From to , Saved by the Bell captured the hearts and minds of America's youth. And now, still airing in syndication more than a quarter-century later, the once-critically panned teen sitcom has become a cultural phenomenon. Here are 22 things you might not know about Saved by the Bell. Slater to the cast, and shifting the focus away from the teachers to create the Saved by the Bell audiences came to know and love.
If you include the episodes formerly known as Miss Bliss, only Gosselaar and Diamond hold this distinction. Diamond is also the only original cast member to appear as a regular in all Saved by the Bell spinoffs and movies.
While the role ultimately went to Thiessen because, of course it did , the producers liked Berkley so much they created the character Jessie Spano specifically for her. Despite having the role of Jessie written expressly for her, Berkley wasn't always a fan of her literally buttoned-up persona. I'm sorry, but at 16 you don't want to be the girl in the one piece with baggy shorts. The couple dated for three years , including during the filming of Saved by the Bell: Gosselaar, a natural brunette, became well acquainted with bleach during his years on Saved by the Bell.
I haven't dyed my hair since Looking back, I guess it does qualify. In an interview with MarkPaulGosselaar. We were very restricted. It had to be a very clean show, all the way around. After filming Saved by the Bell's final season, but before the episodes aired, NBC decided to double their episode order, a move that would require re-signing the entire cast.
While the majority of the cast renewed their contracts, Thiessen and Berkley refused. To solve the lack of female lead—and love interest for Zack—problem, the show introduced a new character, tough girl new student Tori Scott played by Leanna Creel.
With no explanation, Tori joined the gang and Kelly and Jessie were never mentioned again. Until graduation, that is. The show's finale, which featured the crew's high school graduation, was filmed before Thiessen and Berkley's exit. So Kelly and Jessie appear in their caps and gowns alongside their best buds. Dubbing it "The Tori Paradox," Klosterman explained: On paper this seems idiotic, borderline insulting, and—above all—unreal. But the more I think back on my life, the more I've come to realize that the Tori Paradox might be the only element of Saved by the Bell that actually happened to me.
Whenever I try to remember friends from high school, friends from college, or even just friends from five years ago, my memory always creates the illusion that we were together constantly, just like those kids on Saved by the Bell. However, this was almost never the case. Whenever I seriously piece together my past, I inevitably uncover long stretches where somebody who retrospectively seemed among my closest companions simply wasn't around.
I knew a girl in college who partied with me and my posse constantly, except for one semester in she had a waitressing job at Applebee's during that stretch and could never make it to any parties. And even though we all loved her, I can't recall anyone mentioning her absence until she came back. And sometimes I was the person cut out of life's script. Eric Dane whom you probably know best as Grey's Anatomy's Dr. Following Saved by the Bell's cancelation, the set was never completely struck down.
And it's a total joke. In September , Bayside! Will Zack and Kelly break up? Will Slater quit wrestling forever? Who will develop an incurable caffeine addiction? And, Will Screech die?! In Roar Comics released a comic book prequel that sent Zack, Kelly, Jessie, Slater, Lisa, and Screech "back to freshman year in all-new comic book adventures at good ol' Bayside High!
Experience all the ups and downs of high school in the year with some old familiar friends. What is going on here? Simply a line to be delivered. The way I did it was a little different. And everybody laughed hard in rehearsal—and the rest is history. However, Gotham backed out after a series of unfortunate events. I look forward to selling them books in the future. In September , Behind the Bell became a reality after being picked up by the small, Montreal-based Transit Publishing.
A casual reading heck, a quick skim reveals that Diamond did his best to take down his former cast mates. The book caused a lot of backlash, both with fans of the show and its former stars. Everything I've heard about his book is it is negative. I don't remember those things. My experience on the show was very positive. I have nothing but good thoughts and memories towards everybody. In a interview with Parade , Haskins expressed frustration at being left out of the reunion.
Belding, and Screech was kind of exiled because of his book. Whatever you want to talk about, that show was six students and the principal. They were the heart of the show. The result was, well, awkward.
Notice we said A. Slater and not Mario Lopez? Every February, an implant in Lopez's brain would trigger him to believe that he was, in fact, A. Slater for a full 28 days. Mullet and tight-fitting Ts included. It was so extreme. We made a music video; we were thrilled!