Saturday, April 2, 2011

Saved By the Bell


Year Created: 1989
Seasons: 4

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, producers hired Leanna Creel Tori moved to Malibu. In the episodes Tori was present, Jessie and Kelly were not, and vice versa. The episodes were staggered, so there would be a Kelly/Jessie episode, then next week a Tori one. As a result, Zach was simultaneously dating Lisa, Kelly, and Tori during the same time period. After the completion of the fourth season and graduating, the characters moved on to a college version of Saved by the Bell, which is horrible, and two movies, which are worse.

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:

Slater: Hey!
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. 


Screech


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.

That Uni-brow


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.



60 comments:

  1. i used to watch reruns of this show before i went to school

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  2. I loved this show as a kid! Oh my god... I had a secret crush on kelly, lol! good times...

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  3. Kelly... gawd, I think she ruined me for my entire puberty. >.<

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  4. Tiffani-Amber Thiessen... Dude, I would hit that like the fist of an angry god...

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  5. Give me 5 maybe 4 minutes with kelly..

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  6. The things I would do to kelly.. Unf.

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  7. Kelly seems to be getting a great response!

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  8. Wow, hot pics. Haha, nice, following.

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  9. I used to watch this show all the time before school! Awesome post :P

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  10. Grawwr, but why do they always go that way?

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  11. SEXY DAMES and plenty of em.

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  12. I used to watch this show everyday

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  13. Awesome blog man! keep it up!

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  14. this fucking show. This fucking show.

    loved it. Kelly was so hot.

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  15. I used to love watching this show, was awesome when I was younger

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  16. awesome blog post. i used to love this show. my best friend looked just like zach haha.

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  17. I LOVE the girl from this haha

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  18. mmmmm Tiffany ~drool~

    bigunicorn.blogspot.com

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  19. To tell you the truth about Kelly, well, I would tear that up. Too bad shes like 50 now haha, cool blow, following!

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  20. One of my favorite shows growing up. Nostalgia'd all over the place ;D

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  21. I love this show until nowadays!! Thank you for this sweet article :)

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  22. I used to watch this every morning before going to school

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  23. Yep, Kelly = hot. She's still hot on White Collar.

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  24. lol yeah watched this as a kid, awesome :)

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  25. damn that girl.... o would murder someone to be with her

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  26. hehe i remember watching this show. fun times

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  27. Good for white kids in the 90s, huh? No wonder I didn't find the show all that interesting. I do remember watching this show again when it appeared on adult swim though. I remember the angry fan letters demanding the show be taken off because adult swim is supposed to be cartoons.

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  28. It's a shame I never watched this show. I had barely moved over from Mexico so I had no idea what this was. It sucks that most people my age look back to that show but I can't. Oh well, great post!

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  29. Jesus, I had forgotten all about this show. Followed for more nostalgia

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  30. Hahah, single brews ftw xD! Nice article !

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  31. wonderful comparations ! following

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  32. i used to watch it everyday.. nice show.

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  33. oh hell yeah, cant wait if some other treasures from that time might turn up here ! =)

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  34. Oh man I remember this. This defines my childhood

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  35. I like your blog style! Keep up the great blogging!

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  36. Mannnn I miss this show. Haha its amazing to see it now.

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  37. Saved by the bell was awesome, but when they did that one where they grew up, that was just horrible. I love how one of thems in porn now, really shows how even though so many people remember it, they still cant do THAT well.

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  38. Way to start off with a winning sitcom. I agree, Screech was really annoying.

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  39. Too bad i haven't seen this show, maybe i'll take some time to catch up

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  40. i like your blog. keep up the good work

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  41. Oh, Kelly! I nostalgiad hard.

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  42. This is the longest single post I've ever seen about Saved By The Bell. My cousin went to high school with the dude who played A.C. Slater.

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  43. Solomander said...

    Tiffani-Amber Thiessen... Dude, I would hit that like the fist of an angry god...

    I can not agree more, I just got a nostalgia boner.

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