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It's that time of year when many people are amped up for the holidays, and we're all able to get into even more festive spirits with that most classic yuletide carol: the theme song to Saved by the Bell. Okay, so maybe that's not exactly true, but just like the new year will do away with Christmas songs, the same will happen to that opening jam over on Netflix, as Saved by the Bell will soon be expelled from the streaming giant.
As it goes every month, Netflix will bring some purges to go along with all the binges that customers get bogged down in, and Saved by the Bell will take its exit on January 1. I don't personally know anyone who adores a New Year's Day that's spent cleaning up fireworks while watching Screech's endless attempts to woo Lisa, but those people will be sorely disappointed when the alarm gives out a warning that morning.
No big reasons for Saved by the Bell skipping out on Netflix, but it's still pretty disappointing. Not only are all four standard seasons of SBTB proper going away along with the Hawaiian Style mini-arc, but we also have to say "good night" to Good Morning, Miss Bliss, which is labeled Season 1 on the streaming service. And we had just gotten our Bayside Tiger school spirit back, too.
The relatively recent past has offered up some gold nuggets for fans of Saved by the Bell, largely in the form of executive producer Peter Engel's memoir, titled I Was Saved by the Bell: Stories of Life, Love, and Dreams That Do Come True. He shared the origin story behind the caffeine pill episode and gave his thoughts on where Zack and Kelly's future would have taken them. (Not the most optimistic tale.) In separate incident, Mark-Paul Gosselaar apologized for an episode of the show in a tongue-in-cheek (but still sincere) way. And Family Guy even brought Gosselaar in for a Saved by the Bell cutaway gag this season.
But you know what? Saved by the Bell marathons don't have to begin and end with Netflix. If you head over to Hulu, you'll find not only the standard batch of seasons from the teen comedy, but also Saved by the Bell: The College Years and the TV movie wrap-up Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas. Hopefully those don't also have an expiration date in the near future.
So remember, you have until January 1 to hang out with all your best Bayside High buds on Netflix before school is out for the indeterminate future. Other series bowing out will be the headline-making Fixer Upper, Property Brothers, and Murder, She Wrote. But the future will be good to Netflix subscribers in other ways, and you can see what the streaming service will debut in January with our round-up. Look beyond just that first month with our full 2017 Netflix schedule, as well.