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Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County (often referred to only as "Laguna Beach") is a reality television show on MTV. It is different from regular reality shows in that the show is structured as a traditional narrative, as opposed to the documentary style that other reality shows use. The show is heavily based on the FOX hit teen drama The O.C..

The main people featured in the first season of show, airing in 2004, were Lauren/"LC", Stephen, Kristin, Trey, Lo, Christina, Morgan, and Talan. It chronicles their year in Laguna Beach High School. The second season, which debuted in the summer of 2005, changed the "characters" a bit. With Morgan, Christina and Trey graduated and away at college, Jason, Alex M, Taylor and Jessica were added to the opening credit lineup.

MTV describes Laguna Beach as such: "It's one of the wealthiest, most beautiful beachside communities in the world and MTV has unlimited access to the tight-knit power clique of eight rich, beautiful teenagers that live there. Their lives intertwine in ways you won't believe, until you drop in for a visit. Laguna Beach is paradise--a little slice of heaven on earth--why would anyone want to leave? The answer will come as you watch the best friends share experiences through parties, relationships, love and small town injustice. This is where the angst and the tumultuous affairs are the stuff of prime time drama, except this is all REAL. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Welcome to paradise, otherwise known as Laguna Beach, California."

Like most MTV shows, there is a strong musical presence within the show. Many episodes are named after popular songs and much of the show has a musical background. The show's theme song is Hilary Duff's Come Clean.

There has been some controversy about whether the situations on the show are real, mainly due to the use of multiple camera angles allowing the crew to capture all the action, which some people have criticized as they feel in reality this would not be able to happen. MTV's disclaimer at the beginning of the show states that "the people, the locations and the drama are all real."

In a New York Times article, executive producer Tony DiSanto elaborated: "It's as real as any reality show. These are the real kids. The things they're saying are unscripted; it's what goes on in their lives. What we chose to show or not show is where we are editorializing. And just like any reality show, if two kids say they want to go out to dinner and we know that this one restaurant will not allow us to shoot in there then we can't get the scene. So we may ask them, 'You know what? Would you guys mind going to this one where they'll let us shoot?' They say yes or may say no. It's obviously their decision."

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> Airing History & Information 
Premiere January, 2004
Episodes
Network MTV
Format/Time Color / 30 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
 
> Cast 
Christina Schuller....   Herself (2004-2005)
Morgan Olsen....   Herself (2004-2005)
Kristin Cavalleri....   Herself
Lauren Conrad....   Herself (as Lauren/'LC')
Lauren Bosworth....   Herself (as Lo) (2004-2005)
Talan Torriero....   Himself
Trey Phillips....   Himself (2004-2005)
Stephen Coletti....   Himself

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