One of the most iconic teen drama series of the 90s, ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’, returned for a quick reboot before being cancelled again.
Love it or hate it, you can’t deny that ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ (also known as just 90210) is a teen television institution! The series followed the lives of a group of friends living in an elite Beverly Hills community.
- The teen drama series was revived with 90210
- BH90210, the 2019 reboot
- It was cancelled just after one season
The six seasons chronicle their life events as they go to college from school, and into their adulthood. The show’s success led the creator to work on ‘Melrose Place’, a spin-off of 90210 as well as the popular rom-com series ‘Sex And The City’.
‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ spanned ten successful seasons, premiering between 1990 and 2000, and became a global pop-culture phenomenon! The cast members, particularly Luke Perry and Jason Priestly, became teenage idols, and Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth too became recognizable names.
The teenagers faced problems that are common to youth and young adults even today, from love triangles and pregnancies to substance abuse, and issues stemming from the family. Their turmoil-ridden lives provided viewers with an opportunity to escape from their own realities, which is probably why the series spawned so many spin-offs.
The teen drama series was revived with 90210
‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ has been credited with popularizing (and often, creating) the teen soap genre, that hundreds of shows featured later on. Its popularity opened doors for several spin-off series, and 90210 was one of them.
After ‘Melrose Place’ and ‘Models Inc’ came 90210, the third spin-off of the series which premiered in 2008. It focused on a family who moved to Beverly Hills from Kansas, who arrived at the aid of their grandmother. A former television actor, the children’s grandmother (Jessica Walter) has a drinking problem and the family moves to help her overcome it.
Like the original, this show too follows the lives of wealthy students who attend the West Beverly Hills High School. The characters were written keeping in mind a myriad of high school stereotypes, but they had no real-life problems. It’s a perfect blend of drama and humour which makes for pure escapism and an easy binge-watch. But you must remember not to take it seriously!
BH90210, the 2019 reboot
The show was rebooted yet again last year and even featured some of the original stars of ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’! Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Tori Spelling, and Jenny Garth among others portrayed themselves in a heightened version of reality.
The comedy-drama reboot was inspired by their real lives and relationships and was very mockumentary-esque. The show within the show saw the characters play themselves as they work towards reviving the 90s drama.
The series sees the cast reunite 19 years after the original came to an end, and they reconcile with their new lives and their complicated pasts. This modernized reboot was pitched as an event series, but Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth had indicated that there was a possibility for more seasons.
It was cancelled just after one season
All good things come to an end, and so did BH90102. The series has enjoyed unprecedented success over the last 20 or more years with the original and its multiple spin-offs. There’s only a certain limit to which these characters can resonate and be relevant to the audience!
It started out as a teen-soap which forayed the genre into the spotlight and enjoys a large viewership even today. While fans hoped to see BH90210 take shape with newer seasons, it was unfortunately cancelled.
The series met with its untimely end after the first season itself, since it was “incredibly hard” to sustain, according to Fox’s president of entertainment. In November last year, Fox announced that there would not be a season 2 of the reboot. The series started off at a high rating but was unable to retain its viewership through the course of the first season.
Which is your favourite series or spin-off in the large universe of ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’? Is it the original, ‘Melrose Place’, or ‘Models Inc’? Or did 90210 and BH90210 win your heart? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section!