Year Created: 1989
Overview: Saved by the Bell told the story of six high school friends and their zany principle growing up at Bayside High School. The students were Kelly Kapowski (the hot one), Zack Morris (the pretty boy), Lisa Turtle (the black one), A.C. Slater (the jock), Jessie Spano (the feminist), Screech Powers (the genius, and jew?) and the principle Richard Belding (this guy was a hoot). Zack was the main focus of the show through season 1-4, which often (every episode) featured plots in which the gang would get into trouble, Zack would devise a scheme to get out of it, and everyone would get caught in the end, though no major consequences were ever dealt and lessons were learned. For example, in one episode a drunk Zach drives Lisa's mom's car home from a party and gets into a wreck. The gang has to quickly devise a plan to hide the damage to the car, and decide to stash it in Zack's garage. Per usual, the gang's plan is blown at the end, but all that happens is Zach loses the rights to his mobile phone and driving and is grounded, though a week later (the next episode) there is no mention of this at all. Continuity is something that did not exist in the world of Saved By the Bell, as showcased best in the fourth and final season in which a final main character, Tori (the "would be lesbian if this was not made in the early 90's" one), was added. In this season due to contract disputes, Kelly and Jesse are only in half of the episodes. To make up for that,
Most Liked Character: Zach Morris.
Zach was by far the coolest kid at Bayside. He got with all the main girls at least once, and even ended up marrying Kelly. He had the ability to stop time ad talk to the camera, a great device to further explain the plot in case you were having problems following. His dad sold computers which brought in large amounts of money, enough for Zach to have his own mobile phone. Zach was also considered a troublemaker, as he was often the reason why the gang would get into crazy schemes at school, but that made him seem even cooler. Every young kid wanted to be Zach Morris at some point in the 90's.
|This is what cool looks like|
Least Like Character: Jessie Spano/Screech Powers (tie).
It is not often that one of my favorite shows would have two characters that I absolutely cannot stand, but for Saved by the Bell I made an exception. Jessie Spano was your typical feminist. She was always quick to point out "social injustices" like the fact that her great-grandparents owned slaves, and Lisa's were slaves. She would always get into it with Slater over sexist remarks (though she would later date him) and exchanges such as this would happen at least once an episode:
Jessie: Hey is for Horses, I believe you meant to say "Oink!"
|Elizabeth Berkley continued her feminist ways after the show|
She was really just annoying. She also once got addicted to caffeine pills.
Screech had the distinct ability to screw everything up constantly without any repercussions. He was Zack's best friend, but Zack would often get into trouble because Screech would run his mouth on some scheme tat Zack was planning. Honestly, about three out of ever four episodes he did this, yet his ass was never beaten. All it would have taken to shut him up was AC beating him up just once, to teach him a lesson. Unfortunately, it never happened.
Who the Show is Good For: White kids in the 90's, people who want to be like white kids in the 90's, people who think Tiffany Thiessan is hot. Though there was a black character in the show (Lisa), she was probably the most white of the cast, as her favorite activities were shopping and accessorizing. There really was not much for the minorities here.
Who should Avoid the Show: Most minority groups, older people, people who notice plot holes.
Recommendation: 20 years later, this show is still pretty solid. It is a great watch as long as you don't take it too seriously. I'd recommend seasons 1-3, and skip the 4th season and the movies. And Kelly Kapowski is still nice to look at.