Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The weekly, 30-minute MTV reality series Laguna Beach focused on a group of California teenagers as they endured their final years (or, in many cases, final year) of high school. Season one was narrated by high school senior Lauren Conrad (or L.C.) a party animal and Laguna Beach's "Most Irresistable Girl" (by popular vote). Introduced in the course of events was a junior named Kristin Cavallari, who would take over the narration for Season two. The tensions between L.C. and Kristin formulated several of the episodes, which not surprisingly were dominated by issues of dating, peer pressure, popularity, and ambitions for life beyond high school. The MTV camera crew was given unlimited access to the eight students' activities on and off campus, with sometimes shocking, sometimes heartbreaking, and sometimes hilarious results. Created by the same team responsible for The Real World, and outfitted with a theme song written and performed by no less than Hilary Duff, Laguna Beach was first telecast on September 28, 2004.