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This week marks the 25th anniversary of Beverly Hills, 90210, which debuted on October 4th, 1990 on the then-fledgling Fox network. A primetime soap opera aimed specifically at teens, it ostensibly chronicled twins Brandon (Jason Priestly) and Brenda (Shannon Doherty) Walsh and their family as they adjusted to life in posh Beverly Hills after relocating from suburban Minneapolis. But even from the beginning (and well after Brenda and Brandon both became well-entrenched amongst their peers), it was also as focused on addressing topical issues as it was the tumultuous and ever-changing relationships of its main characters (to varying degrees of success and subtlety). Over the course of the show’s 10 year run (it went off the air in May 2000), characters got together and broke up and made up and got back together again, and the show tackled everything from divorce to alcoholism, AIDS, adoption, eating disorders, rape, domestic abuse, infidelity, drug usage on multiple levels, »
- Austin Gorton
The best part of Lifetime's "Unauthorized" TV show takedowns is the reaction of the real cast members. Over the weekend, the network took on "Beverly Hills 90210" and the actors weren't too impressed. However, they had different ways of "honoring" the big event. Tori Spelling used the attention to promote "Celebrity Lie Detector," and said she had a fling with Jason Priestley, who responded online. Shannen Doherty, not surprisingly, had a terse reaction to how she was portrayed. Jason dissed the Lifetime show and Tori's "Lie Detector," but supported Shannen.
Ian Ziering had the most fun, tweeting about inaccuracies during the special, sharing old photos, and ending with the perfect assessment of the whole thing:
..#unauthorized90210 Your mother and I are very disappointed. No Mondale for a week
A photo posted by Ian Ziering (@ianziering) on Oct 3, 2015 at 9:03pm Pdt
In case you don't know, that's Mr. and Mrs. Walsh, »
- Gina Carbone
The team behind Lifetime’s “The Unauthorized Beverly Hills 90210 Story” owes Shannen Doherty a debt of gratitude. The starlet’s notoriously bad behavior behind the scenes of Fox’s ’90s teen soap provides the narrative hook for a breezy guilty pleasure — the latest in the cabler’s ongoing franchise of nostalgia-driven skin-deep exposes of small-screen favorites (previous entries include “Full House” and “Saved by the Bell”). Essentially a feature-length reenactment of a Wiki webpage crossed with IMDb’s trivia section, “90210” can at least count on Doherty to bring some drama.
Samantha Munro (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”) isn’t exactly a dead ringer for the erstwhile Brenda Walsh in the role, but she’s not far off. More than that, her performance channels the special blend of spoiled brat poutiness and air of superiority that often results from growing up as a working actor and ultimately landing the top spot »
- Geoff Berkshire
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