As we were flipping through the channels last night, I got to see the reunion show for one of my all time favorites: Beverly Hills 90210. (Try to suppress your laughter!) I've already seen this reunion, and as poorly done as it was - I had to watch it again. Because I just loved the series while it was on....and yes - I was crushed when it was over. I literally hung onto every second of the series finale because I couldn't believe it was actually going to be over.
While I was 5 years older then this group, (although I think most of the actors might have actually been older than me!) they were a definite reflection of things that were going on and that people in my generation were facing - even us normal type people -outside of the 90210 zipcode. Overdramatic - sure. Sugarcoated and glossy- absolutely. But it still addressed real topics and kept it dramatic and interesting without being too dramatic for the younger viewing audiences that it had attracted.
I had my crushes. First it was Steve....then it was bad boy Dylan...and then, as I matured - I liked "nice guy" Brandon. I had the girls I loved - and the ones I loved to hate. YES, I hated Brenda. But, at the same time.... when I knew she was going to get her heart stomped on by her best friend and her boyfriend, I couldn't help but cheer her on when she confronted them and wrote them off. How could I not relate to her having her heart broken? I ripped up my "I hate Brenda" membership card and cheered her on. I did end up disliking her again...but I knew her presence was shortlived, and so I moved on as well.
Donna was a doll - and I loved that she ended up marrying David. And Kelly and Dylan after all that time, did belong together. I love a happy ending, and 90210 gave that to me.
I wasn't a GENX'er....But I was the 90210 generation. And I still try to catch every rerun that I can. :)