establishing shot of the real Orange County
was first seen on "The O.C." in Episode 7 of season two: "The Family
looking southeast, out to the mouth of the Newport Harbor, through
the twin breakwaters
that lead out to sea. The land on the right side is the east end of Balboa
On the left side is the Corona del Mar section of Newport Beach.
These "establishing shots" of Orange County are not locations
where The O.C. is actually filmed. The O.C. is not really filmed in Orange County - it is filmed in
Los Angeles County. These "establishing shots"
are brief aerial snapshots of actual Orange County locations, which the
producers drop into the show to add color and
to help create the illusion that we are seeing the real Orange County.
I have included this list of their "establishing shots"
to supplement the main list of actual filming
locations. You can tell the difference by color: the actual filming
pages are gold, while the "establishing shot" pages are blue.
To see a list of the L.A.
locations where The O.C. is actually filmed,
click on the OC Filming Locations logo below.