16 fascinating things you dont know about ‘Saved by the Bell’

For a certain generation of adults, Saved by the Bell was the probably most important TV show of their lives. Running on NBC from 1989-1993 and from 1993-94 for the college years versionfollowed by an unending syndication lifeSaved by the Belllaunched the careers of Mario Lopez, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Thiessen, Dustin Diamond, and Leah Rimini. It was also a cultural phenomenon that continues to this day with retro-style pop-up restaurants, Saved by theBell-inspired PSAs, and a Dustin Diamond sex tape.

You might think you know all there is to know about Saved by the Bell. But the facts below will make you feelsoooo excited(but not too scared).

16 fascinating facts about Saved by the Bell

1) None of the original cast starred in the original pilot

If youre a fan of the show, you probably know that it was originally named Good Morning, Miss Bliss and was based at a junior high school in Indianapolis with Hayley Mills as the star.None of the cast that starred in the pilot was actually cast in the 13-episode run of Good Morning, Miss Blisswith the exception, of course, of Millsbut hey, its fun seeing future TV stars here.

2) David Silver and Urkel could have been cast members

But you might not have known that the original pilot featured Brian Austin Green (of Beverly Hills 90210 fame) and Jaleel White (who you probably know better as Urkel from Family Matters).

Heres White, trading a tuna sandwich for a salami sandwich.


And heres Green giving Miss Bliss his business card.


3) Zack Morris iconic blond hair wasn’t natural

This is what Mark-Paul Gosselaar looked like on the Saved by the Bell set.

David Carroll/YouTube

This is what Gosselaar looked like in 1992 when he was making a cameo on Blossom. Notice how dark his hair looks.

Hub Network/YouTube

Yep, Gosselaar had to color his hair, telling Live With Kelly & Michael in 2014, People go, ‘Wow! You’re not blond anymore. When was I ever blond? That’s not real! …I can’t believe I have hair now. I did that… it wasn’t natural.”

4) Zach Morris had a different hair cut every seasonbut not intentionally

Every year we thought wed be canceled, he told Jimmy Fallon. Every single season of Saved by the Bell, it was canceled. At the end of season, we all left, we said goodbye to each other. And thats why every season my hairstyle was so radically different.

5) It was classified an education program

In 1990, Congress passed the Childrens Television Act, which regulated and increased the amount of childrens educational programming. As the New York Timeswrote, Educational programming is defined as programming designed with specific educational or informational goals, set forth in advance, and produced with cooperation from educators. So, what does that have to do with Saved by the Bell? Well, NBC could count the show as educational and thus be in compliance with the law because it dealt with issues like peer pressure, drug use, and drinking and driving.

6) Originally, Lisa Turtle was supposed to be Jewish

On the Industry Standardpodcast, show creatorPeter Engle confessed that Lopez and Lark Voorhies wouldnt have been given roles if the idea of the cast hadnt been adjusted. Engle said the Lisa Turtle character was supposed to be a Jewish princess from Long Island who had moved to California. Though Engle was reminded after he asked Voorhies to read for the part that Lisa wasnt supposed to be black, Engle said, Well, she is now.

Photo via IMDb

7)Slater was supposed to be a throwback to Welcome Back Kotter

As for Slater, Engle said he had envisioned that character as Vinny Barbarino with a leather jacket Italian kid, who was a street kid, who was an Army brat. Instead of a 1990s version of Welcome Back Kotter’s John Travolta in a leather jacket, though, producers went with Lopez and got tank tops and Z. Cavaricci pants.

Photo via IMDb

8) Youve heard plenty of the work from the theme songs composer

Scott Gale wrote the shows iconic theme song, but thats not even his best-known work. Gale was also the music coordinator/music supervisor for the Golden Girls (though he didnt compose the theme song). And he was the writer of two masterpieces from Saved by the Bell, including Did We Ever Have a Chance? and Friends Forever.

9) Mario Lopez wanted to look like Mel Gibson

Perhaps more than anybody else on the show, Slaters wardrobe is absolutely married to the early 1990s. The neon tank tops and the acid-washed jeans are fantastic to look at 25 years later. But what was up with his mullet? I liked my hair long because I wanted to look like Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon, he told People. I didnt even know I had a mullet. Looking back, I guess it does qualify.

Pretty much. As did Gibsons hair style.


10) Mr. Beldings laugh was real

The way Dennis Haskins, who played Principal Belding, tells it, he was on Late Night With David Letterman in 1983, and after laughing at a joke in what became known as his trademark high-pitched cackle, a friend of Haskins told him that laugh would one day make him famous. Cut to my audition for a thing called Good Morning, Miss Bliss, and the character was called upon to laugh, Haskins said in a 2015 Reddit AMA. For some reason, I remembered what my friend had said about my laugh, and did it the way I would laugh, in that high-pitched tone. The writers asked if I could do that again. And that became a trademark. So while the laugh was originally mine, I proudly will it to Mr. Belding.


11) There was no swearing on the set

Peter Engel allegedly banned swearing on the set, according to Gosselaar. Everything I’d ever done was G rated. It was nice to actually swear on the set , Gosselaar said, viamark-paulgosselaar.net. It was like, Ooh, I can say that? We weren’t allowed to swear on the Saved by the Bell set. We were very restricted. It had to be a very clean show, all the way around. And that’s just not the way I am. I can curse like the rest of them.

12) Johnny Dakota was actually one helluva dancer

Johnny Dakota only made one appearance on the show, as arock star shooting an anti-drug spot at Bayside High School who actually liked to use drugs in his off time.

In real life, Dakota, aka Eddie Garcia, was actually a top-notch professional dancer, working with the likes of Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, and Paula Abdul. Naturally, the dude has some moves.

13) Max the magician is actually a magician (though his name isnt Max)

Speaking of artists who have supported humongous pop stars, heres Ed Alonzo, who played the owner of the Max restaurant. As MTVpoints out, Alonzo helped create illusions for Britney Spears2009 world tour. Not a bad gig (and not bad dancing from Alonzo).

14) The Malibu Sands beach club should look familiar

Thats because the scenes shot there forSaved by the Bell were also used for the beach club featured in Beverly Hills 90210, as pointed out by ABC News. Do you recognize the difference?

Saved by the Bell here:

Dustin Pardue/YouTube

And Beverly Hills 90210here:

Bryan McMullin/YouTube

15) The show had really good lighting

As Clipdnotes, the show was nominated for only one Daytime Emmy during its four-year run, and it was for Outstanding Achievement In Lighting Direction in 1992. It did not win.

16) The Saved by the Bell reunion was watched by a lot of people

As the Daily Dot wrote at the time, when Jimmy Fallon hosted a Saved by the Bell reunion on the Tonight Show in 2015, the sketch basically broke the internet. As of this writing, the clip hasbeen viewed more than 36 million times.

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