- Starring: Courtney Thorne-Smith, Vanessa Williams (I), Grant Show
- Summary: Created by Darren Star and executive produced by Aaron Spelling, this highly successful spin-off of Beverly Hills, 90210 followed the exploits of a group of young adults from various backgrounds residing in a Los Angeles apartment complex. The show ran for 7 seasons, and it's popularity lead to the creation of various other primetime soaps, including it's own spin-off Models Inc. and similar shows including Savannah, Pacific Palisades, etc.… Expand
- Genre(s): Drama
- Show Type: Ended
- Season 1 premiere date: Jul 8, 1992
- Episode Length: 60
- Air Time: 09:00 PM
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Hey, I make fun of Melrose Place — but I'm hypnotized by it. As warm-weather escapism, it takes all the issues facing this country, from unemployment to sexual harassment, and turns them into crises that can be solved in an hour. ... The show's most glaring flaw is that, like 90210, Melrose Place doesn't have a clue how to handle minority characters.
I liked it. But not enough to watch it again. [9 Jul 1992]
It's aggressively unambitious, with a sexual harassment story line having about as much impact as a new-roommate squabble over sharing peanut butter, but it's always easy on the eyes and never consequential to the intellect. [8 July 1992, p.1D]
While Melrose's comely denizens sometimes do indicate more about human nature than a GQ or W cover, the angst and Sturm und Drang of Melrose Place's escapades basically manifest not so much as a new p.o.v. but a change in zip codes and sideburn length. [8 July 1992]
For all its soap-opera slickness, Beverly Hills 90210 manages to tap into real concerns of contemporary teens: dating, parents, friends, sex. Melrose Place thus far is tapping into nothing more than worn plot lines from The Young and the Restless.