It was the early '90s, and young people across the globe thrilled to the shenanigans of "Beverly Hills, 90210" each and every week. What better way to capitalize on the TV audience's thirst for beautiful people and larger-than-life storylines than to create a "BH-Niner" spinoff? In 1992, that's exactly what mega-producer Aaron Spelling did.
"Melrose Place" introduced us to the most insanely amazing, disaster-filled apartment building this side of "Three's Company." Located in West Hollywood, the complex housed an array of young folk who had come to Los Angeles to realize their full potential -- be it as a writer, doctor, ad exec, or pyromaniac.
"Melrose" also taught us a lot about culture in L.A.: That real estate is sparse, so no matter how much you hate someone or how many times you've tried to kill/blackmail/maim them, you have no choice to live in the same apartment building as them; that the singles scene only includes people in your own building; there's only two bars in the entire city (Shooters and Upstairs); the phrase "Rot in Hell!" is commonplace; that advertising executives wear really short skirts; and that prominent West Coast fashion mavens pronounce "design" as "deee-zine."