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    Some sad news for us of the ever-aging Generation-X clique with the passing of actor Luke Perry at the age of 52. Perry of course shot to fame by portraying the brooding and wealthy Dylan McKay on the 1990s hit show Beverly Hills, 90210. It can probably be said that the suspenseful buildup of McKay's relationship with a mob chieftain's daughter that culminated in the episode "One Wedding and a Funeral" in November of 1995 may have been television at its finest. The classic episode also marked his departure from the show until he would make his return three years later for the final year and half run of the drama.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IUP CRIMSON HAWKS View Post
    Some sad news for us of the ever-aging Generation-X clique with the passing of actor Luke Perry at the age of 52. Perry of course shot to fame by portraying the brooding and wealthy Dylan McKay on the 1990s hit show Beverly Hills, 90210. It can probably be said that the suspenseful buildup of McKay's relationship with a mob chieftain's daughter that culminated in the episode "One Wedding and a Funeral" in November of 1995 may have been television at its finest. The classic episode also marked his departure from the show until he would make his return three years later for the final year and half run of the drama.

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    He was far and away the best actor on 90210. Not even close. Like it or not, that was an incredibly popular, powerful, influential and fairly cutting edge show. They were the first to really tackle the drama of that age group -- drugs, sex, etc., on network televison.

    I actually just watched him on Oz last week.

    He also had by all reports the anti-Hollywood persona and was very well-liked.

    One of the celeb tweets today said that no matter who else was in the building, he was always the coolest guy in the room.

    Gone way too soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post
    He was far and away the best actor on 90210. Not even close. Like it or not, that was an incredibly popular, powerful, influential and fairly cutting edge show. They were the first to really tackle the drama of that age group -- drugs, sex, etc., on network televison.

    I actually just watched him on Oz last week.

    He also had by all reports the anti-Hollywood persona and was very well-liked.

    One of the celeb tweets today said that no matter who else was in the building, he was always the coolest guy in the room.

    Gone way too soon.
    I agree that he really did have some acting chops about him. I think the whole Dylan loves Antonia Marchette but wants to kill her father for killing his father and her father wants to kill him was the perfect chance for him to display his vast abilities as an actor. Truly unforgettable bunch of episodes!

    I really loved the show and watched it for its entire ten-year run, although I probably should have had my head checked for watching the last several seasons which lacked any of the real substance that the show once had about it. You are correct----90210 did touch a lot of relevant issues that were being experienced by teens and college-aged people at that time. I was an undergrad when it first came on and instantly could relate to it so easily.

    Yeah, he seemed to have the rep of being a very down to earth person who never bought into the hype and glitter of Hollywood nor his own stardom. I believe that he grew up in small town Ohio--- so maybe that helped.

    He will be missed!

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    I have really liked his work on 8 Seconds, Jeremiah, and Riverdale.

    Luke will be missed.

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    I was in 5th or 6th grade when 90210 premiered and by the time I got to junior high it was THE show. All the girls talked non stop about it and us boys all watched though we didn’t admit it until we realized that it impressed the girls if we could have a conversation about the show. I lost interest when most of the original cast had left, Dylan being the final straw. Then I got to college and Dawson’s Creek was all the rage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Norris View Post
    I was in 5th or 6th grade when 90210 premiered and by the time I got to junior high it was THE show. All the girls talked non stop about it and us boys all watched though we didn’t admit it until we realized that it impressed the girls if we could have a conversation about the show. I lost interest when most of the original cast had left, Dylan being the final straw. Then I got to college and Dawson’s Creek was all the rage.
    Johnny Mox stole the show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Norris View Post
    I was in 5th or 6th grade when 90210 premiered and by the time I got to junior high it was THE show. All the girls talked non stop about it and us boys all watched though we didn’t admit it until we realized that it impressed the girls if we could have a conversation about the show. I lost interest when most of the original cast had left, Dylan being the final straw. Then I got to college and Dawson’s Creek was all the rage.
    Yes. My wife grew up without cable and out of reach for a Fox channel so 90210 was foreign to her but she still knew about it because it was a cultural phenomenon for teens. I remember vividly early in the show's run when a main character was killed by suicide. That wasn't a thing back then and certainly wasn't the norm given the show's target demographic (but if you think about it - classic Aaron Spelling). We talked yesterday about how Luke Perry basically brought long sideburns back...and the show essentially set the men's fashion standard of the 90s: swoopy hair, long sideburns & full goatee, baggy shirt partially unbuttoned with a t-shirt underneath. I remember being 12 and even though I didn't watch the show saw Jason Priestley's character as what a guy should look like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fightingscot82 View Post
    Yes. My wife grew up without cable and out of reach for a Fox channel so 90210 was foreign to her but she still knew about it because it was a cultural phenomenon for teens. I remember vividly early in the show's run when a main character was killed by suicide. That wasn't a thing back then and certainly wasn't the norm given the show's target demographic (but if you think about it - classic Aaron Spelling). We talked yesterday about how Luke Perry basically brought long sideburns back...and the show essentially set the men's fashion standard of the 90s: swoopy hair, long sideburns & full goatee, baggy shirt partially unbuttoned with a t-shirt underneath. I remember being 12 and even though I didn't watch the show saw Jason Priestley's character as what a guy should look like.
    I believe that it was an accidental shooting rather than a suicide IIRC. I believe the episode was entitled "The Next 50 Years" and it was a very strong one from the fall of 1991.

    I recall growing the Dylan and Brandon sideburns while an undergrad at IUP. It certainly became a popular look at the time.

    Jason Priestly is certainly a worthy mention as it was him and Luke Perry who really powered this show and launched it into the stratosphere. As I recall it--- the first season of 1990-91 the ratings were very so-so and I believe it was on the bubble of whether or not it would return. Fox tried a new concept and ran a half-dozen or so summer episodes and the show just exploded in popularity overnight. It was really crazy. A total popular culture phenomenon was born. It was like the Beatles coming to America again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IUP CRIMSON HAWKS View Post
    A total popular culture phenomenon was born. It was like the Beatles coming to America again.
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    I was watching when the Beatles came to America but I never watched one episode of Zip Code 90210 When I was in high school we watched Welcome Back Kotter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iupgroundhog View Post
    I was watching when the Beatles came to America but I never watched one episode of Zip Code 90210 When I was in high school we watched Welcome Back Kotter.
    Same here. Never seen the show. I watched Room 222 and a show on 1313 Mockingbird Lane called The Munsters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IUP CRIMSON HAWKS View Post
    I believe that it was an accidental shooting rather than a suicide IIRC. I believe the episode was entitled "The Next 50 Years" and it was a very strong one from the fall of 1991.

    I recall growing the Dylan and Brandon sideburns while an undergrad at IUP. It certainly became a popular look at the time.

    Jason Priestly is certainly a worthy mention as it was him and Luke Perry who really powered this show and launched it into the stratosphere. As I recall it--- the first season of 1990-91 the ratings were very so-so and I believe it was on the bubble of whether or not it would return. Fox tried a new concept and ran a half-dozen or so summer episodes and the show just exploded in popularity overnight. It was really crazy. A total popular culture phenomenon was born. It was like the Beatles coming to America again.

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    The ladies didn't hurt, either. Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post
    The ladies didn't hurt, either. Lol.
    Yeah, Jennie Garth as Kelly Taylor=Hubba!

    I think I have the first couple of seasons of 90210 on DVD. The problem with the DVDs of the show is that they did not include the original music on them since they were too cheap to buy the rights to it. It kind of really takes away from some powerful scenes in places.

    Did any of you old Dinosaurs watch The Big Valley back in the day. My fave western by a country mile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IUP CRIMSON HAWKS View Post
    Yeah, Jennie Garth as Kelly Taylor=Hubba!

    I think I have the first couple of seasons of 90210 on DVD. The problem with the DVDs of the show is that they did not include the original music on them since they were too cheap to buy the rights to it. It kind of really takes away from some powerful scenes in places.

    Did any of you old Dinosaurs watch The Big Valley back in the day. My fave western by a country mile.

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    A lot of big bands in the 90s got their huge break on the show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post
    A lot of big bands in the 90s got their huge break on the show.
    I believe it was the season one episode entitled "Spring Dance" that the Pittsburgh area band the Rave-Ups were prominently featured. Do you recall them at all?

    Another Pittsburgh-90210 connection is the younger hit man from the aforementioned "One Wedding and a Funeral" ep actually graduated from a Pittsburgh area high school. I had a chance years back to actually talk to him via email. He was a really cool, bright and engaging dude who provided some great insights on that time in the show. I'm not even sure I recall his name now----Chris Durmick??? Wish I still had those emails now that I am thinking about the show again. I think he may have gone to Chartiers Valley but that would be just a guess at this point in time. I recall that he was still a huge Steelers fan even though he was out on the left coast. I don't think he ever made it to being a big star or anything to the best of my knowledge. Maybe I'll look him up here now that I'm thinking about it.

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    90210 was a must see TV show back then. Don't know too many that didn't watch it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IUP CRIMSON HAWKS View Post
    Yeah, Jennie Garth as Kelly Taylor=Hubba!

    I think I have the first couple of seasons of 90210 on DVD. The problem with the DVDs of the show is that they did not include the original music on them since they were too cheap to buy the rights to it. It kind of really takes away from some powerful scenes in places.

    Did any of you old Dinosaurs watch The Big Valley back in the day. My fave western by a country mile.

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    Watched the Big Valley. Who knew the Six Million Dollar Man was once a cowboy? I was a Wild Wild West fan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony33 View Post
    90210 was a must see TV show back then. Don't know too many that didn't watch it.
    That is probably true but I think it's a generational thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iupgroundhog View Post
    That is probably true but I think it's a generational thing.
    It was a glorified soap opera of sorts but it played to a massive age demographic. It was the rare show that was must-see TV for, I'd say, ages 13 to 39.

    It glamorized a life so few know ... Beverly Hills, and showed in some instances their lives were as jacked up as everybody else's.

    Put it this way, in the male dorms at IUP in that era ... it would be on a massive percent of TVs every Wednesday night. It set trends in fashion, music, etc.

    Ray Pruitt got a bad deal and Joe may have won the Heisman. And, Valerie was by far the best. That's my two cents.

    Another oddity is very few of the cast ... which had A-list status for a long run ... ever did much else in Hollywood. Nothing near that star power, anyway. It was a real lightning in a bottle show and it had a great run. It led the way for many of today's shows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post
    It was a glorified soap opera of sorts but it played to a massive age demographic. It was the rare show that was must-see TV for, I'd say, ages 13 to 39.

    It glamorized a life so few know ... Beverly Hills, and showed in some instances their lives were as jacked up as everybody else's.

    Put it this way, in the male dorms at IUP in that era ... it would be on a massive percent of TVs every Wednesday night. It set trends in fashion, music, etc.

    Ray Pruitt got a bad deal and Joe may have won the Heisman. And, Valerie was by far the best. That's my two cents.

    Another oddity is very few of the cast ... which had A-list status for a long run ... ever did much else in Hollywood. Nothing near that star power, anyway. It was a real lightning in a bottle show and it had a great run. It led the way for many of today's shows.
    That's a pretty good synopsis of the show there. I always had to laugh at Joe being a PAC-10 QB. What was he---5-9, 150 lbs? LOL.


    Some of my fave eps and moments from the show---

    -One Wedding and a Funeral-- just WOW! Incredible story and buildup. Luke Perry, Rebecca Gayheart and Stanley Kamel shined!

    -Spring Dance- Dylan nails Brenda but they all forgot Steve's birthday. Kelly crowned queen but she was into her own trip.

    -Something in the Air- Donna Martin Graduates! Enough said.

    -Home Again- Home is where the heart is not the bigger paycheck is.

    -One on One- Brandon as a big school hoops player even though he was only 5-8. LOL.

    -All the Summer eps- Fun and sun at the Beverly Hills Beach Club. But isn't BH land-locked? Oh, well.

    -A Walsh Family Christmas- Festive!

    -Commencement- the gang hijacks the Hollywood sign. Really only the last 20 minutes were good of the two-parter.

    -The Next 50 Years- Rather moving and powerful scene with David blowing up at Brandon with Knockin' on Heaven's Door blaring.

    -Time Has Come Today- The gang flashback to 1968. Funny as heck and historically very sound.

    -Brandon Leaves- The ep really sucked but the last scene of Brandon driving off into the California night was powerful.


    Characters I liked were Brandon, Dylan, Kelly, Steve, Nat, and Donna along with the Walsh parents. David was okay. Didn't care for Brenda, Val, Andrea, Colin, Gina, and just about anyone else they cast after say season four.

    How about this R. Kelly guy? He's plain freakin' nuts! Quite an interview he just did. LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IUP CRIMSON HAWKS View Post
    That's a pretty good synopsis of the show there. I always had to laugh at Joe being a PAC-10 QB. What was he---5-9, 150 lbs? LOL.


    Some of my fave eps and moments from the show---

    -One Wedding and a Funeral-- just WOW! Incredible story and buildup. Luke Perry, Rebecca Gayheart and Stanley Kamel shined!

    -Spring Dance- Dylan nails Brenda but they all forgot Steve's birthday. Kelly crowned queen but she was into her own trip.

    -Something in the Air- Donna Martin Graduates! Enough said.

    -Home Again- Home is where the heart is not the bigger paycheck is.

    -One on One- Brandon as a big school hoops player even though he was only 5-8. LOL.

    -All the Summer eps- Fun and sun at the Beverly Hills Beach Club. But isn't BH land-locked? Oh, well.

    -A Walsh Family Christmas- Festive!

    -Commencement- the gang hijacks the Hollywood sign. Really only the last 20 minutes were good of the two-parter.

    -The Next 50 Years- Rather moving and powerful scene with David blowing up at Brandon with Knockin' on Heaven's Door blaring.

    -Time Has Come Today- The gang flashback to 1968. Funny as heck and historically very sound.

    -Brandon Leaves- The ep really sucked but the last scene of Brandon driving off into the California night was powerful.


    Characters I liked were Brandon, Dylan, Kelly, Steve, Nat, and Donna along with the Walsh parents. David was okay. Didn't care for Brenda, Val, Andrea, Colin, Gina, and just about anyone else they cast after say season four.

    How about this R. Kelly guy? He's plain freakin' nuts! Quite an interview he just did. LOL.

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    Man, you were a 90210 machine.

    I'm actually getting caught up on two other famous shows of that era. I just completed the Sopranos, start to finish (in order) for the first time. After that I watched Oz (in order). I didn't watch either when they were actually 'on' TV. Both were worth the wait.

    The Sooranos was just incredible. I even loved the final, controversial, episode. Oz, however, is just on a different level of ... wow. Dorothy never wanted to visit that Emerald City.

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