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If you were a teenager in the 2000s, then you know about the cult reality show that was MTV's Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. Whether you were Team L.C., Team Kristin, or, hey, even Team Stephen, the show had all the fixings of a great American teen drama.
There were crushes on classmates and crushing moments of betrayal. There were sunny pool days and shady prom nights. There were tanned bodies and icy stares. It was adolescent, amazing, and quite addicting.
So without further ado, here are the 15 greatest episodes of Laguna Beach, ranked by memorability and amount of Laguna Beachiness.
The following program was shot over a six-month period in the city of Laguna Beach, California. The people, the locations, and the drama...are real.
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15. Season 3, Episode 3: "We're Gonna Crash A Party"
Best moments: Kyndra and Cami crash Raquel's Christmas party. Or, rather, they just "show up uninvited." While there, they stir up a decent amount of drama when a girl calls Cami "dirty." This would have ranked higher if the girls didn't do that annoying voice mocking Rocky.
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14. Season 1, Episode 2: "The Bonfire"
Best moments: Kristin and Jessica make Chicken Alfredo that tastes like "feet" for Stephen and Dieter during a double date that goes sour fast. L.C. and Lo go to Trey's open-mic charity event and are so bored they leave to go get sushi. At least they tried, right?
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13. Season 1, Episode 7: "The Last Dance"
Best moments: The awkwardness of the prom picture party was pretty amazing. Kristin constantly screaming for Stephen is always great. And of course, the night ends with Lo and L.C. taking digital-camera selfies. #2004
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12. Season 2, Episode 3: "It's Hard To Say Goodbye"
Best moments: Talan admits his unrequited love for Taylor, and it's really special. Too bad he has hooked up with basically the whole school — "twice!" as L.C. would say. Meanwhile, things heat up between L.C. and Stephen during her south-of-the-border birthday trip. Remember when she licks the whipped cream off his nose, and then they disappear into her hotel room? And then, he immediately leaves for San Fran. Rough.
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11. Season 1, Episode 4: "18 Candles"
Best moments: Kristin gives her number to a random guy during Christina's 18th birthday party at Joe's Crab Shack. L.C. and Talan go on a date. Christina auditions to be on Broadway in New York, and it's...rough.