This establishing aerial shot of the real Orange County
was first seen on "The O.C." in Episode 1 of Season one: "The Pilot",
during the show's credits, and has been seen in the opening credits of most episodes.

While the photo below of the same Pier was first seen in Episode 6 (of season two),
"The Chrismukkah That Almost Wasn't".

The photo below was first seen in Episode 10 (of season two), "The Accomplice".

And the photo below was first seen in Episode 14 (of season two), "The Father Knows Best".

All of these photos show The Balboa Pier.
The pier is located at the south end of Main Street,
near the east end of the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach.

The white building at the end of the pier is Ruby's Diner. Originally a bait shop, this 1930's-themed
diner is a favorite in Newport, and spawned a chain of similar Ruby's diners on other piers and in malls
around Southern California. It may have also inspired the pier diner seen often on The O.C.


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.

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