Fist pumping during the opening theme song. Electric-guitar music for scenes with Dylan McKay. Baggy, high-waist jeans and floral-print dresses.
Beverly Hills 90210 was one of my favourite shows back in the 1990s, and it was one of the hottest things on TV.
All of my friends watched it, gushed about which guy they had a crush on, and even tried to emulate the fashion (which now is pretty comedic).
I have the first 4 seasons on DVD, and I’ve been watching a few episodes here and there when I feel like reminiscing.
Remember the gang? From left to right:
- Kelly Taylor
- Steve Sanders
- Andrea Zuckerman
- Brandon Walsh
- Brenda Walsh
- Dylan McKay
- Donna Martin
- David Silver
Here’s what I thought of each character:
At the beginning, she was a superficial, boy-crazy, bad girl who flirted with risky business and had to deal with a drug-addicted mother. As the series progressed, she became a more thoughtful, caring, and selfless person. (I was really impressed with how the writers developed and transformed her character so dramatically.)
The first thing that comes to mind is the shirts he used to wear. They were often like blouses, and he always buttoned them right up to the neck, which I thought was hilariously conservative.
Although she often had the best intentions, I found her character extremely annoying because she was too squeaky clean. I never found her believable as a student because she often acted more like a stereotypical teacher, and she was such a brown-noser.
My friends had the biggest crush on Brandon Walsh because he was very easy on the eyes. But I was the odd one out – I thought that he was too much of a pretty boy, and I didn’t like how he often made self-righteous remarks.
I absolutely adored her because out of all the female characters, she had the strongest backbone, spoke her mind, had incredible confidence, and her physical appearance was fierce! (Look at her strong eyebrows – awesome!) Also, even to this day, I think her speaking voice is the most attractive female voice I’ve ever heard.
He was the James Dean wannabe with a chip on his shoulder and many wrinkles on his forehead. (Hehe, I couldn’t resist mentioning the wrinkles.) He was a charmer, a risk taker, and an intelligent man who made bad decisions. I empathized with his pains of being misunderstood.
She was the genuine, but slow-witted one in the group who was a good friend and always saw the perky side of life. But I didn’t connect with her character. Although I respected her decision to remain a virgin until marriage, I thought it was pretty funny how she was always the most scantily clad female in the group!
Maybe I was a weirdo (probably), but my favourite guy was the nerdy, scrawny David Silver. It was probably because he reminded me a lot of a guy in my class who was socially awkward and girl-crazy. Haha, and at the time, I was smitten by his musical ventures.
Did you watch Beverly Hills 90210? Who were your favourite characters and why?