Saved by the Bell

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Saved by the Bell
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Premiere August 20, 1989
Finale May 22, 1993
Airs Debuts October 5, 2014 on MeTV
Creator Sam Bobrick
Network NBC
Style 30-minute sitcom
Company Peter Engel Productions,
NBC Productions
Seasons 4
Episodes 86 + 1 TV movie
Origin USA

Saved by the Bell is a sitcom that aired on NBC. The program follows the regular adventures of a group of teenagers attending Bayside High School in southern California. The main character, a charming slacker named Zack Morris, would often break the fourth wall, speaking directly to the camera about what was currently going on at the high school.

The program was originally envisioned by Brandon Tartikoff, at that time the president of NBC, as a tribute to a favored teacher of his. The initial iteration of the program centered around a small group of preteens and their teacher at a junior high in Indiana, and was titled Good Morning, Miss Bliss. Hayley Mills held the title role, her first major role in television. One season was produced and aired on the Disney Channel, but the show was not picked up for a second season. The Good Morning, Miss Bliss episodes were later rolled into the Saved by the Bell syndication package when the latter show entered off-network syndication.

NBC did have an opening in their Saturday morning schedule, and were looking for a way to regain the preteen audience that they were losing. It was suggested that Miss Bliss might receive a second chance. The focus was shifted from the adults to the kids, and three of the original juvenile leads were kept, along with their principal. The setting was changed from Indiana to California, and altered to take place at a high school instead. Bayside High School was intended to be an idealized locale, the high school that every kid wanted to attend.

Saved by the Bell ran for four seasons on Saturday mornings. Its main competition were cartoons, but its later time slot plus the different subject matter managed to capture the older audience that NBC wished for. The series eventually garnered two spinoffs: Saved by the Bell: The College Years, which followed several of the leads after they graduated from Bayside; and Saved by the Bell: The New Class, which featured new students at Bayside High.

Despite its initial popularity and enduring place in the memories of many, Saved by the Bell has generally been noted as a show that aged rather poorly. Because of this kitsch value, it was chosen to air on Adult Swim for a limited two-week run.

Saved by the Bell was produced by Peter Engel Productions in association with NBC Productions. Rysher Entertainment originally distributed the show when it first went into off-net syndication, but those rights are now split between NBCUniversal Television Distribution for American distribution and CBS Television Distribution for syndication outside the United States.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Mark-Paul Gosselaar Zachary "Zack" Morris 1 2 3 4
Dustin Diamond Samuel "Screech" Powers 1 2 3 4
Lark Voorhies Lisa Turtle 1 2 3 4
Mario López Albert Clifford "A.C." Slater 1 2 3 4
Tiffani-Amber Thiessen Kelly Kapowski 1 2 3 4
Elizabeth Berkley Jessica "Jessie" Myrtle Spano 1 2 3 4
Dennis Haskins Richard Belding 1 2 3 4
Ed Alonzo Max 1
Leanna Creel Tori Scott 4

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
NBC
Season One August 20, 1989 December 16, 1989 16
Season Two September 8, 1990 December 23, 1990 18
Season Three September 14, 1991 December 21, 1991 26 + 1
Season Four September 12, 1992 May 22, 1993 26

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Complete Series
The Complete Collection November 5, 2013 13 purchase
Season Sets
Seasons One & Two September 2, 2003 5
Seasons Three & Four April 27, 2004 4
Season Five July 19, 2005 3
Made-for-TV Movies
Hawaiian Style / Wedding In Las Vegas August 7, 2007 1

External Sites