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Growing up, I LOVED Saved By The Bell. The catchy theme song. Innocent dramas. Going through situations together with the main characters. It was really awesome. So when I heard that Shout! Factory was releasing Saved By The Bell The Complete Collection, I was ecstatic! I knew I had to get my hands on this set. There were episodes I missed out on and I really wanted to catch up. But the best part is that now I get to do it with my whole family this winter. But today, I want to make sure you have all the Saved By The Bell Secrets as well as share why you need to watch.
Saved By The Bell Secrets
Every show has their secrets. After shows end, the cast members tend to write books spilling it all. And Saved By The Bell is no different! So check out the Saved By The Bell Secrets right here:
This is always a big one. Everyone wants to know who really dated who!? Especially when so many story lines have characters dating or interested in each other. It turns out that Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zack) and Lark Voorhies (Lisa) were the two who actually hooked up! They dated for three years! But he also did admit that, at different times, he did date each of his three female co-stars for at least a brief time.
Who Wanted What Part
Elizabeth Berkley (Jessie) actually auditioned for the role of Kelly Kapowski. Obviously, she didn’t get it. But producers loved her so much that they created the part of Jessie Spano specifically for her. And I’d say she played it very well!
Does Hair Really Matter
Would Zack Morris be Zack Morris if he wasn’t blond? Well, it turns out that he’s not!? He’s actually a natural brunet. So to play his role the best he could, he actually dyed his hair blond every two weeks during his Saved By The Bell filming years.
More About Hair
Turns out, Mario Lopez (A.C. Slater) chose to have long hair because he was trying to look like Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon. He didn’t have a clue that what he actually had going on was a mullet!
Growing Up Fast
Did you know that Tiffani Amber Thiessen actually moved out of her parents house at the age of 17?! Not only that, she even moved to Los Angeles by herself!
The Screech Chronicles
Turns out, nobody in the cast liked Dustin Diamond, aka, Samuel “Screech” Powers. And they still don’t. He was three years younger than the rest of the cast and never quite fit in. His humor was typically out of line and not appreciated on the set. Nor did his memoir go over very well. His first attempt was even dropped by his publisher!
No Swearing On The Set
Part of the Saved By The Bell secrets is the fact that producers wanted to keep the wholesome feel of the show at all times. Which led to the “no swearing on the set” rule.
Lisa Turtle’s Real Life
Lark Voorhies had a lot of personal struggles in real life. Her mother even claims she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Throughout the shows run, you may recognize some of their guest stars! There was Eric Dane (best known as Grey’s Anatomy‘s Dr. Mark Sloan), Denise Richards, Tori Spelling, Christine Taylor, Scott Wolf, Leah Remini, and more.
Working Hard Means Missing Fun
As you may imagine, being a part of a popular television show is a lot of work. Lark Voorhies actually had to miss her prom and graduation even!
Turns out, Mark-Paul Gosselaar actually met his first wife on the set of Saved By The Bell. She was a background extra. Sadly, they divorced in 2011.
The Set Is Alive And Well
You are not going crazy if you think you’ve seen glimpses of the Bayside High School set! It was never completely struck down and has made appearances on shows such as That’s So Raven and iCarly.
Bayside School Or Bayside Room
Sorry to disappoint but Bayside High School wasn’t a real building. Instead, every single classroom was the same set, just moved and decorated differently for each particular scene!
Malibu Sands Beach Club
Do you recall when the cast of Saved By The Bell worked at the Malibu Sands Beach Club? It turns out that the same beach club was used as a set in Beverly Hills 90210.
Mr. Belding’s HEY! HEY! HEY! What Is Going On Here?!
This came about from Dennis Haskins catchphrase was his own invention! He said it on the set and everyone loved it. So he went with it and the rest is history.
‘I’m so excited!’ Episode
If you ask Elizabeth Berkley, she’ll tell you her favorite episode was the “I’m so excited!” episode. It was extreme, for the time, and brought up a very real topic of being addicted (to caffeine pills).
Mr. Belding’s Degrees
If you look close, you’ll see one of the degrees on his office wall is in Kung Fu!
Original Script Versus Bromance
While Zack and A.C. were originally supposed to fight over Ms. Kelly Kapowski, their on-screen charisma was so good with each other. So instead, that story line was scrapped. And the best of friends vibe was portrayed instead.
Only 2 Characters Were In EVERY Single Episode
Can you guess who? Turns out that from “Good Morning, Miss Bliss” all the way through the finale of The College Years, only Zack and Screech appear in every single episode.
Why Tori Scott
In a pinch, Tori Scott, played by Leanna Creel was hired. Why? Because two of the actresses, Tiffani Amber Thiessen and Elizabeth Berkley, couldn’t renew their contracts.
Saved By The Bell Success
While this may not be a “Saved By The Bell secrets” note, it’s worth mentioning. Saved By The Bell attracted more teenage viewers on Saturday mornings than the #1 show on television, The Cosby Show, did at primetime!
Why You Need To Watch Saved By The Bell
There are so many reasons to grab the Saved By The Bell The Complete Collection. First off, nostalgia of course. For everyone who grew up watching, the feeling of seeing this show in your home again is indescribable. And truly, it’s time to bring some classic, family friendly tv back for the new generations. From 1989 to 1993, generations of television viewers sat down to enjoy Saved By The Bell. This cultural touchstone, back in an award worthy collection, should be shown in homes everywhere again.
And not only does this collection feature every episode from Good Morning, Miss bliss, Saved By The Bell: The Junior High Years, Saved By The Bell, Saved By The Bell: The College Years. It also has the two feature-length TV Movies that followed! And on top of that, it’s loaded with bonus features including:
- New Documentary Features: “Past Times At Bayside High: Making Saved By The Bell” and “Bayside’s Greatest Hits: The Music Of Saved By The Bell:
- Featurette: “Saturday Morning: From Toons To Teens”
- Audio Commentaries
- Featurette: “It’s Alright: Back To The Bell”
- Photo Galleries
- Featurette: “The First Of Its Class: From Sit-Com To Icon”
- 16 Page Episode Guide
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