"Beverly Hills Teens": A Cartoon Embodying ’80s Decadence

This was the original Beverly Hills, 90210, but way, way more ridiculous.

1. “Beverly Hills Teens” debuted in 1987. It had a ridiculous plot that revolved around the exaggerated lives of a group of spoiled rich teenagers.

2. Most of the show revolved around three main characters:

3. Larke Tanner

Larke is the blonde-haired (of course), blue-eyed (of course), kind-hearted (of course), and popular teen queen of Beverly Hills High School. She’s in love with Troy Jeffries.

Additionally she is a part-time model (isn’t everyone?).

4. Troy Jeffries

Troy is the most popular jock in Beverly Hills High School. He is also in love with Larke Tanner.

5. Bianca Dupree

Bianca was the scheming, backstabbing, arrogant, bitch of the show (and of course she has black hair). She also has a major crush on Troy Jeffries and is very jealous of his relationship with Larke Tanner; she is constantly scheming to ruin it.

All you really need to know is she was the real star of the show and the only reason to tune in.

6. Surprisingly, the series only ran from September 21, 1987 – December 18, 1987. All sixty-five episodes ran in that one short season.

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7. One of the most memorable and lasting elements of the show was its theme song.

8. “Beverly Hills Teens” intro:

9. FYI: Anyone wanting to relive this forgotten “classic” cartoon can now buy the DVD (for the first time); it was released earlier this year.

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