It's crazy to think it, but The OC ended TEN years ago. It's been a whole decade since we last caught up with the Cohens in sunny California. And we don't know about you, but that's far too long.
In an age where the TV revival is a regular occurrence, it got us thinking – what about The OC? Could this be the next show to be brought back from the dead? Let's take a look at its chances:
1. Storylines – how did season 4 end?
Four seasons. That's all The OC got. For a show that was so hugely popular at the time – and remains a fan favourite a decade later – we're amazed that it wasn't given a few more series. Comparable teen dramas like One Tree Hill or Pretty Little Liars were on air for far longer. Sure, they weren't on one of the main networks like Fox, but still.
Season 4 ended with a flash-forward to an undisclosed time. Ryan was now a successful contractor, and spotted a young down-and-out kid who might need help, just like he did in the pilot.
Seth and Summer are now married, Sandy and Kirsten are living back at their old home with a young daughter named Sophie. It's also hinted that Ryan and Taylor could be about to spark a new relationship.
This final montage meant that it would have been difficult to make a fifth season for a number of years. But now that ten years have passed, it makes perfect sense to revisit these characters, as we've actually caught up with them.
In fact, season 5 could pick up the moment season 4 ended, or at least a few weeks/months later.
2. The actors – what are they up to?
In terms of the cast members who were still around by the end of season 4 (sorry, Mischa Barton), the majority have remained pretty busy, but we doubt that they'd be so busy nowadays that they couldn't fit in a short revival season.
We'd argue that Ben McKenzie (Ryan) is the only star who might find it tricky, as he's still the lead in Gotham. Plus, Willa Holland (Kaitlin) currently stars in Arrow. But maybe during a break in filming?
Peter Gallagher (Sandy) has a recurring role in Law & Order: SVU, Kelly Rowan (Kirsten) has been rather quiet of late, Adam Brody (Seth) could really do with a hit, Rachel Bilson (Summer) features here and there in Nashville, Melinda Clarke (Julie) isn't starring in anything prominent right now, and Autumn Reeser (Taylor) doesn't have any long-term commitments.
Plus, maybe they could convince Tate Donovan (Jimmy), Chris Carmack (Luke), Samaire Armstrong (Anna), Logan Marshall-Green (Trey), Kevin Sorbo (Frank) and even Taylor Handley (Oliver) to make comebacks?
Chris Pratt as Che? Yeah, he's probably too busy.
3. But are they up for it?
Over the years, several of the cast have been asked about a potential reunion. So, are they even interested?
Just last month, Rachel Bilson said that she was "open" to some kind of reunion. She told E!, "I'm always open to things. I don't know what it would look like with our characters being old now. We were riding skateboards on the pier; I don't know what they do now as 30-year-olds. But it would be nice to see everybody again."
Ben McKenzie spoke fondly about the show in an interview last year, and recently hung out with his former on-set squeeze Autumn Reeser at a fundraiser in Los Angeles.
In 2013, Peter Gallagher said that he still hangs out with his former cast "all the time". He said, "I just saw Ben the other night at my daughter's show. Adam and I had dinner the other night."
Series creator Josh Schwartz, executive producers Stephanie Savage and Leila Gerstein and music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas got back together for a discussion at the ATX TV Fest in 2016, so they clearly still have time for it.
4. Who would air it?
The OC originally aired on Fox, and the network got rid of it as soon as ratings began to slide. Though, by today's standards, over 3.5 million viewers per episode ain't that bad.
Fox has already brought back The X-Files after over a decade away, and they've also revived Prison Break. So they have previous when it comes to this sort of thing.
The more obvious choice is Netflix, a service that seems to announce a new show every five minutes and have previously brought back Gilmore Girls, despite it originally airing elsewhere.
All in all, we reckon that The OC is definitely a strong choice for any network wanting to score an easy hit. If Josh Schwartz is up for it and they can lock down the cast, then surely it's about time that it came back. Even if just for a one-off?
Originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk