Beverly Hills, 90210 (season 1)

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Beverly Hills, 90210 Season 1
DVD cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Original channel Fox
Original run October 4, 1990 (1990-10-04) – May 9, 1991 (1991-05-09)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 November 7, 2006 (2006-11-07)[1]
Region 2 November 13, 2006 (2006-11-13)[2]
Season chronology
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List of Beverly Hills, 90210 episodes

Season one of Beverly Hills, 90210, an American teen drama television series, began airing on October 4, 1990 on Fox television network. The season concluded on May 9, 1991 after 22 episodes. The series follows twins Brandon and Brenda Walsh during their sophomore year in high school as they deal with everyday teenage issues such as sex, shoplifting, peer pressure, dysfunctional families, cancer, learning disabilities, date rape, alcoholism, cheating, racism, rumors, AIDS, and relationships.

The first season was aired Thursdays at 9/8c in the United States averaging 14.2 million viewers a week. The season was released on DVD as a six disc boxed set under the title of Beverly Hills, 90210: The Complete First Season in 2006 by Paramount Home Entertainment.[3]

The season was produced by Propaganda Films, 90210 Productions, Torand Productions and Spelling Television and was aired on FOX Network in the U.S. The series was created by Darren Star, who acted as executive producer, Aaron Spelling also executive produced. Darren Star served as the seasons show runner.


The series follows fraternal twins, Brandon and Brenda Walsh as they move with their parents from the Midwest to the scandalous yet lavish city of Beverly Hills, California and begin their first year at West Beverly Hills High School, where they meet their new friends who seem to have it all, but as the year goes on, they quickly learn are just as lost as they are, leaving the Walsh Twins to appreciate what they have at home.





# Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
1 1 "Class of Beverly Hills" Tim Hunter Darren Star October 4, 1990 (1990-10-04)
When the Walsh family moves from Minnesota to Beverly Hills, California they experience a dramatic culture shock when they are exposed to the glamor, wealth, and privilege of their new home town. While parents Jim and Cindy try to become used to their new faster-paced lives, twins Brenda and Brandon learn that the student body at West Beverly High is completely different than the friends they left behind. Freshmen David and Scott also attempt to navigate their way in high school. Brenda uses fake ID to get into a high class nightclub where she passes herself off as a grown woman when she meets a young attorney who thinks she is grown up.
2 2 "The Green Room" Michael Uno David Stenn October 11, 1990 (1990-10-11) 2190001

Brandon meets and befriends Dylan McKay, a brooding classmate. As they spend time together, Brandon learns that Dylan's bad-boy act masks a hidden life that few people ever see. Meanwhile, Brenda grows upset with Kelly after she ditches her at the beach. Steve's mother convinces him to get to know David after mistakenly thinking that David's father is a wealthy TV show producer.

NOTE: This is Luke Perry's first appearance, as Dylan McKay. James Eckhouse does not appear in this episode.
3 3 "Every Dream Has Its Price (Tag)" Catlin Adams Amy Spies October 18, 1990 (1990-10-18) 2190002

Brenda shops with Kelly and her friend Tiffany and wishes she had their kind of money. Unbeknowest to her, Tiffany is a shoplifter who will soon land Brenda in big trouble. Meanwhile, Brandon gets a job at a trendy restaurant and develops an issue with his horrible boss. Cindy feels uncomfortable with a maid in the house.

NOTE: This is Joe E. Tata's first appearance, as Nat Bussichio. Douglas Emerson and Tori Spelling do not appear in this episode.
4 4 "The First Time" Bethany Rooney Darren Star October 25, 1990 (1990-10-25) 2190003

Brandon grows excited when visited by Sheryl, his ex-girlfriend from Minnesota. When she meets Dylan, she quickly becomes aroused by his money and glamour which makes Brandon jealous. Meanwhile, Brenda develops a crush on her math teacher which affects her even more when she's asked to baby-sit for his two wild children for the evening.

NOTE: Ian Ziering and Douglas Emerson do not appear in this episode.
5 5 "One on One" Artie Mandelberg Charles Rosin November 1, 1990 (1990-11-01) 2190004

Brandon decides to try out for the basketball team and is asked by Andrea to look into the rumor that the school recruits students from out-of-district schools in order to boost their stats. Meanwhile, Brenda takes driver’s education, but fails twice and ends up losing Brandon’s car when trying to pick Kelly up from a bad date.

NOTE: Luke Perry does not appear in this episode.
6 6 "Higher Education" Artie Mandelberg Jordan Budde November 15, 1990 (1990-11-15) 2190005

When Steve gets an A in history – a class that everyone else has a hard time in because of a steep grading curve – Brandon studies with him and learns that Steve has been stealing exams before the test. Meanwhile, Brenda tries to catch Dylan’s eye by dying her hair blonde, but things do not go as planned.

NOTE: Brian Austin Green and Douglas Emerson do not appear in this episode.
7 7 "Perfect Mom" Bethany Rooney Darren Star November 22, 1990 (1990-11-22) 2190006

For the 15th Annual West Beverly High Fashion Show, the gang is in high form. Andrea goes with Cindy and Kelly ends up kissing David after he gives her a tape of the show. There, Brenda meets Kelly’s mother, who she thinks is the perfect mother, but Kelly becomes upset with her mother after she discovers she used cocaine and drank before MCing and was under their influences during the event.

NOTE: This is Ann Gillespie's first appearance, as Jackie Taylor. Ian Ziering and Luke Perry do not appear in this episode.
8 8 "The 17-Year Itch" Jefferson Kibbee Amy Spies November 29, 1990 (1990-11-29) 2190007

It’s Jim and Cindy’s 17th wedding anniversary and things are stirred up when Cindy’s high school boyfriend, Glen Evans, comes to Beverly Hills to tell her he still has feelings for her, leading them to kiss. When Brandon and Brenda become convinced that Cindy is having an affair, Kelly talks to Brenda about divorce. Meanwhile, David, Steve and Donna try out to be the new school DJ and Brenda and Brandon participate in a twin study.

NOTE: Luke Perry does not appear in this episode.
9 9 "The Gentle Art of Listening" Dan Attias Charles Rosin December 6, 1990 (1990-12-06) 2190008

Dylan talks to Brandon about sex when a 14-year old has a crush on him, but Brandon has a crush on Nina … until he meets her husband. David is crowned the next West Beverly Hill High DJ, much to Steve and Donna’s chagrin. Brenda, through the new teen help line, helps Bonnie through a rape. Meanwhile, Andrea helps a boy with a problem though the help line and Brenda learns Kelly lost her virginity in the 7th grade.

NOTE: James Eckhouse does not appear in this episode.
10 10 "Isn't it Romantic?" Nancy Malone Charles Rosin January 3, 1991 (1991-01-03) 2190009
Brenda comes home to find Dylan in the shower, she catches him in only a towel. As they decide to go out on a date, Jim worries about a possible relationship forming between the two. Meanwhile, Dylan decides to take an AIDS test after the gang attends an AIDS seminar at school and listens to an AIDS activist's speech based on her own experience and condition.
11 11 "B.Y.O.B." Miles Watkins Jordan Budde January 10, 1991 (1991-01-10) 2190010
When Donna’s parents go to Cabo San Lucas for the week, she throws a party where Kelly and Steve hook up. The next weekend when Jim and Cindy are out of town, Brenda throws a party and the cops end up paying her a visit. After Brandon kisses Andrea and upsets her, he goes driving where he crashes his car and he's arrested for drunk driving. Dylan comes to his rescue and brings him to an AA meeting.
12 12 "One Man and a Baby" Burt Brinckerhoff Amy Spies January 24, 1991 (1991-01-24) 2190011

Brandon goes on a date with Melissa, a single mother, and he learns the “joys” of parenthood. Meanwhile, Kelly and Brenda enter a radio contest where the prize is a trip where they get to go skydiving.

NOTE: Gabrielle Carteris, Luke Perry, Brian Austin Green, Douglas Emerson and Tori Spelling do not appear in this episode
13 13 "Slumber Party" Charles Braverman Darren Star January 31, 1991 (1991-01-31) 2190012

Brenda invites Kelly, Donna and Andrea over for a slumber party, but when Amanda, Kelly’s rude friend, shows up, things take a bad turn. Meanwhile, Brandon and Steve go out with two girls who end up stealing Steve’s car.

NOTE: Luke Perry does not appear in this episode.
14 14 "East Side Story" Dan Attias Charles Rosin February 14, 1991 (1991-02-14) 2190013

The Walshes let Carla, their maid’s daughter, use their address so she can attend West Beverly High and Brandon begins to develop a crush on her. Meanwhile, Jim hosts a party for his new client, a sportswear designer; and David tries to get MC Hammer to perform at the school dance.

NOTE: Deborah Gibson makes a guest appearance in this episode.
15 15 "A Fling in Palm Springs" Jefferson Kibbee Jordan Budde February 21, 1991 (1991-02-21) 2190014
Thinking that his grandparents are on a cruise, David has Steve, Kelly and Donna come over for the weekend at his grandparent’s home in Palm Springs. There, Brenda gets lost trying to find Dylan’s hotel and ends up seeing him flirt with another girl. Back in Beverly Hills, Brandon makes friends with a young boy until he catches him stealing.
16 16 "Fame is Where You Find It" Paul Schneider Charles Rosin & Karen Rosin February 28, 1991 (1991-02-28) 2190015
Brandon is given the chance to play an extra on a popular teen soap, Keep It Together, where he makes friends with the show’s main star, Lydia Leeds, who tries to get him a recurring guest role on the series. Meanwhile, Brenda takes over for Brandon at the Peach Pit.
17 17 "Stand (Up) and Deliver" Burt Brinckerhoff Amy Spies March 7, 1991 (1991-03-07) 2190016
Andrea and Kelly have Brandon run for class president. Meanwhile, Brenda moves out of the Walsh home to live with her new friend, Sky, in her small apartment.
18 18 "It's Only a Test" Charles Braverman Darren Star March 28, 1991 (1991-03-28) 2190017

Steve and Andrea stress over their upcoming SAT testing and decide to study for the test together, but they don’t do a whole lot of studying. Brenda, after reading an article about self-exams, finds a lump in her breast and Brandon misses the SAT exam to go with Brenda to learn the results of the biopsy.

NOTE: Brian Austin Green and Douglas Emerson do not appear in this episode.
19 19 "April is the Cruelest Month" Dan Attias Steve Wasserman & Jessica Klein April 11, 1991 (1991-04-11) 2190018

As Brandon interviews Roger (Matthew Perry), the school's tennis star, he discovers that Roger's golden-boy appearance hides dark demons. When the gang gets their SAT scores back, Donna becomes deflated by her low SAT score, which reveals her learning disability.

NOTE: Brian Austin Green and Douglas Emerson do not appear in this episode.
20 20 "Spring Training" Burt Brinckerhoff Charles Rosin April 25, 1991 (1991-04-25) 2190019

Brandon and Steve coach Jim’s little league team when Jim hurts his back and cannot coach. When Brandon becomes worried about all of the pressure the young boys are under to succeed, Andrea helps Brandon by bringing in a female celebrity to give a motivational speech to the team.

NOTE: Douglas Emerson does not appear in this episode.
21 21 "Spring Dance" Darren Star Darren Star May 2, 1991 (1991-05-02) 2190020

Kelly becomes preoccupied with being named Spring Queen at the upcoming school dance and ends up hurting Steve when she asks Brandon to go with her instead. Steve, upset over not going with Kelly, gets drunk at the dance and lashes out at everyone. Meanwhile, Dylan books a room at the hotel in which the dance is taking place and Brenda decides to join him; and David enters a contest that wins him the first dance with the Spring Queen.

NOTE: The Rave-Ups make a guest appearance in this episode.
22 22 "Home Again" Charles Braverman Amy Spies May 9, 1991 (1991-05-09) 2190021

Jim tells Brandon and Brenda that the Walsh family is moving back to Minneapolis after he gets a job offer in their home state. Saddened over the news, Brandon and Brenda think that everyone is ignoring them until they walk in on their surprise going away party.

NOTE: Douglas Emerson does not appear in this episode.