In the classic Beverly Hills, 90210 series we meet a family from Kansas thrust into the world’s most exclusive zip code. It is a familiar fish out of water story, and the new 90210 television series brings back all of the characters the viewers of the 1990s loved so much. The new series dropped the Beverly Hills portion of the name. By the time the new series came back, everyone in the world associated those famous digits with the upper-class area north of Los Angeles.
The show premiered to a captivated television audience on September 2, 2008. Brought to the small screen by The CW television station and creators Jeff Judah, Gabe Sachs and Rob Thomas, it is a part of the original Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise that was originally created by Darren Star.
Plot of 90210
The series as a whole covers the adventures of the teenage members of the Wilson family who move to Beverly Hills from Kansas where the children were born. The father, Harrison Wilson, is a native of the famous LA area and feels compelled to return in order to care for his aging mother, former actress Tabitha Wilson. Of course, Tabitha has a host of fame-related issues including an alcohol addiction and a feeling of superiority over Kansas born and bred Debbie, Harrison’s wife.
The children, Annie and Dixon, have to learn to adjust to a strange new landscape and still keep their Midwestern identities and sensibilities. That is much harder than it seems like it should be. As the series progressed through the five seasons it aired, the focus shifted to follow Annie and Dixon beyond the angst-ridden high school years into adulthood as they kept up with their new-found high school friends.
The final episode of 90210 aired on May 13, 2013 to much fanfare. It was so popular it was spun off into another popular series called Melrose Place. Watch 90210 online and catch up on what you missed as you get to know all of the inhabitants of the posh Beverly Hills neighborhood.
The central characters of this popular television series are Annie, played by Shenae Grimes-Beech, and Dixon, played by Tristan Wilds. Their parents complete the home life of the teens. The part of Harrison, the father, is played by Rob Estes and the mother, Debbie Wilson, is played by Lori Laughlin.
Shenae Grimes-Beech was born in Canada and has many television series to her credit. She was a long-running member of Degrassi: the Next Generation and also of Naturally, Sadie. She has also appeared in several movies where she portrayed her television character from the 90210 show.
Tristan Wilds plays the Wilson’s adopted son in this rendition of the original series. In the original, Brandon was the son, played by Jason Priestly. It was an all-white cast with no mention of an adopted child. Tristan’s character brings a new twist to the remake of the series. He has appeared in movies such as Red Tails and television series including The Wire and Cold Case before coming to the 90210 family.
Lori Laughlin is a talented and well-respected member of the acting community with an impressive list of acting credits. She began as a soap opera member of the cast of The Edge of Night and appeared in many movies and series before hitting with the popular family show Full House in the late 80s and early 90s. Following Full House she continued her busy career until coming to the 90210 cast.
Rob Estes also has had a long and successful career. He started out on the famous daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives and appeared in many television series and movies before landing the part of Harrison Wilson on 90210. Some of his more popular recurring appearances include parts on CSI: Miami, Women’s Murder Club and Suddenly Susan.
The rest of the cast is rounded out by veteran actors AnnaLynne McCord, Jessica Stroup, Michael Steger, Ryan Eggold and Gillian Zinser.
Jessica Walter brings the curmudgeonly character of Tabitha Wilson to life with a sharp edge of cutting humor and sarcasm that her style of comedic acting has been known for. With a career that began in 1951 on an obscure series Love of Life, her long and successful career has included shows such as Alias, Smith and Jones, Play Misty for Me, The Sixth Sense, episodes of Love American Style and The Love Boat, Trapper John, M.D., One Life to Live and Touched by an Angel.
Remembering the Originals
Even though none of the original cast members of the Beverly Hills series occupy recurring roles on the new series, they do make regular appearances throughout the run of the show. Viewers will enjoy seeing Shannon Doherty, Matt Lanter, Trevor Donovan, Tori Spelling and Jessica Lowndes often.
You can watch 90210 online and see the show that won the ASCAP Award for Top Television Series, the Young Hollywood Awards and Breakthrough of the Year Awards in 2009. It was also nominated for many other awards between 2009 and 2012 including Teen’s Choice Awards, PRISM Awards and People’s Choice Awards.