Two Saved By The Bell Stars Who Still Hang Out In Real Life

Tiffani Thiessen is still close with one of her Saved by the Bell co-stars

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A lot has changed since the original Saved by the Bell went off the air in the early '90's. One of the things that has stayed the same, however, is the tight-knit relationship between some members of the show's cast. Among those tight bonds is the one shared by former co-stars and onscreen love interests Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tiffani Thiessen. The latter, who played Kelly Kapowski, shared what has kept her and Gosselaar so close after all of these years, saying:

Lately, I'll say it's been beer and my husband. [laughs] We're kind of like brother and sister. I know people probably don't want to hear that, but we grew up together. We traveled the world together. We've done a lot of things as firsts together. It was our first big success and our first TV show. We went to Europe together for the first time. We're super-super-close; we live not that far from each other. And I adore his wife and his kids, and he loves my husband, and they go drink beer all the time.

When it comes to fictional TV friendships, few shows can say they have Saved by the Bell beat. So it is not entirely surprising that arguably the closest of those on-screen relationships translated into something just as meaningful off-screen. The half-hour comedy showcased the relationships between six friends as they navigated the highs and lows of high school, with those highs and lows profoundly connected to Zack Morris' unique traits as a friend and boyfriend. Based on what Tiffani Thiessen shared with People, it sounds like Mark-Paul Gosselaar is a much better friend than Zack.

Relationships between co-stars can be tricky. Thankfully, Tiffani Thiessen and Mark-Paul Gosselaar have managed to navigate 30 years of friendship without any obvious fallouts. Given the former co-stars are so close, a reboot of Saved by the Bell does not sound like it would be a difficult thing to bring into existence. While Thiessen and Gosselaar's friendship is still going strong, you have to wonder about Kelly and Zack's relationship. The two eloped in Las Vegas in a TV movie that aired in 1994, and would have presumably had the most beautiful and perfectly coifed children in all of California.

Tiffani Thiessen's Kelly was often at the center of arguments between Zack his buddy Slater, the teen boys' portrayers have encountered no such feud. In fact, the pair also spend time together in real life. Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Mario Lopez both enjoyed a Los Angeles Chargers game together during the latest NFL season, and the heartthrobs shared a picture from the sidelines on social media, which you can see for yourself below.

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While fans would love to see the Saved by the Bell cast unite for a reboot of the beloved sitcom, they will have to rely on these smaller interactions between the cast to get them through. You can currently catch Tiffani Thiessen on the Netflix sitcom Alexa & Katie, which has already been renewed for a second season. And even outside of an episode of Thiessen's Cooking Channel series, here's hoping Tiffani Thiessen and Mark-Paul Gosselaar star together in something again. Even if they are not playing Kelly and Zack, it would be a neat treat for Saved by the Bell fans.

As of last year, you can no longer watch Saved by the Bell on Netflix, but don't get too sad, because the good news is that every season of the O.G. Saved by the Bell is currently streaming on Hulu. While the comedy is not on Amazon Prime or Netflix, you can find out what other shows those streaming services will have to offer in the not-too-distant future. Check out our guide to Amazon Prime and Netflix's 2018 premiere schedule, as well as our summer premiere schedule for the future of primetime.

Britt Lawrence

Like a contented Hallmark movie character, Britt happily lives in the same city she grew up in. Along with movies and television, she is passionate about competitive figure skating. She has been writing about entertainment for 5 years, and as you may suspect, still finds it as entertaining to do as when she began.