Grading the Nu90210

When the new 90210 debuted earlier this fall I was less than impressed, but I gave it chance and watched the first three episodes. Unfortunately, it just didn’t live up to the bar set by Gossip Girl or even the overly dramatic One Tree Hill. Unlike GG and OTH, most of 90210’s young cast just didn’t seem to gel, appeared out of their depth and in the case of AnnaLynne McCord were just plain awful.

Imagine my surprise when, after being desperate for original programming over the holidays, I tuned into reruns of recent 90210 episodes and discovered that the show had improved. McCord is still awful, but the show has improved. Jessica Walter is still the best part of the show and Jessica Stroup is still the best of the young actresses, but the writing has improved and the storylines no longer feel like a toothache after eating cotton candy. The improvements might just be enough to get me to add it back to my DVR.

Now that you’ve watched the first half of 90210’s season what grade would you give the show?

Grading the Nu90210

  • F (18%, 42 Votes)
  • D (7%, 17 Votes)
  • C (31%, 73 Votes)
  • B (31%, 72 Votes)
  • A (13%, 31 Votes)

Total Voters: 235


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17 Responses

  1. Profile photo of BigDede

    The storyline about the brother wanting to discover his roots and the new cheerleader coming on is making it better. Annie still needs to stop those eye twitches.

  2. Profile photo of Regan Cellura
    Regan Cellura

    I gave it a B… mainly because I will still B watching. It’s not the original and it’s most definitely not ground breaking TV but it is watchable. Annie, is my least favorite out of the whole cast.

  3. Profile photo of east.west

    I gave it a generous D b/c of the improvement from the first 3 I watch, but it is not enough to make me tune in on a regular basis. Maybe in the summer when they do reruns?

    Oh and on an aside that AnnaLynne McCord is the definition of a “hair model”.

    I blame her and many other factors of ruining Nip/Tuck.

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    Courtney fan4life

    AnnaLynne is not that bad. Naomi is my second fav after silver. When Anna plays bitch she can really play bitch. But Silver is my fav. The worst actress I think is the girl that plays Annie. She is god AWFUL!!!! It doesn’t help that the character of Annie is the worst on the show. but bad character and bad actress together you get AWFUL!

  5. Profile photo of YRFan90

    I gave it a C, as I feel there is room for improvement.

    Though I haven’t researched it, I wonder if the episodes that did not feature either Jennie Garth (Kelly) or Shannon Doherty (Brenda) were lower than the weeks in which their characters were on screen.

    Initially I only tuned in to see throw backs to the original series. Of the new cast the characters of “Silver” and “Tabatha”, in my opinion, are the sustaining power of the show. The character of “Annie” is challenging to tolerate (also apparently the actress is challenging for her colleages to tolerate) and the character of “Naomi” is painful to view. AnnaLynne was fairly enjoyable in her role on “Nip/Tuck”, but I can’t say that I’m enjoying her on 90210.

  6. Profile photo of sodsince16

    I’m giving it a C.

    It should have been fun with a little camp edge. Like when Shannon D. commented to the new teacher’s reactions to the over-the-top homecoming – “Oh, I forgot you’re not from Beverly Hills…” There is too much strum and drom.

    My favorite 90210 memory is when they would have a public service announcement at the end of “controversial” stories. For example, Jason Priestly would come on and say, “If you want to know more about Borderline Personality Disorder please visit your local library.” My friends and I used to crack up over their very earnest acting. But, all of that fun is lost in trying to make a more sophisticated version – which does not work in modern times.

    My final verdict – it was too soon to bring it back, wait another 10 years.

  7. Profile photo of KingTV

    An “F” – for the worst piece of crap, poorly written, acted and produced television show I have seen in years.It doesn’t even deserve to share the name with the original not that it was Masterpiece Theater or anything but it was a pop-culture phenom and great, juicy, dramatic soap opera.

  8. Profile photo of soapjunkie88

    F – what a bad, bad thing on television. I think more worst is just “Knight Rider” at the moment. AnnaLynne McCord really is the definition of a hair model, the writing sucks, Grimes’ character gets on your nerves after two seconds of watching and the other stuff looks more like a try of telling a story and making a teen-soap than actually doing it.

    Specially when you watch “Gossip Girl” and “One Tree Hill”, “90210” shows how you do NOT do a teen soap.
    It’s a shame that it has a connection to the old “Beverly Hills, 90210″ … Aaron Spelling would be ashamed.

  9. Profile photo of williamjc

    I’m giving it a C for now. Jessica and Tristan are pretty much the saving grace for this show. I’ll tell you this, adding Lauren London doesn’t hurt any. If she is a permanent or even a recurring addition, then the ups the show to a B on merit…

  10. Profile photo of siomonstuart2003

    I think without Aaron’s input and creative writing, the show is being too sophisticated like GG and it is not working. Make it soapy and fun instead of strum and drumn.


  11. Profile photo of Clarissa

    I give it a B-, I got to admit I didn’t think Tristan Wilds could pull off being the charming/aggressive Brandon but he and Jessica Stroup have some great chemistry, I love Silver and Dixon. Adrianna (Jessica Lowndes is a must watch actress), Naomi, what ruined Naomi and also screwed up Annie was this triangle thing it was just ehh…now that they are moving away from it and putting these girls as enemies it’s interesting, the new brother who I bet isn’t even that and this new “cheerleader” who’s getting to touchy w/ Dixon is going to be interesting to watch.

    Right now 90210’s mistake has been the triangle sucking up screen time, not using Tristan, Jessica S. and Lowndes enough, not using Kellen (George) enough and really he would have made a better believable Ethan but that’s another story. They have new writing for 09′ I’m still watching, it has my interest, it’s not a snore Gossip Girl wasn’t this good, OTH wasn’t that hyped in season 1 and the original took until season 2 to catch on to fans, right now 90210 is not in bad shape and believe it or not highest DVR boost rating in tv so it’s catching on. With all that said there is one fault they need to fix SL continuity, you can’t tell me someone hates someone and it’s gone the next epi. let the good SL drag on to give the characters thier own personality to the viewers.

  12. Profile photo of Clarissa

    It’s been heavily backed by CW and global so I doubt it gets canceled, on top of that it’s improved in rating w/ thier target market teens. I think if you were a fan of the original and your calling for the ex. characters to be front loaded then you need to watch something else, if your in your 20’s or a teenager the show is catching your interest. BTW to respond to #15 Shenae Grimes can act people that watched Degrassi loved her, her Annie character at the beginning was being ruined w/ the triangle now the writing is getting more comprehendable she’s 19 yrs. old likely a rising star like Tristan and Jessica S. and Lowndes.

    P.S. sorry for the poster above me but it’s not getting canceled. Happy New Years.

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