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Beverly Hills 90210 - The Complete First Season
     

Beverly Hills 90210 - The Complete First Season

4.5 7
Director: Tim Hunter,

Cast: Jason Priestley, Bel Sandre

 
Aaron Spelling's Beverly Hills, 90210 arrived in 1990 like a wrecking ball, tearing down the TV tradition of dowdy, Degrassi-style teens, and paving the way for an era of short skirts and sex talk. The two-part debut Class of Beverly Hills sees the Walsh family -- teenage twins Brandon (Jason Priestley) and Brenda (Shannen Doherty), parents Cindy

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Aaron Spelling's Beverly Hills, 90210 arrived in 1990 like a wrecking ball, tearing down the TV tradition of dowdy, Degrassi-style teens, and paving the way for an era of short skirts and sex talk. The two-part debut Class of Beverly Hills sees the Walsh family -- teenage twins Brandon (Jason Priestley) and Brenda (Shannen Doherty), parents Cindy (Carol Potter) and Jim (James Eckhouse) -- move from small town Minnesota to California's epicenter of luxury. The culture shock may be intense, but the twins can dig it; during their first days at West Beverly High, they make fast friends with the spoiled (but somehow charming) Steve Sanders (Ian Ziering), the incredibly popular Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth), the naïve-but-fashionable Donna Martin (Tori Spelling), the hard-driving overachiever Andrea Zuckerman (Gabrielle Carteris), and, of course, the smoldering bad-boy, Dylan McKay (Luke Perry). Season one tracks the twins' west coast adjustment in tandem with a number of coming-of-age events: Brandon considers cheating to keep his grades up (Higher Education), the gang throws a party that results in a drunk driving accident (B.Y.O.B.), and Brenda and Dylan consider sleeping together after a formal (Spring Dance). Even the adults occasionally get a piece of the drama, especially in The 17-Year Itch, when Cindy Walsh flirts with an old flame. These initial 22 episodes plant the seeds for issues that will be explored over the 10 seasons to come, including Dylan's alcoholism and Kelly's experience with sexual abuse.

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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
One of DVD's Most Wanted TV series at last graduates to DVD! Beverly Hills 90210 still makes a terrific first impression, despite Brandon Walsh's (Jason Priestley) mullet in the pilot episode. And as Brandon's fraternal twin sister, Brenda (Shannen Doherty), states as she nervously prepares to attend her first day at West Beverly Hills High School, "First impressions are incredibly important." Not to worry. This 1990 series hooks viewers right off as Brandon and Brenda, transplanted Minnesotans, struggle to fit in to their fabulous new surroundings and hold on to their grounded midwestern values. "Strange city, new school, no friends," Brandon sarcastically assesses his situation. "I'm psyched." B&B anchor the series as they and their new friends grapple with teen rites of passion and soap opera dramas that involve such hot-button issues as AIDS, underage drinking, parental substance abuse, and coping with a learning disability. There's pretty and popular Kelly (Jennie Garth), who takes Brenda under her wing; jock Steve (Ian Ziering), still reeling from a recent breakup; Andrea (Gabrielle Carteris), the school newspaper editor who busts Brandon when he strays from his better self; and freshman square pegs David (Brian Austin Green) and Scott (Douglas Emerson). Oh yes, and Donna (Tori Spelling, daughter of series producer Aaron, which answers that question). But what the series lacked was that galvanizing breakout character who would catapult the series to must-see status. Enter, in Episode 2, Dylan McKay (Luke Perry), the soulful, enigmatic loner with a bad reputation and a good heart. He reads Byron and loves Marx Brothers movies. As one acquaintance notes, "He's not exactly an open book." His flirtation with Brenda, which begins in earnest in "Isn't it Romantic," is consummated in "Spring Dance." Future star alert: In the episode "April Is the Cruelest Month," Matthew Perry guests as an overachieving student with serious father issues. "Friends?" he cries to Brandon, "I have no friends." In four years, that would change, big time.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/07/2006
UPC:
0097360382426
Rating:
NR
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Time:
17:48:00

Special Features

"Beginnings with Darren Star" featurette; Meet the class of West Beverly High; 90210 behind-the-scenes featurette; Commentary by Darren Star on selected episodes; Looking back: season one - the recap

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Beverly Hills 90210 - The Complete First Season 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched this religiously in the 90's and with all the other TV shows on DVD, I wondered if they would ever release these on DVD. I look forward to always having these on DVD to relive those good ole days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for years for Bevery Hills 90120 came out to DVD. The was my ultimate favorite tv series that have ever watched, and now it will be forever in my house to watch for years to come. Keep the seasons coming out, there are 10 Seasons and I will own all of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have waited so long for the release of this DVD. I watched the show as a teen in the 90's and I will continue doing it now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I grew up watching 90210 and i was so excited when i found out that it was coming out on DVD its about freakin time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When this show premiered, it was groundbreaking. It dealt with issues that had rarely been talked about out in the open, never mind being on a television show. In the first season alone there is a drug-addicted mother, a multiple date rape, a teen drinking binge, and an AIDS character brought to life. It was hard-hitting and talked about issues that needed to brought into the light, yet were very much taboo for the time.
There were a couple of problems, however. The first one was the way that they portrayed these very real and serious issues. Granted, I watched these episodes with a group of girls and it was years later than the actual show was on the air (18 to be exact). It does not excuse it, however. Things like date rape and AIDS should never be exploited in the way that it was on this show.
A perfect example was the date rape episode. In this, Brenda tries to help a girl who calls into a teen hotline to get advice on the fact that she has been date raped multiple times. I don¿t have an issue with this, because it is a very real thing that people need to be aware that happens, but I did have an issue with the way that it finally was portrayed. Instead of this girl and her problems becoming the focus, Brenda is the main plot line, with her whines and yearning to seek the truth. It became comical to the group that I was watching it with, and this should have never happened. No humor should ever be found in any of these topics, yet it happened time and time again.
The other issue I had with this was the fact that the whole show was sometimes highly inappropriate for the targeted audience in which it was intended when it first aired. This was geared towards preteen and teenage girls. This age group does not need to get ideas that sleeping with a man almost ten years older than you is okay and that parties with underage drinking and drugs are the popular way to go. Even though Brenda and Brandon have a somewhat stable home life compared to many of their friends, their mother still contemplates an affair in the first season. This is not the type of messages that need to be brought into the homes of American families.
Beverly Hills 90210 has great twists and turns and is never lacking in plot intrigue. What it is lacking in, however, is morals and values that people need to embrace, not dismiss. The fact remains that even though this was the show that led to things such as Gossip Girls and The OC, it is not acceptable to condone such things. Though it is fictional, it is leaning more towards the reality that is American youth and that is not a good thing. We all need to have a little less Beverly Hills and a little more morals.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been waiting for this for years! I can't believe it took this long. Can't wait for season 2 to be released!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first season of 90210 is great The eposides are cool Piolt Part One and Two is when Brenda dates an older guy name Jason Green Room Dylan meets Brandon Every dream has it's price Brenda shop lifts Perfect Mom Kelly's Mom does drugs First time Brandon's gf Cherly vists him Isnt it romantic? Brenda starts to date Dylan Byob A party that Brenda and Brandon has Spring dance Brandon goes with Kelly to the dance meanwhile Brenda has sex with Dylan Palms spring weekend David brings his friends to meet his grandparents April is the crulest month Donna finds out that she has a learing disabilty Home Agin The Walsh family stays in LA Fame is where you find it Brandon becomes an actor on a tv show called Keep it together One man and a baby Brandon meets a girl with a baby boy name Joey Slumber Party Breanda has a slumber party at her house Steve and Brandon go out with 2 pretty girls East Side Story Brandon meets a girl who is Hispanic One on One Brandon compets with a guy to see who's on the basketball team Gentle art of listenig Brenda joins a teen line Higher Education good eposide I'ts only a test Brenda may have breast cancer Stand up and deliver Brandon loses his campain Those are all the shows i know on season one I love 90210!!!