Season 5 of Beverly Hills, 90210 aired on FOX television network.
This season follows the gang during their sophomore year in college. Dylan's problems with alcohol and drugs return, as Brenda decides to stay in drama school in London, leaving her room at the Walsh's house vacant. Cindy and Jim take in their friend's daughter Valerie Malone, an old family friend of the Walshes, who arrives in Beverly Hills seeking refuge after her father's suicide. Valerie almost immediately becomes the love interest of both Steve and Dylan and displays a penchant for smoking pot in the Walsh's house and shooting pool in comically seedy pool halls in the middle of the day. The two other new romantic storylines feature Clare Arnold, first seen as Brandon's stalker and eventually as David's rebound girl after he is dumped by Donna; and working-class Ray Pruit, the new boyfriend of Donna. Brandon ran and won California University student body vice-president but after Josh (the president) died in a car crash Brandon became president but had to deal with a lot of hate stories.
- Jason Priestley as Brandon Walsh (31 episodes)
- Jennie Garth as Kelly Taylor (30 episodes)
- Ian Ziering as Steve Sanders (31 episodes)
- Gabrielle Carteris as Andrea Zuckerman (28 episodes)
- Luke Perry as Dylan McKay
- Brian Austin Green as David Silver
- Tori Spelling as Donna Martin
- Mark Damon Espinoza as Jesse Vasquez (26 episodes)
- Tiffani Thiessen as Valerie Malone
- Carol Potter as Cindy Walsh (31 episodes)
- James Eckhouse as Jim Walsh (30 episodes)
Special Guest Stars
- Kathleen Robertson as Clare Arnold (30 episodes)
- Joe E. Tata as Nat Bussichio (27 episodes)
- Jamie Walters as Ray Pruit (25 episodes)
- Caroline McWilliams as LuAnn Pruit (7 episodes)
- Stephanie Beacham as Iris McKay (4 episodes)
- Christine Elise as Emily Valentine (2 episodes)
- Noley Thornton as Erica McKay (2 episodes)
- James Handy as Tom Rose (2 episodes)
- Milton Berle as Saul Howard ("Sentenced To Life")
- Howie Long as Himself ("What I Did On My Summer Vacation And Other Stories")
- Cobi Jones as Himself ("Under The Influence")
- Paul Caligiuri as Himself ("Under The Influence")
- Jade as Themselves ("You Gotta Have Heart")
- The Flaming Lips as Themselves ("Love Hurts")
- Dick Dale as Himself ("P.S. I Love You: Part 1")
- James C. Victor as Peter Tucker (7 episodes)
- A doctor who Andrea works with
The most popular zip code of the '90s changes dramatically in the fifth season, the halfway point of the show's 10-year run. With the departure of one of the primary characters -- Brenda Walsh -- multiple new faces arrive (and stick around) on Beverly Hills, 90210 for the first time. This is Tiffani Thiessen's first season as Valerie Malone and this is the last season for Gabrielle Carteris, Mark Damon Espinoza, Carol Potter and James Eckhouse as series regulars as their characters Andrea Zuckerman, Jesse Vasquez, Cindy Walsh and Jim Walsh, respectively.
- Alyssa Milano was offered the part of Valerie Malone, but turned it down.
- Tiffani-Amber Thiessen had just finished working on Saved by the Bell: The College Years. Both shows were set at the fictional California University, so she ends SBTB at the end of her freshman year at CU and now joins 90210 in her sophomore year.
- This season introduces the Peach Pit's after-hours club, Peach Pit After Dark, initially run by Steve.
- The fifth season aired Wednesday nights at 8/9c in the United States averaging 14.7 million viewers a week.
- The season was released on DVD as an eight disc boxed set under the title of Beverly Hills, 90210: The Fifth Season on July 29, 2008 by CBS DVD.
- Tiffani-Amber Thiessen played a character named Kelly on Saved By The Bell and Valerie on Beverly Hills, 90210, while Jennie Garth portrayed Kelly on the series and later starred on What I Like About You... as Valerie.
|1||What I Did on My Summer Vacation and Other Stories||7 SEPTEMBER 1994||C. Rosin/Mollin||113|
|2||Under The Influence||14 SEPTEMBER 1994||Chip Johannessen||114|
|3||A Clean Slate||21 SEPTEMBER 1994||Richard Gollance||115|
|4||Life After Death||28 SEPTEMBER 1994||Wasserman/Klein||116|
|5||Rave On||5 OCTOBER 1994||Larry Mollin||117|
|6||Homecoming||12 OCTOBER 1994||Meredith Stiehm||118|
|7||Who's Zoomin' Who?||19 OCTOBER 1994||Karen Rosin||119|
|8||Things That Go Bang In The Night||26 OCTOBER 1994||Chip Johannessen||120|
|9||Intervention||2 NOVEMBER 1994||Wasserman/Klein||121|
|10||The Dreams of Dylan McKay||9 NOVEMBER 1994||Charles Rosin||122|
|11||Hate Is Just A Four-Letter Word||16 NOVEMBER 1994||C. Rosin/Gollance||123|
|12||Rock Of Ages||23 NOVEMBER 1994||Larry Mollin||124|
|13||Up In Flames||30 NOVEMBER 1994||Meredith Stiehm||125|
|14||Injustice For All||14 DECEMBER 1994||Karen Rosin||126|
|15||Christmas Comes This Time Each Year||21 DECEMBER 1994||Eisenberg/Wasserman/Klein||127|
|16||Sentenced To Life||4 JANUARY 1995||Wasserman/Klein/Ziering||128|
|17||Sweating It Out||11 JANUARY 1995||Chip Johannessen||129|
|18||Hazardous To Your Health||18 JANUARY 1995||Larry Mollin||130|
|19||Little Monsters||1 FEBRUARY 1995||Meredith Stiehm||131|
|20||You Gotta Have Heart||8 FEBRUARY 1995||Max Eisenberg||132|
|21||Stormy Weather||15 FEBRUARY 1995||Melman/Mollin||133|
|22||Alone At The Top||22 FEBRUARY 1995||Wasserman/Klein||134|
|23||Love Hurts||1 MARCH 1995||Stringer/Mollin||135|
|24||Unreal World||15 MARCH 1995||Stiehm/Mollin||136|
|cinéma vérité project, which ends up revealing a bit too much verite for some. After visiting a therapist, Andrea contemplates telling Jesse about her fling with Peter. Meanwhile, Valerie moves back in with the Walshes. Dylan and Charley work on a screenplay.|
|25||Double Jeopardy||29 MARCH 1995||McCarthy/Sarkar||137|
|26||A Song For My Mother||5 APRIL 1995||Max Eisenberg||138|
|27||Squash It||12 APRIL 1995||Savath/Mollin||139|
|28||Girls On The Side||3 MAY 1995||Meredith Stiehm||140|
|29||The Real McCoy||10 MAY 1995||C. Rosin/Mollin||141|
|30||Hello Life, Goodbye Beverly Hills||17 MAY 1995||Wasserman/Klein||142|
|31||P.S. I Love You: Part 1||24 MAY 1995||Mollin/Johannessen||143|
|32||P.S. I Love You: Part 2||24 MAY 1995||Mollin/Johannessen||144|