June 9th, 2009
04:30 PM ET

A 'Saved by the Bell' reunion?

In the summer of 2000, my college friends and I spent hours playing "Saved By the Bell" trivia. We'd try to one-up each other with obscure SBTB references, such as:

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Which "Good Morning, Miss Bliss" student regulars didn't make it to "Saved By the Bell"? What were the names of the competing friendship bracelet brands Zack and friends sold to the students of Bayside High? What teacher called Zack a "blond Tom Cruise" in the episode about subliminal messages in advertising? (See below.)

Yes, it was a lame way to spend a Saturday night.

But it was also a revealing insight into what a cultural touchstone "Saved By the Bell" was for my generation - those of us born in the late '70s and early '80s. We knew the show was cheesy, for sure, but we couldn't turn away.

Now buzz on "Saved By the Bell" is building, largely thanks to Jimmy Fallon, who is campaigning for a "Saved By the Bell" reunion. Last night Mark-Paul Gosselaar -­- in character as Zack Morris –­ announced on Fallon's "Late Night" that he would participate in the reunion, where he'll join Mr. Belding (Dennis Haskins), Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies), Jessie Spano (Elizabeth Berkley) and A.C. Slater (Mario Lopez).

Today Gosselaar cracked the top 20 on Google Trends, following yesterday's strong showing by Voorhies at number 14 and Tiffani Thiessen (Kelly) -­- formerly known as Tiffani Amber Thiessen ­– at number 39.

What is it about this show that captivates us? I think its ubiquity in the '90s helped; I remember coming home from high school and being able to watch two hours of "Bell" per day in syndicated repeats.

And then last night, as Gosselaar delivered his tongue-in-cheek performance as Zack on "Fallon," he appeared to lampoon his adolescent acting skills, his impossible SAT score (1502? really?) and the band, Zack Attack, of "Friends Forever" fame. And yet we're still interested.

Even if it's a little shameful to admit it.

(Incidentally, the answers to the questions in the second paragraph are, respectively, Nikki and Mikey, Friendship Bracelets and Buddy Bands, and Miss Wentworth. But you knew that, right?)

– Debra Alban, CNN.com Writer/Producer


Filed under: television

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  1. EKIM-sbtb

    I dont think this reunion is ever gonna happen, but I hope it does. all of the original cast should remember where they came from and give their fans of 20 yrs a reason to smile one more time.

    September 3, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mindwave

    Eric was the name of Jessie's stepbrother.

    August 17, 2009 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jimmy

    Good that would be great saved by the bell reunion. Im all for it loved it when I was a kid and growing up.

    August 4, 2009 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. The Pissed Off Tree Rat

    Can Elizabeth Berkley actually do TV now? I'm not sure the FCC is cool with her "must be nude" clause in her standard contract.

    June 11, 2009 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Barbara

    Mario Lopez is the biggest phony ever!! I saw him by the pool in South Beach, Miami 2 years ago and he was the biggest ass you could ever ever imagine......

    June 10, 2009 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kate

    SBTB was the best show ever. Pop question: What was Jessie stepbrother's name? Also, isn't he the guy who plays Charlie on NUMBERS?

    June 10, 2009 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Screech

    Only if Elizabeth Berkley reprises her stripper role for it

    June 10, 2009 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sarah

    Smiles.. TBS isn't showing Saved By the Bell at 6 a.m. anymore, they have changed it to Married with Children (blech!). I was totally bummed....

    I think it would be awesome for a reunion! I am so ready!!!!

    June 10, 2009 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. danny

    Im definitely into a reunion!! if im not working, im trying to watch the show from 6am til 8am Central time! Have always been a fan of the show, and loved how he came out as zack! Oh, Kelly was also in the movie son-in-law with Pauly! Yeah!! Im glad there doing this, it'll bring joy to all of us that grew up with the show! There hasn't been a good show on tv like this one for awhile! Why do you think they're showing this and Fresh Prince EVERYDAY??? Oh, and to 'i hate screech' come on man... Shit happens, And if the write the script, its gonna be them back in high school! He wasnt that bad, THEN! And of course, Look at 90% of child stars, they dont go big! So just chill, let them get back together for this one show, and bring some memories back to all of us! THANK YOU JIMMY!!!!!

    June 10, 2009 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chris Smith

    I hope Tiffany Amber Theisen joins too. She was soooo fine!

    June 10, 2009 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JC

    Screech's latest claim to fame is being on Celebrity Fit Club, even though he's not fat, and making an adult film in an attempt to save his house from forclosure.

    June 10, 2009 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chris

    No Kelly or Screech? It can't be done without them. They really need to get those two so it can be a real reunion.

    June 10, 2009 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Annette

    Where's Screech!? Its not like he's doing anything else, except maybe hanging out at Disneyland with his SBTB satin jacket on hoping someone will recognize him. Come on dude, we want to make fun of you again! Don't let us down!

    June 10, 2009 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tina

    I would LOVE a reunion! If the fans could do it for the New Kids on the Block, I'm sure the SBTB fans could do it too! Are they also going to bring back the memorable guest stars and fill-ins? Remember Tori, the bike-riding chick in the "second" final season? What about Tori Spelling as Screech's girlfriend Violet?

    Mr. Belding's wife's name was Becky.

    June 10, 2009 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. justin

    This is awesome! I cant' wait for the reunion. Even though I am 25 years old; I still am stoked about the new reunion.

    June 10, 2009 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  16. WhoCares

    I'm as excited to see this as when they decided to bring back 90210 and Melrose Place. I thought Jimmy Fallon was a man not a teenie-bop-little-crapface. Get some better writers Fallon!

    June 10, 2009 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  17. the L

    Leo, Tiffany was in a Woody Allen film. She had a substantive role in The Ladie's man among others. Also in one of those nothing tv shows you were mentioning, she was the star and another was the high profile 90210. So c'mon...Everyone has been falling in line in the exact order of their current stature in Hollywood with the exception of screech. He should have been number one or two to sign on.

    June 10, 2009 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  18. j

    "Two Beldings in one building one of whom is balding. " – Zack Morris

    June 10, 2009 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  19. JAH

    I saw this episode of Late Night and cracked up. I expected him to agree to the reunion, but I was not expecting him to do the entire interview as Zack Morris (hair, clothes, shoes, watch, and all)! When, he whipped out his famous cell phone, I lost it!! Then Zack and The Roots performed "Friends Forever".... classic.

    June 10, 2009 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  20. Andrew

    Zach needs to make sure he's sporting his original cell phone...

    June 10, 2009 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  21. skinnyb

    i cannot believe! a reunion? i read somewhere that gossellar wished everyone would stop calling him zack. i am glad to hear that he has said yes to the reunion. i loved sbtb! can't wait to see it.

    June 10, 2009 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
  22. Timothy

    My first apartment as an adult was JUST like Zach Morris' bedroom!!!! Palm fronds and everything. I swear.

    June 10, 2009 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
  23. shelly

    oh dear lord NO!!

    June 10, 2009 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
  24. Tony

    "Hey slater did you tell your dad about Iowa?"
    "what about Iowa Albert?"
    "Uh Uh I oh uh, I oh uh Zack ten dollars"

    absolutley classic bring it back and millions will watch, even if they wont admit it

    June 10, 2009 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  25. ThePit

    This episode was awesome. Zack Morris rocks!

    June 10, 2009 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  26. Chris Wieneke

    Born in 1980. I have to say that Mark Paul is the most successful of all of them, starring in Steven Bochco series...

    June 9, 2009 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Josh

    Would LOVE to see a reunion!!! Whats funny to me is, I actually propsosed to my wife in a poem, that featured Zack and Kelly... I am soooo lame!!!

    June 9, 2009 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Ellen

    Stop the madness!

    June 9, 2009 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Dan

    What about Mr. Beldings wifes name?

    June 9, 2009 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Dan

    Correct! Rod (Rodney) Belding was Belding's younger brother.

    Slater's pets name was Artie........

    June 9, 2009 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Kyle

    Slater's chameleon was named Artie....they sang "oh artie boy" at a funeral in the classroom that everyone attended....wow.

    June 9, 2009 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  32. William

    2 Beldings in one building and one Belding is balding!

    June 9, 2009 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  33. steve

    Guess they all ran out of money and are drilling for more!?

    June 9, 2009 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Lindsay

    ron or russ or something?
    he was the "cool" brother who was going to take them rafting but then let Zach down :(

    June 9, 2009 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  35. noileen junor

    I really enjoyed this show even the reruns, I can't wait for the Reunion.

    June 9, 2009 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Joey

    Dirty Joe, "Good Morning, Miss Bliss" took place at John F Kennedy Middle School and was set in Indiana.

    June 9, 2009 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Joey

    Oh, and Mr. Belding's brother's name was Rob!

    June 9, 2009 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Joey

    It would be interesting to see a "class reunion"! Thanks to Jimmy Fallon for trying to put this thing together.

    Question– What was Slater's chameleon's name?

    June 9, 2009 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Cari

    SWEET....My 9 year old watches this every morning after she gets ready for school..she is always hoping I am running late! And the episode where Jessi is hopped up on pills to study..classic!

    June 9, 2009 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  40. I hate screech

    NO SCREECH PLEASE!!!!!!!. I loved that show growing up and my kids have watched in reruns. The one constant is how much we despise not just his character on the show, but the guy himself. He is an egotistical maniac that thinks he is smarter than everyone he comes in contact. If he was so smart why was his voice still cracking and he still be so stupid in college and then in the New SBTB.? He tanked, the character tanked and he has just become abhorrent to watch. From his time on Celebrity Fit Club 2 x, to his foray into porn to his "I'm a 7th degree blackbelt"does not impress. I bet Harvey would have wore his a@@ out and we would pay money to see that. To the people writing the script, leave him out please so we can watch?

    June 9, 2009 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Sarah

    This is so funny! The clothes, the phone... I laughed so hard!

    June 9, 2009 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  42. T

    Rod Belding.

    June 9, 2009 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  43. T

    I watch it every morning before work...I'm glad to hear I'm not alone.

    June 9, 2009 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Biggy Johnson

    Yo Dan, trivia games aren't fun anymore since the internet came around. Just go on Wikipedia. That's probably where these jokers are getting their questions from anyway!

    Belding's brother was named Rod.

    Lame-o.

    June 9, 2009 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  45. El Stone

    Dirty Joe, the show started out in Indianapolis before moving to California. I agree, it was a real stretch and a weak move on the part of the show.

    Same as the whole Tori debaucle during the last season.

    June 9, 2009 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Dan

    A.C is actually ALBERT Clifford. SBTB is a great show. They just don't make them like that anymore.

    Question – What was the name of Mr. Belding's brother in the class trip episode?

    June 9, 2009 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Anonymous

    The name of the companies were "Friendship Forever" and "Buddy Bands" (not Friendship Bracelets)... So sad that I know that...

    June 9, 2009 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Dirty Joe

    I loved it when they were in middle school in Minnesota (Michigan?) or some other midwestern state, then they all moved to California for high school. Even the principal moved! I mean I could somewhat believe (thought it would be quite a stretch) if all the parents of the show's stars worked for a company and were relocated to California. But the principal! Give me a freaking break.

    June 9, 2009 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Stephanie

    I am not ashamed. I'm 29 and freaking love SBTB! I loved it when it was 'Good Morning, Miss Bliss (love Hayley Mills!) and followed it through to the College Year and Zach and Kelly's wedding.
    I used to do SBTB trivia and still quote the show with my friends.

    I'm so excited for a reunion. 'I'm so excited. I'm so...scared." Haha.

    June 9, 2009 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Kinko

    I didn't see Fallon, but I LOVED SBTB...I still catch an episode or two and I'm 33 years old. One of my fav...well a few of my fav episodes are when Jesse get's hooked on speed (I'm so excited, I'm so excited....I'm so...) Also when Jesse's step brother comes to live with them. Ohh and the episodes when Kelly breaks up with Zach to hook up with her manager...

    I think a reunion episode would be the bomb...the only hold out I see is Elizabeth...maybe, and probably Dustin Diamond...but being that he's broke...he might want to jump on the chance....

    June 9, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  51. jessica h

    i was born in 82, and i still remember watching it, and all the reruns later on. it was so cheesy, but it was great. i can't wait to see the reunion :)

    June 9, 2009 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Leo

    The reunion is not out of reach none of the cast ever made it big enough to say no. Screech-reality show loser. Slater-Show host and stage actor. Kelly-Made a few tv shows. Jessie-showgirls enough said. Zach-made afew shows here and there. Liza-Soap operas. Not one A lister in the bunch. But I have to say Elizabeth Berkely has gotten hotter with age.

    June 9, 2009 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  53. TSV

    Hours in syndication? No No No. This show was best viewed on Saturday mornings, as we all know.

    June 9, 2009 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  54. tony

    here's another SBTB trivia question: In three different episodes, they suggest what the A and C, in AC Slater, stands for....what are the three?

    ANSWERS BELOW

    ANSWERS HERE - Alfred Clifford, Abnormely Cruel and Absolutely Charming - ANSWERS HERE

    June 9, 2009 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Mary from Mesa, Az

    This is AWESOME! I watched Saved by the Bell every day when I was younger and I LOVED IT!!! I hope there is a reunion, I would LOVE to see it!!

    June 9, 2009 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Jiffypop

    This is a definite must-see. I'll throw some Bagel Bites in the oven and wear my scrunchies on my wrists just for the occasion!

    June 9, 2009 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Jill

    I love Jimmy Fallon and wish him luck on this noble crusade :) I'd love nothing more than to see the gang reunite... it'd be a welcomed break from the crap they call television these days.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Claya

    Please no!!!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Jill

    I am all for a reunion! It would be awesome! I love Jimmy Fallon for finally putting this all together!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Trey Box

    This is fantastic, when I saw the episode on Jimmy Fallon last night, I was messaging all my friends to let them know that Zach Morris was on, and he hasn't aged a bit, heck I'm 23 and I look older, yikes... maybe it was Botox

    June 9, 2009 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  61. katie

    I can't believe Im admitting to this, but I would be so happy to see a reunion. I just got an email from some friends just this morning about it and they agree that it would be great to see them all together.

    June 9, 2009 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Smiles

    This is fantastic! You can still watch re-runs every week-day morning on TBS starting at 6am (central time)! On Friday mornings they air the college years episodes. It is shameful to admit it, but you've got to love Saved By the Bell!

    June 9, 2009 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |

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