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The past year has been an incredibly rich one for fans of Saved by the Bell. (Not a sentence one has to form very often.) It all reached an apex of sorts on The Tonight Show, which featured Jimmy Fallon taking a trip back to his high school days at Bayside, and most of the original cast reunited for the awesomeness.
It would take all day to list the myriad ways in which Saved by the Bell could be made fun of, but TruTV’s sketch comedy series Friends of the People honed in on the all-around lack of black people on the show with guffaw-worthy results. Check out “Black Kids of Bayside” below, with a special appearance from Dustin “Screech” Diamond.
It’s a post-Sharknado world, but a TV movie doesn’t need for murderous animals and weather patterns to co-mingle in order to be enjoyable. Sometimes all it takes is fake Lark Voorhies taking time from her rooftop picnic to talk about how Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t celebrate Christmas.
Though I’d like to be hopping from town to town, screaming about Lifetime's unauthorized Saved by the Bell movie from rooftops, my time is probably better served here, pulling together some of the “greatest” lip sync-and-synthesizer moments from SBTB’s history with the musical form.
First, there were The Beatles, and then later on, after the line between talent and popularity had grown maddeningly large, there was the cast of Saved by the Bell.
To the classic grooves of Bel Biv Devoe’s “Poison,” the cast of Saved by the Bell comes together for a photo shoot that could possibly end in either tears or blood. Or both.
Lead characters might get the television commercials and the headlines, but it’s often the supporting characters who are the difference between a TV program being a lot of fun and stinking to high heaven.
When you wake up in the morning, there’s no possible alarm that can give out the kind of warning that is necessary to hear this story. Lifetime has recently been busy rebranding themselves as something more than just a women-in-trouble network, and they’re reaching out to a wide irony-embracing audience with The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story.
Among the more dramatic moments in television in 1990 was the episode of Saved By The Bell in which overachiever Jessie Spano got hooked on caffeine pills in an effort to keep up with her studies and be a part of a singing group with her best friends Lisa Turtle and Kelly Kapowsi. The pressure and the pills got to be too much for her and she got so excited she melted down. Luckily, Zack was there to catch her when she fell.
If you're a child of the 1980s and were a fan of disparate programming such as Knight Rider, Saved By the Bell, Airwolf, Miami Vice and Punky Brewster, there's now a way to follow the latest adventures of your favorite TV shows without scouring YouTube for fan series: comic books. NBC is partnering with comic book company Lion Forge to create digital comics of some of its more popular programs.
The Today show had a treat for their viewers this morning, particularly for those with a nostalgic fondness for Saved by the Bell. Not only was Tiffani Thiessen (a.k.a. Kelly Kapowski) there and ready for a bit of TV trivia, but the segment featured a surprise appearance by Dennis Haskins, known for playing the Bayside High School principal on Saved by the Bell. Watch the video ahead.
The consistently entertaining Fine Brothers have debuted an 8-bit, interactive YouTube game in which you get to help Zack decide which members of the gang to help out of a jam. Will you help Kelly figure out how to go to the prom despite the fact that her dad just lost his job?