90210: Season 1 (2008 - 2009)

Season 1

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Like its predecessor, the retooled 90210 is a sleek, campy guilty pleasure -- though it's unfortunately less pleasurable.



Critic Ratings: 22


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User Ratings: 39

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Air date: Sep 2, 2008

The Wilsons move from Kansas to Beverly Hills; Harry starts his new job as principal of West Beverly Hills High School; Annie and Dixon attend their first day of class and meet an assortment of privileged kids.

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Air date: Sep 2, 2008

Dixon tries out for the lacrosse team, but jealous teammates attempt to thwart his efforts; Annie meets a handsome student who flies her to San Francisco for dinner on his private jet, but she doesn't tell her parents about it.

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Air date: Sep 9, 2008

Harry and Debbie plan a family night of bowling that gets interrupted when Annie and Dixon's friends arrive unexpectedly. With both Ty (Adam Gregory) and Ethan present, Annie learns what it's like to be caught in the middle. Meanwhile, Kelly addresses her mother's drinking problem and its effect on Silver.

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Air date: Sep 16, 2008

At Kelly's request, Brenda replaces Tabitha as director of the school musical, but the two friends soon find themselves at odds over Kelly's relationship with Ryan. At the Wilsons, money concerns prompt Dixon to get a job at the Peach Pit, but Annie is more worried about her disappointing date with Ethan. Elsewhere, Naomi confronts some difficult facts about her home life.

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Air date: Sep 23, 2008

Annie and Ty grow closer as the spring play approaches, but her parents fear things are moving too quickly. Meanwhile, Silver is overwhelmed by her stage-manager duties and leans on Dixon for help; and Naomi tries to reunite her estranged parents.

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Air date: Sep 30, 2008

Annie attends a fashion show her mom is photographing, where she's approached by a film producer who offers her and Adrianna an audition. Meanwhile, Naomi tries to reunite her parents; and Kelly is contacted by an old pal who has her second-guessing her relationship with Ryan.

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Air date: Oct 7, 2008

Naomi makes a regretful choice regarding Adrianna's out-of-control drug use; Annie and Ethan care for a baby for a class assignment; and Dixon and Silver's friendship deepens. Elsewhere, Harry's high-school girlfriend hires a detective to find their son.

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Air date: Oct 28, 2008

Annie sets up a non-date with Ethan for the homecoming dance; Naomi's name is cleared when Adrianna owns up about her drug addiction; Ryan discovers his new student is a narc after he catches her buying drugs; and Debbie confronts Tracy about her actions.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2008

Annie and Dixon have opposite reactions to Harry's news about the son he put up for adoption years ago. An angry Annie lets loose at a sleepover that quickly turns into a drunken house party, while Dixon doesn't seem to be affected by the bombshell. Elsewhere, Ryan and Kimberly are caught giving in to their mutual attraction.

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Air date: Nov 11, 2008

As Annie and Ethan get closer, Naomi grows spiteful and delivers an unwelcome surprise at Annie's sweet-16 party. Meanwhile, the school is abuzz with news of Ryan's leave of absence, and Adrianna uncovers Navid's secret.

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Sibling teens Annie and Dixon Wilson (played by Shenae Grimes and Tristan Wilds) adjust to a huge moves from Kansas to Beverly Hills. They're enrolled in West Beverly Hills High School where their father (played by Rob Estes) is the new principal. This updated spin-off of "Beverly Hills, 90210" revolves around the teens' lives including romance and friendships along with father Harry's return to his hometown where characters from his own past crop up.

Cast & Crew

Rob Estes
Harry Wilson
Shenae Grimes
Annie Wilson
Tristan Wilds
Dixon Wilson
AnnaLynne McCord
Naomi Clark
Dustin Milligan
Ethan Ward
Ryan Eggold
Ryan Matthews
Michael Steger
Navid Shirazi
Lori Loughlin
Debbie Wilson
Jessica Walter
Tabitha Wilson
Jessica Lowndes
Adrianna Tate-Duncan
Jennie Garth
Kelly Taylof
Matt Lanter
Liam Court
Shannen Doherty
Brenda Walsh
Adam Gregory
Ty Collins
Joe E. Tata
Nat Bussichio
Jana Kramer
Portia Ranson
Gabe Sachs
Executive Producer
Jeff Judah
Executive Producer
J. Miller Tobin
Sara Pia Anderson
Rob Thomas
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Critic Reviews for 90210 Season 1

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (14)

By trying to be all things to all viewers, 90210 feels rudderless. It lacks the dry wit of The O.C., the trashy snark of Gossip Girl and the pure melodrama of the original 90210.

Dec 26, 2019 | Full Review…

Really, the original Beverly Hills 90210 was pretty bad. And 90210, the CW remake that premiered last night, is pretty bad, too.

Sep 2, 2008 | Full Review…

The new 90210 was exactly what nobody expected it would be: remarkably faithful in tone and spirit to the original adventures of Brandon, Brenda, Scott Scanlon and company.

Sep 2, 2008 | Full Review…

I thought it'd at least be worthwhile to see Shannen Doherty reprise her role as Brenda Walsh, but not even one of my favorite characters ever could keep me watching for more than 3 episodes.

Dec 18, 2020 | Full Review…

I don't plan on becoming a devoted fan of the new 90210 but it displayed more tongue-in-cheek writing than I expected (although my standards were quite low).

Dec 30, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Surely the teenage girls at whom this show is aimed want a fantasy of their own, and not some act-of-desperation rehash of another era's hit? CW is about to find out.

Sep 2, 2008 | Full Review…

I thought it was ok, nothing to jump up and down about and definitely not as good as the original 90210.

Dec 30, 2019 | Full Review…

With the help of a strong musical soundtrack, it's off to a better-than-expected start and may strike a chord with teenagers.

Dec 30, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It is not a good sign that a high point late in the new version's debut was the arrival of [Shannen] Doherty, who by now looks as if she were ready to star in a Quentin Tarantino movie.

Dec 26, 2019 | Full Review…

At least the 1990s version pretended to take the subject of high-schoolers having sex seriously, showing characters experiencing pregnancy scares and strife with parents. This latest incarnation pretends at nothing.

Oct 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Again, I really can't stress enough how bad "90210" is, but it's so bad that I would actually kind of recommend watching it in a "look how bad this is!" sort of way.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

So far, so good. We'll forgive the campy moments - that's what makes a show like this fun.

Sep 2, 2008 | Rating: 7.9/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 90210: Season 1

  • Feb 10, 2021
    I liked this season of 90210, it wasn't my favourite but it highlighted many topics and delved into deeper substances of the show! Overall, I loved Silver's plot of being Bipolar I think it is important to highlight these issues in shows teens watch.
  • Jul 27, 2020
    Eggold and Jessica Stroup steel the show and are unfortunately the only likable characters. Most of the cast is really entertaining.
  • Jun 19, 2015
    I gave this show a shot only because of Matt Lanter (after watching his Star-Crossed). 90210 surprised me though as it was extremely entertaining and fun to watch.
  • May 23, 2015
    The show starts off slow, and kind of stupid, but once you get past the first few episodes it's amazing! Definitely my favorite show of all time!
  • Dec 29, 2014
    How a show like this gets made is beyond me. Must be a hell of a salesperson to pitch this garbage.

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