Beverly Hills, 90210

Beverly Hills, 90210 is 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 fall out of love, including teen suicide, physical abuse at the hands of a boyfriend, surviving rape and go through an endless series of crises as this small group somehow becomes personally involved in every social issue from alcoholism to South African apartheid to pregnancy to AIDS.

By the show’s fifth season, many of the original gang had transitioned to college life and other pursuits. As a result, the problems portrayed on the show became more sophisticated to the point of being contrived, and the show lost much of its original appeal. Nonetheless, the series will forever be remembered as a cultural phenomenon that defines the 1990s. Beverly Hills 90210 is a new one-hour show on FOX.

Beverly Hills 90210 plot

The series revolves around the Wilson family, along with other rich teenage students at the fictional West Beverly Hills High, where Annie Wilson (Shenae Grimes) and Dixon Wilson (Tristan Wilds) begin attendance. Their father, Harry Wilson (Rob Estes), returns from Kansas to his childhood home of Beverly Hills with his family to care for his mother, former television star Tabitha Wilson (Jessica Walter), who has a drinking problem. Annie and Dixon struggle to adjust to their new lives while making new friends and adhering to their parents’ wishes. Beverly Hills 90210 features cast members from the original series; featured guests include Jennie Garth, Shannen Doherty, Tori Spelling and Joe E. Tata.

Messing with the relationships of well-established TV characters is always risky, but this one was handled with just the right amount of melodrama, sex, and sly knowingness. (It also coincided with a tidal wave of bad press for Doherty-rough for her, but great for keeping the show in the pop consciousness.) Its video hormones freshly tangled, 90210 has been an energetic evening soap for months now, as these aging teen idols swaggered through their senior year in high school. The May 5 prom-night episode was particularly choice, with Doherty, Garth, and Tori Spelling sipping punch (and, in the case of Spelling’s Donna, too much champagne) while squeezed into dresses designed by the likes of Norma Kamali.

Very socially responsible, but, gulp! 90210’s prime fantasy-young people who do grown-up things while enjoying the indulgence granted to kids-was more vivid than ever.

Beverly Hills 90210 ratings

“We’re Not in Kansas Anymore”, along with the following episode, averaged 4.9 million viewers throughout the two-hour broadcast on September 2. This gave The CW its highest-rated premiere ever in the adults 18-49 demographic. By comparison, the series finale of the original series was watched by 25 million viewers on its original broadcast in May 2000. As of January 20, 2009, 90210 has averaged 3.22 million US viewers for each episode of its first season (first-run airings).The show debuted strongly on E4 on its UK premiere on January 26, 2009 averaging 518, 000 viewers.

In the year 2009 it was also nominated for the Teen Choice Awards, Prism Awards, and People’s choice awards. Beverly Hills 90210 surely has a long way to go.