In honor of March Madness, EW is launching a tournament to determine the Greatest TV Couple of All Time. But before we can finalize the brackets, we are turning to you, our hopeless TV romantic readers, to decide which couples — all part of a love triangle on their respective shows — make it out of a qualifying round to fill the final slots. Today, we’re debating Dylan/Brenda and Dylan/Kelly on Beverly Hills, 90210
It’s an age-old battle: blonde vs brunette, L.A. wild child vs. Minnesota native on Beverly Hills, 90210.
However you want to frame their rivalry-slash-best friendship, Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth) and Brenda Walsh (Shannen Doherty) both had it bad for bad boy surfer Dylan McKay (Luke Perry) — along with every other teenage girl in America. Was it Brenda’s sneaking off to Baja with Dylan that meant true love? Or was Dylan always the one for Kelly — all the way from their first fling behind Brenda’s back at the end of season 1 to their ending the series together nine years later (never mind that in the new 90210 series we learned they eventually split. Sad!). By the time Brenda got her man back for a minute, the rivalries on set had reached a higher level than the fictional ones and Brenda was off to greener pastures to study acting in London, leaving sunny Beverly Hills and Dylan far behind after season 4. Not to worry, bad influence Valerie (Tiffany-Amber Theisson aka Kelly Kapowski) was waiting in the wings to pick things up right where Brenda left off.
Tell us who you prefer — Dylan and Brenda or Dylan and Kelly?