Beverly Hills 90210

Here’s the thing – I was a pretty clean-cut kid. I don’t think I ever asked for much or misbehaved. The two things I really wanted most (on a superficial level) were pierced ears and to watch Beverly Hills 90210 on TV. In my household however, these two things were not allowed. Even though I didn’t watch the show, I proudly sported my white cotton t-shirt with the original cast of 90210 on it, everywhere I went. Kind of still wish I had that (and my New Kinds on the Block bed sheets).

I recently discovered HULU has the entire series of Beverly Hills 90210. Entire is actually a lie, there are random episodes missing, so in between, you have make up storylines to keep up. I decided to binge watch the show. I am finally up to season ten and my timing could not be more perfect, as I hear there is a new 90210 show in the works starring the original cast.

I am enjoying the show, soap opera really. I miss 90s fashion (which I never wore because I had to wear a uniform my entire academic career) but I can dream of midriffs and cropped tops.

Now that I watch the show with wiser eyes, I realize why dad wasn’t crazy about me watching it – premarital sex, cropped tops, extramarital affairs among other naughty bits. I can see how he would not want his impressionable young daughter to think this is how real people actually act. As an adult though, I am thoroughly enjoying it. It is my guilty pleasure!!!! Ah the joys of being an adult!!

 

I can’t find the word – is it a resurgence, a comeback or a revival? Whatever it is, I am along for the ride. The 90s are back -hardcore. It seems we’ve hit a point in culture where nothing is new – movies and TV shows are all remakes or remodeled from past- Full House,  Beverly Hills 90210, Roseanne etc. and I am seeing lots of 90s inspired clothes at Target. I even saw a Caboodle! Someone is really trying to bank on past. The media is really pushing it on us. I will not resist though, simply because it brings me joy and it doesn’t cost me anything since I can check out old books, movies, and tv shows from the library. And there is the criteria for me before choosing to invest my time in something.

When I read fiction as a child, I always enjoyed a strong lead character (still do). I can’t remember how I was introduced to the Babysitter’s Club but I remember reading quite a few of the novels, then watching the movie. I wanted to be one of these girls so bad! They were smart, independent, loyal friends and entrepreneurs. In my life, all I knew were secretaries, teachers, bankers or nurses, so the idea of being an entrepreneur sounded great to me. Maybe that’s why, for a while, I had my own photography business? Funny how some books stay with you even if they aren’t classic literature.

I wonder what’s next. Fresh Prince? Punky Brewster? I’m game!