90210 Season Three Report Card: C

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We've been kind to The CW through our first pair of 2010-2011 season report cards. Just look at the grades we gave to The Vampire Diaries and Nikita.

But, be warned, that's about to change. In the following assessment of 90210's third season, we breakdown what this series did right and, mostly, wrong...

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Best character: Naomi. She's clearly the most entertaining, even if AnnaLynne McCord can't really act and even if the character is a bit inconsistent. It's still fun to watch her antics and her relationship with Max was done well.

Worst character: Adrianna. Not just because she was made into a villain, but because she was made into a caricature. Fame can definitely change someone, there was potential for a realistic transformation here. But the show bungled the storyline and made Adrianna into a cartoon. There's no way she can be redeemed, is there?

Best episode: "The Prom Before the Storm." A solid showcase for the two season characters that have come the farthest, Teddy and Naomi. A funny showing by crazy party-planner, Harper, added humor to the mix, while Ivy and Ray really upped the emotional ante in their relationship.

Best storyline: Teddy coming out. It was ruined by producer way ahead of time, and played out in a predictable manner, but kudos to the show for going there at least.

Actress most in need of a cheeseburger: Shenae Grimes.

Hopes for 2011-2012: I'm actually on board with the rumored cast shake-up. With so many characters to serve, 90210 goes far too long without giving some of them anything to do. I'm specifically thinking of Dixon, who might as well have not shown up this season. This show can't compete with Gossip Girl for snark or crazy storylines, so I'd prefer if it stopped trying and focused more on a smaller number of individuals.

Overall grade: C. 90210 doesn't offer anything especially fresh - a second main character is pregnant? Really?!? - and, we're sorry, but the acting is terrible. A change of scenery, to college, might help things a bit. But it's unclear where the show fits on The CW; unlike Nikita, Vampire Diaries and Supernatural, it doesn't offer any real suspense. And unlike Gossip Girl, it just isn't very witty. I'll be shocked if it earns a fifth season.

Agree? Disagree? Sound off now with your own grade for the third season of 9021o!

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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    This person obviously does not know what the fff he's talking about?! "bad acting"? you must have lost your mind.... I think the series are so exciting, id love 90210 to go on forever its really one of the best series. There are no other series that can make me wanna watch every single episode of them! For the ignorent people that think that their worthless opinion does matter, go wast your time somewhere else;)

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    I agree with mainly 3 things about this post, they DID ruin Adrianna's character, the character development does seem inconsistent as does the friendship development & Dixon was totally ignored or should I say dissed? Emily's storyline should've come in season 4 like original 90210's Valerie came college years, but I guess they needed her urgently with Annie's dad not being there to cause her & Liam the same relationship drama Jim Walsh caused Brenda & Dylan. The only thing this poster forgot to mention was how the show turned Silver into the show Ho. I hope Adrianna can be redeemed. She & Silver will obviously become the new Valerie/Kelly rivals if the new 90210. Could be interesting. Love Naomi & her relationship with Max. Can't believe they're axeing that? Hope Lannie end together. I'd give this season a C too.

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    TV Fanatic, Cameron, Kimmie and all those who say bad things about 90210 are all arrogant and ignorant. And to hell to those who thinks all the actors are anorexic. You think you're funny don't you? Then why don't you have the balls to say that to their faces? Shenae, Jessica Stroup and Annalynne all have twitter accounts so why don't you ask them if they ate a freakin' cheeseburger YOURSELVES!

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    And at least on 90210, not all of the kids are super-wealthy, there are kids that can't afford much! Something that i cannot tell about Gossip Girl!

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    Your reviews for the 2nd half of this season, were almost all of'em above 4/5 !! And you're giving the season a "C" .. Noo, i would give an A- !! And the acting is not terrible at all.. And what's the reason of you not expecting a season 5?

    Theyalier

    Actress most in need of a cheeseburger LMFAO!
    Maybe that explains her acting... how can she act when she's starving?

    Kimberly-anne

    I completely agree. I took noyiced of the acting skills or the lack there of in EVERY character in this show since season one. And it has only escalated since. I wouls say that this is the last season for them. This show is really bad. You're right unlike Gossip Girl nothing is witty. Its all lame.

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    90210 doesnt deserve a C grade for this season atleast....it was the most happening season...so many twist n turn etc etc etc..... do u guys have allergy to the good shows....grow up...let us enjoy...it made me really angry da way u said dat u will be shocked if there is a season 5....fuck you...critics r nt good...

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    You obviously don't know what you are talking about! 90210 is amazzing! :O and the acting is good! So stop being mean about it I want it to come back for a long time! I love it! :)

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    Also, in case you haven't noticed, Josh Schwartz couldn't care less about GG. He's way more focused on his NBC show Chuck, and will likely care even less about GG when his new show Hart of Dixie begins in the fall.




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