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Melrose Place - Series of the 90s

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Melrose Place - Series of the 90s

 

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A spin-off show from Beverly Hills 90210, created by Darren Star for Fox network and executive produced by Aaron Spelling for Spelling Television that aired on Fox from July 8, 1992 to May 24, 1999 for 226 episodes of 44 minutes each and seven seasons. It was the second series in the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise.

Since the debut it was an instant hit, debuting at #19 on the Nielsen ratings with a 10.3/19 share.

Set in a small apartment courtyard complex in the West Hollywood district of Los Angeles, home of several young individuals, each with their own dreams and lifestyles. Originally the show would have minor stories concluding in every episode, but when that formula proved unpopular, the writers started developing long-term storylines to evolve during the season.

Season 1 featured eight main characters: Dr. Michael Mancini (Thomas Calabro), a physician who worked at Wilshire Memorial Hospital and transformed from being a kind person and devoted husband in the fist seson to mean-spirited, adulterous villain from season 2 on. His wifeJane Mancini (Josie Bissett), was a fashion designer.

Jane's younger sister Sydney Andrews (Laura Leighton) a troublemaking, spoiled person, was upgraded to series regular for season two.

Billy Campbell (Andrew Shue), was a would-be writer adapting to life out of his parents' control.

Alison Parker (Courtney Thorne-Smith), was a receptionist at D&D Advertising.

Jake Hanson (Grant Show), a manual laborer and bad-boy biker.

Matt Fielding (Doug Savant), a gay social worker.

Rhonda Blair (Vanessa A. Williams), an aerobics instructor who left the show in the second season because her character got engaged to a wealthy restaurant businessman.

Sandy Harling (Amy Locane), a Southern belle and struggling actress who moonlights as a waitress at a bar called Shooters, the group's hangout; however Amy Locane was replaced by Daphne Zuniga as Jo Reynolds, a photographer running away from her abusive husband.

Alison's ambitious and merciless boss Amanda Woodward (Heather Locklear), was promoted to series regular status in the second season, although she was always billed as a "special guest star," she remained with the show through the end of the series.

Recurring Dr. Kimberly Shaw (Marcia Cross), became a series regular by the end of the second season.

The show had many more cast changes during the run and Thomas Calabro was the only original cast member to remain on the series throughout its entire run.

When the initial formula of looking at the lives of a group of well-meaning, attractive young people failed to get high ratings, writers introduced conflict in the form of less moral characters and more outrageous storylines, resulting in ratings improvements. If in the early seasons unusual things like characters coming back from the dead, multiple personalities, a bomb destroying the apartment complex; by the end of Season 4, storylines started being more grounded and realistic.

Maybe not as popular as its parent show, Beverly Hills 90210, however this series have their part in the history of television of the 90s.

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