Parents' Guide to

Beverly Hills, 90210

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Classic '90s teen soap with famous a zip code.

TV SOAPnet Drama 1990
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 14+
age 12+

one of the most educational teen shows

covers drugs, suicide and many other contrversial subjects

This title has:

Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (9 ):

Over its 10-season run, 90210 delved deeply into the (mostly) privileged but often-troubled lives of its core characters. While full of teen-oriented storylines about friendships, deep-seated rivalry, and troubled romance, the series was first and foremost a prime-time soap; consequently, characters frequently schemed, cheated, and manipulated their way through the world of high school and beyond.

That said, 90210 did address some very serious issues faced by teens of any decade, including coping with peer pressure to smoke, drink, abuse drugs, and have sex. The series also dealt with subject matter that was controversial for its time, including teen suicide, physical abuse at the hands of a boyfriend, surviving rape, and struggling with alcohol- and drug-dependent parents. By the show's fifth season, many of the original gang had transitioned to college life and other pursuits. As a result, the problems portrayed on the show became more sophisticated to the point of being contrived, and the show lost much of its original appeal. Nonetheless, the series will forever be remembered as a cultural phenomenon that defines the 1990s.

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