In a land where everything American is fully embraced, celebrated and emulated, the birth of a contemporary, youth-oriented show that was Dawson’s Creek became an overnight sensation in the Philippines, the country I fondly call my homeland. My people have long been fascinated with American culture because in many ways it embodied boldness and mirrored a lifestyle that was far different from ours. As a result, US exports such as Sesame Street, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Hershey’s Kisses, Twinkies had infused with our own culture.
US teen sit-com Saved By the Bell was my ish back in the day. That show, made by US network NBC and syndicated to 85 countries around the world, was one of the only things that could get me out of bed on a Saturday morning as a child. Well that and my mum threatening to beat my ass if I didn’t get up and start my weekend chores. It was based on a group of six high school students who attended the fictional Bayside High in California and the shenanigans they used to get up to.
90210 is a teen drama and spin-off of popular 90s TV series Beverly Hills 90210. The show made its debut on US TV (The CW) in 2008, and hit UK screens (E4) the following year.
The plots centre around Annie (Shenae Grimes) and her adopted brother Dixon Wilson (Tristan Wilds), who move with their mum and dad from laid-back Kansas to the more fast-paced Beverly Hills. The title, is a shorter version of the original, and is taken from the city’s zipcode.