This, the longest-running show produced by Spelling, aired slightly longer than Dynasty.
It is the first of five television series in the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise and follows the lives of a group of friends living in the upscale and star-studded community of Beverly Hills, California as they transition from high school to college and into the adult world.
The "90210" in the title refers to one of the city's five ZIP codes.
The initial premise of the show was based on the adjustment and culture shock that twins Brandon (Jason Priestley) and Brenda Walsh (Shannen Doherty) experienced when they and their parents, Jim (James Eckhouse) and Cindy (Carol Potter) moved from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Beverly Hills.
Spelling auditioned for her father's new teen drama, Beverly Hills, 90210, under the alias Tori Mitchell.
By June 2008, Spelling and Mc Dermott's show was in its third season under the new name Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood.
In addition to Spelling, actors Gabrielle Carteris, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Brian Austin Green, Luke Perry, Jason Priestley and Ian Ziering all became teen idols.
Spelling stayed on the show for its entirety, appearing from 1990 until the show's tenth season in 2000.
The series begins with the introduction of the Walsh family—Jim, Cindy, Brandon, and Brenda—who have recently moved from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Beverly Hills, California as a result of Jim's job promotion.
In the first episode, Brandon and Brenda begin attending West Beverly Hills High School, where they befriend several classmates: the self-centered and promiscuous Kelly Taylor, carefree and spoiled Steve Sanders, smart and driven Andrea Zuckerman, ditzy and virtuous Donna Martin, brooding loner Dylan Mc Kay, and younger and naive students David Silver and Scott Scanlon.