Happy '90210' Day: How will you celebrate?

beverly-hills-90210It’s September 2, 2010: 9/02/10. If you can’t attend the party in Beverly Hills to “celebrate the city with the zip” — hosted by Larry King, headlined by Natasha Bedingfield, and accompanied by the three-day Taste of Beverly Hills food and wine festival — celebrate¬†90210 Day with the rest of us, who only know the zip code thanks to Aaron Spelling and have already done a double fist pump in Jason Priestley’s honor. We suggest reading our oral history of Beverly Hills, 90210 published on the eve of its finale in 2000. Among the things you will learn: The pilot script was originally titled Class of Beverly Hills, which means we almost didn’t have this excuse to spend the morning YouTubing clips from the show 20 years after its premiere; at the height of the show’s success, Brian Austin Green used the name “Heywood Jablowmi” at hotels; and denying your love for this show is futile. “Once Jennie and I went to Vegas, and this girl who’d been drinking a heapload of alcohol attacked us and said we had the worst show and she hated us,” Tiffani-Amber Thiessen recalled. “We said, ‘You must be watching it because you know who we are.’ She actually apologized: ‘Yeah, I do love you, I’m sorry!’ She was just embarrassed that she actually watched the show for so many years.”

If you could watch any episode right now, which would you choose?

More Beverly Hills, 90210:
Beverly Hills, 90210: The EW Oral History
Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth: The EW Reunion
Beverly Hills, 90210 on EW’s list of the 100 “New Classic” TV shows
50 Pop-Culture Moments That Rocked Fashion starring Luke Perry’s sideburns
Diablo Cody on Beverly Hills, 90210

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  • Kelley

    The Color Me Bad episode for sure!

    • srw

      That is my favorite as well. I get excited every time it pops up on the Soap Channel.

  • Amanda

    My favorite is when Kelly goes to DC to surprise Brandon and pursue their relationship. They were always my favorite couple.

    • Sarah


  • Becky

    The one where Kelly chooses herself over Dylan or Brandon. I would have went with Brandon.

    • 24yanks

      Haha…”I choose me.” Classic.

  • chelsea

    Whatever episode it was that had this exchange:

    Kelly: I am not a bimbo.
    Brenda: Whatever you say, Kel. I was always thought that if it looks like a duck, and walks like a duck…
    Kelly: Go to Hell!


    • keisha

      isnt that the episode where brenda and dean cain bump into kelly and dylan at the restaurant.

      • Erik

        That’s the one! Another great Brenda/Kelly fight is the one where Kelly says, “We all have our crosses to bear.” Brenda follows it up with, “And our legs to uncross!”

  • Topher

    How the CW and Soap Net dropped the ball on this I will never understand. Donna Martin Graduates FOR sure.

  • annie

    oh my god. so many favorites. inexplicably, i think my all-time favorite is the one where brenda has the breast cancer scare. followed closely by the one where they mock the real world.

    • Anika

      I love when Brandon leaves the SATs to go be with her for the testing. GREAT moment.

  • Julie

    My fav is the episode where Dylan got married and then the bride was murdered the next day. Very sad indeed.

    • Jen

      totally- i just watched that one yesterday on soap net!!!

    • the other Anne

      Ah, that was a classic. The kitten on the back of the motorcycle.

  • Claire

    While watching those clips I kept expecting to hear studio laughter at the cheesiness.

  • Grace

    The only episodes I’ll actually stop and watch are ones with Tiffani Thiessen. Valerie was always my favorite character.

  • Ronda

    Kelly after realizing she and Brenda have on the same dress for the Spring Dance and insists Brenda change her ensemble…

    Kelly: “Brenda, I’m a Spring Princess!”

    Brenda: “Kelly….I don’t give a damn”

    LOL! Brenda was the ultimate!

  • Nee Nee

    The graduation episodes from highschool – the one when they have the senior luncheon, then they graduate, then they do that sleep-over/change of the Beverly Hills sign. That was a good time in 90210 history. I also like their first and second year of college, the development of Kelly and Brandon (who were WAY better than Kelly and Dylan – Dylan belonged with Brenda).

    • Holly

      My FAVORITE episode for sure. I love at the luncheon where Steve reminds Andrea about “the egg” LOL. Steve: “I want to exchange this egg” Store Clerk: “Is there something wrong with the egg?” Steve: “Nothing. I want to exchange an egg… for information.” Store clerk: “I don’t know what you kids are on.” LOL

  • Dahlia

    There are so many good ones- How do I choose? The one where Brandon goes to the “rave” and ends up getting high? Hunting for Color Me Badd in the hotel? This is like trying to choose a favorite child!

  • Shannon

    “Donna Martin Graduates” — no contest!

  • Karen

    The slumber party episode… When they weren’t quite “characters” yet and parts of them were still being fleshed out.

    In reruns, I have noticed what an insufferable, self righteous b*tch Kelly became in later years. Wow.

    • Courtney

      So true! Her character changed SO much!!

      • chelsea

        The only time Kelly was bearable for me was when she was with Brandon…and of course, she didn’t end up with him!

  • Ronda

    Donna-“Are you gonna throw me up against the wall like in Portland? Or you are you going push me down a flight of stairs like in Palm Springs. Or do you only hit me when we’re out of town?” LOL

    • Jen

      i love that one!! just saw that one on soap net earlier this week!!

    • Cheri

      I love the episode when Brenda totally goes over to the dark side listening to REM over and over again after Dylan picks Kelly.

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