“When I wake up in the mornin’ and the alarm gives out a warnin’ and I think I’ll never make it on time…”
Is it just me, or did Saved by the Bell have one of the greatest theme songs of all time?
Actually, Saved by the Bell had a lot going for it!
It was a funny show filled with lovable characters, believable story arcs, and Zack Morris’ amazing ability to freeze time.
Oh, and caffeine pills. Can’t forget the caffeine pills.
But even if you’ve watched every single episode of this incredible show, there’s probably a lot you don’t know about the behind-the-scenes lives of your favorite characters.
Here are some of the most fascinating facts about your favorite show to watch before school:
Every. Single. Episode.
There are only two characters from the series who appeared in all 86 episodes of Saved by the Bell.
It was Zack (obviously) and Screech!
You know how Slater and Zack are buds throughout the series?
Well, it wasn’t always going to be that way. In fact, they were originally going to be arch enemies fighting over Kelly (you can see evidence of this in some of the early episodes).
However, after awhile, the chemistry between the two was so good that the writers decided to have them be friends instead.
Elizabeth Berkley originally auditioned for the role of Kelly Kapowski.
Obviously, the role ultimately went to Tiffani-Amber Thiessen.
However, Berkley impressed the producers so much that they created the role of Jesse Spano just for her.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar had quite a bit in common with Zack Morris.
Namely, it seems like he was seen as kind of a dreamboat.
He and Lark Voorhies reportedly dated for three years while filming the show!
But it didn’t stop there. Rumor has it that he also dated Berkley and Thiessen. He once told People: “All of us dated at one point or another—it was incestuous!”
OK, so maybe you love Saved by the Bell, but did you know that it was actually a spin-off? It’s true! Read on for more info.
The show started out as a Disney series starring Hayley Mills.
The show was called Good Morning, Miss Bliss and it was mostly focused on the teacher of the class. After the first season ended, Disney dropped the show.
Then, NBC picked it up, revamped it to focus more on the kids, and voila!
Saved by the Bell was born. They also moved the show from taking place in Indiana to being set in California.
Family-friendly show = family-friendly set
There was no cursing allowed on the set.
Producer Peter Engel banned all profanity in order to stick with the wholesome nature of the set.
Elizabeth Berkley wasn’t always thrilled with her character.
Although the role was written specifically for her, Berkley sometimes took issue with the way Jesse was portrayed, especially when it came to wardrobe.
In a 2013 interview, she said about Jesse’s wardrobe: “I didn’t like it because I felt like as a young woman, just because you are a feminist, why can’t you also dress in things that make you feel girly and empowered?”
Remember Zack’s luscious locks?
Well, they weren’t natural.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar had to dye his hair every two weeks while filming in order to hide his natural brown hair color.
And don’t forget A.C. Slater’s iconic ‘do.
Apparently, Mario Lopez’s longer hairstyle was inspired by Mel Gibson’s character in Lethal Weapon.
“I didn’t even know I had a mullet!” He said in an interview with People. “Looking back, I guess it does qualify.”
Next up is a fact about the actual high school set.
Quiet on the set!
All of the various classrooms shown on Saved by the Bell were in fact just one room styled in different ways for each subject.
The set designers certainly had their work cut out for them!
In fact, that same set was used long after Saved by the Bell was done filming.
You might recognize it as the high school from That’s So Raven and the middle school from iCarly.
What’s in a name?
Before Good Morning, Miss Bliss was retitled as Saved by the Bell, producers were considering naming it When the Bell Rings.
Something tells me that show’s theme song wouldn’t have been nearly as awesome.
And speaking of the theme song…
There’s a reason it was so great.
It was written by Scott Gale, who also wrote The Golden Girls theme!
A world without Screech.
Although it’s hard to imagine Saved by the Bell without Dustin Diamond, there was a chance he wouldn’t be cast as Screech.
Diamond was only 12 years old when he was cast.
Luckily for him, Peter Engel — the show’s creator — didn’t know that. If he had, Engel wouldn’t have cast someone quite that young.
Have you ever wondered what the A.C. in A.C. Slater stood for? Well, wonder no more.
Good ol’ A.C.
You probably remember that Slater was his last name, but do you know what the A.C. stood for?
Albert Clifford. Yeah, I might choose to go by my last name, too.
And Jesse’s middle name?
It was Myrtle.
I’ve certainly heard worse!
Where were their parents?
Throughout the series, we never meet Screech’s dad.
We also never meet Slater’s, Jesse’s, or Kelly’s moms!
He was Max the Magician/owner of The Max.
He’s a magician in real life, too! He even worked with Brittney Spears and created illusions for her 2009 Circus tour.
Ever notice the degrees and certificates on Mr. Belding’s office wall?
Well, one of them was a degree in Kung Fu. I can’t believe we never got to see his Kung Fu skills in action!
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