Twenty-nine years ago tonight, the television show Beverly Hills 90210 premiered on Fox. It changed TV for a lot of people and made immediate fans.
Genre: Teen drama, Soap opera
Created by: Darren Star
Starring: Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Luke Perry, Brian Austin Green, Tori Spelling, Carol Potter, James Eckhouse, Joe E. Tata, Mark Damon Espinoza, Kathleen Robertson, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Jamie Walters, Hilary Swank, Vincent Young, Lindsay Price, Daniel Cosgrove, Vanessa Marcil
Theme music composer: John E. Davis
Composer: Jay Gruska
No. of seasons: 10
No. of episodes: 293
Executive producers: Aaron Spelling, E. Duke Vincent, Charles Rosin, Darren Star, Steve Wasserman, Jessica Klein, Paul Waigner, Larry Mollin, Jason Priestley, Laurie McCarthy, John Eisendrath, Doug Steinberg, Michael Braverman
Running time: 45–48 minutes
Production companies: Propaganda Films (1990-1992) (seasons 1-2), Spelling Entertainment (1990-1992) (seasons 1-2), Spelling Television (1992-2000) (seasons 3-10), Torand
Distributor: Worldvision Enterprises
Original network: Fox
Original release: October 4, 1990 – May 17, 2000
The series begins with the introduction of the Walsh family—Jim, Cindy, Brandon, and Brenda—who have recently moved from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Beverly Hills, California as a result of Jim’s job promotion. In the first episode, Brandon and Brenda begin attending West Beverly Hills High School, where they befriend several classmates: the self-centered and promiscuous Kelly Taylor, carefree and spoiled Steve Sanders, smart and driven Andrea Zuckerman, ditzy and virtuous Donna Martin, brooding loner Dylan McKay, and younger and naive students David Silver and Scott Scanlon. The show follows the siblings as they bear witness and take part in the dramatic lives that their wealthy and privileged peers lead.