7 Facts You Didn't Know About Beverly Hills 90210

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Bust out the bangs and the Nirvana CDs! Because we're going way back to a time before Mulder had Scully and before Frasier had Daphne. Back to the beginning of the last decade of the 20th century.

It's difficult to look back the 90s without mentioning Beverly Hills, 90210. The show ran for 10 seasons from 1990-2000.

It led us through our awkward transition from Paula Abdul to NSYNC. And it became a pop culture icon in the process. If you're a 90210 fan, you might think you know all the scoop about this iconic 90s brand.

But we've got a few little tidbits that may stump you in a West Bev trivia contest. Check out these 7 facts you didn't know about Beverly Hills, 90210

1. Tori Spelling Auditioned Under Another Name

Did we say Tori Spelling? We meant Tori Mitchell. At least, that's the name she used at her audition.

The actress knew that her famous father, Aaron Spelling, was producing the show. But according to the casting directors, they had no idea she was his daughter when she auditioned for the role of Andrea. 

They thought she would be a better fit as Donna, and the rest is history!

2. The Show Got Some "Summer Lovin'"

The show's first season, which began airing in the fall of 1990, wasn't a big hit with the audience. But the executives at Fox weren't giving up so fast. They made a bold move to start the show's second season in July of 1991.

Airing a show during the summer wasn't a normal thing to do at the time. Most shows ran reruns through the summer and started their new seasons in the fall. 

That decision made big waves with the teenagers they were trying to reach. And fans of the show spread like wildfire after that. The number of viewers doubled after season 2.

3. Andrea was a Little Long-In-the-Tooth for High School

It might not surprise you to learn that most of the cast members were older than the characters they played. But it might surprise you how old some of them were.

Gabrielle Carteris played Andrea Zuckerman, the studious editor of the school newspaper. Andrea's age when the show first aired - 16. Gabrielle's age - 29!

She wasn't the only one who was a little too old for pep rallies. Ian Ziering, who played Steve Sanders, was 28 at the time of casting. And Luke Perry was 24 when he took on the role of Dylan McKay.

4. Aaron Spelling Couldn't Control Tori, But He Could Control Donna

Donna Martin was the most virginal of the bunch. And that's not a coincidence. 

Tori Spelling got the role by auditioning under an alias. But even she admits that her father may have had something to do with it. 

The writing staff often had to start their pitch meetings with a report on Donna's character. Aaron always wanted the scoop even when she wasn't part of the main plot. The fact that she remained a virgin the longest could have been due to Aaron's desire to protect his daughter. 

5. It Was a Dramatic Drama

The show was a teenage drama. But there was plenty going on behind the scenes too. Both good and bad. 

The cast was notorious for hooking up with each other, both on and off the air. When Tiffany Theissen came on board in the show's 5th season, she and Brian Austin Green were already a couple. And both Jason Priestley and Tori Spelling admitted to having off-screen flings with their costars.

And then there was the rumor-laden departure Shannen Doherty. Shannen played Brenda Walsh, one of the shows most important characters. According to reports, there was an actual physical altercation between Shannen and fellow star, Jennie Garth. 

When Jason Priestley left the show during the 9th season, they sent him on his way without much attention. The actor noted that he finished his scene, packed up his box, and left the stage. Considering the big role he played in the success of the show, that says a lot about the set dynamics.

6. Tiffani Theissen Couldn't Roll a Joint

When Tiffani joined the cast, she played the "bad" girl Valerie Malone. And being cast as a bad girl comes with some special skill requirements. They asked her to roll a joint using only one hand. 

Valerie may have had some mad joint-rolling skills, but Tiffani did not. She admitted defeat and they had to bring in an extra to roll the joint for her. In the scene, the hand rolling the joint belongs to a hand model and not to Tiffani Theissen!

7. 90210 Almost Didn't Make the Cut

Beverly Hills, 90210 was the birth child of Darren Star who turned out to be one of the most prominent television producers in history. His list of successful shows includes Melrose Place and Sex and the City

Darren was born in Potomac, MD. And he based the characters after his high school experience in Potomac. The original name of the show was Potomac, 20854. 

Eventually, they decided that the show would work better in a better-known area of the country. They opted to go with Beverly Hills and chose one of its 5 zip codes to go along with the title. Without this change, you probably wouldn't know 90210 from any other zip code!

The Legacy of Beverly Hills, 90210

In the realm of binge-worthy television shows, Beverly Hills, 90210 ranks right up there with the best of them. If you haven't added this to your Hulu watch list, it's time to do so!

These are a few tidbits about the shows behind-the-scene dynamics. Hopefully, this will help you get the victory at any 90210 trivia party!

And now that you know the juicy details, it's time to get your very own 90210 gear! Check out our CBS Classic TV section for your very own Brenda and Dylan's t-shirt. Every 90s fan needs one!


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