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Look, it was you two that gave me that dumb ultimatum. You said choose. I chose. I chose you. I want you. ... I’ve always wanted you
—Dylan chooses Kelly[src]

Dylan and Kelly is a relationship on Beverly Hills, 90210, portrayed by Luke Perry and Jennie Garth.


Dylan and Kelly are acquaintances from childhood, with Kelly always harboring a crush on Dylan. Despite flirting all of their sophomore year (according to Kelly and seen in episodes before Brenda and Dylan start dating), Dylan dates Brenda even though Kelly tries to get a date with him afterward.[1] During Halloween, Dylan is there to console Kelly after her attempted rape. As the gang starts forming, they're mostly friendly, albeit not close. When Kelly starts seeing Jake Hanson, Dylan looks out for Kelly by telling Jake to be nice to her.[2] The summer before senior year, with Brenda in Paris, Kelly and Dylan spend time together over the summer and their attraction grows. They connect romantically and Kelly vacillates between her feelings for Dylan and feeling like she's betraying Brenda. For the sake of their friendship with Brenda, Kelly tells Dylan to forget their summer fling. When Brenda returns, Kelly tells Dylan that he should continue his relationship with Brenda despite her own feelings for him. Kelly's miserable and after Brenda and Dylan break up, Dylan goes straight to Kelly's house to start dating her officially. They excitedly go on a date, but Brenda is shocked to see them together. The girls mend their friendship apart from Dylan. They admit their feelings to Dylan and ask him to choose between them. Dylan chooses Kelly and they start a relationship. Kelly is by Dylan's side as he tries to develop a relationship with his father and tries to comfort him through his father's death. Dylan takes Kelly to her surprise birthday party and is by her side after she was brought to the hospital because of her eating disorder. After a fight over the Senior Poll, Dylan follows Kelly to the playground they used to play in and exclaimed that they were soulmates.

The duo went to prom together and celebrated their graduation from high school together. Their relationship hit a snag the summer before college, when they were traveling Europe. They end up fighting towards the end of the trip when Dylan does not get into the college of his choice. When Dylan returns from Europe they make up and reunite. Kelly is enjoying college life, while Dylan isn't into the college life. They break up and decide to see other people, which leads Kelly to dating John Sears. After Kelly discovers that John is a creep and that Dylan was the first person to take her seriously they get back together passionately, and Dylan dumps pie on John Sears' face. The emergence of Dylan's newfound family and Kelly's skepticism of their intentions caused a strain on their relationship. They break up at the end of their freshman year in college. Dylan falls off the wagon after being scammed by the family and wants Kelly back but she is with Brandon. Kelly is there for him when he is in the hospital and attended his intervention. While Dylan is in rehab and after Kelly is in a fire she begins to lean on Dylan again. After Kelly joins a cult Dylan is the one, along with her boyfriend Brandon, who breaks her out. When in hypnotherapy, he sees Kelly in a former life and becomes convinced that they're soulmates. He asks her to travel the world with her, but she says no. She says she needs to focus on herself. In their junior year of college, Dylan meets Antonia Marchette. They fall in love and marry, much to Kelly's dismay. Antonia is killed and he leaves town. He goes to England and reunites with Brenda, Kelly hears about this from David and was visibly affected by this information despite still having feelings for Brandon. Kelly cites Dylan as her best kiss. While dating other people, Kelly has recollections of her relationship with Dylan and keeps his old letters. In 1998, Dylan returns to L.A., once again off the wagon. He and Kelly are still interested in each other and at one point give in to their feelings. Dylan states that Kelly has become his best friend. When Kelly is raped, she turns to Dylan who is there for her. Kelly gets engaged to Matt, but eventually turns him down and chooses Dylan.[3]


In the summer of Senior Year, Dylan and Kelly had a summer fling while Dylan's girlfriend and Kelly's best friend Brenda was in Paris. Kelly was often the voice of reason in their relationship citing the pain they could cause Brenda if she found out but their feelings for each other always got the best of them. When Brenda returned from Paris it became difficult for Kelly to watch Brenda and Dylan together. Dylan and Brenda eventually broke up due to newfound differences. Kelly later checked with Brenda that Dylan was free to date whoever he pleased and Brenda agreed. Dylan and Kelly then started dating.


Brenda admitted to having a fling also and breaks up with Dylan. Dylan and Kelly started their relationship. Dylan and Kelly went out on a date and while there ran into Brenda on her date. Seeing Dylan and Kelly together made Brenda feel angry and betrayed. Dylan and Kelly later told Brenda that it was her that Dylan had a fling with. Brenda being angry severed all ties with the couple. Kelly later reached out to Brenda and their friendship was repaired. The two girls later told Dylan that he would have to choose.

Meanwhile, Jack McKay was released from prison. Jack later threw a party to celebrate his release. Dylan invited both Brenda and Kelly but only Kelly attended while at the party Dylan and Kelly went for a swim in the pool and Dylan told Kelly that he chose her.


Kelly – What I would do to go out with Dylan McKay
Brenda – I don’t know. Everyone says he’s trouble
Kelly – Well, he can trouble me all he wants
Higher Education
I think it’s time I started seeing you
—Dylan to Kelly, after Brenda breaks up with him[src]
KellyI guess we're both basket cases, then.
DylanNo ... we're soulmates
Senior Poll
The boats, like the girl, had grown. Beautiful. Inspirational. After the explosion that killed his father, she was the only beauty, the only inspiration, left in his life
—Dylan writes about Kelly in his book[src]
Most beautiful or not, I’d have fallen in love with you either way, Kel
—Dylan to Kelly, in rehab[src]
I love Brandon, with all of my heart. But with Dylan... I don't know. It's like he'll always have a piece of my soul
—Kelly to Donna
He can’t figure out how two people so obviously meant for each other can’t seem to get together. [pointedly] To tell you the truth... neither can I
—Dylan to Kelly
DylanDance with me? It’s not a one-time offer. It can wait.
KellyI don’t want to wait.
Dylan – Look, I’ve only ever connected with two things in this life. One of them is dead
Kelly – How about the other one?
Dylan – She’s sitting right across from me
KellyI can’t just kiss a guy I’ve had a major crush on my whole life and pretend that it doesn’t mean anything. I just don’t know what
DylanHow bout, that we like each other?
Shooting Star/American in Paris
You want a better answer? I came back because I missed you
—Dylan to Kelly on why he came back to Beverly Hills[src]
Well, the cool, calm Dylan McKay just knows what he needs for the first time in his life. I need you
—Dylan to Kelly
I wouldn’t be here unless I was absolutely sure that where you belong is with me. Together, wherever it is
—Dylan to Kelly
KellyYou chose nothing
DylanLet me choose again
And if I am starting to get more inner strength or whatever, I think ... maybe it’s because you were the first guy who ever took me seriously
—Kelly to Dylan[src]
DylanMaybe we each have more than one soulmate.
KellyYeah, maybe we do.


  • Dylan and Kelly were involved in two love triangles with the Walsh twins:
    • Dylan the center of the Dylan/Brenda/Kelly love triangle; Kelly the center of the Kelly/Dylan/Brandon love triangle.


  • Dylan and Kelly being in the same kindergarten was added in Season 3, when they became romantically involved. Up until then there had been no mention of them knowing each other before high school. It is established that Kelly went to elementary school with Steve and Chuck Wilson[4]


  • After Season 2, Luke Perry requested to work with Jennie Garth, which lead to the Dylan/Kelly relationship.
What he said to me was, 'I wanna work with the blonde,'” executive producer Charles Rosin revealed on the Beverly Hills, 90210 Show podcast. [5]
  • Jennie Garth is team Dylan/Kelly and thinks they belonged together[6]
  • Jennie Garth's favourite scene of the entire series to shoot was the scene in the pool between Dylan and Kelly[7]:
“My favourite scene to film - ever - was the pool scene with Luke, when Kelly and Dylan were in the pool together. It was just a magical, albeit FREEZING experience - we were freezing our butts off in that cold water. It was just really beautiful, the way it was lit, and it was very memorable for me, and being with someone that I cared so much about made it even better.”


  • In the 2008 series, 90210, Dylan and Kelly have a son named Sammy. Dylan and Kelly split up and are estranged, with Kelly raising Sammy on her own. Most fans of the show don't consider the reboot series canon.


forbidden places | MEAT PUPPETS
water scooter fun
damn i wish i was your lover | SOPHIE B. HAWKINS
at paradise cove
start choppin' | DINOSAUR JR.
dylan and kelly talk san francisco
trans-island skyway | DONALD FAGEN
at the condor's nest
in a broken dream | PYTHON LEE JACKSON
dylan and kelly talk at peach pit


Dylan and Kelly/Gallery



Higher Education
Slumber Party
It's Only A Test
Beach Blanket Brandon
Necessity Is a Mother
The Next Fifty Years
Fire and Ice
Wedding Bell Blues
The Twins, The Trustee And The Very Big Trip
Too Little, Too Late/Paris 75001
Sex, Lies and Volleyball/Photo Fini
Shooting Star/American in Paris
Castles In The Sand
A Song of Myself
Home and Away
Destiny Rides Again
Rebel With A Cause
It's A Totally Happening Life
Back In The High Life Again
Parental Guidance Recommended
Dead End
The Child Is Father To The Man
Perfectly Perfect
Senior Poll
A Night To Remember
Something In The Air
Commencement: Part 1
Commencement: Part 2
The Girl From New York City
The Little Fish
Greek To Me
Radio Daze
Strangers In The Night
Take Back The Night
Somewhere In The World It's Christmas
The Labors of Love
Scared Very Straight
Addicted To Love
A Pig Is A Boy Is A Dog
The Time Has Come Today
Vital Signs
Under The Influence
Rave On
The Dreams of Dylan McKay
Up In Flames
Injustice For All
Sweating It Out
Stormy Weather
Alone At The Top
The Real McCoy
Hello Life, Goodbye Beverly Hills
Home Is Where The Tart Is
Buffalo Gals
Earthquake Weather
One Wedding And A Funeral
The Long Goodbye
You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello
I'm Back Because
The Following Options
Marathon Man
Trials and Tribulations
Survival Skills
Slipping Away
Bobbi Dearest
Fortune Cookie
I Wanna Reach Out and Grab Ya
Local Hero
The End Of The World As We Know It
Dog's Best Friend
That's The Guy
Laying Pipe
Baby, You Can Drive My Car
What's In A Name
Sibling Revelry
Nine Yolks Whipped Lightly
Tainted Love
I'm Using You 'Cause I Like You
Doc Martin
Eddie Waitkus
I Will Be Your Father Figure
Ever Heard The One About The Exploding Father?
Spring Fever
The Easter Bunny
And Don't Forget to Give Me Back My Black T-Shirt
Love Is Blind
I'm Happy for You...Really
The Penultimate
Ode to Joy


mckay & taylor.
Best Of Dylan & Kelly
Dedicated to Dylan&Kelly
Best of Dylan & Kelly
dylan and kelly.
Best of Dylan & Kelly


Jennie Garth recalls being put in a zoo cage with Luke Perry to escape 90210 fans (ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY • JUNE 2021)
Jennie Garth is nervous about rewatching that famous 90210 love triangle: 'I will feel awkward' (ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY • MAY 2021)
Jennie Garth talks about Dylan and Kelly (ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY • FEBRUARY 2021)
The 100 best TV romances of all time (ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY • FEBRUARY 2022)

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