Season 5 of teen soap Beverly Hills, 90210 aired on Fox television network.


This season follows the gang during their sophomore year in college as they deal with issues that young adults face such as relationships, financial problems, sexual assault, parenthood, drug abuse, alcoholism, racism, politics, death, antisemitism, suicide, and cults. In this season, Dylan's problems with alcohol and drugs come back after the events of the season 4 finale. Brenda decides to stay in drama school in London, leaving her room at the Walsh's house vacant. Cindy and Jim take in their friend's daughter Valerie Malone, an old family friend of the Walshes, who arrives in Beverly Hills seeking refuge after her father's suicide.


Valerie almost immediately becomes the love interest of both Steve and Dylan and displays a penchant for smoking pot in the Walsh's house and shooting pool in comically seedy pool halls in the middle of the day. The two other new romantic storylines feature Clare Arnold, first seen as Brandon's stalker and eventually as David's rebound girl after he is dumped by Donna; and working-class Ray Pruit, the new boyfriend of Donna.


The most popular zip code of the '90s changes dramatically in the fifth season, the halfway point of the show's 10-year run. With the departure of one of the primary characters -- Brenda Walsh -- multiple new faces arrive (and stick around) on Beverly Hills, 90210 for the first time. This is Tiffani Thiessen's first season as Valerie Malone and this is the last season for Gabrielle Carteris, Mark Damon Espinoza, Carol Potter and James Eckhouse as series regulars as their characters Andrea Zuckerman, Jesse Vasquez, Cindy Walsh and Jim Walsh, respectively.


Jason Priestley as Brandon Walsh
Jennie Garth as Kelly Taylor
Ian Ziering as Steve Sanders
Gabrielle Carteris as Andrea Zuckerman
Luke Perry as Dylan McKay
Brian Austin Green as David Silver
Tori Spelling as Donna Martin
Mark Damon Espinoza as Jesse Vasquez
Tiffani Thiessen as Valerie Malone
Carol Potter as Cindy Walsh
James Eckhouse as Jim Walsh

Recurring cast

Joe E. Tata as Nat Bussichio
Ann Gillespie as Jackie Taylor
Matthew Laurance as Mel Silver
Katherine Cannon as Felice Martin
Michael Durrell as Dr. John Martin
Nicholas Pryor as Chancelor Milton Arnold
Kathleen Robertson as Clare Arnold
Jamie Walters as Ray Pruit
Ryan Brown as Morton Muntz
Casper Van Dien as Griffin Stone
Caroline McWilliams as LuAnn Pruit

Guest stars

Denise Dowse as Mrs. Teasley
Josh Taylor as Jack McKay
Christine Elise as Emily Valentine
Stephanie Beacham as Iris McKay
Ryanne Kettner as Erin Silver
Valerie Wildman as  Christine Pettit
Cress Williams as D'Shawn Hardell
Joshua Beckett as Josh Richland
Kerrie Keane as Suzanne Steele
Noley Thornton as Erica Steele
David Hayward as Kevin Weaver
Jed Allan as Rush Sanders
Nancy Sorel as Gloria Richland
Vance Valencia as Juarez
Howie Long as Himself
Nancy Stephens as Helen
David Dean as Travis Farnham
F.J. Rio as Alex Diaz
Aki Aleong as President Ferdinand Quintero
Reamy Hall as Kaye Whitney
James Calvert as Ben Lerner
Jon Gries as Dope Dealer 
John Voldstad as Clerk
Marga Chavez as Teresa Vasquez
Alma Beltran as Celia Vasquez
Derek Sage as Tommy
Mackenzie Phillips as Counselor Ellen Marks
Kristen Dalton as Jamie Young
Clayton Rohner as Dr. Fox
Natalie Venetia Belcon as Janice Williams 
Sara Melson as Alison Lash
Kristine Mejia as Dana
Wings Hauser as  J. Jay Jones


  • This season also marks the start of the Peach Pit's after-hours club, After Dark, initially run by Steve.
  • The fifth season aired Wednesday nights at 8/9c in the United States averaging 14.7 million viewers a week.
  • The season was released on DVD as an eight disc boxed set under the title of Beverly Hills, 90210: The Fifth Season on July 29, 2009 by CBS DVD.


Season 5 (BH)/Gallery


# Title Airdate Notes
112 - 5.01 What I Did on My Summer Vacation and Other Stories September 7, 1994 This is Valerie Malone's first episode.
113 - 5.02 Under the Influence September 14, 1994  
114 - 5.03 A Clean Slate September 21, 1994  
115 - 5.04 Life after Death September 28, 1994  This is Griffin Stone's first episode.
116 - 5.05 Rave On October 5, 1994 This is Ray Pruit's first episode.
117 - 5.06 Homecoming October 12, 1994  
118 - 5.07 Who's Zoomin' Who? October 19, 1994  
119 - 5.08 Things that Go Bang in the Night October 26, 1994  
120 - 5.09 Intervention November 2, 1994  
121 - 5.10 The Dreams of Dylan McKay November 9, 1994  
122 - 5.11 Hate is Just a Four Letter Word November 16, 1994  
123 - 5.12 Rock of Ages November 23, 1994  
124 - 5.13 Up in Flames November 30, 1994  
125 - 5.14 Injustice for All December 15, 1994  This is Griffin Stone's last episode.
126 - 5.15 Christmas Comes This Time Each Year December 22, 1994  
127 - 5.16 Sentenced to Life January 4, 1995  
128 - 5.17 Sweating it Out January 11, 1995  
129 - 5.18 Hazardous to Your Health January 18, 1995  
130 - 5.19 Little Monsters February 1, 1995  
131 - 5.20 You Gotta Have Heart February 8, 1995  
132 - 5.21 Stormy Weather February 15, 1995  
133 - 5.22 Alone at the Top February 22, 1995  
134 - 5.23 Love Hurts March 1, 1995  
135 - 5.24 Unreal World March 15, 1995  
136 - 5.25 Double Jeopardy March 29, 1995  
137 - 5.26 A Song for My Mother April 5, 1995  
138 - 5.27 Squash It April 12, 1995  
139 - 5.28 Girls on the Side May 3, 1995  
140 - 5.29 The Real McCoy May 10, 1995  
141 - 5.30 Hello Life, Goodbye Beverly Hills May 17, 1995 This is Andrea Zuckerman's final appearance as a regular character and Jesse Vasquez's last episode.
142 - 5.31 P.S. I Love You: Part 1 May 24, 1995  
143 - 5.32 P.S. I Love You: Part 2 May 24, 1995 This is Jim and Cindy's last appearance as regulars.

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