Table of Contents
- Beverly Hills, 90210
- About Edit
- Theme Edit
- Seasons Edit
- Summer seasons Edit
- Reunion Edit
- BH90210 Edit
- Spin-offs Edit
- Fanaticism Edit
- Trivia Edit
- Photos Edit
- Media Edit
- 12 things you never knew about ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’
- The world’s most recognized zip code was almost 20854
- The network didn’t want Dylan as a regular
- Hilary Swank’s fortunate firing
- Why Scott had to die
- Finding a father
- Age of Andrea
- The Ferris Bueller connection that almost was
- Nobody got the perfect attendance award
- The Gulf War helped the show succeed
- What really got Shannen fired
- The Valerie debacle
- Daddy’s little girl
- What to watch on Wednesday: Beverly Hills, 90210 is back with BH90210, the reboot that’s not a reboot
- Love Island
- What Else to Watch
Beverly Hills, 90210
While “Beverly Hills 90210” was making its ten year run, I never watched a single episode. The affairs of rich kids in Beverly Hills really didn’t interest me; and, even though Jennie Garth and Tiffani Amber-Thiessan are real eye candy, that wasn’t enough to tie me to watching a weekly continuing drama with what I thought would be such an uninteresting subject. However, when the Soap Opera Channel offered the show in sequence five days a week and my wife encouraged me to watch it with her, I reluctantly agreed. I’m glad I did, because “Beverly Hills 90210” is, in my opinion, the best written and produced continuing drama in TV history. Why do I say this? Because “Beverly Hills 90210” survived two radical format changes and remained consistently watchable for its entire 10 year run. Actually, “Beverly Hills 90210” is three different shows: an excellent “high school teenagers in love” show; a very good “college kids antics” show and a good “Yuppies in love” show. The creative talent managed to produce three above average shows with an amazing consistency of story lines and talent, using mostly the original cast. Nobody else has ever done this, at least to my knowledge. The producers are to be commended for keeping the cast remarkable intact, even down to the minor characters. To the best of my knowledge, only one character was played by two different actresses, that being Andrea Zuckerman’s grandmother. Compare that to the more prestigious soaps, “Dynasty” and “Dallas.” On “Dallas” alone, two actors played Gary Ewing, Digger Barnes, Miss Ellie and Kristen Shepherd (who shot J.R.), and three actors played Jenna Wade, and all of these characters were more important to the show’s plotting than Andrea’s grandmother.
While all three shows are above average, the “high school teenagers in love” episodes are the best. However, I believe they were also the easiest to plot, since teenagers have more restrictions on their behavior and their problems are generally more direct, easier with which to relate and generally easier to resolve. This is only slightly less true for college students, but it’s a whole different ball game by the time one gets out of school and into the “real world;” and, by the time these episodes were written and produced, the characters were no longer fresh. The loss of Shannen Dougherty (“Brenda Walsh”) was the series first major blow, and the series slipped badly her first season away (the fifth). However, after a weak start, Tiffani-Amber Thiessan (“Valerie Malone”) became a very impressive cast member. However, Shannen brought an inventiveness to the series which was never regained.
The second major blow the series suffered was the loss of Kathleen Robertson (“Claire Arnold”), at the end of “the college years”. While other original cast members had left, including Gabriella Carteris (“Andrea Zuckerman”), Carol Potter (“Cindy Walsh”) and James Eckhouse (“Jim Walsh”), I felt the loss of Kathleen Robertson the most. Kathleen’s “Claire Arnold” was a fascinating blend of three of the main characters; she exhibited Brenda’s daring, Kelly’s poise and Donna’s madcap sensuality. The show lost a lot of it’s warmth with Kathleen’s departure, as well as the (unfortunately) correct decision to place less emphasis on the older adult cast members. This happens in life as well as young adults leave school and are out on there own. The show also lost it’s innocence when Donna (Tori Spelling) lost hers to David (Brian Austin Green).
The final blow to the series happened over two seasons. The departures of Luke Perry, Jason Priestly and Tiffani-Amber Thiessan badly shook the show, but for very different reasons. Luke Perry (Dylan McKay) brought a lot of romance to the show; Jason Priestly (“Brandon Walsh”) brought a brash, crusading spirit; and Tiffan-Amber Thiessan brought a wholesome, mature sexiness that was sometimes at odds with the character she played. Worse, for their first seasons at least, the replacement characters, Vincent Young (“Noah Hunter”), Lindsay Price (“Janet Sosna”), Daniel Cosgrove (“Matt ) and Vanessa Marcel (“Gina”) while all fine actors, did not bring the missing ingredients to their characters. While Season 9 was clearly the worst of the season (due mostly to unconvincing plotting), Season 10 was a triumph, starting strong and getting better every week. Lindsay Price shed the somewhat dowdy image of his first season and a half and showed how beautiful and sexy she can really be (not to the mention, the best natural figure of the female stars). Daniel Cosgrove gained stature as “Matt”; and, while never acquiring the “Brandon brashness,” certainly captured Jason Walsh’s earnestness. Most importantly, warmth and romance returned to the series. I watched the last episode wanting more and that’s a great testimony to any show.
Here’s my rating of the series pilot and 10 seasons
PILOT ** ½ SEASON 1 – *** SEASON 2 – **** SEASON 3 – **** SEASON 4 – *** ½ SEASON 5 – ** ½ SEASON 6 – **** SEASON 7 – *** ½ SEASON 8 – **½ SEASON 9 – ** SEASON 10 ****
Beverly Hills, 90210 is an American prime time television drama, which aired on the FOX television network.
Beverly Hills, 90210 focuses on the assimilation of a solid, value-oriented Midwestern family into an accelerated Beverly Hills lifestyle. The show explores the realities and myths of social classes in Beverly Hills while at the same time exposing the strains this lifestyle can put on family relationships. Beverly Hills, 90210 aired on the FOX network from 1990 until 2000 for a total of 10 seasons (as well as two shorter arcs known as the summer seasons).
The series initially centered around the friendships, romantic issues and other personal matters of a group of high school students in Beverly Hills, California. The show followed many of these figures into early adulthood as it progressed, while also introducing several new characters and new relationships. During the peak of its success in the early 1990s, Beverly Hills, 90210 gained mainstream worldwide popularity—making its ensemble cast famous, launching 4 spin-offs, and becoming a television icon.
Beverly Hills, 90210 began with the introduction of the Walsh family—parents Jim and Cindy (played by James Eckhouse and Carol Potter), and their teenage twins Brandon (Jason Priestley) and Brenda (Shannen Doherty). As a result of Jim’s job reassignment, the family moved from Minnesota to Beverly Hills, California. The story initially presented Brandon as a flawed boy scout, Brenda as a good-hearted rebel, Kelly as a good-natured snob, Steve as a laid-back thrill-seeker, Andrea as a strait-laced smart girl, Dylan as a sensitive loner, David as a geeky musician, and Donna as a quirky, socially awkward girl.
Several of these characters were developed over time, revealing subsequent layers as they matured. In addition, many new characters were introduced during the course of the series’ run, and several guest stars appeared in recurring roles. Throughout the show’s high school and college years, stories largely centered around the love lives, academic matters, career aspirations, and parental issues of the younger cast.
Among the topics covered were adoption, estrangement, safe sex, substance abuse, romantic affairs, love triangles, race-related school incidents, and budding romances between longtime friends. As the show grew in popularity, several successful musicians of the ’90s contributed to Beverly Hills, 90210: The Soundtrack. Additionally, their accompanying music videos aired during the end credits of various episodes. Among these artists were Shanice, Jeremy Jordan, and Vanessa Williams & Brian McKnight. In addition, the music video for “Hold On” by Jamie Walters, who starred in the series as Ray Pruit, was also featured. The final episode of Beverly Hills, 90210 aired on May 17, 2000. The series outlived its first two spin-offs, Melrose Place and Models Inc., and would spawn additional spin-offs—90210 and a new Melrose Place—in 2008 and 2009.
Jason Priestley as Brandon Walsh (1-9, guest 10) Shannen Doherty as Brenda Walsh (1-4) Jennie Garth as Kelly Taylor Ian Ziering as Steve Sanders Gabrielle Carteris as Andrea Zuckerman (1-5, guest 6, 8 and 10) Luke Perry as Dylan McKay (1-6, 9-10) Brian Austin Green as David Silver Douglas Emerson as Scott Scanlon (1, recurring 2) Tori Spelling as Donna Martin Carol Potter as Cindy Walsh (1-5, guest 6 and 8) James Eckhouse as Jim Walsh (1-5, guest 7 and 8)
Joe E. Tata as Nat Bussichio (recurring 1-5, regular 6-10) Mark Damon Espinoza as Jesse Vasquez (recurring 4, regular 5) Kathleen Robertson as Clare Arnold (recurring 4-5, regular 6-7) Tiffani Thiessen as Valerie Malone (5-9, guest 10) Jamie Walters as Ray Pruit (recurring 5, regular 6, guest 7) Hilary Swank as Carly Reynolds (8) Vincent Young as Noah Hunter (8-10) Lindsay Price as Janet Sosna (recurring 8, regular 9-10) Vanessa Marcil as Gina Kincaid (9-10) Daniel Cosgrove as Matt Durning (9-10)
Christine Elise as Emily Valentine (2) Dana Barron as Nikki Witt (3) Dina Meyer as Lucinda Nicholson (4) Emma Caulfield as Susan Keats (6) Jason Wiles as Colin Robbins (6) Cameron Bancroft as Joe Bradley (6) Jill Novick as Tracy Gaylian (7) Angel Boris as Emma Bennett (8) Laura Leighton as Sophie Burns (9)
During the late 1980s, TV producer Aaron Spelling offered to buy the series known as Degrassi Jr. High/Degrassi High, which followed the lives of teens in high school. When the creators declined, Spelling decided to produce his own series, and was subsequently partnered with Darren Star, who created the basic outline of the project. In the autumn of 1990, FOX issued press releases for a show called Class of Beverly Hills—a title that was later applied to the first episode of the series that became Beverly Hills, 90210. Luke Perry did not appear until the show’s second episode. Among the series’ many writers were Charles Rosin (also an executive producer), Karen Rosin, Jessica Klein, and Steve Wasserman.
The show’s now-iconic theme music was not always present in the first airings; some viewers remember an entirely different, somewhat calmer tune that was also heard during the end credits. Furthermore, this tune was accompanied by opening and ending scenes of postal deliveries (depicting the change of address for the Walsh family) that were eventually excluded from the Season 1 montage.
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Summer seasons Edit
The Summer Seasons are story arcs which aired throughout the summers of 1991 and 1992 (July and August specifically) in the United States.
These story arcs presented all-new episodes which followed the teenage characters during their summer vacations from high school. In the DVD releases, they are packaged as parts of Seasons 2 and 3 respectively. The concept was highly unique, as television shows typically do not present new episodes during the period between their annual finales and premieres. In more recent times, certain shows have begun offering new interval material in other forms, including shorts on the Internet, and television movies.
Beach Blanket Brandon • The Party Fish • Summer Storm • Anaconda • Play It Again, David • Pass, Not Pass • Camping Trip Misery Loves Company • The Twins, The Trustee And The Very Big Trip • Too Little, Too Late/Paris 75001 • Sex, Lies and Volleyball/Photo Fini • Shooting Star/American in Paris • Castles In The Sand Season 4 did not include summer episodes as the property used for the Beverly Hills Beach Club was not available
Ziering, Doherty, Priestley, Perry, Garth and Carteris
The original cast, including James Eckhouse, Carol Potter and Joe E. Tata, reunited for a 2003 special to discuss the impact which the shows success has had on their lives and careers.
Main article: BH90210
In December 2018, executive producers of the ‘mockumentary-style’ reboot began shopping it around to networks. It was picked up by FOX and announced at the end of February 2019. The series will air in Summer 2019.
Melrose Place (1992) Jennie Garth (Kelly Taylor), Tori Spelling (Donna Martin), Brian Austin Green (David Silver) and Ian Ziering (Steve Sanders) reprised their roles. Grant Show (from Beverly Hills, 90210 season 2 final episodes) played Jake Hanson, who became one of the main characters on Melrose Place. Models Inc. 90210 (2008) Jennie Garth (Kelly Taylor), Tori Spelling (Donna Martin), Shannen Doherty (Brenda Walsh), Joe E. Tata (Nat Bussichio) and Ann Gillespie (Jackie Taylor) reprised their roles from the original Beverly Hills, 90210. Erin Silver (played by Jessica Stroup) became one of the main characters of the show, and Hannah Zuckerman-Vasquez (played by Hallee Hirsh) appeares in one scene of the 90210 pilot episode. The show is also introducing Sammy McKay (portrayed by Riley Thomas Stewart) — the son of Kelly Taylor and Dylan McKay. Jason Priestley directed season 1 episode Off The Rails. The show used the remixed version of original show theme for season 1. Another version of the tune was used in season 2 through season 5. Second version was released on official album 90210: The Soundtrack. Melrose Place 2.0 (2009)
As 90210 was the first massive worldwide teen TV phenomenon, so in its wake followed the first inklings of what would become the cultlike behaviour of fanatics spending their time casting aspersions on fictional characters. The so-called I Hate Brenda Newsletter and a ‘song’ entitled Hating Brenda was published and MTV even deigned to interview people about why they hated the character of Brenda, as well as having the MTV host make derogatory comments about Doherty’s musical aspirations in a segment.
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- Former president of FOX, Barry Diller, came up with the title ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’
- In a 2010 interview, Beverly Hills, 90210 writer/producer on Seasons 4–7, Larry Mollin, said of the set:
‘That’s what the guys do. That’s their free shot. Luke’s a wonderful man and Jason is a wonderful man. But they are young guy actors on a show, which basically means they get to feel anybody up they want. And that’s just the way they are. I’ve got tons of outtakes of this stuff. That was just the fun of it. That’s just the way it was before sexual harassment became really a watch word in the industry. Young actresses just had to put up with that sh*t. I had seen that for years and years on shows. It was the way it went. Obviously if a girl didn’t like it, she could complain but most of them just put up with it and just expected it. The guys were just like that.’
- Larry Mollin on the show post-Doherty:
All the kids hated the show by season 5, other than Tori. They all just hated it. Every day they would come in was just torture for them.
- Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling are the only five cast members to appear in all 10 seasons of the series.
- Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling are the only six cast members to appear in both the Pilot and the Series Finale.
- The only cast member that was close to appearing in all 296 episodes is Tori Spelling, she appeared in 292/296 episodes of the entire series run. In second place are Ian Ziering and Jennie Garth, they both appeared in 291/296 episodes. Not one character appeared in all 296 episodes.
- There was some talk about a spin-off just after the show ended, that was gonna be called 90210: The New Class, but it was never made – until 90210
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12 things you never knew about ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’
Throughout the ’90s, Brandon, Dylan, Kelly, Brenda, Donna, and the rest of the gang ruled the airwaves. Beverly Hills, 90210 captivated an entire generation with the soupy drama of the lives of a group of teenages at West Beverly Hills High School, and then California University. To get the real scoop on what went on in 90210, check out these little-known facts about the show.
The world’s most recognized zip code was almost 20854
Well, not really. But rumor has it that in order to pay homage to his hometown of Potomac, Maryland, creator Darren Star used the working title Potomac 20854 at one point during development.
The network didn’t want Dylan as a regular
Troubled loner Dylan McKay is a fan favorite, and made Luke Perry a ‘90s teen idol. However, if it were up to the Fox network, he would have been off the show after his initial two-episode arc. The network was reluctant to keep Perry on, but series creator Aaron Spelling loved the character of Dylan so much that he fought for him to become a regular.
Hilary Swank’s fortunate firing
Swank signed on for two seasons of 90210 as single mother Carly Reynolds, but she was written off after only 16 episodes. Swank said she was upset at the time, but that it later turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as she got the lead role in Boys Don’t Cry just months later and won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her performance.
Why Scott had to die
Scott Scanlon was the quiet, unpopular friend of David Silver during the first two seasons of the show. He died after misfiring a gun at his birthday party. The real reason the show offed Scott was because actor Douglas Emerson decided to quit acting, and left the show to enroll in junior college. He then joined the U.S. Air Force.
Finding a father
Dylan’s dad, Jack McKay, was most famously played by Josh Taylor, but two other actors had actually assumed the role before Taylor. Both Terence Ford and Arthur Brooks played the wealthy criminal.
Age of Andrea
Gabrielle Carteris played the ambitious school newspaper editor Andrea Zuckerman. Andrea was 16 years old, but Carteris was actually 29 at the time. Making matters worse, Carteris got pregnant in the show’s fifth season, forcing the reluctant writers to create a story in which Andrea gets pregnant. After that season, her character was written off.
The Ferris Bueller connection that almost was
In the show’s original pilot, Brendon and Brenda’s father Jim Walsh is played by Lyman Ward, famous for playing Ferris Bueller’s father in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. However the studio recast the role with James Eckhouse, and the scenes with Jim Walsh in the pilot were cut and reshot.
Nobody got the perfect attendance award
With new cast members constantly leaving or being introduced, only four actors appeared in every season: Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Brian Austin Green, and Ian Ziering. However, no actor has appeared in all 296 episodes of 90210.
The Gulf War helped the show succeed
90210’s success is the ending of the Gulf War. The teen drama actually began as a family show centered around the Walsh family, but shifted focus on Brandon and Brenda’s high school friends halfway through season one. The first of these teen-centered episodes aired in Feb. 1991, on the same day that every other network had suspended programming to report on the Gulf War. Fox didn’t have a news department at the time, so it aired 90210and got a ratings spike due to the lack of competition.
What really got Shannen fired
Most people are aware that Shannen Doherty was going through some highly publicized personal troubles while filming 90210, and she was known to fight with the cast and crew on set. Many believe she was fired after season four because of this, but the thing that really got her kicked off was that she cut her hair halfway through shooting the season finale without telling anyone, thus throwing off the continuity of the episode. Writer-producer Larry Mollin said that Doherty’s surprise haircut is what really angered the producers.
The Valerie debacle
After Doherty left the show, producers introduced the character of Valerie Malone. The role was offered to Drew Barrymore, Alicia Silverstone, and Alyssa Milano, but it was Tiffani Amber Thiessen who landed the part. Mollin revealed that the casting was not a happy one for Brian Austin Green, who was dating Thiessen at the time and wasn’t excited about the character of Valerie hooking up with many of 90210’s male cast.
Daddy’s little girl
Aaron Spelling apparently couldn’t check his fatherly protection of his daughter at the studio door. According to Mollin, Spelling made sure that his daughter Tori’s character of Donna remained a virgin until after her college graduation. Additionally, when fans began to criticize Donna for staying with her abusive boyfriend Ray, Spelling demanded that Ray be written off the show as soon as possible, despite breach of contract.
CORRECTION: This post has been updated to reflect that 90210 being originally titled Potomac 20854 is a rumor.
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