90210

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Famous ZIP code gets an edgy, entitled remake.
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Parents say

age 14+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 30 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Lots of lying, backstabbing, break ups, and hook ups. Although overall it's an unrealistic, glamorized portrayal of teens, it also presents some real issues that teenagers deal with, including addiction, racism, teen pregnancy, academic cheating, and peer pressure.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Many (but not all) of the characters are wealthy and materialistic. Not all parents hold their kids accountable for their actions. On the positive, cast and characters are more diverse than original show.

Violence

Occasionally cast member punch each other in the face. Others shove, push, wrestle, and slap each other. Images from violent video games visible.

Sex

Some strong sexual innuendo, including strong visual references to teens performing oral sex. Frequent scenes of teens kissing/making out. Storylines include cheating, one-night stands, and dealing with an unexpected pregnancy. Navid's father is a major porn film producer; child pornography is discussed (no graphic footage is shown).

Language

Language includes words like "ass" and "bitch."

Consumerism

Brands like Chanel and Mercedes-Benz are prominently visible. Products like Dr. Pepper also get obvious placement. The series features music from various up-and-coming bands, like Tilly and the Wall. Some tie-in products (nail polish, etc.) are available.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots of underage drinking visible, at bars and at home. Grandmother Tabitha appears to be an alcoholic. One character has a drug problem and is shown buying pills and engaging in some negative behavior as a result of her addiction.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this spin-off of '90s teen sensation Beverly Hills, 90210 is edgier than the original series -- but just as soapy and unrealistic. Along with over-the-top opulent lifestyles, rampant materialism, and constant relationship issues, it prominently features behavior like underage drinking, promiscuity, and substance abuse. There's also lots of strong sexual innuendo and iffy language ("bitch," "ass"). Themes like pornography, pregnancy, and other mature issues are also part of the plotlines.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bynevemac July 20, 2015
This is very much like gossip girl, but it is placed in Beverly Hills. I enjoyed this but there is a lot of sex and underage drinking to be aware of. I wouldn... Continue reading
Adult Written byCarolynF 1 February 17, 2015
Teen, 13 years old Written byvolleyballchick227 December 5, 2009

90210 doesn't influence our behavior or actions unless we want it to

I started watching this show when I was 11 years old and I love it! Parents need to understand that kids can't be protected from everything. They forget wh... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byDegrassiTNGlover October 14, 2010

Sucks

Hate it. I didn't think that a show could become more Hollywood, glamorous, immoral or stupid. The acting is good, but the show itself is SO unrealistic. E... Continue reading

What's the story?

Almost 20 years after Brenda and Brandon Walsh first arrived in Southern California in Beverly Hills, 90210, a new generation of Midwest transplants is following in their footsteps. The Wilson family -- teens Annie (Shenae Grimes) and Dixon Wilson (Tristan Wilds) and parents Harry (Rob Estes) and Debbie (Lori Loughlin) -- arrive from Kansas to move in with Harry's aging mother, boozy former actress Tabitha (Jessica Walter). Living in the trendy new ZIP code is both exciting and challenging for Annie and Dixon as they build friendships and gain enemies among their good-looking, privileged classmates at West Beverly High -- including spoiled Naomi Clark (AnnaLynne McCord), popular lacrosse player Ethan Ward (Dustin Milligan), aspiring journalist Navid Shirazi (Michael Steger), free-spirit Silver (Jessica Stroup), and the troubled Adrianna Tate-Duncan (Jessica Lowndes).

Is it any good?

While edgier than the original series, 90210 still features the signature soapy drama that made the original show famous. Adding to the drama is the temporary reintroduction of former characters like Silver's older sister Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth) and visiting drama teacher Brenda Walsh (Shannen Doherty). And like the original, characters cope with the ups and downs of friendships, romance, and other, more sensitive issues, including addiction, divorce, and adoption.

While they receive some limited guidance from adults, these young folks seem to operate within their own private universe. The show’s over-the-top plotlines and idealistic images of posh teen lifestyles will also be attractive to teen viewers. The show’s references to original series in early episodes make watching the show a fun, nostalgic experience for older viewers, too. But, as in shows like Gossip Girl, a lot of 90210's material is edgy and unrealistic. Sure, it's a guilty pleasure, but it's not a guilt-free one.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the messages that this show sends to teens. Are these characters -- both teens and adults -- realistic? Do they face relatable issues and deal with them in believable ways? What would the real-life consequences of their behavior be?

  • Parents, watch with your kids and make this show a teachable moment about issues like materialism and underage drinking and sex.

  • Families can also discuss how this show compares to other teen soaps, as well as to the original series.

TV details

For kids who love school-oriented movies

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