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
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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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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