BH90210 Premiere: Wait, Was That Actually Good?!?

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Beverly Hills, 90210 has been rebooted on Fox.

Or has it been revived?

Or maybe erased from memory and started all over again by most of the original cast members?

The 90210 Gang is All Here

It's difficult to assess what we just watched premiere on Wednesday night -- but we're pretty sure we liked it a lot.

BH90210 brought Gabrielle Carteris, Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Ian Ziering, Jason Priestley, Brian Austin Green and Shannen Doherty back on screen together for the first time in about 30 years.

But the stars didn't portray the characters that made them famous way back in the early 1990s.

Instead, they portrayed heightened versions of themselves, flying into Las Vegas for a Beverly Hills, 90210 reunion and starring in a meta mockumentary that was actually pretty funny at even revealing at times.

How so? Well... 

Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth

The Tori Spelling played by Tori Spelling on this new series has six kids, a handful of reality shows on her resume, a husband who doesn't work and serious financial issues.

Tori Spelling in real life has five kids, a handful of reality shows on her resume, a husband who doesn't work and serious financial issues.

Get it now?

The version of Jennie Garth fans watched on the premiere has been married three times and gets really annoyed by how everyone only refers to her as Kelly Taylor.

Jennie Garth in real life is on her third marriage and has never been able to shed the iconic skin of this character, never really breaking out in any role since.

da bag

Brian Austin Green on the show is a stay-at-home father, married to a gorgeous and famous singer; the only thing anyone wants to talk to him about is  his wife and he hasn't acted in years.

Brian Austin Green in real  life is married to Megan Fox and hasn't acted in years.

You can see the pattern now, right?

These jokes and many of these fictional/non-fictional tidbits may not have been obvious to all viewers, but the premiere was full of other jokes regarding the original series and was also just simply funny at times without delving into the meta narratives.


To continue along this theme, however:

Jason Priestley on the series was a moderately successful television director who is still best remembered for playing Brandon Walsh and who seems a little annoyed by that fact. 

Jason Priestley in real life is, well.... exactly the same.

Ian Ziering on the series is married to a gorgeous blonde who is trying out for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and with whom he's trying to build a career off a personalized, hashtag-themed workout book.

In real life? Ziering was married for five years to a former Playmate of the Month.

Gabrielle Carteris, who portrayed a high school student while she was in her 30s, just became a grandmother on the new show, while the real-life feud between Garth and Shannen Doherty continued on air.

The premiere concluded on two notes, one intriguing and one heartbreaking.

First, Doherty decided to fly to Los Angeles (from Africa, where she had been rescuing tigers) in order to join her ex-co-stars in an attempt to revive Beverly Hills, 90210 as a show-within-the-show.


Second, the reboot/revival paid tribute to Luke Perry, who tragically died from a stroke earlier this year.

The final scene was from a very early episode of the original; it featured Perry as Dylan and Priestley as Brandon and it depicted the charactes pulling up to the beach in a car.

"Welcome to paradise, man. Welcome to your dream come true," said Perry as the premiere cut to black.

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