The definitive ranking of 90210 seasons from worst to best

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: (L-R) Actors Trevor Donovan, AnnaLynne McCord, Shenae Grimes, Tristan Wilds, Jessica Stroup, Jessica Lowndes, Michael Steger and Matt Lanter pose at the 100th episode celebration of The CW's '90210' at Manhattan Beach Studios on September 27, 2012 in Manhattan Beach, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
MANHATTAN BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: (L-R) Actors Trevor Donovan, AnnaLynne McCord, Shenae Grimes, Tristan Wilds, Jessica Stroup, Jessica Lowndes, Michael Steger and Matt Lanter pose at the 100th episode celebration of The CW's '90210' at Manhattan Beach Studios on September 27, 2012 in Manhattan Beach, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) /
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Season 2

All things considered, ask any fan of 90210 which season was the best, and you’ll hear an immediate outpouring of love for season 2. While it’s an undeniable truth that seasons 2 and 3 are a match made in TV heaven, it’s the second season that found the reboot ditching the shadow of the past and transforming into its own addictive beast. Not only did the series lose the nostalgia factor (Jennie Garth was the sole returning cast member and appeared for five episodes), but the show gained a unique identity.

Season 1 burned through stories like you wouldn’t imagine, while season 2’s new showrunner, Rebecca Sinclair, refocused the reboot from top to bottom. The theme song was modernized, the sets were revamped, the cinematography was heightened, the locations were more realistic, the Peach Pit was traded for the beach club… In short, it started looking less like Beverly Hills, 90210 2.0 and boasted an aesthetic all its own. And, most importantly, its narrative benefited, too.

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The season introduced new characters, such as Ivy and Teddy, that were actually interesting and added something previously untapped to the series. Also, 90210 wisely placed AnnaLynne McCord at the forefront and broadened Naomi’s character. Over the summer break at West Ben, Silver and Naomi buried the hatchet (finally!), Ade vowed to become “No Drama Adrianna'” (sure, Jan), and Annie delved further into a treacherous path with her dangerous boyfriend Jasper. Season 2 got dark, deep, and deliciously dramatic — everything you could ever wish for from a teen soap.

Which season was your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

All five seasons of 90210 are available to stream on Netflix.