Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–2000)

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Beverly Hills, 90210 (TV Series 1990–2000)

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.
USA
IMDb   6.4 /10
Metacritic   53 %
TheMovieDb    7.4 /10
RottenTomatoes  94 %
FilmAffinity   4.6 /10
Creators
Creator Darren Star
Information
Release Date1990-10-04
Runtime44min
GenreDrama, Romance
Content RatingTV-PG (TV-PG)
AwardsNominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 14 wins & 22 nominations.
Company90210 Productions, Fair Dinkum Productions, Propaganda Films
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
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

Beverly Hills, 90210

Beverly Hills, 90210 (often referred to by its short title, 90210) is an American teen drama television series created by Darren Star and produced by Aaron Spelling under his production company Spelling Television. The series ran for ten seasons on Fox from October 4, 1990, to May 17, 2000, and is the first of six television series in the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise. The series follows the lives of a group of friends living in the upscale and star-studded community of Beverly Hills, California, as they transition from high school to college and into the adult world. "90210" refers to one of the city's five ZIP codes.

The initial premise of the show was based on the adjustment and culture shock that twins Brandon (Jason Priestley) and Brenda Walsh (Shannen Doherty) experienced when they and their parents, Jim (James Eckhouse) and Cindy (Carol Potter), moved from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Beverly Hills, California. In addition to chronicling the characters' friendships and romantic relationships, the show addressed topical issues such as sex, date rape, homophobia, animal rights, alcoholism, drug abuse, domestic violence, eating disorders, antisemitism, racism, teenage suicide, teenage pregnancy, and AIDS.

After poor ratings during its first season, the series gained popularity during the summer of 1991, when Fox aired a special "summer season" of the show while most other series were in reruns. Viewership increased dramatically, and 90210 became one of Fox's top shows when it returned that fall. The show became a global pop culture phenomenon with its cast members, particularly Jason Priestley and Luke Perry, who became teen idols; the series also made actresses Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth household names in the United States. The show is credited with creating or popularizing the teen soap genre that many other successful television shows followed in the years to come.

The show had many cast changes; Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Brian Austin Green, and Ian Ziering were the only actors to appear during its entire run and appeared on the first episode of the spin-off Melrose Place.

On February 27, 2019, it was announced that a six-episode reboot has been ordered by Fox and that the show would simply be titled BH90210. On May 8, 2019, it was announced that the reboot would premiere on August 7, 2019, at 9/8c on Fox.


Series overview

The series begins with the introduction of the Walsh family—Jim, Cindy, Brandon, and Brenda—who have recently moved from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Beverly Hills, California, as a result of Jim's job promotion. In the first episode, Brandon and Brenda begin attending West Beverly Hills High School, where they befriend several classmates: the self-centered and promiscuous Kelly Taylor, carefree and spoiled Steve Sanders, smart and driven Andrea Zuckerman, ditzy and virtuous Donna Martin, brooding loner Dylan McKay, and younger and naive students David Silver and Scott Scanlon. The show follows the siblings as they bear witness and take part in the dramatic lives that their wealthy and privileged peers lead.


Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
122October 4, 1990May 9, 1991
228July 11, 1991May 7, 1992
330July 15, 1992May 19, 1993
432September 8, 1993May 25, 1994
532September 7, 1994May 24, 1995
632September 13, 1995May 22, 1996
732August 21, 1996May 21, 1997
832September 10, 1997May 20, 1998
926September 16, 1998May 19, 1999
1027September 8, 1999May 17, 2000

Cast and characters

CharacterActorSeasonsEpisode count
12345678910
Kelly TaylorJennie GarthMain290
Steve SandersIan ZieringMain290
David SilverBrian Austin GreenMain289
Donna MartinTori SpellingMain291
Brandon WalshJason PriestleyMain243
Dylan McKayLuke PerryMainSpecial Guest195
Andrea ZuckermanGabrielle CarterisMainSpecial GuestSpecial GuestSpecial Guest142
Cindy WalshCarol PotterMainSpecial GuestSpecial Guest145
Jim WalshJames EckhouseMainSpecial Guest142
Brenda WalshShannen DohertyMain111


Scott ScanlonDouglas EmersonMainRecurring18
Valerie MaloneTiffani-Amber ThiessenMainSpecial Guest136
Jesse VasquezMark Damon EspinozaRecurringMain48
Nat BussichioJoe E. TataRecurringAlso starringMain237
Clare ArnoldKathleen RobertsonRecurringMain99
Ray PruitJamie WaltersRecurringMainSpecial Guest40
Carly ReynoldsHilary SwankMain16
Noah HunterVincent YoungMain84
Janet SosnaLindsay PriceSpecial GuestMain71
Matt DurningDaniel CosgroveMain50
Gina KincaidVanessa MarcilMain37

Casting

Torand Productions was used by the production company for several seasons on the show. "Torand" is derived from the first several letters of Aaron Spelling's first and second children, Tori and Randy.

The original name for the show, used during shooting of the original pilot in March and April 1990, was Doing Time in Beverly Hills; later, the tentative title for the show changed to Class of Beverly Hills. The show's episodes were originally issue-based until the producers decided it should become a teen soap opera. In the first season, the teenage characters (aside from David Silver and Scott Scanlon) were said to be in the eleventh grade, but due to the success of the show, their ages were retconned to be one year younger in the second season, making them tenth graders in the first.

Jennie Garth had to audition five times for the role of Kelly Taylor and was the first to be cast on the show. Gabrielle Carteris felt that she was too old to play a high school student. She first auditioned for Brenda because she thought that being a real-life twin would help her chances, but the producers felt that she would be better for the part of Andrea.

When Tori Spelling (Aaron Spelling's daughter) auditioned for the show, she used the name Tori Mitchell and auditioned for the role of Kelly Taylor, but she was eventually recognized and was instead cast as Donna Martin. Tori Spelling brought Shannen Doherty to her father's attention after seeing Doherty's movie Heathers and being impressed with her performance.

Lyman Ward was originally cast as Jim Walsh in the pilot but was replaced by James Eckhouse, and Ward's scenes were cut and re-shot with Eckhouse. Kristin Dattilo was also up for the role of Brenda Walsh, but she turned it down. She later guest starred as Melissa Coolidge in an episode of the first season.

Additionally, Luke Perry had auditioned for the role of Steve Sanders, but the role eventually went to Ian Ziering before Perry was cast as Dylan McKay. Perry's character was not an original cast member of the show, and he was first featured in the show's second episode. He was originally intended to only appear in one story arc, for one or two episodes. Fox was initially reluctant to have him included as a regular, but Aaron Spelling felt differently and gave Perry a bigger role during the first two years until the network was won over.

In the first season, when Donna tries out for school D.J., she is referred to as Donna Morgan. Throughout the rest of the show, her name is Donna Martin.

In addition, in the first season Donna's mother was named Nancy Martin and played by actress Jordana Capra. When she was reintroduced in season two, she was named Felice Martin and was played by actress Katherine Cannon.

In the pilot episode, the role of Jackie Taylor was first played by Pamela Galloway and then by Ann Gillespie for the rest of the series. Terence Ford and Arthur Brooks portrayed Dylan's father, Jack McKay, in two episodes before Josh Taylor assumed the role.

Departures

The departure of Shannen Doherty at the end of season 4 came after a period of strife between Doherty, the other cast members, and the show's producers. Executive producer Charles Rosin commented in 2000 that Doherty "had habitual lateness, her lateness was appalling, and she had a callous attitude and an indifference." Trouble between Doherty and her co-stars, Jennie Garth in particular, was also widely reported in the media. Doherty, who was struggling in her personal life with her father's illness, came to an agreement with the producers to phase her out of the show at the beginning of season 4, when Brenda returns to Minnesota for college. It was planned to reduce her appearances from that point, but Doherty had a change of heart and requested to remain as a main cast member. However, as the fourth season wore on Doherty's attitude deteriorated and her friction with the other cast members intensified. When she caused continuity problems by cutting her hair halfway through filming an episode, the producers and cast requested from Aaron Spelling that she be fired.

In season 5, the production accommodated Gabrielle Carteris' pregnancy by reluctantly writing a pregnancy storyline for Andrea. The producers were unhappy with the more adult direction of the character, and Carteris was written off the show at the end of the season. Also in season 5, Jamie Walters was introduced as Donna's boyfriend Ray, who later begins abusing her. The writers intended to "rehabilitate" the character in season 6, and Walters signed a $1 million contract. However, the show received such a flood of negative mail from fans complaining about Donna being "stupid" for staying with her abuser, that an angry Aaron Spelling ordered that Walters should be fired. Producer Larry Mollin said of the incident that "he got to walk away with his money. But it was still devastating for him. We left him as being a beater, which stayed with him, unfortunately. People thought he was a beater. It was just terrible." In Season 8 Jason Priestley was worried that Brandon and Kelly would end up together so he chose to leave the show.


Locations

The series was produced in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California. During the 10 years the series was in production it was filmed in a warehouse complex in Van Nuys, the interiors of the series as well as the exteriors of the Peach Pit parking lot and P.P.A.D. club entrance were all located off the 15000 block of Calvert Street. An unmarked gated studio entrance now stands at this address, but the exterior brick facing of the P.P.A.D. is still visible down the alley, on the side of the building.

The studio building complex has since been the home to various projects including the 2006 CBS series Jericho, which guest starred James Eckhouse in one episode. Until February 2010, the CW series Melrose Place was also produced at the original 90210 Calvert studios. Post-production services for Beverly Hills, 90210 were provided by LaserPacific for all seasons.

Many changes were made after the pilot episode. The producers first used a location that was used only once during the pilot episode for the Walsh house, that was located in a gated community of Brentwood. After the pilot episode the Walsh house was moved to Altadena, California. The house used for Dylan's home in the show is located in the same Altadena neighborhood.

Three locations were used for the frontage of The Peach Pit during the show's ten-year history. The original location, on Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles, was only used in first few episodes of season one then was changed to a different location for the rest of that season. When the Peach Pit was fictionally remodeled during season two, the producers used Rose City Diner in Pasadena, California, to film the exterior of the gang's hangout, and it remained the same throughout the rest of the show's run.

Most of the filming during the second season of the summer season at the Beverly Hills Beach Club took place in Santa Monica, at the old Sand and Sea Beach Club. The beach club used in the show was the very same beach club that was used during one summer season of Saved by the Bell.

The filming location for West Beverly High School was in the middle class community of Torrance at Torrance High School, located in the 90501 zip code. Torrance High can also be seen in other shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

When the 90210 characters began attending the then-fictitious California University in the show's fourth season, the scenes around campus were actually filmed at Occidental College in Eagle Rock. Kelly and Donna's beach house used in the show is located in Hermosa Beach. The Golden Oak Ranch, outside Santa Clarita, was also used for filming.


Broadcast

Beverly Hills, 90210 originally aired from October 4, 1990, to May 17, 2000, on Fox in the United States.

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
122October 4, 1990May 9, 1991
228July 11, 1991May 7, 1992
330July 15, 1992May 19, 1993
432September 8, 1993May 25, 1994
532September 7, 1994May 24, 1995
632September 13, 1995May 22, 1996
732August 21, 1996May 21, 1997
832September 10, 1997May 20, 1998
926September 16, 1998May 19, 1999
1027September 8, 1999May 17, 2000

The show aired Thursday at 9:00 pm for the first two seasons and Wednesday at 8:00 pm for the rest of its run.

Prior to the premiere of Beverly Hills, 90210, Glory Days was airing on Thursdays at 9:00 pm. After the show had moved to Wednesday, where Fox did not have regular programming, The Heights took over the timeslot. After Beverly Hills, 90210 left Fox in 2000, it went to air reruns on syndication and was replaced by Malcolm in the Middle and Normal, Ohio.

Seasons 2 and 3 featured all new summer episodes that aired during July and August before the regular fall episodes started in September. At the beginning of the third season, in July and August 1992, all new summer episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210 were playing during the series new time slot of Wednesdays at 8pm but viewers could see repeats from Beverly Hills, 90210's first season in the original time slot of Thursdays at 9pm. The Fox Network was heavily promoting the new time slot so viewers could find the show. The seventh season started earlier than usual because of the 1996 Olympics and the MLB Playoffs on Fox during the month of October.

At various times since 1998, reruns of the show have aired in syndication, on FX until 2005. Later SoapNet aired reruns of the show seven days a week until 2013. The syndicated episodes featured the show's original music, unlike the DVD and Hulu releases. Since 2014, Pop airs reruns of the show with two back-to-back episodes, sometimes three or four. The syndicated episodes that are featured on this network however, do not use the show's original music with the content mostly taken from the DVD releases.

Specials

A number of specials were produced during and after the show's run.

Number
in series
Number
in season
TitleOriginal air date
11"90210: Behind the Zip Code"September 18, 1992
a direct-to-video documentary released on VHS on September 18, 1992.
12"Beverly Hills, 90210: Behind the Scenes"May 26, 1993
a special that aired after the high school graduation episode.
13"Beverly Hills, 90210: A Christmas Special"December 19, 1994
special in which fifth-season cast members discuss what their plans for their Christmas holiday would include.
14"The Best Moments of Beverly Hills, 90210"January 24, 1996
1996 retrospective of the first five and a half seasons hosted by Tori Spelling.
15"Beverly Hills, 90210: Our Favorite Moments"October 14, 1998
1998 retrospective of the first eight seasons hosted by Ian Ziering.
16"Beverly Hills, 90210: The Final Goodbye"May 10, 2000
retrospective of the series and its finale.
17"Beverly Hills, 90210: 10 Year High School Reunion"May 11, 2003
Set in a mockup of the Walsh family living room, it featured all of the primary cast members that were on the show in May 1993, and was the first reunion of Shannen Doherty with her former castmates in nine years. This reunion is available on the 2013 Complete Box Set of Beverly Hills, 90210. with Shannen Doherty, Gabrielle Carteris, Jason Priestley, Ian Ziering, Luke Perry, Jennie Garth, Carol Potter, James Eckhouse and Joe E. Tata.
18"Beverly Hills, 90210: Fox 25th Anniversary Special"April 22, 2012
retrospective of TV shows that aired on Fox. It ran for an hour and 35 minutes and there was a 3-minute 15 second segment on Beverly Hills, 90210 with interviews from Shannen Doherty, Gabrielle Carteris, Jason Priestley, and Ian Ziering.
19"Beverly Hills, 90210: Behind Closed Doors"May 17, 2020
...

Reception

U.S. ratings

After poor ratings in the first season, the episodes' average ratings per season increased, constantly maintained above 11% from season two until season five, despite Shannen Doherty's departure at the end of season four. From season six until the end of the series the average rating gradually decreased, and the final blow to the show was the early ninth season's departures of Jason Priestley and Tiffani Thiessen (both season peaks at 8.1%). Since then no episode reached 8% again in ratings until the series finale, despite Luke Perry's return, with average ratings falling to 6.9% in season nine and 5.9% in the last season. During the entire series, the episodes with the highest ratings peaked at 14.1%, and included the closing episodes of seasons two and three, and the opening episode of season five.

Ratings table
SeasonTime slotSeason PremiereSeason FinaleTV SeasonRankViewers
(in millions)
Rating
(%)
1Thursday 9:00 P.M. (October 4, 1990 – May 7, 1992)October 4, 1990May 9, 19911990–1991#8814.26.35
2July 11, 1991May 7, 19921991–1992#4817.611.73
3Wednesday 8:00 P.M. (July 15, 1992 – May 17, 2000)July 15, 1992May 19, 19931992–1993#4218.311.14
4September 8, 1993May 25, 19941993–1994#4121.711.40
5September 7, 1994May 24, 19951994–1995#4614.711.21
6September 13, 1995May 22, 19961995–1996#5314.59.83
7August 21, 1996May 21, 19971996–1997#6113.28.35
8September 10, 1997May 20, 19981997–1998#5911.48.35
9September 16, 1998May 19, 19991998–1999#759.76.83
10September 8, 1999May 17, 20001999–2000#828.335.88
Highest rated episode per season
SeasonSeason peak (episode)Rating (%)Notes
1Episode 22: "Home Again" Aired: May 9, 19919.2Season Finale
2Episode 28: "Wedding Bell Blues" Aired: May 7, 199214.1Season Finale
3Episodes 29 & 30: "Commencement (Part 1 & Part 2)" Aired: May 19, 199314.1Season Finale (two episodes aired together).
4Episode 31 & 32: "Mr. Walsh Goes To Washington (Part 1 & Part 2)" Aired: May 25, 199413.9Season Finale. (two episodes aired together). Final episode of Shannen Doherty
5Episode 1: "What I Did On My Summer Vacation & Other Stories" Aired: September 7, 199414.1Season Premiere. Debut of Tiffani Thiessen.
6Episode 10: "One Wedding And A Funeral" Aired: November 8, 199512.9Final episode of Luke Perry until he returns in season 9.
7Episode 21: "Straight Shooter" Aired: February 26, 19979.8
8Episodes 31 & 32: "The Wedding Part 1 & Part 2" Aired: May 20, 199810.0Season finale (two episodes aired together).
9Episode 5: "Brandon Leaves" Aired: November 4, 19988.1Departure of Jason Priestley.
Episode 7: "You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello" Aired: November 18, 19988.1Departure of Tiffani Thiessen and return of Luke Perry.
10Episodes 26 & 27: "The Penultimate" and "Ode to Joy" Aired: May 17, 20009.6Series' finale (two episodes aired together).
Lowest rated episode per season
SeasonSeason low (episode)Rating (%)Notes
1Episode 7: "Perfect Mom" Aired: November 22, 19904.1Lowest rated episode of the series
2Episode 2: "The Party Fish" Aired: July 18, 199110.0Lowest rated episode of season 2 but this episode achieved higher ratings than every episode in seasons 1, 7, 9, and 10.
3Episodes 3: "Too Little, Too Late/Paris 75001" Aired: July 29, 19928.8
4Episode 4: "Greek To Me" Aired: September 29, 19939.8
Episode 15: "Somewhere In The World It's Christmas" Aired: December 22, 19939.8
5Episode 29: "The Real McCoy" Aired: May 10, 19958.4
6Episode 29: "Ticket To Ride" Aired: May 8, 19968.4
7Episode 11: "If I Had A Hammer" Aired: November 27, 19966.0
8Episodes 28: "Skin Deep" Aired: April 29, 19986.8
9Episode 20: "Fortune Cookie" Aired: April 7, 19995.9
Episode 23: "The End Of The World As We Know It" Aired: April 28, 19995.9
10Episode 18: "Eddie Waitkus" Aired: March 1, 20004.6
  • Debut: Class of Beverly Hills/Pilot – 7.2 rating
  • Series Finale: 16.8 million viewers; 9.6 rating (8-10pm)
  • Specials: Behind the Scenes (Season 3): 8.2 rating Best Moments of 90210 (Season 6): 8.4 rating Our Favorite Moments of 90210 (Season 9): 5.3 rating Final Goodbye (Season 10): 6.8 rating 10-Year High School Reunion (7 million viewers, 4.5 rating) (repeat on August 7, 2003: 3.3 million; 2.1 rating)
  • Behind the Scenes (Season 3): 8.2 rating
  • Best Moments of 90210 (Season 6): 8.4 rating
  • Our Favorite Moments of 90210 (Season 9): 5.3 rating
  • Final Goodbye (Season 10): 6.8 rating
  • 10-Year High School Reunion (7 million viewers, 4.5 rating) (repeat on August 7, 2003: 3.3 million; 2.1 rating)

Series finale

Ratings for the tenth season declined to an average of 10 million viewers per episode (according to a May 2000 issue of Us Weekly). The ratings were low compared to previous seasons. The lower ratings, along with the high costs associated with any television show in its later seasons, led Fox to end the series in January 2000. Though there were many cast changes, over 25 million people tuned in to watch the final episode, which aired in May 2000. Tiffani Thiessen returned in the series finale.


Impact

Entertainment Weekly named the show #20 on its list of top 100 TV shows in the past 25 years. The magazine also named the theme song #15 on its list of top 25 TV theme songs in the past 25 years, and the "90210 Sideburns" #50 on its list of Pop Culture Moments that Rocked Fashion. The show was named one of the Best School Shows of All Time by AOL TV.

The first-season episode "Spring Dance" caused outrage from many parents after the character of Brenda loses her virginity to Dylan. Parents were offended by the fact that Brenda suffers no consequences and shows no remorse for having had sex, something unusual for network television in 1991. After a slew of angry phone calls to the network, Fox decided to placate upset viewers by featuring a pregnancy scare for Brenda and Dylan in the second season, as a means of "punishing" the teenagers for their decision. Executive Producer Charles Rosin criticized this decision, saying "Someday I will write a long article about the censorship that occurred after Brenda lost her virginity at the Spring Dance to her boyfriend (who had been AIDS tested) because she was happy and not full of remorse."

In February 1992, at the height of the show's popularity, the three main stars, Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty and Luke Perry, were featured on the cover of Rolling Stone. Read the article and see the cover.

Parodies

The rap duo Insane Clown Posse released an EP titled Beverly Kills 50187 which featured a song titled "Beverly Kills" describing member Violent J killing the series' characters for being rich and prejudiced toward the "lower class".

The short-lived The Ben Stiller Show did a parody of this show, The Heights and Melrose Place called Melrose Heights 90210-2420 that portrayed the cast as superficial, self-absorbed, and self-pitying, as well as introducing each of the stereotypical cast along with "Akeem, the black guy". A typical episode's "issue" was a character getting a headache, which affected all the other characters. Each episode would end the same upbeat song (resembling The Heights hit single "How Do You Talk to an Angel") performed by the whole cast with new lyrics for each episode.

A cutaway gag in an episode of Family Guy parodied the fact that a number of the show's cast members were in their mid-to-late 20s and not teenagers. In the gag, Andrea is portrayed as a senile elderly woman.

When Jason Priestley guest-hosted Saturday Night Live in 1992, one of that episode's sketches, which parodied Beverly Hills 90210 involved that town's zip code being changed to 90218 due to the 1990 Census redistricting. Several of the characters take offense to the fact that Beverly Hills will be absorbed into poorer communities and convene at the Peach Pit, where a Hispanic busboy expresses pride that his native community of Reseda now shares the same zip code as the 90210 cast. The gang lashes out in different ways, with Dylan getting drunk and Donna and Kelly going impulse shopping. Priestley, in his role of Brandon, confiscates all their keys and puts them in a lockbox and gives them a tag to reclaim them when they regain self-control. The sketch ends with the zip code "Beverly Hills, 90210" retained as their rich and powerful parents lobbied the US government not to redistrict.

The Fox sketch show The Edge did a parody of 90210 that mocked Tori Spelling. During the sketch, the character of Tori constantly says, "I can do whatever I want because this is my Daddy's show." Aaron Spelling took offense to this, and asked for an apology from the producers of the show. Saturday Night Live also did a Tori Spelling parody as well, where Melanie Hutsell spoofed Spelling, which was met with less protest.

The Mickey Mouse Club did a parody sketch called Beverly Hillbillies 90210, combining the characters of both 90210 and The Beverly Hillbillies. In 1999, Christina Aguilera from the Mickey Mouse Club made a cameo performance on Beverly Hills 90210 as herself performing at the PPAD for David Silver's surprise birthday party, season 10 episode 2: "Let's Eat Cake". Music from former MMC members Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez of 'N Sync also was originally used during several opening title sequences during the mid-to-late seasons of 90210.

MADtv made its own parodies of the show as Beverly Hills, 90210 B.C. set in prehistoric Beverly Hills. When Luke Perry made his high-profile return to the series, MADtv did a second parody titled Beverly Hills 9021-H20 which had the characters being stalked and killed off by Luke Perry (Pat Kilbane), who had rejoined the cast as a masked killer who was a parody of Michael Myers of the Halloween film series.

The Czech TV Nova parody show Tele Tele made parody of the show known as Heverly Debils. Three mini-episodes (about 10 minutes each) were filmed.

GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan released a song called "Killah Hills 10304", a reference to the show's title in a song about crime and a rough neighborhood.

A VH1 promo for I Love the 90s featured Hal Sparks and Michael Ian Black sitting in the Peach Pit, with Beverly Hills, 90210's theme music playing. Joe E. Tata also appears in the promo as Nat.

In 2009, The Simpsons aired an episode called "Waverly Hills, 9-0-2-1-D'oh", which features Lisa wanting to go to a better school and finding it in the very posh town of Waverly Hills.

On the 9th season of RuPaul's Drag Race, the contestants acted in a parody of the show, called "Beverly Hills, 9021-HO". The episode was guest judged by Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling.


Home media

The following is a list of all home video releases for Beverly Hills, 90210:

VHS

VHS nameEp #TapsRegion 1 (USA)VHS special features
Beverly Hills 90210 Behind the Zip Code01September 18, 1992None
Beverly Hills 90210: Graduation2130 April 1993Behind The Scenes
Beverly Hills 90210: Pilot MovieFilm11993None

DVD

CBS DVD (distributed by Paramount) has released all ten seasons on DVD in Regions 1, 2 & 4. Due to music licensing issues, most of the original music has been replaced on these DVD releases. Deleted songs include "Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover", "Losing My Religion", and "In The Mood". Starting with Season 2, some episodes are edited from their original broadcast versions.

For reasons that were never made clear, the first three season releases used promotional pictures from their succeeding seasons instead of the actual promotional pictures that were taken while the seasons aired. Due to the group pictures from the fourth season being used on the third season DVD and the absence of Shannen Doherty in later seasons, a collage of still photos was used on the fourth season. Jamie Walters was not featured on the covers of any of the seasons that he regularly appeared in (although he did appear in some of the DVD menu still shots for seasons 5 and 6). Kathleen Robertson was only featured on the cover of the seventh season, even though she had been a regular since season 6, recurring in the entirety of season 5 and made her first appearance towards the end of season 4 (her photo was, however, used in one of the inner cases for the season 6 release).

Hilary Swank, who was cast as a main star in the eighth season, is featured on the cover of the DVD, even though she left halfway through her only season on the show, while Vincent Young, who joined the cast that same year, is not on the cover at all, or on the cover of the ninth season (he is, however, featured on the tenth season cover), but Lindsay Price, Vanessa Marcil and Luke Perry were all featured on the cover, as were Jason Priestley and Tiffani-Amber Thiessen who both departed the series after a few episodes. Daniel Cosgrove was not featured on the Season 9 cover either even though he was a regular also (he is featured on the season 10 cover).

For seasons 1-8, the DVDs were packaged in individual slim plastic cases which were then housed in a large outer cardboard box. Beginning with season 9, the discs were fitted into a singular standard-sized DVD case. Initial copies came with an outer cardboard slipcase.

The ninety-minute pilot episode was released separately on June 15, 2004.

On November 5, 2013, Paramount released Beverly Hills, 90210 - The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1, with extra bonuses not available on the season sets.

On May 18, 2021, Paramount released Beverly Hills, 90210 - The Ultimate Collection on DVD in Region 1, which includes BH90210 along with the season sets and bonus extras from the previous release.

SeasonEpisode CountBroadcast YearRegion 1Region 2Region 4# of DiscsBonus Features
PilotPilot1990June 15, 2004N/AN/A1None
1221990-1991November 7, 2006November 15, 2006November 1, 20066"Beginnings with Darren Star" Featurette

Meet the class of West Beverly High

90210 behind the scenes featurette

Commentary on Episode 1 and 21.

Looking Back: The Season One Recap

Trailers For Other TV Shows.

Note: Special Features on Region 1 Release Only.

2281991-1992May 1, 2007July 27, 2007May 3, 20078Our Favorite Valentine interview With Christine Elise.

Meet the Walshes interviews With Carol Potter and James Eckhouse.

Everything You Need to Know About 90210 Season 2.

3291992-1993December 11, 2007March 24, 2008December 6, 200787 Minutes in Heaven (Best of Season 3)

The World According to Nat interview with Joe E. Tata.

Everything You Need to Know about Season 3

4311993-1994April 29, 2008September 1, 2008June 5, 20088A Look Back with Charles Rosin

The Loves of Season 4

Beverly Hills moms

Everything you need to know about Beverly Hills 90210 Season Four

90210 genre benders

7 minutes in heaven

5311994-1995July 29, 2008February 9, 2009October 2, 20088None
6321995-1996November 25, 2008May 21, 2009April 2, 20097None
7311996-1997April 7, 2009September 14, 2009October 1, 20097None
8311997-1998November 24, 2009March 22, 2010May 6, 20107None
9261998-1999February 2, 2010June 21, 2010July 1, 20106None
10271999-2000November 2, 2010August 30, 2010September 16, 20106The Final Goodbye
The Complete Series2931990-2000November 5, 2013TBATBA72All special features from the individual season sets

Spin-offs and other media

Melrose Place

The series Melrose Place was a spin-off from the show, as actor Grant Show (who played Jake on Melrose Place) appeared for a multi-episode run at the end of the series second season as Kelly's love interest, and a friend of Dylan's. Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Brian Austin Green and Ian Ziering made appearances as their Beverly Hills, 90210 characters in the first few episodes of Melrose Place.

Models Inc

Models Inc., a series about the personal and professional struggles of several young models, spin-off from Melrose Place. The series was introduced via the characters Hillary Michaels, the mother of Melrose Place's Amanda Woodward, and model Sarah Owens—both of whom had appeared in a multi-episode run on MP. In addition to his role in Melrose Place, Jake Hanson was the only character to appear in both Beverly Hills, 90210 and Models Inc.

90210

A third spin-off premiered on The CW Network on September 2, 2008, focusing on a family from Kansas who move to Beverly Hills when the children's grandmother suffers from alcohol addiction.

In guest appearances, Jennie Garth, Shannen Doherty and Tori Spelling reprised their roles as Kelly Taylor, Brenda Walsh and Donna Martin, respectively. Joe E. Tata also reprised his role as Nat, owner of the Peach Pit, diner turned coffee house, for a couple of episodes at the beginning of the show's first season.

The series was canceled by The CW on February 28, 2013, after five seasons.

Melrose Place (2009)

A fifth series was officially picked up by The CW on May 21, 2009. The show is an updated version of Melrose Place, featuring a group of young adults living in a West Hollywood apartment complex. Smallville producers Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer wrote the pilot script and became the executive producers on the series. The series was canceled on May 20, 2010.

Novelizations

Several books based on the scripts were written by Mel Gilden.

Unauthorized Story

On October 3, 2015, a television movie called The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story was first released. It told the behind the scenes making of story of the show.


Reboot

In December 2018 it was reported on Deadline Hollywood that a reboot of Beverly Hills, 90210 was being shopped around to different networks. The project was initially developed by Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth in conjunction with CBS Television Studios, and was first hinted at by Spelling on her Instagram page the previous March. The bulk of the original cast is attached, including Garth, Spelling, Shannen Doherty, Jason Priestley, Ian Ziering, Brian Austin Green and Gabrielle Carteris. CBS confirmed on December 18 that the project was in "early development", adding "We aren't confirming much detail except that it is an untraditional take on a reboot with some of the original cast".

On February 1, 2019, Spelling confirmed that a reboot of the show was underway, stating,

It is the OG crew back together, and we’re playing heightened versions of ourselves. The fans will be pleasantly surprised, though, because we will intercut that with scenes from the show. So it'll be a whole ensemble cast.

She added that "almost everybody" from the original cast was set to return, with Luke Perry's participation initially presumed to be limited because of his work on Riverdale until his death on March 4.

Following Perry's death, CBS Television executive David Stapf said the new series would honor him in some way. Stapf also confirmed Spelling pitched the idea of a new TV show reuniting the original cast.

On February 27, 2019, it was announced that a six-episode reboot had been ordered by Fox. According to a press release on April 26, 2019, the revival — retitled as BH90210 — will feature the cast playing "heightened versions of themselves" in an irreverent drama "inspired by their real lives and relationships with each other." On May 8, 2019, it was announced that the reboot will premiere on August 7, 2019, at 9/8c on Fox. It was announced on November 7, 2019, that there would not be a season 2 of the reboot.


Awards and nominations

Awards and nominations for Beverly Hills, 90210
YearAwardResultCategoryRecipient
1991Young Artist AwardsNominatedBest New Family Television Comedy Series
WonBest Young Actor Supporting or Re-Occurring Role for a TV SeriesDouglas Emerson
NominatedBest Young Actor Supporting or Re-Occurring Role for a TV SeriesBrian Austin Green
NominatedBest Young Actress Supporting or Re-Occurring Role for a TV SeriesJennie Garth
NominatedBest Young Actress Starring in a New Television SeriesShannen Doherty
1992WonOutstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Television Series
NominatedBest Young Actress Starring in a Television SeriesShannen Doherty
WonBest Young Actor Co-starring in a Television SeriesBrian Austin Green
WonBest Young Actress Co-starring in a Television SeriesJennie Garth
NominatedBest Young Actress Co-starring in a Television SeriesTori Spelling
1993WonFavorite Young Ensemble Cast in a Television SeriesJason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Luke Perry, Brian Austin Green, Tori Spelling
NominatedBest Young Actor Recurring in a Television SeriesCory Tyler
WonBest Young Actress Recurring in a Television SeriesDana Barron
1994NominatedBest Youth Actress Guest Starring in a Television ShowSabrina Wiener
1998NominatedBest Performance in a TV Drama Series – Guest Starring Young ActressDanielle Keaton
1992Golden Globe AwardNominatedBest TV-Series – Drama
1993NominatedBest TV-Series – Drama
NominatedBest Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series – DramaJason Priestley
1995NominatedBest Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series – DramaJason Priestley
1992TP de OroWonBest Foreign Series
1993WonBest Foreign Series
1995ASCAP Film and Television Music AwardsWonTop TV Series
1995Emmy AwardNominatedOutstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesMilton Berle
1996BMI Film & TV AwardsWonBMI TV Music Award
1999Teen Choice AwardsNominatedTV – Choice ActressJennie Garth
2004TV Land AwardsNominatedFavorite Greasy Spoon
NominatedFavorite Teen Dream – MaleLuke Perry
2006NominatedMost Happening Greasy Spoon or Hangout
2007NominatedBreak Up That Was So Bad It Was GoodLuke Perry and Shannen Doherty
2019Teen Choice AwardsNominatedChoice Throwback TV ShowBeverly Hills, 90210