On October 4, 1990, a new show premiered on the Fox network. It was called Beverly Hills 90210.
Beverly Hills 90210 was created by Darrin Star and focused on the lives of rich teens at the fictional West Beverly High School. Twins Brandon and Brenda Walsh (Jason Priestley and Shannon Doherty) moved with their parents Jim and Cindy (James Eckhouse and Carol Potter) from Minnesota and had to adjust to a life different from the small town one they knew. Brandon and Brenda meet Kelly Taylor, Steve Sanders, Andrea Zuckerman, Dylan McKay, Donna Martin and David Silver and soon become part of the “in crowd.” The initial seasons of Beverly Hills 90210 centered on the standard issues most high school students face like acceptance and popularity. High school is a time when teens are struggling to discover who they are and viewers watched Brandon and Brenda confront these issues and more, making mistakes along the way.
The first season of Beverly Hills 90210 initially wasn’t received well. But Fox’s smart marketing strategy of re-airing it as a summer season helped gather more viewers for the show. Jason Priestly and Luke Perry soon became the teen idols of the day with fans swooning over the guys. Brenda, Kelly and Donna were the girls everyone wanted to be copying their styles. Subsequent seasons saw the teens graduating from high school and college and facing a new set of problems. Beverly Hills 90210 ended its run on May 17, 2000 after ten seasons.
Beverly Hills 90210 will be remembered as one of the most successful teen dramas in history.
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