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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hilary Swank was contracted for two years, but she ended up being fired after 16 episodes. Lucky for her, two months later she got the role of Brandon Teena in Boys Don't Cry (1999). See more »
Steve has shaving cream on his ears, but when the camera goes to a different angle the shaving cream is gone, and again when it goes back to the other camera angle, the shaving cream appears again. See more »
When 90210 first aired in 1990, I caught onto it almost right away. I was a senior in high school that year, so it was very timely for me to watch high schoolers. At first I just remember "liking" it -- not going out of my way to watch it, yet somehow catching it often enough. I thought it was cool that the show played a lot of songs that were my favorite songs *at the time*), such as "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaac, "Joey" by Concrete Blonde, "Losing My Religion" by R.E.M.
By the spring time of 1991 and especially the summer of 1991, I was really really hooked. The 90210 bunch were an extremely intriguing bunch to watch, and I wasn't entirely unfamiliar with the background of a rich, elite public high school, as I went to one (albeit not in California). So even more so than ever, I felt it was a great depiction of what I saw in every day life while I was at school.
I've read some of the other comments on this site, and I would have to agree that the high school years were the best ones. I was a hardcore "regular" watcher of 90210 during the first three seasons, the high school years. When they went to college, I still watched but sporadically. And my viewing of the show got less and less all the time. Somehow, intuitively, I just knew the show was not as good as it used to be.
The shows are now on DVD (I'm watching Season 2 now) and I'm thinking I'll end up watching at least a little more than what I watched when it was in syndication, like maybe through more of the college years. But my heart is with the high school years.
I also like the original cast the best, but in my occasional viewings of the later episodes, I can say that Valerie (Tiffani Thiesen) as well as Claire...at least had good presence.
My favorite couple was Brenda and Dylan. To me they were the most Romeo and Juliet -- intense, dramatic, great chemistry. I remember when Kelly and Brandon were together in the later years (the ones I didn't watch very closely at all, but had some vague knowledge of through other people, catching 10 minutes, commercials and articles and stuff) I thought they were a weird couple....
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