We all have two kinds of favorite shows. Some you proclaim to the world because it’s widely agreed that they’re quality programming. And then, there are the guilty pleasures. These are the shows that you love even though you know they aren’t very good. Well, 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 actually 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.
The original Saved by the Bell was a very popular show in its day and continues to do well in syndication. Though it’s very dated and filled with simplistic plotlines, the show’s beloved by kids today and many who grew up in the late 1980s and early 1990s. One of those fans is the host of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
A few weeks ago, Fallon announced that he was making it his mission to reunite the cast of Saved by the Bell for the show’s 20th anniversary. He encouraged viewers to sign his online petition to support the effort. The campaign kicked off on March 27th and Haskins appeared to say he was ready and willing.
On April 4th, Voorhies said she’d be up for a reunion. And then, in an homage to the “Save the Max” episode, Fallon held a (mock) telethon. Just when things weren’t going well, Lopez stepped in to save the day and committed to the reunion. You can check out the video clips below.
Who will be next? Diamond might be an easy “get” but what about Gosselaar, Thiessen, and Berkley? Can Fallon pull it off? If he does, will a New Class reunion be next?
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