"Beverly Hills, 90210" reboot
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Millions of nostalgic fans tuned in to the Beverly Hills, 90210 reboot, BH90210, on August 7, making it the most-watched premiere of the summer on Fox. 

Instead of a classic revival that's a continuation of the series, this reunion show is a fictionalized reality series about the actors who played the classic Los Angeles teens in the early '90s coming back together again 30 years later. 

All of the main stars appeared, including Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Jason Priestley, Brian Austin Green, Ian Ziering, and Gabrielle Carteris. Shannen Doherty, who was the subject of major drama and gossip from the set in the '90s, also makes a surprise appearance. 

One actor was missed: Luke Perry, who played Dylan McKay in the original series and tragically died of a stroke earlier this year. The reboot paid homage to the late actor in the sweetest way with a few nods to his character and a final heartbreaking dedication scene. 

Fans were transported back to 1990 during the reunion.

The reunion show is the ultimate form of nostalgia TV, and fans were loving it. One person wrote on Twitter, "Quiet everybody... it's about to start!! I'm a #Teenager again... at least for the next hour!! Ssshhh." Beverly Hills, 90210 was one of the most beloved soapy teen shows of the early '90s — it was like Generation X's Riverdale or Gossip Girl. 

The reboot is not exactly a revival; it's more of a meta-reality series. 

A reboot of the show with the actors playing their former characters wouldn't have worked, and Fox understood that. Instead, a fictionalized reality series has sprung. "Loving everything about #BH90210-the @DohertyShannen return, the classy and touching nods to Luke Perry, and especially the @jenniegarth @torispelling friendship which is what we all need right now," one fan wrote on Twitter. 

This updated version of the show leaves some who haven't seen the show curious, and it could spark a new generation to love the teen drama series. 

One fan watched the reunion show with their mom and realized what they'd been missing. The tweet reads, "my mom made me watch the #BH90210 reunion last night & this morning I’m starting the original 90210 because HOW HAVE I GONE 24 YEARS WITHOUT THIS." Now an entirely new generation of viewers can enjoy both the reboot and the original. 

The reunion show is for true fans, who will fully understand all of the inside jokes, Easter eggs, and references to the drama both on- and off-screen. 

"If you are true fan of #BH90210, then you will totally understand what they are doing and all the secrets they are dropping," one person points out on Twitter. 

Some didn't like the meta revival because it was confusing and felt like one big inside joke. But for fans who fully understand the characters and the actors behind the show, it was enjoyable. 

The most heartbreaking moments throughout the premiere were the nods to the late Luke Perry. 

In the final scene of the premiere, a Dylan McKay (Luke Perry) clip aired and had fans in tears. "'Welcome to paradise, man. Welcome to your dream come true.' ~ Dylan Mckay. Had to check out the the premiere of @BH90210 last night. Teared with this tribute to Luke Perry. #BH90210," one fan tweeted. 

Fans were tearing up at all of this premiere's moments, but just wait for Riverdale's tribute episode. 

Luke Perry was one of Hollywood's sweethearts and a beloved actor. He portrayed the sensitive bad boy Dylan McKay in 90210, and his presence was greatly missed in the reboot. "'For our friend, Luke Perry' just broke my heart all over again. #BH90210," one fan wrote of the final tribute to Perry in the episode. 

Fans weren't the only ones tearing up — Spelling and Garth comforted each other as the clip aired. 

"This ripped my heart out and stomped on it," one fan wrote on Twitter after watching the final tribute scene. 

Spelling and Garth, the two closest friends on the reality reboot, watched the clip cuddled up on the couch with tears in their eyes. Get some tissues ready because there are most likely more Luke Perry moments to come.