updated 09/30/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/30/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT

It's not just adolescents who are tuning in to Beverly Hills, 90210 (PEOPLE, Sept. 9). Plenty of parents and more-or-less recent teens are praising the show, its hunky stars, Luke Perry and Jason Priestly, and especially its handling of topical issues.

Thank you for your recognition of 90210 as the excellent show it is. My son and I watch it often, and I think I'm hooked more than he is. Back in the '60s I had the Cleavers and the Andersons to watch. Being raised by a single parent, I felt like a social misfit. We weren't "perfect" like the families on TV. I applaud 90210 for mirroring teen life—dealing with issues that young people need to see and relate to.
PAT LISOWSK, Coatesville, Pa.

I am 30 years old and love Beverly Hills, 90210. I wish the media would stop labeling it a "teen hit." Why restrict and analyze who watches and why? The answer is simple: 90210 is fresh, realistic and well written. The actors portray wholesomeness while not coming off as Goody Two-shoes.
KEN FRON, Chicago

As a former editor-in-chief of Beverly Hills High's newspaper who joined in the mocking of 90210, I confess that I have seen the light: I will now strive to model myself after Brendan, Dylan and group, with their "typical" teenage problems, like federally indicted parents, beach-club blues, freshman leeches, etc. I will join the rest of Beverly Hills High in the world of physical beauty as I try to improve my plain-looking, anti—Beverly Hills features. And while the Soviet Union suffers and homelessness soars around the corner, I will pay attention to the more important things in life, like what the teenagers of Beverly Hills do.

As a 17-year-old high school senior, I can relate to the characters on 90210, despite their glamorous images. It is the only program on television that portrays teens as having more on their minds than sex and pimples.
AMY SIMPSON, Sterling Heights, Mich.

My 9-year-old son and I watch 90210 together. I think the teens are wonderful, and the show has some great messages without being preachy. But being a mom—and an ex-smoker—I can't resist giving some advice. I keep reading that these kids all smoke. Being on a TV show doesn't make them invincible. They seem like bright kids, but smoking is dumb!

I loved seeing my grandson's photo and quote in the 90210 story, but please correct the spelling of his name—it's Jordan Fox Pynes, not Rynes. He may never again appear in PEOPLE, SO how can he brag to his grandkids?

Several years ago I met Ed McMahon at a charity event in Los Angeles. I found him quite charming. That opinion has changed since I read your article. What stands out most is McMahon's comment on Joanna Ford's 9-year-old son when he stated that he wasn't "equipped" to raise him. Why did he come to this conclusion after his proposal? We are to believe that her breast cancer has "nothing" to do with the breakup? We're to believe he can handle breast cancer, but not a 9-year-old child? Now I understand why Ed has become a regular part of Johnny Carson's monologue—he's a joke.

What is this fascination with Ed McMahon? Every tabloid and magazine seems to think the public is interested in this old womanizer. Give us a break!
KAREN A. TOKARZ, Bellbrook, Ohio

I feel very sorry for Betty Charney. She did not choose to be put up for adoption. If her biological parents wanted her to have her inheritance, then she should have it. Instead of welcoming their new sister, her half-brother and sister would rather argue over losing $250,000 a year—a mere fraction of the $200 million of the total inheritance. I believe if Peter and Suzy's parents knew how greedy they were, they wouldn't have left them a dime.
LISA BLAKE, Hingham, Mass.

So Betty Charney is proud to be a Dumaine, huh? It's amazing how strong those family ties can be when there's major money involved. This 35-year-old woman is now ready to annul her own adoption, negating a relationship she's had with her adoptive parents since she was 4 days old, all for a shot at big bucks. She may be a great schoolteacher, but I find her qualities as a decent human being sorely lacking.
KATHLEEN ARNO, Saratoga, Calif.

Hey, PEOPLE, what's wrong with you? You've just discovered Skid Row? I've been listening to them ever since I discovered them in the eighth grade. Now that I am a high school junior and have suffered through four years of flak from my parents and peers for liking metal and especially Skid Row, I am happy to see that other people are finally opening up to their music. It's about time.
SUE SHARPE, Syracuse, N.Y.

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