Gustavo Arellano at sister publication OC Weekly points out that ripped-from-the-headlines show appears to have been inspired by his fair county on more than a few occasions.
In "Harbor City," the detectives deal with entitled rich kids who murder a surfer and also rape a girl and videotape it, all with the help of a pasty-faced father--Haidl gang, demand your royalty check! "Ballona Creek" is a version of the Grim Sleeper, the serial killer that haunted South-Central Los Angeles for three decades, but the story takes a detour to SanTana, where the detectives interview a victim of the serial killer.
Meanwhile, a trip to the D.A.'s office on the show takes watchers to the O.C. D.A.'s headquarters, where a character posing as a prosecutor, Arellano says, is a dead ringer for O.C. D.A. Spokeswoman Farrah Emami.
Guess nobody wants to see L.A. D.A. Steve Cooley in a skirt.
Enough already, Orange County. Get your own Law & Order.