Yes, "The O.C." is cheesy. Yes, it is over the top. And yes, 11.5 million people tuned in to watch the season premiere last Thursday.
There are two types of people in this world: the ones who like "The O.C." and those who criticize it for being a ridiculous, prime time soap opera.
The O.C. is a good show because it is cheesy and nothing like real life for most people.
In a time of so many struggles – the hurricane, the war on Iraq and terrorist threats all over the world, where is the harm in a little escapism?
"The O.C." is just one example of a product that people discard because it is not serious.
People need to learn to appreciate things for what they are, not for what they aren't.
If every TV show, movie or book were true to life, it wouldn't be entertainment. Turning on the tube to relax after a long day of school and work would be impossible because every channel would be CNN Headline News.
It is not possible – or healthy – to be serious all the time.
Yes, we need to be cognizant of global affairs. Yes, we shouldn't ignore the problems of the world. And yes, we need to give ourselves the permission to let loose and enjoy a silly TV show sometimes.
Our guilty pleasures are sometimes the only escape from the real world.