Seth Cohen

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Adam Brody plays Seth Cohen

Seth Cohen is a fictional character on FOX series The O.C. He is played by Adam Brody.

In the show, he is a Jewish 17-year-old who lives in Newport Beach in Orange County (O.C.), California. Seth is a very comical and sarcastic character on the show. He is the son of Sandy Cohen (played by Peter Gallagher) and of Kirsten Cohen (Kelly Rowan). He was befriended at the start of the series by Ryan Atwood (Benjamin McKenzie) and has enjoyed a rise in popularity.

Seth had two girlfriends, Anna Stern (Samaire Armstrong) and Summer Roberts (Rachel Bilson). Anna broke up with him when she realized that he truly wanted Summer. When he begged Summer's forgiveness due to his decision to date Anna and not her, she became very excited and took Seth's virginity. Later that same episode, Summer told Seth that he was her first time, too, shattering her "party girl" image.

At the end of the first season Seth, apparently feeling depressed after Ryan Atwood decides to return to Chino, left Newport Beach on a sailboat. In the second season premiere, it was revealed that after sailing to Santa Barbara, he apparently ran out of Twinkies, freaked out, sold his catamaran, and took a Greyhound to Luke's house in Portland where he stayed during the summer until Ryan convinced him to go home to Newport.

Seth Cohen is prime time television's poster boy for emo. The hipster reference doesn't end there, though. The "Seth Cohen Starter Kit", which contains The Goonies DVD, a copy of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, and albums by Death Cab For Cutie, Bright Eyes, and The Shins, say a lot about his tastes and pop culture sensibilities. He likens his friendship with Ryan to Kavalier and Clay. He's also a big geek for comic books, citing Brian Bendis as one of the greatest comic book writers of all time.

Chrismukkah (Christmas + Hanukkah) is Seth's favorite holiday. It's a yuletide name that the writers of The O.C. came up with to " homage to the traditions of New York City and Newport Beach...[it] represents a blending of cultures, tolerance, inclusiveness, and celebration that the Cohen household practices." (from the liner notes of Music From The O.C.: Mix 3 Have a Very Merry Chrismukkah)


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