It’s Sunday morning, I’ve already seen SportsCenter about 11 times since last night, which would generally leave most men with nothing to watch. However, I am not most men. I am lucky enough as part of my Comcast Cable package to get the SOAP Network, meaning that I can watch repeats of Beverly Hills, 90210 for four hours this morning.
I’m not going to defend Beverly Hills, 90210 as a whole. The last few years of the show were total garbage, and the college years were bearable (but mostly because Kelly Kapowski went from this to this). The first few seasons though, are a testament to what evening drama was meant to be. The high school years, or “Golden Years” as I like to call them, feature an incredibly diverse set of characters, absorbing plot lines, and sweet acid washed jeans.
In all seriousness though, the show definitely attempted to tackle some important issues in the first three seasons – teen pregnancy, drinking, peer pressure & racism to name a few. Not only did Aaron Spelling and company attempt to tackle these issues, they even succeeded on many occasions. Right now I’m being treated to Brandon feeling like a jackass in the 4th ever episode because he assumed a black kid that was going to make the varsity basketball team ahead of him was recruited to be at West Bev…well, Brandon was wrong, and he learned his lesson, and so did the audience.
The show also created the coolest television character of all time – Dylan McKay. He is the fucking man. Girls wanted him, he had a sweet Porsche, often skipped school to surf, smart enough to get into Berkley (but of course opted for Cal U with the rest of the gang), and said epically cool things in a loud whisper like, “I’m gonna take a drive up the coast,” or, “I’m headed to Baja, clear my head.” This was in direct contradiction to Andrea Zuckerman, who is the biggest loser in television history.
Seriously, watch an early episode and then compare it with latter day ripoffs like Dawnsons Creek. In 90210 absurd things happened, but the characters seemed somewhat real. In contrast, Dawsons had more subdued/realistic plot lines, but the characters talked like they were in a fucking Shakespearean play. This is a quote from Dawson, “Edge is fleeting, heart lasts forever.” Shut the fuck up Dawson. Leave the quotables to the pros, the people like Steve Sanders, David Silver, Kelly Taylor & so forth, who coined the phrase, “Donna Martin graduates!”