The Real Orange County

September 28, 2014 11:02 AM

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Let’s go back — back to the beginning. Ten years ago today, on Sept. 28, 2004, the world was introduced to Lauren Conrad, Stephen Colletti, Kristin Cavallari, and their high school friends in a small California town called Laguna Beach. Nestled in Orange County, the town’s picturesque look and massive homes inspired MTV’s initial pitch of a real-life version of The O.C. — an insider’s look into the lives of the young, rich, and beautiful.

But the show morphed into a never-before-attempted experiment in reality television that simply followed its subjects’ lives, rather than manipulating them into uncomfortable situations. There were no scripts, no confessionals, and the friendships, relationships, and Cabo bar-top dancing were all re...

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