Tim Stack
February 04, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EST

I got home pretty late from work last night (around 10:30ish) and started perusing my DVR for something mindless to help me fall asleep when I noticed a new episode of 90210. Now, I am a loyal Beverly Hills, 90210 fan, but this new reboot never really felt right to me (and it pales in comparison to the glory that is Gossip Girl). So I had just about written the show off. Until last night.

While it’s hardly amazing television, last night’s 90210 was a major improvement over the first half of the season. And, despite my exhaustion, it didn’t put me to sleep! The actors seemed less obnoxious — although I still find Shenae Grimes’ portrayal of Annie (pictured) painful. The writing felt sharper (Naomi had a line about Perez Hilton and baby bumps that I enjoyed). And I like the transformation of Adrianna (Jessica Lowndes) from annoying druggie into likable pregnant teen (most importantly, she’s gotten rid of those atrocious bangs). Has anyone else noticed 90210 take a turn for the better? Is there hope for it yet, or will it always just be the poor man’s Gossip Girl? What shows have you recently tuned into to find they’ve improved with age?

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