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Beverly Hills 90210 - (S01E01)

Romance . Drama

Brandon and Brenda Walsh begin their first year at West Beverly Hills High, and experience culture shock when they become exposed to the glamour, wealth, and privilege that their classmates possess. Following a romantic date, Brandon accidentally spreads a rumor about him sleeping with a notorious party girl at school. Brenda uses a fake ID to get into a nightclub and passes herself off as a college student when she begins dating a young lawyer. Ninth graders, David and Scott attempt to make their mark in school.

Episode Title: Class of Beverly Hills
Airs: 1990-10-04 at
  • Rick Kogan

    Given Fox's proclivity for outrageousness, Beverly Hills, 90210 (the number refers to the California city's ZIP code) is like totally tame, dudes. Though its premiere does include a teenage champagne-fueled romp in a hot tub, a near loss of virginity, and much conversation about sex, it treats the subject with uncommon sensitivity and understanding. [4 Oct 1990, p.C19]

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Hal Boedeker

    A stylish but familiar high school story, one that's considerably easier to take than two of this TV season's other back-to-school efforts: "Parker Lewis Can't Lose" and "Ferris Bueller". And, it's less frenetic than "Hull High". The show's greatest assets are Priestley and Doherty, who are appealing even when the storylines aren't. [4 Oct 1990, p.G1]

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    In a season where all high schools look the same, with sun-drenched campuses trolled by smart-alecky know-it-alls, Beverly Hills, 90210 looks like yet another tired breath of smoggy, sunny California air...But beyond its stock characters - the freshman dweebs, the rich deb with a new nose job, the peripheral parents, the mousy scribe - there's a sweet sister-brother bond here, on a par with the better John Hughes youth- pandering flicks. [4 Oct 1990, p.3D]

    USA Today Full Review
  • Greg Dawson

    The result, to borrow a phrase from that generation, is totally bogus. But not totally without merit, due to a cast, headed by Shannen Doherty, that's generally better than the material. [4 Oct 1990, p.E1]

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Robert P. Laurence

    It is based on the assumption, so common among show-biz people who meet each other for lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel, that they are not only the cultural center of the Western world, but the envy of everybody who is not part of their glittery ZIP code. The whole production just reeks of L.A. smugness. [4 Oct 1990, p.C-11]

    San Diego Union-Tribune Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    One of the fall's most forgettable series. ... Isn't this the kind of stuff The Simpsons was created to destroy forever?

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Howard Rosenberg

    A ZIP code for stereotypes and stock characters, Beverly Hills, 92010 is nothing if not predictable, with the twins each facing moral choices and ultimately doing the right thing, presumably because they're from Minneapolis. [4 Oct 1990, p.F11]

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ed Siegel

    It's less surprising that it's so dull...So let's have a round of applause for these kids. And then change the station, because there's absolutely no drama here. [4 Oct 1990, p.68]

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    It's apparently part of a new experiment in comatose television -- a show where things almost happen but never quite do. You keep checking your pulse to make sure you haven't died. (...) They've created a vacuum, a perfect void, a black hole in the already vast and empty TV schedule. Not so much a black hole actually as a beige one. [4 Oct 1990, p.D12]

    Washington Post Full Review

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