This establishing shot of the real Orange County was first seen on "The O.C."
Episode 17 (of season two) - "The Brothers Grim"

Another rare "establishing shot" taken from ground level, rather than from the air.
This one appears to have been taken from aboard the venerable Balboa Ferry, while out on the Newport bay.
We are looking back (south) at the Balboa Fun Zone, on the Balboa Peninsula.

The Balboa Ferry landing is marked by the "Welcome to Balboa" sign.
To its left is a Ferris wheel (and no, it's not the Ferris Wheel you're thinking of).
There are also bumper cars, a dark ride, restaurants and lots of boat rentals here.


Important:  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 location
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.

By Episode - By Category - By Geographical Location - Clickable Map of All O.C. Locations - Establishing Shots 

THE O.C. screenshots from the show and all related characters & elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
All other photos & text are copyright 2006 © Gary J. Wayne and may not be used without written permission.

Return to