Jesse Jarnow

beverly hills teens

Theme from Beverly Hills Teens

Literally nobody I’ve ever mentioned it to has copped to remembering Beverly Hills Teens. It aired (sometimes?) weekday mornings during the half-hour before I boarded the bus to school when I was a kid, when — if I’d finished breakfast and gotten my coat on — my mother would occasionally let me watch cartoons. It was an inane piece of shit, a kiddie forerunner to 90210, and — besides the neon/turquoise color scheme — I remember literally nothing of it. I can’t recall a single character nor recount a single plot (though, I’m sure I could guess and probably be right).

But, for some reason, the melody of the show’s theme lodged itself firmly in my brain, and has stayed there for twenty years (albeit with mostly erroneous words). Hearing it now — because, as we know, everything is available on the internets — returns me somewhat bizarrely to my childhood skin. The melody, I’m happy to report, is exactly as I’ve been humming it for the past two decades, and it still evokes exactly the same exotic images of California that I had as a kid: a land foreign and mysteriously bright.

Word-up to the faceless Hollywood songwriter who penned this.

6 Comments

  1. Randy Ray says: - reply

    I was down with my HR Puff ‘n Stuff homies when I was your age…with a similar tale…and similar dreamy imagery of foreign exotic acid-laden lands…nice lil’ song there…California Getaway…mysteriously bright, indeed…thanks!
    If only my dad would have taken that civilian ‘government’ job in Maryland…I wouldn’t be such a spacey daydreamer…90210?… Yeah…I admit it…I’m guilty…I always went for the Devil Girls..Tiffani-Amber Thiessen…

  2. ariella says: - reply

    i’ll cop to watching that. i seem to recall a dreamy toon teen named Troy and a beautiful blonde b*tch named Skylar.

  3. erik says: - reply

    OMG!! im tellign u nobody EVER remembers that show but i do!! no im a guy yea but still all cartoons in the 80′were cool wether it was for boys r girls. and just to relieve some pressure on your crumbling memory (kidding) the lead heroine was named LARK and she was always being targeted by the ruthless BIANCA DUPREE and the flamboyant playboy PIERCE. now it was definately like the archie comics but lark was liek betty and bianca like veronica and pierce reggie. there swere other characters i see in my head but i can exactly remember them all. im gonna do some research because i did love that show. damn why did it sem that california was the inspiration for everythign cool in the 80′s?

  4. Ryan Lepore says: - reply

    Please sign the BRING BEVERLY HILLS TEENS ON DVD PETITION.

  5. Kacy Gaither says: - reply

    I really loved this show!!! Please release on DVD

  6. diane says: - reply

    I just started watching BHT about six months ago. I think it is So Much Fun! Great characters! Love The Cars! Great theme song too! Picked up some of the Original Cartoon Cels of this show. This cartoon is a very visually stunning show.
    I wish they would bring it back on DVD. I have heard they released it in France on DVD.