Season 1 of American teen soap Beverly Hills, 90210 aired on FOX.


The series follows a group of friends during their sophomore year in high school, as they deal with everyday teenage issues such as sex, shoplifting, peer pressure, dysfunctional families, cancer, learning disabilities, date rape, alcoholism, cheating, racism, rumors, AIDS, and relationships.

Fraternal twins, Brandon and Brenda Walsh, move with their parents from the Midwest to the scandalous, lavish city of Beverly Hills, California and begin their sophomore year at West Beverly Hills High School, where they meet their new friends who seem to have it all, but as the year goes on, they quickly learn are just as lost as they are, leaving the Walsh Twins to appreciate what they have at home.

One of the definitive, landmark shows of the 1990s, Beverly Hills, 90210 quickly became an important fixture on FOX and in popular discourse of adolescents and young adults. The main characters Andrea, Dylan, Steve, Kelly, Donna, David and twins Brandon and Brenda all attend West Beverly Hills High School.

Brandon and Brenda Walsh and their parents, transplants from Minneapolis, are the stable nuclear family with strong values; their home is a safe haven for the whole gang and the center of much of the drama. The show dealt with a steady stream of love triangles and other romantic entanglements and occasionally touched on more serious issues as well.


Jason Priestley as Brandon Walsh
Shannen Doherty as Brenda Walsh
Jennie Garth as Kelly Taylor
Ian Ziering as Steve Sanders (20 episodes)
Gabrielle Carteris as Andrea Zuckerman (20 episodes)
Luke Perry as Dylan McKay (16 episodes)
Brian Austin Green as David Silver (18 episodes)
Douglas Emerson as Scott Scanlon (14 episodes)
Tori Spelling as Donna Martin (20 episodes)
Carol Potter as Cindy Walsh
James Eckhouse as Jim Walsh (20 episodes)

Special Guest Star

Deborah Gibson as Herself

Recurring cast

Joe E. Tata as Nat Bussichio (10 episodes)
Luisa Leschin as Anna Rodriguez (4 episodes)


Ann Gillespie as Jackie Taylor ("Perfect Mom")
Terence Ford as Jack McKay ("Isn't It Romantic?")
Al Ruscio as Henry Silver ("A Fling In Palm Springs")
Erica Yohn as Adele Silver ("A Fling In Palm Springs")

Guest starring

Heather McAdam as Sarah ("The Green Room")
Noelle Parker as Tiffany Morgan ("Every Dream Has Its Price (Tag)")
Paula Irvine as Sheryl ("The First Time")
Lisa Dean Ryan as Bonnie ("The Gentle Art Of Listening")
Kim Gillingham as Nina ("The Gentle Art Of Listening")
Kathy Molter as Stacy Sloan ("Isn't It Romantic?")
Kristin Dattilo as Melissa Coolidge ("One Man And A Baby")
Michele Abrams as Amanda Peyser ("Slumber Party")
Julie McCullough as Trina ("Slumber Party")
Judie Aronson as Shelly ("Slumber Party")
Karla Montana as Karla Montez ("East Side Story")
Mark Lonow as Chick Schneider ("East Side Story")
Shana Furlow as Tuesday ("A Fling In Palm Springs")
Marcy Kaplan as Lydia Leeds ("Fame Is Where You Find It")
Carrie Hamilton as Sky ("Stand (Up) And Deliver")
Tom McTigue as Jack ("Stand (Up) And Deliver")
Scott Fults as Michael Miller ("Stand (Up) And Deliver")
Denise Dowse as Yvonne Teasley ("April Is The Cruelest Month")
Matthew Perry as Roger Azarian ("April Is The Cruelest Month")
Nicolas Coster as George Azarian ("April Is The Cruelest Month")
Sharon Case as Darla Diller ("Spring Dance")



The season was produced by Propaganda Films, 90210 Productions, Torand Productions and Spelling Television and was aired on FOX Network in the U.S. The series was created by Darren Star, who acted as executive producer, Aaron Spelling also executive produced. Darren Star served as the seasons show runner.

The first season was aired Thursdays at 9/8c in the United States averaging 14.2 million viewers a week. The season was released on DVD as a six disc boxed set under the title of Beverly Hills, 90210: The Complete First Season in 2006 by Paramount Home Entertainment.


Season 1/Gallery



Class of Beverly Hills

4 OCTOBER 1990 Darren Star 1 1
Fraternal twins, Brandon and Brenda Walsh, begin their first day at West Beverly where they meet the different social groups, such as popular students Kelly, Steve and Donna and academically driven Andrea Zuckerman. Freshmans David and Scott try to fit in

The Green Room

11 OCTOBER 1990 David Stenn 2 2
Brandon meets and befriends surfer Dylan McKay, a mysterious loner who lives in a fancy hotel suite and hangs out at the beach with his surfer friends that include teenage alcoholic Betty. Meanwhile, Brenda feels she's living in poverty when she gets to know Kelly, and her insecure friend Donna

Every Dream Has Its Price (Tag)

18 OCTOBER 1990 Amy Spies 3 3
Brenda goes on several shopping trips with Kelly and Tiffany Morgan, Kelly's best friend from junior high school. Brenda cannot afford the merchandise, and considers stealing because she is envious of her classmates' wardrobes. Brandon begins work at a trendy restaurant, where his boss treats him shabbily. The Walshes hire a maid.

The First Time

25 OCTOBER 1990 Darren Star 4 4
Brandon Walsh is excited to see his old girlfriend Sheryl, who surprises him with a weekend visit. Brenda develops a major crush on her algebra teacher, who asks her to babysit

One On One

1 NOVEMBER 1990 Charles Rosin 5 5
Brenda botches her third attempt to get her driver's license, but she goes out anyway to rescue Kelly from a bad date. Meanwhile, Brandon decides to try out for the school's basketball team, where he suspects that some students are brought into the school from out of district and he asks Andrea to look into it.

Higher Education

15 NOVEMBER 1990 Jordan Budde 6 6
Brandon's favorite subject, American History, becomes an issue when he continuously gets Cs and considers alternative study aids, much to Andrea's chargrin. Brenda finds herself drawn to the resident high school bad boy legend – Dylan McKay

Perfect Mom

22 NOVEMBER 1990 Darren Star 7 7
Brenda is mesmerized by Kelly's hip and glamorous mother Jackie, although Kelly insists that her mother is not all that she appears to be. Brenda offends her own mom, whom Brenda doesn't consider glamourous, but they decide to join a mother-daughter fashion show hosted by Kelly's mother. Jim gets a keyboard

The 17 Year Itch

27 NOVEMBER 1990 Amy Spies 8 8
While Jim and Cindy celebrate their 17th wedding anniversary, Cindy finds herself attracted to photographer Glen, her old college boyfriend. Meanwhile, Brenda and Brandon participate in a study on twins in America and David is determined to become the new DJ on West Beverly High's radio station

The Gentle Art of Listening

6 DECEMBER 1990 Charles Rosin 9 9
Tiring of the endless shopping, Brenda wishes to do something meaningful with her free time. Through Andrea, Brenda acquires a position at a teen help line. Meanwhile, Brandon deals with the unwanted crush of freshman Lucy, and hopes to land a date with the beautiful, older Nina

Isn't It Romantic?

3 JANUARY 1991 Karen Rosin 10 10
Dylan invites Brenda to tag along on a hangout with Brandon, which eventually leads to a duo evening when Brandon gets sick. As a part of sex ed, the kids need a form signed to attend a seminar at West Beverly – given by a young woman who Steve is interested in


10 JANUARY 1991 Jordan Budde 11 11
Beverly Hills is in party mode, which includes drinks for everyone – except a wary Brandon. Brenda decides to throw a party when their parents leave town. Jim and Cindy go on a romantic getaway, but are interrupted by another couple

One Man and a Baby

24 JANUARY 1991 Amy Spies 12 12
Brandon meets a girl he really likes at school, who turns out to be a teen mom. While she's wary of a relationship, Brandon insists that they can make it work. Brenda and Kelly win a competition prize – skydiving

Slumber Party

31 JANUARY 1991 Darren Star 13 13
Brenda invites Kelly, Donna and Andrea over for a "night of female bonding". They are having a fab time until Kelly's mean friend Amanda shows up. Meanwhile, Scott and David catch wind of the slumber party and try to join, while Brandon and Steve try to get into a club and meet two girls.

East Side Story

14 FEBRUARY 1991 Charles Rosin 14 14
The Walshes agree to let Karla Montez, their maid's extremely intelligent niece, use their address to enroll at West Beverly. Brandon falls hard for her and doesn't understand why everyone seems opposed to their relationship. Jim and Cindy organize a soiree for his new client, a sportswear designer. Meanwhile, David tries to convince MC Hammer to perform at the school dance.

A Fling in Palm Springs

21 FEBRUARY 1991 Jordan Budde 15 15
It's President's Day weekend and Brenda plans on spending it with Dylan in Palm Springs, but forgets the name of his hotel. David invites Steve, Kelly, and Donna to his grandparents' luxurious Palm Springs home and is embarrassed to find that his grandparents are actually at home.

Fame Is Where You Find It

28 FEBRUARY 1991 Karen Rosin & Charles Rosin 16 16
Brandon happens to rollerblade by a TV crew shooting an episode and lands a part time gig on a big series. Meanwhile, he asks Brenda to cover his shifts at The Peach Pit, which Brenda has trouble doing until she takes a different approach

Stand (Up) and Deliver

7 MARCH 1991 Amy Spies 17 17
Brenda attends a stand-up show with Donna and Kelly, and feels inspired by the people she meets to make certain changes in her life. Meanwhile, the West Beverly student body president elections are afoot and Kelly convinces Brandon to run, while really trying to make a move on him.

It's Only a Test

28 MARCH 1991 Darren Star 18 18
Everyone but Dylan is driven into a frenzy by the upcoming SATs. A completely panicked Andrea seeks help from Steve, who attended an expensive SAT prep course. Brenda and the girls do self-exams and Brenda discovers a lump in her breast and must undergo a biopsy.

April Is The Cruelest Month

11 APRIL 1991 Steve Wasserman 19 19
Brandon interviews Roger Azarian for a senior profile in the Blaze. Roger is an outstanding student and athlete, but is overwhelmed by the legacy of his father, George Azarian; a self-made millionaire. After receiving terrible SAT scores Donna decides to become a bad girl, skipping classes and taking up smoking.

Spring Training

25 APRIL 1991 Charles Rosin 20 20
A dog follows Brenda home from a jog and she tries desperately to find the animal a home, so she won't have to take it to a shelter. Brandon and Steve must take over Jim's Little League team after he injures his back during infield practice.

Spring Dance

2 MAY 1991 Darren Star 21 21
Brenda tries to convince Andrea to ask Brandon to the Spring Dance, but Kelly beats her to it. Steve reluctantly asks Donna and Dylan plans a special night for he and Brenda. Andrea decides to stay home, while David is intent on winning the dance contest for a chance to dance with Kelly.

Home Again

9 MAY 1991 Amy Spies 22 22
Jim is offered a promotion that requires a move back to Minneapolis. Dylan is devastated, but wants to try a long-distance relationship with Brenda, while Andrea tells Brandon she thinks they should take a step to commemorate their relationship.

Notes and references

  1. The Blaze with Lizzie & Kat! Episode 23 – Charles Rosin • Season 1 Wrap-Up