Saved by the Bell is an American sitcom which aired between 1989 and 1993 on NBC. It chronicles the lives of a group of high school friends and their principal. There were two spin-off series: Saved by the Bell: The College Years and Saved by the Bell: The New Class.
The show mostly focuses on light comedy, but sometimes looks at serious issues such as homelessness, drug use, death and women’s rights. AOL TV has named the show one of the 20 best school shows of all time.
Saved by the Bell looks at the lives of Zack Morris, Samuel ‘Screech’ Powers, Kelly Kapowski, Jessie Spano, A.C. Slater and Lisa Turtle. They attend Bayside High School in Palisades, California, and have lots of adventures.
The group often tries to trick or fool the principal, Mr Richard Belding, but they also get advice from him from time to time. Their usual hang-out is a burger joint called The Max. In the first season, this venue is owned by a magician called Max.
Cast and characters
- Zachary ‘Zach’ Morris – Mark-Paul Gosselaar
- Kelly Kapowski – Tiffani Thiessen
- Samuel ‘Screech’ Powers – Dustin Diamond
- Jessie Spano – Elizabeth Berkley
- A.C. Slater – Mario Lopez
- Lisa Turtle – Lark Voorhies
- Richard Belding – Dennis Haskins
- Max – Ed Alonzo
- Tori Scott – Leanna Creel
- Robin – Soleil Moon Frye
- Leon Carosi – Ernie Sabella
- Mrs Simpson – Pamela Kosh
- Ox – Troy Fromin
- Miss Wentworth – Carol Lawrence
Saved by the Bell was primarily filmed at Sunset-Gower Studios, located at 1438 North Gower Street in Hollywood. The main sets comprised the hallway of Bayside High, two classrooms and The Max. The hallway set was reportedly re-used in the future for Disney’s That’s So Raven at Hollywood Centre Studios.
Other locations include the Gladstone Restaurant, shown in the aerial view as 17300 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. It is now Annenburg Community Beach House at 415 Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica.
The trailer for Saved by the Bell shows various clips as the upbeat theme song plays over it. Scenes include a boy and girl talking at the lockers in the school hallway, two people distracting someone at a dance so they can steal cake, a guy proudly showing a girl a sign that’s stuck to someone’s back and winking, and some spirited dancing at the same school dance – which is called ‘Evening Under The Stars’.
Saved by the Bell is an adapted version of Good Morning, Miss Bliss. Brandon Tartikoff, then president of NBC, wanted to adapt the elements of this show and apply a different time slot and approach. As the kids in the Miss Bliss show had been a big hit, he wanted to drop Miss Bliss and focus just on them.
While executive producer Peter Engel was initially skeptical, not wanting to make children’s programming, his wife told him it would be worthwhile to do it. He moved the show from Indianapolis to a semi-fictional part of Los Angeles called the Palisades.
Episodes and reception
Seasons one to four of Saved by the Bell aired between 1989 and 1992 on NBC. They lasted for 16, 18, 26 and 26 episodes respectively. After these seasons came Hawaiian Style, The College Years and Wedding in Las Vegas. Before this show, Good Morning Miss Bliss had had a pilot followed by 13 episodes. The pilot aired on NBC, and the 13 episodes aired on the Disney Channel.
Saved by the Bell has a rating of 7 out of 10 on IMDb at the time of writing. TV.com rates it 8.7 out of 10 and 90% of Google users reported liking this TV show.
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MacGruber – After over a decade in jail, it’s time for MacGruber to seek out Brigadier Commander Enos Queeth.
Expecting – Ellie asks her gay best friend Jonathan if he’ll donate his sperm so she can become a mother.
Clean Slate – A car wash owner in Alabama is overjoyed to have his estranged child return after 17 years. Then he finds out his child is a proud trans woman called Desiree.
Girls5Eva – A girl group reconnect after having a one hit wonder in the 90s and decide to give fame another go.
Saved By The Bell – Peacock is rebooting the 90s drama which followed A.C.Slater, Screech, Zack Morris and Kelly Kapowski through high school, college and adult life.
Punky Brewster – Abandoned by her parents, a child is taken in by a photographer whom Punky and her dog Brandon teach a few things about lightening up.
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Original Peacock content
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Brave New World – this drama stars Alden Ehrenreich and sees a futuristic society controlled by drugs and a strict class system challenged by the arrival of a newcomer.
Psych 2: Lassie Come Home – a sequel film to TV series Psych, this film sees Shawn Spencer and Burton Guster reunite to help Chief Lassiter.
Cleopatra in Space – from DreamWorks Animation, this series sees Cleopatra launched into the future, where we follow her through high school and see her try to get back to her own time.
Lost Speedways – a documentary with Dale Earnhardt Jr. looking at closed-down racetracks in the US.
The At-Home Variety Show Featuring Seth MacFarlane – host Seth MacFarlane entertains entirely from home in this quarantine-created variety show, supporting essential workers and those in need.
Wilmore – a talk show hosted by Larry Wilmore.
The Amber Ruffin Show – a talk show hosted by Amber Ruffin.
Curious George 5: Go West Go Wild – the fifth instalment in the Curious George film series, which sees the animals leave the farm.
Dreams Live On: Countdown to Tokyo – a special documentary about Olympic hopefuls ahead of the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games.
In Deep with Ryan Lochte – a documentary looking at Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, and the scandal that followed him at the Rio Olympics.
Kamome – a documentary about a small boat that ended up in Crescent City after the Japan 2011 tsunami, and the bond that the boat created between two communities.
Black Boys – a documentary about the lives of Black men and boys in America.
The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show – a documentary looking at the week Johnny Carson stepped aside for Harry Belafonte to host the tonight show.
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