Marissa and Girl-Alex’s O.C. romance
On screen, The O.C. brewed their own trouble by pairing Mischa Barton’s Marissa Cooper with another female character, the bisexual ex-girlfriend of Seth Cohen, Alex Kelly. The two had some steamy makeout scenes, which caused the American Family Association to demand that the show be taken off the air for featuring a lesbian kissing scene on prime-time network TV. The O.C. creators yawned. Marissa eventually broke up with Alex, and then the show broke up with Marissa by killing her off, which we all know was really its biggest controversy, anyway.