• Publication date: August 5, 2011

10 Years Later The Drama Continues It�s A Decade Later, But West Beverly Still Has Not Changed

From 1990 to 2000 �Beverly Hills, 90210� was a groundbreaking teen drama that launched the careers of Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry and many others

From 1990 to 2000 �Beverly Hills, 90210� was a groundbreaking teen drama that launched the careers of Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry and many others. While cheesy, and often filled with both Hollywood and high school clich�s, the series was a resounding success, that not only attracted teen audiences but young adults as well. Unlike teen dramas preceding it, �Beverly Hills, 90210� attempted to tackle serious topics such as drug abuse, AIDS, and sex while at the same time remaining interesting, and void of overt preaching.

It also did not hurt that �Beverly Hills, 90210� featured a beautiful cast in a city renown for its glamour and glitz. The warm reception of the 1990 series led to a number of spin offs that would span two decades, including �Melrose Place� (1992-99), �Models Inc.,� (1994-95) and lastly a 2008 rendition of the program simply titled, �90210.�

In �90210� Brandon (Priestley), Brenda (Doherty), and Dyan (Perry) have long since graduated from West Beverly High, and are replaced by a number of fresh, young faces. Yet the premise remains generally the same. While �Beverly Hills� followed the daily drama of a family recently transplanted into the lush town from the less enchanting Minneapolis, Minnesota, �90210� adds a twist. Dad Harry Wilson�s (Rob Estes) roots lie in the town, and his mother is fictional 70s actress Tabitha Wilson (Jessica Walter), an alcoholic. Initially residing in Kansas, Henry feels obligated to look after his aging mother, and relocates to do so.

That also means that adopted son Dixon (Tristan Wilds) and biological daughter Annie (Shenae Grimes) are along for the ride. Annie, an aspiring actress, is particularly elated by the relocation. Inevitably scandal, tension, turbulent relationships, and all of the other ingredients that made the original series so appealing ensues. Additionally �90210� does not abandon hard hitting topics like drug abuse, teen pregnancy, mental illness, and other everyday teenage moral dilemmas.

Season one of the program was met with mixed, though generally positive reviews. Critics agreed that while �90210� was not poor, it was not necessarily amazing either. However there was also nearly unanimous consensus that it could salvage itself in a second season, and by most accounts it has. Those who felt 2008�s rendition of the drama lacked pizzazz were pleasantly surprised by 2009�s second season, which was much more reminiscent of its 90s roots.

Highlights of season two include Naomi (AnnaLynne McCord) hooking up with a married guy and Annie unknowingly killing a man after a hit and run accident. Her guilty conscious will resurface when she hooks up with Jasper (Zachary Ray Sherman), a boy who reveals himself as the victim�s heartbroken nephew. Meanwhile Naomi discovers her SAT scores are too low for acceptance into California University, the school that most of her friends will attend. To circumvent this problem she attempts to woo private tutor Richard, who by no coincidence is also the dean�s son. Of course much more occurs both in and outside the walls of fictional West Beverly High, but you will need to tune in to see.