establishing shot of the real Orange County was first seen on "The
in Episode 17
(of season two) - "The Brothers Grim"
looking southeast, down Newport Harbor. On your right and in the foreground is the Balboa Peninsula (near
28th St.) On the left is Lido Isle.
(Balboa Island can only be seen at a distance, near the upper left corner.)
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.