Beverly Hills, 90210 (Fox)
Beverly Hills, 90210 was an American teen drama/soap opera that originally aired on Fox from October 4, 1990 to May 17, 2000. Produced and created by Aaron Spelling, this was the first incarnation of the 90210 franchise. The show centered on following the lives of a group of teens that lived in upscale, glamorous Beverly Hills, California where they attended the fictitious West Beverly Hills High School and then into the also fictitious California University. The show is also responsible for launching the careers of several 90s stars including Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Luke Perry, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling (daughter of series creator Aaron Spelling). Thanks is due to this series that everyone now knows one of the zip codes for Beverly Hills is indeed 90210.
The original premise of the show was around the culture shock and adjustment of the Walsh family as they moved from Minnesota to California. In true soap opera fashion, later storylines were focused on topical issues such as date rape, alcoholism, domestic violence, drug abuse, suicide, teenage pregnancy, abortion, AIDS and much more. Also in true soap opera fashion (and due to its ten year run), the show saw several cast changes, but Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Ian Ziering and Brian Austin Green were regulars for the entire ten seasons.
It was due to a special “summer season” that aired during the summer of 1991 while all the other TV series of the day were in rerun status, these all new episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210 propelled the series’ popularity so that by the start of the fall season of 1991, 90210 was one of Fox’s top shows.
Entertainment Weekly has named the show #20 on the Top 100 TV shows of the past 25 years; the show’s theme song #15 on the Top 25 TV Theme Songs of the past 25 years and the 90210 Sideburns #50 on the Pop Culture Moments that Rocked Fashion.
In 10 seasons, the show had a total of 296 episodes. It launched a spin-off series, Melrose Place and was rebranded by the CW Network as 90210 in September 2008. The original 90210 has been broadcast in an additional 17 countries, including Croatia, Indonesia, Macedonia, Philippines, Slovenia and Turkey.