July 07


Stats about “Beverly Hills, 90210”


I love any excuse to dredge up references to the original “Beverly Hills, 90210” series. There was a blind item recently about one of the cast members from the series, so I decided to do some 90210 trivia on my site. Maybe you watched the show just after finishing your algebra homework. Maybe you watched it instead of doing your algebra homework. So here is some trivia (not that you asked) about everyone’s favorite teen soap:

1) The “gang” were juniors in season one, which meant on an accurate timeline they would have graduated at the end of season two. Instead they were juniors twice and graduated in season three’s finale. In addition to re-booting the rest of the cast’s timelines, the show first changed David Silver from a sophomore to a junior, and then had him taking a “double set of classes” so he could then graduate with the rest of his friends.

2) The series ran from October 4, 1990 to May 17, 2000.

3) The character of Dylan was only supposed to be on for one or two episodes, because Fox executives weren’t sold on either the fictional character or Luke Perry’s ability. Aaron Spelling used his own funds to pay Perry’s salary during those initial episodes.

4) Actor Douglas Emerson asked to be released from his role as Scott Scanlon because he had no interest in acting any more, and in fact he has completely retired from acting since, instead spending several years in the U.S. Air Force and starting a family.

5) Potomac, Maryland, Darren Star’s hometown, was the inspiration for the show, and was originally going to be named “Potomac, 20854”. However, it was believed that more people could associate with and recognize Beverly Hills as opposed to Potomac.

6) Brandon’s car nicknamed the ‘Mondale’ was named after Walter Mondale.

7) The name of the fictional series that Steve’s mom was the star of was “Hartley House.”

8) In its early seasons, the show’s episodes were issue-based until the producers decided it should become a teen soap opera.

9) There was not one character who appeared in all 296 episodes.

10) Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green, and Tori Spelling are the only six cast members to appear in both the Pilot and the Series Finale.