The best teenage shows from the 90s

Although most of the actors on the show were not actually teenagers – Gabrielle Carteris (Andrea Zuckerman) was famous for 29 years when the show started – “Beverly Hills, 90210” was nothing short of a cultural phenomenon in the early 1990s. The series started to get low in 1990, but became a hot item for a generation of teenagers after a broadcast of summer rebroadcasts. Seen in lavish Beverly Hills, the show followed twins Brandon (Jason Priestley) and Brenda (Shannen Doherty) Walsh as they integrated into life in the hoity-toity zip code. The cast of the cast was spoiled by Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth), mysterious Dylan McKay (Luke Perry), arrogant Steve Sanders (Ian Ziering), nerdy David Silver (Brian Austin Green) and innocent Donna Martin (Tori Spelling).

The show created stars out of its cast: their faces were plastered on posters, clothes, dolls and more. Even The Peach Pit, the local dining room that teens visited, entered the cultural encyclopedia. For 10 seasons, teenage soap tackled serious issues such as addiction, substance abuse, eating disorders and sexual assault as well as the usual gossip and romantic drama one would expect from an Aaron Spelling production. It also offered its fair share of surprises – like smart, dorky Andrea’s pregnancy in season five –- and memorable quotes, such as “Donna Martin candidates.” This was not a show about protected teens, but of young people who heard, saw and experienced far more than TV teens had ever had. Many cast changes occurred throughout the decade-long run of the show, but the heart and soul remained for its entire impressive run.

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