April 30, 2009
Late-night host Jimmy Fallon isn't afraid to admit that Saved By The Bell
is his personal guilty pleasure and he wants to see the cast reunite.
Saved By The Bell began as a Disney Channel sitcom called Good Morning, Miss Bliss
. It revolves around a sensible teacher (Haley Mills) who instructs students like Zack (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), "Screech" (Dustin Diamond), Lisa (Lark Voorhies), Nikki (Heather Hopper), and Mikey (Max Battimo). (Some notable students in the pilot are played by Jaleel White, Brian Austin Green and Jonathan Brandis.) The school's principal is Mr. Belding (Dennis Haskins) and the maintenance supervisor is Mylo Williams (T. K. Carter).
The show was cancelled after 13 episodes and NBC acquired the rights to revamp the series. A few characters were kept (Zack, Screech, Lisa, and Mr. Belding) and the new show, Saved By The Bell
, began focusing on the students. Students Kelly (Tiffani Thiessen) and "Jessie" (Elizabeth Berkley) were introduced as longtime friends of the original characters and a new transfer student, A.C. (Mario Lopez), rounded out the group.
The show lasted for five seasons and was a cornerstone of NBC's Saturday morning programming. The show ended in 1993 but many in the cast reunited for two made-for-TV movies -- Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style
and Saved By The Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas
-- and a short-lived primetime spin-off series, Saved By The Bell: The College Years
. A new group of students populated the Saturday morning spin-off Saved By The Bell: The New Class