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Western Animation: Beverly Hills Teens
Girls, Glitz, Glamour

"Come live your fantasy in Beverly Hills
Come on and make your dreams come true.
And there's a teen club in Beverly Hills
So many things that we can do!

Ever wondered what Beverly Hills 90210note  would be like if it was animated and didn't take itself so seriously? Well that actually happened. Actually, aside from the city and the teenagers, this show didn't have much in common with that other show. This has far more in common with Dynasty, Richie Rich and the fun, excessive side of the 1980s: being rich, popular, and totally radical (the cocaine abuse and fear of catching AIDS, fortunately, weren't present). Just about everything So Bad, It's Good of that decade was featured on that show, as long as it was G-Rated. But that still left room for a lot.

What was it about? Well, it's about teenagers living in Beverly Hills. There wasn't much of a plot, as the show was almost a Sitcom with a very thin plot. Basically, it's better to just understand the characters.

Characters include:
  • Bianca Dupree the raven-haired Rich Bitch of the group. Has a poodle named Empress.
  • Blaze Summers A cowgirl and a tomboy.
  • Buck Huckster A guy who always wears his shades, and thinks he's a business genius.
  • Chester McTech A boy genius with a crush on both Bianca and Larke.
  • Gig A burgeoning rock star, with either a British or Aussie accent.
  • Jett A Valley Girl who is part of Gig's band.
  • Larke Tanner A sweet blonde who Bianca sees as her rival (particularly over Troy). She has a cat named Tiara.
  • Nikki Darling An aspiring actress and fashionista.
  • Pierce Thorndyke III A self-centered Casanova Wannabe with an American posh accent.
  • Jillian Thorndyke Pierce's younger sister, who tries to act more adult than some of the other cast.
  • Radley the Surfer Dude.
  • Shanelle Spencer the Token Minority, and the most level headed of the group.
  • Brenda, aka Switchboard the gossip hound of the group.
  • Tara Belle a Southern Belle, although she acts more demure and naive than she actually is.
  • Troy Jeffries Larke's boyfriend, although every other girl is basically his Unwanted Harem.
  • Wilshire Brentwood Bianca's chauffeur, but is so in love with her, that he's willing to be her Extreme Doormat (save for certain instances).

Take those characters, and mix and match with any appropriate Sitcom plot you can imagine, and you get a show that's more enjoyable than it has any right to be.

The whole series is now on two budget DVD boxsets courtesy of Mill Creek Entertainment.

This show provides examples of:

  • Absentee Actor: Presumably the case with episodes 31 and 32, where Blaze and Bianca (both voiced by Terri Hawkes) are either absent or have no speaking role.
  • Adorkable: Chester and Wilshire.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of 80's decadence and greed.
  • All Just a Dream: "Fairy Tale Flake Out" and the appropriately titled "Bianca's Dream".
  • Alpha Bitch: Who else but Bianca?
  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle: At the end of the Weight Woe episode ("Diet, Please"), there is a warning not to try this kind of regimen and diet at home without consulting a doctor.
  • Animal Jingoism: Empress and Tiara.
  • Animation Bump: A handful of episodes and the intro were done by a Japanese company, and it shows.
  • Animesque: About less than half of the episodes are animated this way. The rest, however...
  • Attention Whore: Bianca and Nikki.
  • Awesome Mc Cool Name: Blaze Summers, among other examples.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Every single character is ridiculously cute and/or attractive.
  • Betty and Veronica: Larke and Bianca for Troy
  • Bizarre and Improbable Golf Game: One where Pierce attempts to throw off Troy by coughing. After a bit of Pinball Projectile, the ball goes straight into the hole.
  • Blunder Correcting Impulse: There is a variation in an episode where Jett quits the band. In the end, the rest of the gang take her to Gig's solo concert. Seeing how badly he manages without her, she goes back. As she says "I can't handle all this humiliation. Even when it's someone I despise".
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Bianca at the end of Downhill Racer.
  • Broke Episode: Happened to Tara in one episode, when some long lost relative showed up and claimed the family fortune. Of course, by the end of the episode, it turned out to be a scam.
  • Burning with Anger: Nicci in "Scene Stealer".
  • Butt Monkey: Bianca (by her plans always failing), Wilshire, Pierce, and to a lesser extent Switchboard.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Bianca. Several of her successful attempts to sabotage Larke during a competition are actually seen by the judges as an original touch deserving a first place.
  • Chick Magnet: Troy.
  • Child Prodigy: Chester
  • Circling Birdies: Pierce experiences these after a fall, as seen here. Gig and Wilshire get the circling stars variety in other episodes.
  • City Mouse: Bianca and Pierce
  • Completely Different Title: Known as BéCéBéGé in France.note 
  • Cool, but Impractical: Bianca gives Troy a set of pure gold golf clubs. Everyone soon finds out they are way too heavy to be practical.
  • Crying Wolf: Switchboard in Nothing But Gossip.
  • Dating Service Disaster: Two episodes are centered around Chester using a computer for that. The results... Well, it actually works out the first time, but only 50/50.
  • Depending on the Writer: Wilshire can go from desperately wanting Bianca to love him back or just being happy with her abusing him.
  • A Dog Ate My Homework: There is an episode with that name, although it's actually a subversion (the excuse is true, not used, and it's not a paper, but a floppy which is ruined).
  • Doomed New Clothes: The gold lamé pants and silk cape ensemble Bianca tried to wear to a photo shoot.
  • Double Entendre: Maybe not intentional, but a question about why boys aren't home "polishing their limos" is hard to take literally in the middle of the night.
  • Drama Queen: Nikki, an aspiring actress.
  • Dresses the Same: At a costume party, Bianca and Larke wear similar outfits. When they got new outfits, those were still similar.
  • Eek, a Mouse!!: Happens in "Hold the Anchovies". To both Larke and Tiara. Well, they both recover quickly enough.
  • The Eighties
  • '80s Hair: Almost everyone, some more than others, with Jett having the poofiest, with Gig coming close.
  • El Spanish O: Buck Huckster attempts that when speaking to the mayor of Pompei (he wants to buy the city to use as a stage set). He hangs up and says "I don't believe this guy. He doesn't even speak Italian."
  • Enemy Mine/Eviler Than Thou: "Death Valley 500", to an extent, where all the teens, including Bianca, are competing against another team. A team fully willing to cause potentially lethal incidents, something that gave Bianca a My God, What Have I Done? moment in an earlier episode.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: Happens frequently.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry
  • Evil Twin: "A Splitting Image".
  • Expy: Larke and Bianca resemble the original Betty and Veronica.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Don't expect Bianca to succeed. Ever.
  • Fairy Tale Episode: The Dog Ate My Homework. Chester sure makes a good fairy godmother.
    • Also literally done in "Fairy Tale Fake Out".
  • Fake Band: Jett and Gig's group. Gig plays guitar, Jett plays keyboards.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Pierce's Evil Twin.
  • Fanservice: The characters are in swimsuits a lot.
  • Faked Kidnapping: "Take My Hostage, Please!" is about Bianca attempting this. It has Gone Horribly Wrong... for everyone.
  • Feud Episode: "Star Split".
  • Fiction 500: Most of the cast would fit this, but particularly Bianca's family. Her dad owns Texas.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In "The Slumber Party", during the storm, you can see a few pictures on the walls. One of them is a toddler Larke (presumably, since she has Larke's trademark earrings).
  • Friendship Moment: In episode Poll Climbers after Pierce loss the class president elected Lark agrees to go on a date with him after seeing how sad he looks, even saying he has potential to be a good boyfriend.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: The girls' outfits in "Death Valley 500". The word "hot" was actually allowed to be said.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Bianca, and to a lesser extent Pierce.
  • Fur Bikini: A Belly Dancer in one episode wears a top trimmed with white fur.
  • Gem-Encrusted: If something can possibly have jewels on it, it does.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The Teen Cup seems to have a few Double Entendres.
    • In the dance during the Silver Spoon Olympics, Bianca sees a sheikh with a belly dancer, and says she's just there for decoration. Bianca dryly says "Some decoration".
  • The Generic Guy: Troy. Larke and Chanelle seem to be Generic Girls.
  • Girls Have Cooties: Normally averted with Chester, who is quite interested in female attention (and gets much more than some of the older boys). However, in one episode Jillian responds to a remark about "embracing" boys with "how totally yucky". She changes her mind after a few minutes, when she is thrown into the air and Troy catches her.
  • Gold Makes Everything Shiny: Many items in the show are made of gold, based solely on whether it looks good.
  • Gone Horribly Right: "Potions of Love".
  • Grade Skipper: Chester is an elementary school aged student attending high school.
  • Grand Finale: A two-part Yet Another Christmas Carol. It doesn't really resolve anything, though it ends on a gigantic Crowning Moment of Heartwarming
  • Gratuitous English: The French version of the theme song:
    "'Relax teenager' de Beverly Hills
    Dan tes déliers soit "coo-oo-ool"
    T'as mi le 'select' derrière le colline..."
  • Harmless Freezing: Pierce and Bianca in "Jillian's Lesson".
  • Here We Go Again: The ending to "A Time to Remember".
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In "Rad to Worse", Radley tells Chanelle she will be the first female president. Later,she says it's "twenty years away". Now, maybe not female, but the first black (which she also is) president did turn out to be twenty years away (taking into account the frequency of elections).
  • Hypocritical Humor: In "From Rad to Worse", Chester states Radley has never been able to tie his own shoelaces. Chester's own shoelaces are untied in that scene, as they usually are.
  • Idle Rich: Most of the cast, althouh the events they get caught in make them less idle than the trope typically would be.
  • I Ate WHAT?: Bradley in Now we're Cooking. "Did you say... snails?"
  • Impact Silhouette: In an episode where Tara tried to cook an ox tail soup - while it was still attached to the ox.
  • Incredibly Obvious Bug: In Chase of a Lifetime, Bianca plants a tracking device in Troy's back pocket. It is as big as the pocket, yet Troy never feels it.
  • Instant Cultured: Radley in "From Rad to Worse". He is also an Instant Jerkass...
  • Invisible Parents: Parents are alluded to but never seen.
    • However, "Look Deep Into My Eyes" does have Pierce receiving a video call from his mother.
  • It Came from Beverly Hills
  • Jerk Ass: Bianca has nearly zero redeeming traits, at least on the surface.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ocasionally Pierce, and more often in later episodes.
    • Buck.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Chester was very clearly meant to be this. Interestingly enough, he's actually one of the more developed characters.
  • Kissing The Ground: Pierce does that after a somewhat bumpy water trip.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Played literally (and for laughs) in "Take My Hostage, Please!"
  • Lampshade Hanging: Bianca tries to rig a contest to date Troy, but ends up with the prize for dating Radley. She said she knew here behavior deserved punishment, but no that much.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Gig (at least In-Universe).
  • Lots of Luggage: Bianca once brings half a dozen suitcases with "absolute necessities of life" along. Doesn't sound like much? Well, perhaps it should be mentioned she brought them for a day in a beauty salon...
  • Luminescent Blush: Chester and Jillian tend to react that way to Larke and Troy, respectively.
  • Marilyn Maneuver: In "Pierce's Hundred Dollars".
  • Miss Exposition: Switchboard's role in most of her appearances.
  • Mirrors Reflect Everything: In "Death Valley 500".
  • Mirror Universe: "Bianca's Dream" is basically Bianca dreaming up a version of that... that is, a world where everyone has a personality close to her own.
  • Mundane Utility: A common source of humour. Pierce for example uses a high-tech and sentient PDA to search for dates.
  • Naïve Everygirl: Larke, but mostly Tara.
  • Never Say "Die": Normally played straight, although there was at least one case where Tara said she might die from embarrassment.
  • Next Sunday A.D.: The futuristic gadgets seem to imply this. Overlaps with a good amount of Zeerust when the only copy of the homework is on a five inch floppy (Three inchers were out since 1983, with 1.44 MB capacity since 1986. A CD writer drive was first demonstrated in 1987).
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Rivals: When for some reason, a shop only has one sack of flour.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Larke winning due to Bianca's "successful" sabotage. It happens all the time.
  • Non Sequitur Thud: In Teen Club Carnival, Bianca is knocked out by a ball and starts blabbering after waking up. That is, she repeats her evil plan instructions to Wilshire in front of the entire gang.
  • Obstacle Ski Course: Chester has the "track on both sides of the tree" gag in "Mc Tech, P.I.". And it is shown how he does that. Later repeated by Pierce in Troy Triathlon.
  • Off Model: The art style seems to change a lot.
  • Official Couple: Troy and Larke, and Gig and Jett.
  • Only Sane Man: Shanelle seems to be the most "normal" of the recurring cast.
  • Only Six Faces: Blaze and Larke suffer the most from this, as do Radley and Troy.
  • Opera Gloves: Bianca's evening dress.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: The girl Pierce tried to hook up with in "Look Deep Into My Eyes".
  • Pimped-Out Dress: A few turn up.
  • Pimped-Out Car: The characters drive around in a pimped up limo with a swimming pool on it.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Bianca's pink dresses and her bathing suit, Larke's pink car.
    • In The Teen Cup, a pink yacht. The only one with an all female crew.
  • Pity the Kidnapper: The episode name "Take My Hostage, Please!" speaks for itself.
  • Precocious Crush: Chester seems to have one on both Larke and Bianca. And, like all the girls, Jillian has one on Troy.
  • Pretty in Mink: the girls often wore fur garments, and a common thing is fur rugs draped over various seats, whether in cars, or even chairs at the beach. This was still before Fur and Loathing became a trope, so the connotations of corruption and decadence aren't there(well no more than for any other form of opulence in the show, anyway).
    • Bianca wears a brown fur wrap with her evening dress.
    • Nikki wears a white fur coat a few times.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Most of the girls aren't far from this trope. Also, in "Fairy Tale Fake Out", Chester makes Blaze's hair (she is locked in a tower like Rapunzel) grow with some magic formula. It seems like the formula was flawed, though, since unlike normal hair, which can support twenty tons, the new hair couldn't even support the weight of the prince (Troy, that is).
  • Real After All; Two episodes about ghosts end that way.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Bianca, Thorndyke, and a few supporting characters.
  • Right on Queue: The Oh, Crap moment at the end of Teen Club Carnival.
  • Rule of Glamorous: Many things in the show happen just because of this trope.
  • Running Gag: Bianca's sabotage making Larke succeed. By episode 38, it was used half a dozen times (including one time she sabotaged Chester), and at least once it wasn't even the main plot.
  • Schmuck Bait: Subverted, to an extent, in "A splitting Image". Chester tells Pierce not to press a big red button on his invention. You half expect him to press it as soon as Chester is out, but it actually takes some persuasion from an Evil Twin to do that.
  • School Play: "Casting Call".
  • The Short Guy with Glasses: Chester, though justified as he's significantly younger than most of the cast.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Bianca and to a lesser extent, Switchboard.
  • Status Cell Phone: A few are seen over the course of the series. By our standards, they are huge and very seldom used.
  • Shirtless Scene: About every male character gets one. It's up to the viewer if this counts as Fanservice.
  • 65-Episode Cartoon: Which aired over the course of two months.
  • Spoiled Brat: Bianca, although only a few of the characters are immune to this.
  • Standard Snippet: The William Tell Overture Finale, a couple of times.
  • Stop Helping Me!: One episode has Wilshire serving Pierce instead of Bianca due to a life debt. The results are... less than optimal.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Averted. If it weren't for their similar way of speaking you'd have no idea Pierce and Jillian were related.
  • Surfer Dude: Radley. He even owns a flying surfboard.
  • Talking to Himself: Terri Hawkes is Blaze, Bianca and Jillian. Michael Beattie is both Buck and Chester.
  • Tempting Fate: "May I be struck from above if I'm not telling the truth." Cue being smashed by Pierce falling from a tree.
    • In another episode, she says "you don't see me running around yelling at everyone." Next moment, a living fish is dropped into her cleavage, making her do that exactly.
  • This Is Reality: In "Star Split":
    Tara: It's like I always say. If you want a happy ending, have a romance novel.
  • Title Drop: "From Rad to Worse"
  • Those Two Guys: Tara and Nikki in a few episodes.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In episode Poll Climbers Pierce loss the class president elected, but Lark seeing how sad he looks agrees to go on a date with him, even saying he has potential to be a good boyfriend.
  • Token Minority: Shanelle is the only person of colour in the entire main cast. She's unfortunately The Generic Guy.
    • There tends to be a couple of these in any sizable crowd.
  • Totally Radical: Especially Radley and Jett.
  • Transforming Mecha: "Green With Envy" has a Japanese car transform into a robot for serving golf clubs.
  • Treasure Is Bigger in Fiction: Just look at the size of the gems.
  • Uncle Pennybags: All but Bianca & Pierce.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: And how.
  • Unwanted Harem: Most female characters to Troy.
  • Vague Age: Just how old is Chester supposed to be?
    • Well, in "Chester the Matchmaker" he said he won't be a man for ten more years, so probably eight or so.
  • Valley Girl: Jett, or something?
  • Vaudeville Hook: Happens to Nikki in Old at Heart.
  • Villain Protagonist: A lot of episodes are focused on Bianca, to the point that some sources list her as the main character. Just look at the DVD cover and count. With the second set cover her, Troy and Larke all appear three times (although one of the others' appearance is in much smaller scale)... but she's the only one appearing on the discs proper.
  • What Could Have Been: Was rumoured to be based on/was going to lead into a toy line that never got past the planning stage. Which defintely explains the show's Toyetic nature.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Wilshire's unending devotion to Bianca.
  • Why Don't You Marry It?: After Kissing The Ground, Pierce says "If you only had blond hair and blue eyes, I'd marry you".
  • Wingding Eyes: Chester gets these (with Heart Symbols) when Larke kisses him.
  • Wink Ding: In "Star Split".
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: In Teen Club Carnival, Bianca gets a plush toy with a diamond collar. She throws the collar away and keeps the toy.
  • Zeerust: All over the place. Pierce's PDA-type thing is probably one of the more noticeable examples.

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