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Years: 2010, 2011
Genre: TV series, Drama
Country: United States
Starring: Shenae Grimes, AnnaLynne McCord, Jessica Stroup, Tristan Wilds, Ryan Eggold, Michael Steger, Lori Loughlin, Matt Lanter, Jessica Lowndes, Gillian Zinser
Eye candy: Lowndes, Grimes, McCord, Stroup, Loughlin, Sara Foster Creators: Rob Thomas, Gabe Sachs, Jeff Judah
Run time: 15 hours, 5 minutes
DVD distributor: Paramount Home Entertainment
90210 continues to be a flashy, shiny, overproduced show about “high school” kids who attend a “high school” and strive to have as little substance and realism as possible in their every day lives. The show continues to focus on hot babes who spend as much time in underwear and bikinis as possible, and have a lot more sex than most of the high school kids I knew when I was once a high school kid. Then again, I was a high school kid at the age of 14, not 27.
For some reason, this show wants to insist on following a strict chronological progression – it presumably started in the sophomore year of most of the stars, and now they are in senior year. Shenae Grimes is 21. AnnaLynne McCord and Jessica Stroup are both 24. Jessica Lowndes is 22, Gillian Zinser is 25, and the dead-sexy Lori Loughlin is 47. Every one of them is too old, and too hot, to be a plausible high school student.
So why bother? Why bother pretending that the school years are progressing in synch with the seasons of the show? Next year, they will still be too old and too hot to be plausible first-year college students. Maybe ten years from now, when they are 30-somethings making their way up corporate ladders and dealing with the fact that they are too old for the pop-star-and-modelling businesses, it won’t matter. Until then, I long for the (relative) realism of Degrassi.
I hate to down on a show just because it has a bunch of hot babes. Hot babes should be great for a show, and make me want to watch. But when a 25-year-old hottie is playing a 16-year-old hottie, there’s something vaguely creepy about ogling her on television. And since that’s about the only thing I can get out of 90210, I have to give the thumbs-down to the third season, which hits DVD August 30th from Paramount Home Entertainment.