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Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–2000)

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Follows a group of friends living in Beverly Hills, California, from their school days through to adulthood.


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Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 13 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »



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Series cast summary:
 Kelly Taylor / ... (292 episodes, 1990-2000)
 Steve Sanders / ... (292 episodes, 1990-2000)
 David Silver / ... (292 episodes, 1990-2000)
 Donna Martin / ... (292 episodes, 1990-2000)
 Brandon Walsh / ... (245 episodes, 1990-2000)
 Nat Bussichio / ... (238 episodes, 1990-2000)
 Dylan McKay / ... (199 episodes, 1990-2000)
 Andrea Zuckerman / ... (147 episodes, 1990-2000)
 Cindy Walsh / ... (147 episodes, 1990-1998)
 Jim Walsh / ... (146 episodes, 1990-1998)
 Valerie Malone (136 episodes, 1994-2000)


Originally based around the lives of a group of high school students living in the wealthy Beverly Hills neighborhood, then later moving on to their college days as they got older. The kids become friends and enemies, fall in and out of love, and go through an endless series of crises as this small group somehow becomes personally involved in every newsworthy social issue from alcoholism to South African apartheid to pregnancy to AIDS. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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New faces and dangerous places!


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Release Date:

4 October 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Class of Beverly Hills  »

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Many changes after the pilot episode: The Walsh house changes to a different building (which explains the odd scenery behind James Eckhouse in the re-shot pilot scenes as it matches the Walsh house used in the remaining 10 years of the series, not the house used only in the pilot.) Also, Brandon's car changes from a Chevy Chevette in the pilot to a different model car in later episodes, referred to as "Mondale". Also, Luke Perry does not appear in the series pilot, he is first featured in the second episode. The building for "The Peach Pit" was also changed after a few episodes in season one. See more »


In the high school graduation episode, Mrs. Taylor enters Kelly's room holding two pictures, one in each hand. The pictures switch hands between shots See more »


Brandon Walsh: Look, David, we're putting out this issue with a tribute to Scott.
David Silver: Why? So people can glance at it and then throw it in the garbage?
Brandon Walsh: No, so people can get some idea about who he was.
David Silver: Look, he was a jerk, okay? He was a jerk who blew himself away, that's who he was. You don't know. You left early. You missed out on the fun part when he picked up a loaded gun and twirled it around like he was Wyatt Earp. You weren't there to see him goof up and bleed all over his mom's Persian rug.
Brandon Walsh: David, the ...
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Spoofed in Mystery Girls: High School Mystery (2014) See more »


Theme From Beverly Hills, 90210
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Love It Or Hate It - It's A TV Institution. . .
18 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

It's easy to forget (or not even know) that at one point, Beverly Hills, 90210 (created by Darren Star who'd go on to Melrose Place before the phenomenon that is 'Sex & The City') was the biggest teen-orientated show in the world. Yes - the world! One minute, it was struggling to survive and the next, the stars of the series inspired scenes reminiscent of 'Beatlemania'. And justly so because in those halcyon days of yesteryear, 90210's blend of drama, cheese, humour, pure unadulterated escapism, great scenery in terms of cast and location and strong characterisation was compelling viewing.

The early years concentrated on the Walsh family - who promptly became the emotional core of the show - and their efforts to adjust to life in Beverly Hills after relocation from Minnesota.

Twins Brandon and Brenda (Jason Priestley and Shannen Doherty) befriend a diverse group of mostly-rich rich kids at West Beverly High: spoilt son of a movie actress, jock and joker Steve Sanders (Ian Ziering), persistently in trouble and always relying on Brandon to bail him out. Brainy (but not as affluent) crusader Andrea Zuckerman (Gabrielle Carteris) doomed to an unrequited love for Brandon. Ditzy, naive Donna Martin (Tori Spelling) - probably the most (in)famous virgin on American TV. Insecure, school DJ David Silver (Brian Austin Green), desperate to be accepted by the gang. Blonde bombshell Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth) who'd go on to sleep with her best friend's boyfriend and also, her ex-boyfriend's best friend. And last (but by no means least), moody alcoholic Dylan McKay (Luke Perry) - the quintessential troubled teen.

From High School (Seasons 1-3) through to College (Seasons 4-7) and life after College (Seasons 8-10), they face a series of crises together ranging from the death of a friend to depression, drugs, physical and sexual assault and tumultuous love triangles.

The earlier High School years are undoubtedly the best; the original cast is intact, the strongest scripts are to be found within this time frame and it's the period that, to this day, defines the show.

However post-Shannen Doherty and with Tiffani-Amber Thiessen as vivacious, vampy schemer Valerie Malone and Kathleen Robertson as the acerbic, sarcastic Clare Arnold on board, 90210 remained very entertaining viewing right up to College graduation at the end of Season 7 - notable as the episode in which High School sweethearts (and future spouses) David and Donna finally consummated their long on-again/off-again relationship.

Admittedly, the last three seasons are weaker than previous ones. A deadly combination of changes to cast and crew (it survived the loss of Darren Star, Shannen Doherty and Luke Perry in Season 6 but to all intents and purposes, the show ended with Jason Priestley's departure in Season 9. Not even Luke Perry's return could compensate for that), a more overt soap opera format and weaker new characters (embodied by the faux-Dylan imitator Noah Hunter ineptly played by Vincent Young) sounded the death knell for a series that had become a shadow of its former powerhouse self.

Still, in the cutthroat world of TV, you've got to have something very special to last ten years on an American network and that's exactly what Beverly Hills, 90210 did. It outlasted all its contemporaries such as the infinitely superior teen drama 'My So-Called Life' starring Clare Danes and Jared Leto, which only made it to air for a year, and it gave the likes of 'Buffy', 'Party of Five' and 'Dawson's Creek' a recipe for success to follow.

Love it or hate it (and I LOVE it) - Beverly Hills, 90210 is a TV institution.

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