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

About

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.

Starring 

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 Stars

Nicolas Coster as George Azarian ("April Is The Cruelest Month")
Debbie Gibson as Herself ("East Side Story")
Melinda Culea as Dr. Natalie Donner ("It's Only A Test")

Recurring cast

Joe E. Tata as Nat Bussichio (10 episodes)
Owner of the Peach Pit which Dylan frequents, getting Brandon a job

FAMILY

Pamela Galloway/Ann Gillespie as Jackie Taylor (2 episodes)
Kelly's mother
Terence Ford as Jack McKay ("Isn't It Romantic?")
Dylan's criminal, negligent father
Al Ruscio as Henry Silver ("A Fling In Palm Springs")
David's paternal grandfather
Erica Yohn as Adele Silver ("A Fling In Palm Springs")
David's paternal grandmother

Guest starring

Luisa Leschin as Anna Rodriguez (4 episodes)
Nancy Paul as Laura Rye (4 episodes)
Sharon Case as Darla Diller (2 episodes)
Leslie Bega as Marianne Moore ("Class of Beverly Hills")
Richard Cummings, Jr. as Jack Clayton ("Class of Beverly Hills")
Josh Mostel as Mr. Ridley ("Class of Beverly Hills")
Bel Sandre as Montes De La Roca ("Class of Beverly Hills")
Maxwell Caulfield as Jason Croft ("Class of Beverly Hills")
Dulcie Hunt as Cathy ("Class of Beverly Hills")
Jocelyn Peden as Michelle ("Class of Beverly Hills")
Maria Christina Vitulli as Mrs. DuBois ("Class of Beverly Hills")
Heather McAdam as Sarah ("The Green Room")
Noëlle Parker as Tiffany Morgan ("Every Dream Has Its Price (Tag)")
Valerie Landsburg as Cathy Gerson ("Every Dream Has Its Price (Tag)")
Paula Irvine as Sheryl ("The First Time")
Tim Dunigan as Matt Brody ("The First Time")
Tico Wells as James Townsend ("One On One")
Scott Williamson as Coach Reilly ("One On One")
Bill Morey as Jacob Danzel ("Higher Education")
Stan Ivar as Glen Evans ("The 17-Year Itch")
Bruce Gray as Bob Gordon ("The 17-Year Itch")
Lisa Dean Ryan as Bonnie ("The Gentle Art Of Listening")
Kim Gillingham as Nina ("The Gentle Art Of Listening")
Dale Weston as Carol ("The Gentle Art Of Listening")
Pat O'Neal as George Sudaris ("The Gentle Art Of Listening")
Michael Woolson as Erik Budman ("The Gentle Art Of Listening")
Kathy Molter as Stacy Sloan ("Isn't It Romantic?")
Raymond Singer as Fred Kravitz ("Isn't It Romantic?")
Bobbi Jo Lathan as Trudy Barnett ("B.Y.O.B.")
Richard Paul as Bob Barnett ("B.Y.O.B.")
Kristin Dattilo as Melissa Coolidge ("One Man And A Baby")
Melinda Fee as Mrs. Coolidge ("One Man And A Baby")
Paul Satterfield as Don ("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")
John Vargas as Richard Rodriguez ("East Side Story")
John Christian Graas as Curtis ("A Fling In Palm Springs")
Shana Furlow as Tuesday ("A Fling In Palm Springs")
David Gail as Tom ("A Fling In Palm Springs")
Marcy Kaplan as Lydia Leeds ("Fame Is Where You Find It")
Graham Galloway as Sean Judson ("Fame Is Where You Find It")
Melissa Rivers as Mackenzie ("Fame Is Where You Find It")
Alan Blumenfeld as Jake ("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")
Marion Ramsey as Career Counsellor ("Stand (Up) And Deliver")
Bart Braverman as Mr. Parker ("It's Only A Test")
Matthew Perry as Roger Azarian ("April Is The Cruelest Month")
Denise Dowse as Yvonne Teasley ("April Is The Cruelest Month")
Norman Parker as Dave Franklin ("Spring Training")
Davey Roberts as Noah Guersy ("Spring Training")
Damion Stevens as Dave Franklin, Jr. ("Spring Training")
Linden Chiles as Henry Powell ("Home Again")
Steve Gagnon as Steve ("Home Again")

Trivia

  • There were around 6 writers at the beginning of the first season, including Karen Rosin, Charles Rosin and creator Darren Star.[1]
  • 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 season's show runner.

Photos

Season 1/Gallery

Episodes

PHOTO EPISODE AIRDATE WRITTEN BY # EP #
101twins
Class of Beverly Hills 4 OCTOBER 1990 Darren Star 1 1
16-year-old fraternal twins Brandon and Brenda Walsh adjust to life at West Beverly Hills High after moving from Minneapolis. Brandon gains notoriety after his first date, and Brenda dates a lawyer after using an altered ID to get into a dance club
102 The Green Room 11 OCTOBER 1990 David Stenn 2 2
The Walshes come to see that style is no substitute for substance as Brandon hits the beach with one new friend who may have both, and another who fears she has neither, while Brenda is left high and dry there by style-conscious Kelly
103bren Every Dream Has Its Price (Tag) 18 OCTOBER 1990 Amy Spies 3 3
Brenda's new friend has a problem, in which Brenda suddenly finds herself included. Meanwhile, Brandon gets a job, and Cindy gets a maid, against her wishes
104 The First Time 25 OCTOBER 1990 Darren Star 4 4
Brandon gets a visit from his Minneapolis girlfriend, who brings pleasure one night but pain the next. Meanwhile, Brenda has an adventure in baby-sitting for a hunk teacher
OneonOne One On One 1 NOVEMBER 1990 Charles Rosin 5 5
Recruits from outside the school district may sink Brandon's shot at making the basketball team. Meanwhile, Brenda takes her third — or fourth — shot at driver's training
106hair Higher Education 15 NOVEMBER 1990 Jordan Budde 6 6
Cheating seems justified to Brandon when he feels victimized by a teacher's grading curve. Meanwhile, Brenda suffers from poor hair coloring.
107andrea Perfect Mom 22 NOVEMBER 1990 Darren Star 7 7
Brenda envies Kelly's relationship with her hip-looking mom, until she sees another side at a public event, where Andrea blossoms.
108 The 17 Year Itch 27 NOVEMBER 1990 Amy Spies 8 8
A reunion with the dashing photographer who introduced them in college illuminates some stress between Cindy and Jim, whose differences are reflected in their kids
109 The Gentle Art of Listening 6 DECEMBER 1990 Charles Rosin 9 9
On a teen help line, untrained volunteer Brenda becomes the trusted contact for a date-rape victim. Meanwhile, Brandon falls for a worldly older woman.
110 Isn't It Romantic? 3 JANUARY 1991 Karen Rosin 10 10
While Brandon is wary, Jim is definitely opposed to the growing attraction between Brenda and Dylan.
111brandrea B.Y.O.B. 10 JANUARY 1991 Jordan Budde 11 11
Brandon's first experience with tequila isn't as meaningful as his second, when he and Brenda host a party while their parents are away.
112 One Man and a Baby 24 JANUARY 1991 Amy Spies 12 12
Brandon gets a taste of parenthood from his date - and her child. Brenda jumps at her radio contest prize - skydiving.
Slumbercute Slumber Party 31 JANUARY 1991 Darren Star 13 13
Brenda invites Kelly, Donna and Andrea over for a "night of female bonding". Scott and David catch wind of the slumber party and try to join, while Brandon and Steve meet two girls at a club.
114 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.
115 A Fling in Palm Springs 21 FEBRUARY 1991 Jordan Budde 15 15
Plans for a Palm Springs weekend include time alone for Dylan and Brenda, but not time with David's grandparents, who turn out to be much cooler than David.
116brenda Fame Is Where You Find It 28 FEBRUARY 1991 Karen Rosin & Charles Rosin 16 16
The right look at the right place at the right time gets Brandon a shot at TV stardom, while Brenda plays a role covering for Brandon at his restaurant job.
117 Stand (Up) and Deliver 7 MARCH 1991 Amy Spies 17 17
Kelly and Andrea take different tacks helping Brandon run for class president, while Brenda seeks to run her own ship-out of school and away from home.
Bren It's Only a Test 28 MARCH 1991 Darren Star 18 18
Worries about SATs take a back seat when Brenda finds a lump in her breast, a fear heightened by her family's medical history
119 April Is The Cruelest Month 11 APRIL 1991 Steve Wasserman 19 19
Brandon suspects that the driving force behind the school's tennis star may drive the boy to drastic action — with a gun. Meanwhile, SAT scores have Donna suspecting a bleak future
120brenda Spring Training 25 APRIL 1991 Charles Rosin 20 20
Spoiled kids with smart mouths — and meddling parents with designer snacks — spoil Brandon's enthusiasm for coaching baseball; an ailing Jim howls at Brenda's request to keep a stray dog
121andrea Spring Dance 2 MAY 1991 Darren Star 21 21
It's the big spring dance, and the chance of romance is good for Dylan and Brenda, possible for Kelly and Brandon and nil for Steve, who carries a torch that's about as cumbersome as his date's dress
122andrea Home Again 9 MAY 1991 Amy Spies 22 22

The family's excitement over Jim's promotion is short-lived when he reveals it means moving back to Minnesota

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