Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County

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Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County
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Located in Orange County, just south of Los Angeles on the Pacific Coast, one of the wealthiest communities within the US, even the world, is located: It's name: LAGUNA BEACH! After three seasons and some legal trouble, MTV moves the show to another town for a fourth season. The show moves to the bigger and richer NEWPORT BEACH. MTV now gains unlimited access to the rich kids of Laguna Beach and follows them around all day and all night long. What do rich kids do all day long? They hang out on the beach, fall in love and do everything they can to enjoy their privileged life. But is everyone so happy in this little paradise on Earth? Is everything as shiny as it looks like? In this smarter than it looks series, MTV proves that money might not be everything. The series focuses on a small group of high-school kids, who are filmed four days and nights a week over almost 6 months, a period of time that makes up one season. Every season has its main figure, who also works as narrator. In the first season this is Lauren "L.C." Conrad. In the second season it is L.C.'s big enemy, Kristen who takes over. After these two seasons everyone of the original cast left Laguna Beach for college, but MTV followed L.C. with the spin-off show THE HILLS. The fresh start in season three, with an entire new cast, features Tessa as new center/speaker of the show - and the show starts all over back in high-school, senior year. The group of friends is characterized by constant fights, intrigues and other mean behavior. The ratings were so bad that MTV decided not to go on with this cast, but due the legal trouble with the commune of Laguna, the local high school forced MTV to move out of town. The fourth season of the show moves to Newport Beach and welcomes an entire new cast. The season will feature high school senior Chrissy. Different than in the previous seasons, the show features just a couple of seniors while the others are juniors. Compared to previous seasons, the Newport Harbor cast is much less focused on sex and intrigues. Nonetheless, the high school drama continues. Parents feature much more prominently in this season; parents who actually try to protect their children. The narrator is Chrissy. She's a high-school senior desperately in love with Clay, a high school junior. Even though he returns her affections, both need help to get close to each other. Clay gets his relationship advice from his best friend Grant while Chrissy gets hers from her best friend and neighbor Sasha. The group is completed by Chase, his on and off girlfriend Taylor, and his crush Allie. Since ratings of the third season were bad and the show moved out of town, MTV only ordered 8 episodes for the fourth season. The ratings weren't bad, but also not outstanding. There was a fifth, and last, season, also known as a four-episodes special set called "Home For The Holidays".moreless
Chase Johnson

Chase Johnson

Himself [Season 3]

Cameron Brinkman

Cameron Brinkman

Himself [Season 3]

Morgan Olsen

Morgan Olsen

Herself [Season 1, 2]

Breanna Conrad

Breanna Conrad

Herself [Season 3]

Chrissy Schwartz

Chrissy Schwartz

Herself [Season 4, 5]

Stephen Colletti

Stephen Colletti

Himself [Season 1, 2]

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Fan Reviews (360)

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  • Reality Show

    7.9
    I love this show! Even though the kids are all stuck up and quite dumb, it's amazing. I loved Laguna Beach seasons 1 and two and Newport Harbor is way better. I hated Laguna Beach season three, though. I mean those kids were in high school and so dumb. They were a bunch of idiots. I was in 7th grade when that aired, and I was way smarter than them, who were supposidly high school seniors. But, Newport Harbor was amazing! The kids were smart and Chase was so cute! And Clay and Chrissy were the cutest couple ever. It's definetly my guilty pleasure.moreless
  • I love Laguna!!!

    8.0
    Laguna Beach for me was a brilliant series. Coming from London, watching these gorgeous girls and boys living in the OC California in gorgeous houses was hugely appealing to me, for the most part because I wanted to be there myself!



    I love Lauren and Stephen and was so upset that they didn't get together! The first and second seasons were by far the best. I really didn't care for the cast of season 3 but thought that Newport Harbor was ok and better than season 3 anyhow.



    I do want this to return for a 4th season as it is entertaining at least!moreless
  • This show chronicles the lives of several affluent Orange County teens - from their proms, first dates, crazy trips to Mexico, and other "typical" adolescent activities. A must-watch if you're a fan of "The Hills" or even "The O.C.".moreless

    7.1
    I loved this show when it was Laguna Beach with Lauren/Kristin - Newport Harbor just doesn't have the same "chemistry" that Laguna did. This may be because I'm older now and the show seems more trivial, but I didn't really have the same "need" to watch Newport Harbor this past fall as I did to watch Laguna Beach when it was on the year before that. It may be better if this show is abandoned rather than dragged out: the initial success of the Laguna Beach was good (and can still be seen in other shows like The Hills), but it shouldn't be searched for in places where it may not be found.moreless
  • About real life of the people in the orange county

    4.9
    The show is making the real OC to look bad...filled with rich spoiled brat residents...



    I love Laguna Beach on the start, because i thought MTV shows are interesting, but after a few episodes i was completely bored...The Hills is so much better, since i like LC...and it is such a copy cat of the The OC TV series, only with true to life stories. But in my perspective, the show was kinda scripted atleast (as if the camera's follow them everywhere)...



    Frankly, The only thing i like about the show is LC and the houses and others are just plain stupid...moreless
  • Follow the lives of Newport Harbor teens and see what The OC doesnt show...

    8.0
    I must say this shows fourth and fifth season were absolutely awful. Those seasons basically took the name and dragged them through the dirt. I still am a regular viewer of the show but i do not like the "Newport Harbor" seasons. I dont know why, but i much rather prefer the "Laguna Beach" seasons and to anyone who plans on watching future episodes of the series i suggest you dont. You will not like the show. However if you are still interested most people would tell you to watch the first three seasons. They are probably the best of the entire series. I hope this show get alot better.moreless
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    narcisists, low brow humor, horrible people, beautiful people, gossiping teens