Beverly Hills 90210
The new 90210 sucks hard. Sure, it premiered with great ratings and opened with a blow job. And props to the producers for making the oh-so-smart move to keep Tori Spelling and her constantly evolving cleavage far, far away.
But no matter how scandalous the plot gets and regardless of how many former cast members return, 90210 can never live up to the drama that zip code saw 18 years ago when Brandon and Brenda Walsh moved to California.
Relive the past at cbs.com where you can find the first four seasons of Beverly Hills 90210 in their entirety (along with seven seasons of MacGyver, one of The Love Boat and, oddly, the first season of Ron Perlman's Beauty and the Beast).
While Beverly Hills 90210 didn't quite hit its stride until the gang left high school in the third season, the first few years set the tone for the show, which originally aired on Fox. Later seasons brought exceedingly soap opera-like story lines--including Kelly's cocaine addiction, Donna's annoyingly vigilant virginity and Andrea's practically-still-a-teen pregnancy--but the first few years set the foundation and introduced likable (and loathable) characters.
An almost cultlike obsession with these characters is ultimately what allowed the Aaron Spelling drama to run for 10 seasons, despite the very obvious absence of most of the original actors by the time the show ended in 2000.
What made Beverly Hills 90210 so popular--and what makes it infinitely better than its reincarnation--is one simple fact: It was shocking. When the show premiered in 1990, TV teenagers weren't having sex (at least not so proudly) and TV parents weren't shooting cocaine to get through PTA fashion shows (see: season one, episode seven). The new 90210 won't surprise anyone. Anything the original might've missed, Dawson's Creek and One Tree Hill covered 10 times over.
Not even one season in, ratings for the new 90210 are lagging, which proves one thing: Sometimes an oldie, can be so, so good.
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