Like many other young women in the early 1990s, I was a loyal Beverly Hills 90210 viewer, and thus began my fascination with Tori Spelling (longtime readers of this blog may recall that I met her in 2009 and 2012). So I jumped at the invitation extended to me by The Moms to attend a private NYC screening of “Mystery Girls,” Tori’s new ABC Family show co-starring her 90210 co-star Jennie Garth. We got to see the 1st two episodes of the series, and while my expectations weren’t too high originally, the show was indeed very campy (there are many many nods to 90210 and other 1990s pop culture) and funny (the writing is pretty sharp). However, note that some of the content is rather risqué (the episodes we saw had some language, content, and double entrendres that were definitely R-rated; i.e. this is not a show I would even let my 10-year-old daughter watch). But for moms–especially moms of a certain age who remember Dylan’s moodiness, meals at the Peach Pit, and the infamous Shannon Doherty vs. everyone rift–it is a good laugh.
One of the best parts of this event was the Q&A afterwards with Spelling and Garth (photo above). They talked about everything from their kids (who have become friendly with each other–Tori’s older two had a sleepover at Jennie’s house recently) to the work/family balance (nearly impossible) to growing into middle age (they both say they are both more comfortable in their own skin than they ever have been). The two women have a great rapport with each other–you can tell they are really good friends in real life, too. As someone who grew up watching them on the TV screen every week as Donna and Kelly, I enjoyed seeing them as friends in real life two decades later.
Thank you to The Moms for inviting me to this event! I was not compensated for this post (though I did receive a Skinnygirl Sparkler water which was quite delicious), and all opinions are, as always, entirely my own.