Reality meets soap opera meets hilarious satire as the 90s cult teen soap Beverly Hills, 90210 is revived as BH90210. The tongue-in-cheek limited series was conceptualised by co-stars and friends Jenny Garth and Tori Spelling, and season one has somehow proven to be both everything and nothing fans expected when the rumours of a reunion initially started flying around. What it definitely is though, is fun! We’ve got the lowdown on everything you need to know about the ultimate 90s throwback.

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While at its heart the show ultimately remains a reboot, the concept is much quirkier and out-of-the-box than what we’ve seen from similar revivals. The actors are playing themselves, but not exact versions, which leaves room for plenty of drama in the shape of affairs, steamy sexual tension between castmates (much to the delight of die-hard fans), even the threat of a deranged stalker. Garth and Spelling told US Weekly that the show is really an excuse for "everyone to make fun of themselves."

When does it take place?

The cast find themselves reunited while celebrating the 30th anniversary of the original Beverly Hills, 90210 at a disappointing Las Vegas reunion. Although the event goes laughably wrong, it does lead the stars to realise that a reboot of the show that played such a crucial role in their youth actually might just be the best thing to revive the humdrum middle-aged phase of their lives.

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Who’s back?

Seven core actors at the heart of the show are regulars Brian Austin Green, Gabrielle Carteris, Ian Ziering, Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Garth and Spelling all portraying dramatised versions of themselves. In various ways, everyone experiences a slight degree of disillusionment at the way their lives have turned out, and the chance to recapture some of the magic that they experienced as part of the original show is just too good to pass up. And we can’t forget about the famous hangout The Peach Pit – which has received a bit of a face-lift and a new location.

Who’s missing?

Sadly, Luke Perry passed away during the early stages of the show’s negotiations, but the shock of his loss might actually have brought the cast together in a way that they never planned. Doherty admitted that at the time of his passing she was not yet convinced that the reboot was a good idea, but it made her realise that it would be a good way honour the memory of their good friend, and that it was the right thing to do.

Another glaring absence is Tiffani Amber Thiessen (who played the role of Valerie Malone). Having joined the show after Doherty infamously departed early, fans have speculated whether her exclusion might be related to more Doherty-drama, but Thiessen told Entertainment Weekly that the reboot clashed with the filming of the third season of her Netflix show Alexa & Katie, and she wished the gang all the best. Fingers crossed they’ll work something out for season 2!

Cool cameos

A host of famous faces appear as the cast members’ fictional spouses, with pop personality La La Anthony as Austin Green’s hip-hip star wife Shay, and Vanessa Lachey as Camille, Priestly’s hotshot Hollywood publicist wife.

Trailers have also hinted at an appearance by Christine Elise (troublemaker Emily Valentine),

and Real Housewives alum Denise Richards as herself. And to top off the nostalgia, Carol Potter, who played the Walsh matriarch Cindy Walsh, also appears as herself. But she’s a therapist who the group turn to when things get hard – the actress’ real-life role.

Confused yet? Don’t be – sit back, hum along to the original catchy theme song and enjoy the show! It’s tongue-in-cheek fun with a good dose of Hollywood nostalgia.

Watch BH90210 Saturdays on M-Net (101) at 20:00

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