The first season of 90210, an American television series, began on September 2, 2008. Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah are executive producers for the first season, after original producer Rob Thomas dropped out to focus on other projects. The series premiered to 4.65 million viewers, and broke records for The CW at the time, becoming their highest rated premiere in viewers and in Adults 18–49 with a 2.6 rating. On September 22, 2008, after airing just four episodes, the network gave the series a full-season order of 24 episodes.
The season finale aired on May 19, 2009 and was seen by 2.00 million viewers. The season averaged 2.24 million viewers and a 0.9 rating in the Adults 18–49 demographic.
Much like the original series, Beverly Hills, 90210, 90210 follows the move of a family (parents Debbie and Harry Wilson, their daughter Annie and adopted son Dixon). Harry is actually from Beverly Hills and comes back both to look after his mother Tabitha and to work as the principal at West Beverly Hills High School. All of them struggle to adjust to their new lives: Annie has a hard time balancing romances (starting with rich kid Ty) and friendships as well as popularity and identity; Dixon has issues with his adoption and African-American heritage; Harry and Debbie struggle with the revelation that Harry has a son with Tracy Clark, his former high school sweetheart.
Tracy Clark has a daughter of her own, Naomi Clark, who dates jock Ethan Ward, with whom she soon breaks up. Ethan gets back together with Annie, whom he had a fling with several years prior. The half-sisters (Naomi and Annie) alternate between friends and enemies in a love triangle. Their fued eventually pushes Naomi out of the "in crowd." Their mothers find themselves in a love triangle as well, after Tracy's marriage to Charles Clark implodes.
Naomi's best friend, fallen starlet Adrianna Tate-Duncan battles drug addiction this season. When Harry decides to clean up the school with the help of an under-cover cop, Kimberly MacIntyre, Adrianna finds herself caught in the middle of the investigation. Adrianna lands in rehab where she begins a relationship with Navid Shirazi, head of the school's paper and Dixon's best friend. At first she only stays to "repay" him, but they start to genuinely care about each other. Adrianna later discovers she is pregnant as a result of her promiscuity while she was addicted. After telling Navid of her pregnancy, he breaks up with her. She and Navid get back together when he realizes that even though she is a mess he can't get over her. They get engaged.
Another featured character is Erin Silver, Kelly Taylor's half sister and Naomi's former best friend, until Silver's father's affair is revealed. She quickly befriends Annie and starts dating Dixon, who is somewhat taken aback by her not-so-90210 lifestyle, as she is a virgin who doesn't care about popularity. In a multi-episode arc that culminated in a very special episode, it is revealed that Silver has Bipolar Disorder. Kelly Taylor is now a guidance counselor at West Beverly and has a son named Sammy. She briefly dates Ryan before leaving to work on her relationship with former boyfriend and father of Sammy, Dylan McKay. This briefly causes friction with Brenda Walsh as both struggle with their lingering feelings towards Dylan. When Kelly returns, she not only discovers Ryan's relationship with student/cop Kimberly but also that he slept with Brenda, re-creating the rift between the two friends. Following Brenda's discovery that she cannot have children, however, the women are drawn together in an accord once again.
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Main Article: List of 90210 episodes.
|01||We're Not in Kansas Anymore||4.65||September 2, 2008|
|Harry Wilson, new principal of West Beverly High, returns from Witchita, Kansas to his childhood home of Beverly Hills with his wife Debbie, their daughter Annie and adopted African-American son Dixon, to care for Harry's mother, former television star Tabitha Wilson.|
|02||The Jet Set||4.65||September 2, 2008|
|Dixon tries to impress his peers by destroying the other school's cafeteria with 3 wild boars which belongs to Navid's dad, a pornographic movie producer. Sparks fly between Annie and Ty, one of the leading actors in the musical as well as one of the richest people in school and Ty impresses Annie by flying her to San Francisco for dinner in his private jet, but she is grounded when Debbie finds out that she did not inform her about it. Meanwhile, Silver who is still upset with Naomi for gossiping about her father's affair gets back at her by blogging about Ethan's affair.Adrianna bails at a movie audition due to increased pressure from her mom. Ryan asks Kelly out but finds out she has a four year old, Sammy, but she still intends to go out with him when Brenda Walsh.|
|03||Lucky Strike||3.23||September 9, 2008|
|Annie and Dixon's Friday night plans come to a screeching halt when they learn that Harry and Debbie have planned a family bowling night at a place called Lucky Strike. Harry must confront his past when Tracy, Naomi's mom, confronts him about their illegitimate child he fathered in high school. Naomi finds out her father, Charles Clark is having an affair with a woman named Gail and is even more shocked when she discovers her mother has known about the affair for 2 years.Dixon discovers Silver asleep in her car and she confides in him about how she's been staying at a women's shelter because of her mother's drinking problems.|
|04||The Bubble||3.29||September 16, 2008|
|Tabitha and Brenda co-direct the school musical making Tabitha realise that she is being too harsh on Annie causing her to be distracted during performances and Brenda confronts Kelly about Kelly's continued feelings for Dylan, Sammy's father, and her involvement with Ryan; Dixon gets a job at a cafe called the Peach Pit to ease his worries about the family's financial situation due to problems in selling the Kansas house. Naomi asks for Ethan's help and confronts her father's mistress, Gail, and she is shocked when she learns Gail will be moving into the family beach house. Annie rejects Ty's offer to go on a date with Ethan, only to be disappointed when Ethan doesn't show up and gets back together with Naomi.|
|05||Wide Awake And Dreaming||2.94||September 23, 2008|
|As opening night of Spring Awakening nears, Silver is overwhelmed with stage managing so Dixon offers to help backstage, prompting the two to get close and get together as a couple. Naomi clings on to Ethan and refuses to accept her parents' divorce and is determined to get them back on track with disastrous results. Harry walks in on Annie and Ty making out and is forced to come to terms with the fact his daughter is growing up and decides to have a "sex talk" with her. Brenda, Kelly, and Ryan confront Adrianna about an obvious drug abuse problem, which leads to Adrianna getting kicked out of the play and Annie is given her role. Meanwhile, Annie plans on having sex with Ty at the Roosevelt Hotel after the show but Adrianna tricks her by pretending to have slept with Ty to get revenge on her.|
|06||Model Behavior||3.25||September 30, 2008|
|Debbie is given an opportunity to shoot a major fashion show by her boss, Antonio. Annie spends time with Adrianna when they both research Debbie's job for Mr. Matthews project which results in Annie landing her an audition which prompts Adrianna to tell her the truth about Ty. Naomi tries to sabotage her dad's relationship with Gail and decides that the fashion show is the perfect place to bring her parents back together, but her plan backfires. One of Antonio's clients tries to harass Silver and shouts racial slurs toward Dixon, who was defending her which results into a fistfight causing Debbie to lose her job. After receiving a mysterious phone call which makes Ryan suspicious, Kelly takes a leave of absence to go visit her ex-husband, Dylan McKay but is unaware that Brenda has been secretly in touch with him.|
|07||Hollywood Forever||3.11||October 7, 2008|
|During a school drug bust Naomi tries to help Adrianna by taking her drugs and tries to dispose them but she is caught. Adrianna plans to come forward to protect Naomi from expulsion. Annie and Ethan grow closer through a class assignment about parenthood. Silver throws a party at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery celebrating her half-birthday and gets upset when she realises Dixon and her do not have common interests. Harry and Debbie are shocked when Tracy informs them that she hired a private investigator to find her and Harry's illegitimate son. New "student" Kimberly McIntyre "flirts" around with Ryan who tells her to keep her distance.|
|08||There's No Place Like Homecoming||3.15||October 28, 2008|
|After spending several days in the hospital recovering from a near-fatal drug overdose, Adrianna tries to make amends with Naomi. While serving her detention, Naomi meets a trouble-making punk, named Ozzie. Adrianna also makes a connection with Navid, who helps her through her situation Meanwhile, Annie and Ethan finally take their rapidly growing romance to a new level during the school's annual homecoming dance, causing Naomi to feel jealous. Dixon asks Silver to the dance, but she turns him down. Ryan believes that the new student, Kimberly, is a narc after he sees her purchasing drugs. Also, Debbie confronts Tracy about the time Tracy kissed Harry.|
|09||Secrets and Lies||2.95||November 4, 2008|
|Silver invites a few of her female friends over at her house for a girls' night, but the event quickly turns into a house party. Meanwhile, Debbie and Harry finally reveal to Dixon and Annie that they have a long-lost, out-of-wedlock brother who was given up for adoption. Dixon, who does not appear upset by the news, deals with the situation by talking to Silver about it. However, the news bothers Annie and she takes out her anger and frustration at Silver's party by getting drunk. While Naomi continues to hang out with the trouble-making Ozzie. Elsewhere, Adrianna and Navid continue to grow close until they have a misunderstanding. Also, a student sees Ryan and Kimberly kissing and begins to make demands to Ryan,.|
|10||Games People Play||2.71||November 11, 2008|
|Kelly arrives back in Beverly Hills and reveals to Silver what happened between her and Dylan during her trip. She also confronts Ryan, who has taken a leave of absence, about the rumors that he hooked up with a student. On Annie's 16th birthday, Naomi sees her kissing Ethan and decides to get back at her by inviting Annie's old boyfriend, Jason, to her birthday party hoping it will break up her and Ethan. Meanwhile, Adrianna has dinner with Navid and his large Iranian family and she also finds out that Navid is a virgin. At the end, Harry's 22-year-old illegitimate son, Sean, visits the Wilson family.|
|11||That Which We Destroy||2.92||November 18, 2008|
|Harry and Debbie welcome Sean into their home, while Dixon, Annie, and Tabitha welcome him awkwardly despite the fact that they don't know much about him, while Naomi and her mother, Tracy, welcome him to their home as well. Meanwhile, Kelly and Brenda's friendship is slowly fading away. Naomi decides to hang out with a new group of girls at school despite Ozzie's advice that they want nothing to do with her. Also, Silver feels threatened when a cheerleader, named Christina, shows too much interest in Dixon.|
|12||Hello, Goodbye, Amen||2.80||January 6, 2009|
|Annie overhears Sean in a suspicious conversation with someone over the phone. Meanwhile, Brenda tries to make amends meet to Kelly then Kelly and Brenda have to team up to accompany Adrianna to a group therapy session for recovering addicts where after she learns that a friend of hers is HIV-positive, Adrianna goes to a clinic to get tested, but receives some other potentially life-changing news. Elsewhere, Christina invites Dixon over at her house for a Gospel gathering where she makes a startling revelation to him which could shake his romance with Silver.|
|13||Love Me or Leave Me||2.18||January 13, 2009|
|Adrianna reveals the secret that she's pregnant individually to both Naomi and Navid, who handle the news differently than expected. When Dixon reveals the depths of his feelings to Silver, their relationship takes a surprising turn when she reveals some facts about herself and that of her feelings of love. Meanwhile, Tabitha surprises Annie and Dixon with an unexpected belated Christmas gift of a car: which both Debbie and Harry disapprove. She also announces that she is leaving town to re-start her acting career with a job on a TV soap opera in New York. Annie and Ethan decide to to take a day-long escape to Tabitha's house Palm Springs for a romantic time alone.|
|14||By Accident||2.30||January 20, 2009|
|Ryan Matthews returns to his job at West Beverly High which causes a mixed reaction for both Kelly, as well as Silver who he rejects her from his class. Meanwhile, Annie decides to audition for the school's drama production of 'Antony and Cleopatra' and sets her sights on the lead. Adrianna becomes more uncertain about her pregnancy and refuses to deal with the problem. When her mother goes missing, Naomi is asked by her father, Charles, to move in with him and his mistress at their Malibu beach house. Elsewhere, Silver and Dixon continue to experience bumps in their relationship which leads to break up.|
|15||Help Me, Rhonda||2.49||February 3, 2009|
|Christina invites Dixon and Navid and the rest of the students to a house party where the band Carolina Liar will perform and Navid moves on from his relationship with Adrianna by connecting with a fellow Iranian girl named Nika. Meanwhile, Ethan gets involved in a traffic accident with a girl named Rhonda Kimble. Adrianna and Naomi try to debate about how to tell both her mother Constance, as well as Ty, about her pregnancy. But Adrianna finds out that Ty's parents want to bribe her to get an abortion and keep the news a secret.|
|16||Of Heartbreaks and Hotels||2.38||February 10, 2009|
|As Valentine's Day approaches, Adrianna's pregnancy now becomes the talk of the entire school as her 'baby bump' begins to show, while Navid continues to ignore her and grows more closer to Nika. Meanwhile, Silver asks Naomi for help in planning to make the best Valentine's Day ever for Dixon by setting up a dinner at the hotel where Naomi is now living at. Also, Ethan's friendship with Rhonda continues to blossom which makes Annie very jealous. Elsewhere, Naomi meets Liam Court, a bartender at the hotel in which they click romantically at once, but suspicion plagues Naomi as to whom Liam is when he does not want to talk about his personal life.|
|17||Life's a Drag||2.03||March 31, 2009|
|When Liam transfers to West Beverly, Naomi finds herself stunned but captivated by the intense, handsome bad-boy. Meanwhile, Annie drifts further apart from Ethan and spends an evening under the stars with fellow thespian Max. Annie also begins to suspect that Rhonda is not who she appears to be Eventually, Ethan tells Rhonda that he's not interested in a relationship with her, but he breaks up with Annie over their differences. Elsewhere, Dixon begins to question his relationship with Silver, as well as her mental capacity when she makes a sex tape of them and shows it at part of her film project for Ryan's class.|
|18||Off the Rails||1.96||April 7, 2009|
|When Dixon creates a strain within their romance, Silver reaches her breaking point and takes off on an irresponsible spree and ends up at a train station hoping to travel to Kansas, while everyone else ponders her fragile mental instability and second guess it. Kelly teams up with Ryan to look for Silver Meanwhile, Adrianna and Navid babysit Kelly's son, Sammy, and they soon learn more pratfalls of parenthood. Annie is forced to team up with Ethan and Naomi to search the school for Silver.While Dixon faces the shock and anger of both Harry and Debbie over not telling them about Silver's mental problems.|
|19||Okaeri, Donna!||2.13||April 14, 2009|
|Donna Martin returns to Beverly Hills and pays a visit to her sister-in-law Kelly to talk about her life, while Kelly's relationship with her half-sister, Erin, becomes more strained over Erin Silver's mental recovery. Meanwhile, Dixon locates his biological mother and ask Annie's help to travel with him to Arizona to meet with her during Spring Break. Also, Naomi's infatuation with Liam intensifies when she goes on field trip with the class on Ryan's Habitat for Humanity house-building project while Ethan, wanting a change, becomes more acquainted with Liam who encourages him to embrace his own dark side.|
|20||Between a Sign and a Hard Place||1.88||April 21, 2009|
|Donna finds herself in a dilemma when she confides in Kelly that she must decide between returning to Japan and being with David, or moving back to Beverly Hills and keeping their 20-month-old daughter, Ruby, . Meanwhile, Silver is the topic of gossip at West Beverly due to her recent mental issues and does not know if she is ready to return to school. While Annie and Naomi try to patch things up between them in order to help Silver, Annie soon overhears that Naomi's father is being served a sexual harassment lawsuit, and she keeps it to herself Ethan continues on his downward spiral due to Liam's bad influence in wanting to be a bad guy as Liam is. Also, Adrianna and Navid meet with potential adoptive parents for the baby. Elsewhere, Harry and Debbie hold a yard sale when they finally sell their Kansas house and try to get rid of all of their old house's possessions as they plan to move out of Tabitha's house and to find a house of their own in Beverly Hills.|
|21||The Dionysian Debacle||1.79||April 28, 2009|
|Navid and Adrianna fantasize about their future, but when they tell his parents about their decision to spend the rest of their lives together. Meanwhile, Silver tries to adjust to her new Catholic girls school, . While Dixon feels left out of Silver's life, Annie and the rest of the Wilsons are dealing with having Naomi as their new house guest. Naomi convinces Annie to go on a double date with Liam's friend, but Annie is shocked at the way the evening ends when Liam propositions to her. Later, Naomi's older sister Jen, who's just as brash and amoral as she, arrives in town for a visit.|
|22||The Party's Over||1.84||May 5, 2009|
|Following their engagement, Navid and Adrianna celebrate their respective bachelor and bachelorette parties. While Adrianna feasts with Annie, Naomi, Silver, and their female friends at the Wilson home, Liam takes Navid, Ethan, and Dixon to have a wild night on the town with some college girls at a burlesque club. Meanwhile, sparks fly between Ryan and Jen, and Dixon continues to feel unappreciated by Silver. Naomi continues to grow more insecure as well as jealous over Liam when she sees him talking with Annie whom he sees as naive and holding back her own dark side.|
|23||Zero Tolerance||2.08||May 12, 2009|
|As West Beverly prepares itself for the annual prom, a dateless Annie agrees to attend the event with the socially awkward Charlie. Naomi attends the prom with Liam while she learns that Jen has emptied out her trust fund to support them living at Jen's new house. Meanwhile, Dixon is nominated for prom king, while Ethan learns that he has been accepted into lacrosse camp for the summer. Ryan grows more closer towards Jen. At the prom, Harry informs the students in attendance that any after-prom activities will be dealt with punishment, while Navid provokes a fistfight with Ty when he reacts with indifference over the pregnant Adrianna's unborn child which is in fact his. When Silver learns that Dixon has nominated himself for prom king, she decides to enter for prom queen as a write-in candidate and finally gets to speak her mind to the attendees.|
|24||One Party Can Ruin Your Whole Summer||2.00||May 19, 2009|
|Adrianna and Navid spend their prom night in the delivery room and Brenda shows up to offer support. Naomi and Liam have revealed their honest feelings for each other and she decides to host an after-prom party at her new house, much to Jen's disapproval. Showing up late, Naomi searches for Liam but is speechless when she finds him finishing up some business with her sister, Jen, in her bedroom. A furious Naomi confronts and accuses Annie of sleeping with Liam, causing Annie to finally snap at Naomi and all the party-goers before leaving the party in a rage and doing something that will haunt her for the rest of her life. Dixon and Ethan get into a fight when Dixon accuses Ethan of having feelings for Silver. Harry and Debbie chaperone the after-prom party but leave early to lend their support to Adrianna at the hospital, along with Kelly. Silver runs after Ethan, questioning what just happened, and the two kiss, At the end, Annie is seen driving her car upset when suddenly she crashes into someone.|
On March 13, 2008, it was announced that The CW was developing a contemporary spin-off of Beverly Hills, 90210. The project was put on the fast track by the network, and an order of the pilot was expected by the end of the month. The Beverly Hills, 90210 creator, Darren Star, was announced not to be involved with the project. The only surviving element from the original series was believed to be Creative Artists Agency, the talent agency which masterminded the spin-off idea. Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas was in negotiations to write the pilot, and Mark Piznarski was in talks to direct.
A detailed breakdown of the pilot written by Thomas was released on March 17, containing information on the plot and characters of the series. None of the characters were related to the original series; however, the series' featured a similar premise: a family with two teenagers who recently moved from the Midwest to Beverly Hills. To reflect the situation at the Beverly Hills school, where around 40 percent of the students were of Persian descent, a student named Navid Shirazi was created. Thomas intended to introduce The Peach Pit, the diner from Beverly Hills, 90210, but noted that it would not be featured in the pilot. The writer considered giving the siblings a job at a movie theater, as he did not want them to use their parent's credit cards. Thomas revealed that there were plans to reintroduce one of the original cast members, but had not met with any of them to discuss a role. Thomas later elaborated the producers wanted to see "as many of the original cast members as possible", but were careful not to "parade them all out in the pilot". Following rumors of cast members from Beverley Hills, 90210 appearing on the spin-off, The CW confirmed that Shannen Doherty would be returning in a recurring role as her original character. Sachs met with Doherty over dinner, and told her about the 90210 spin-off. Over the next few weeks, they established Brenda's backstory and Doherty agreed to guest star in several episodes. Doherty and Garth told reporters that they were nervous about reuniting and filming scenes together for the 90210 spin-off. While starring in the original series, the actresses were known for feuding on and off the set, which lead to Doherty leaving the series in 1994. The pair had not spoken for years before filming their first scene together, and commented on the amount of buildup and nerves leading towards their first meeting. Doherty commented, "I think when you're 18, your personalities conflict, then you meet up 10 or 15 years later, and the playing ground is totally different and you're fine."
On April 14, Thomas announced that he was leaving the series to focus on his two pilots for ABC. Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah were hired as the new executive producers and wrote a new version of the script in late April. Sachs said that although Thomas had a "great script", their version of the script was edgier. Judah said that they were trying to ground their script in reality, with real character stories and emotional stories. The writers wanted the audience to relate to the characters' problems, which they wanted to be truthful and emotional, but also comedic. The pair were interested in telling several stories simultaneously, featuring many characters. Sachs and Judah found the parents to be an important part of the series, and designed to be contemporary parents Since the producers were both fathers, they designed the script to include more prominent adult story lines and a strong point of view on parenting. Judah was interested in focusing on how the family kept their moral center when moving to Beverly Hills, and the way the parents dealt with their teenagers. On May 11, one day before The CW's upfront presentations, the network officially picked up the series for the 2008–2009 television season.
After disagreeing with the network executives over the series' storylines, Sachs and Judah resigned as writers. The CW wanted the series to have a female perspective and focus more on money and glamor; however, Judah and Sachs were more comfortable writing for men. Instead, Judah began working on postproduction, including editing and music supervision, while Sachs ran the production on set. The CW hired Rebecca Rand Sinclair to retool the series as head writer.
The series debuted to 4.7 million viewers and a 2.6 Adults 18-49, winning the night in all key demos, to become The CW's highest rated premiere. It also matched the highest 18-49 numbers set by America's Next Top Model.
The first season holds a 46/100 rating on Metacritic.
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