maybe hate their wives (everybody’s beloved Raymond Barone, Tim “The Toolman” Taylor) or simply straight-up cheeseballs a la Danny Tanner who reside for cloying dad jokes and motivational speeches.
Sandy Cohen, although, helped usher in a brand new sort of dad: the nuanced, good-natured, all-around “modern” household man who doesn’t reserve instructing his youngsters helpful classes for the tip of each episode. He’s definitely not with out his flaws and blunders, however he’s a secure, morally upright determine you possibly can depend on to all the time be there for his household. He’s a “cool dad” however one you positively don’t want to push round or disappoint. He’s obtained a depraved sense of humour, is lowkey a complete babe and, most significantly, a standout husband.
No severely, if my husband isn’t like Sandy Cohen, I. Don’t. Want. Him.
When Kirsten kisses Jimmy Cooper (the worst TV dad ever), Sandy not solely forgives her, however even helps the actually and morally bankrupt Jimmy get his life again collectively after an arrest for money-laundering. And when Kirsten’s vile father additionally falls into some severe authorized hassle, Sandy dangers his regulation license to assist him so as to save Kirsten. Because that’s the sort of man Sandy Cohen is.
Now somebody get him a rattling bagel.