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->''We don't see Zack's discovery of a discarded brick-phone in a storm drain, or Screech being bitten by a radioactive dickhead, or a homeroom roll-call of each character, with voice-over exposition of their trademark traits and crushes. And we don't need to, because it's unthinkable that a time could exist when Zack, Slater and co., and their various interpersonal foibles, weren't as much a part of our cultural database as ''[[Music/LedZeppelin Stairway to Heaven]]'' or [[Literature/TheBible the great flood.]] They went to Bayside, but we did too; all of us.''
-->--'''Stuart Millard''', ''So Excited, So Scared''

''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZAvh6eD0xk "Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, what is going on here?"]]''

''Saved by the Bell'' is a sitcom that aired on Creator/{{NBC}} from August 1989 to May 1993. Heavily inspired by the films of Creator/JohnHughes, the show centered around the spokespersons from each of the archetypal cliques: [[BigManOnCampus The Beefcake]], [[AllGuysWantCheerleaders The Cheerleader]], TheFashionista, [[SoapboxSadie The Revolutionary]], [[{{Nerd}} The Nerd]]--and most importantly, [[HighSchoolHustler The Hustler]], as embodied by the [[FourthWallObserver fourth-wall breaking, time-freezing]] Zack Morris. In spite of its achingly outdated ([[TotallyRadical even for the time]]) '80s fashions and lingo, it remains the [[TropeCodifier archetype]] of the TV HighSchool, to the point where it is widely [[http://www.x-entertainment.com/messages/486.html theorized]] that the entire ''Saved by the Bell'' universe is contained within Bayside High, and that Zack is, in fact, [[MemeticBadass God.]]

The show began life as a [[Film/TheParentTrap Hayley Mills]] vehicle titled ''Good Morning, Miss Bliss'' (1988-1989), which centered around a junior high school teacher named Miss Bliss as she dealt with her quirky students, among them Zack Morris. Though an NBC pilot, the network rejected it and the Creator/DisneyChannel picked it up instead. It was not a success, but the series found its way back to NBC and was given a drastic [[ReTool retool]]: focus was shifted to the student body, and only Zack, Samuel "Screech" Powers, Lisa Turtle, and Mr. Belding made the transition. The name of the school also changed from John F. Kennedy Junior High to Bayside High, but this is possibly less of a mystery than the school's unexplained move from Indiana to California. The new show, now titled ''Saved by the Bell'', [[AscendedExtra was led by Zack]] and it is ''this'' version that is the one most viewers are familiar with.

Powered by the LawOfDisproportionateResponse: characters won't even bat an eyelash at the absurdities of their lives (such as the fact that Screech designed and built a [[DoAnythingRobot self-aware robot]]), but will explode over something trivial. Though they began and ended as friends, the Bayside Six had a rigidly-enforced pecking order in which Zack lurked somewhere near the bottom, with only the Renfield-like Screech (imprisoned in a locker at least {{once per episode}}) to boss around. Most episodes revolved around a {{zany scheme}} hatched by Zack (Creator/MarkPaulGosselaar) with 1 of 3 objectives:

## Cheating/bribing his way up the social ladder, only to [[TheChewToy get knocked down again]].
## Concocting a get-rich-quick scam to enslave Bayside to his whims.
## Woo back his [[RelationshipRevolvingDoor on-again off-again]] girlfriend Kelly Kapowski (Tiffani Theissen).

Without fail, Screech (Dustin Diamond) would [[TheMillstone spoil the plan while attempting to help.]]

His nemesis A.C. Slater (Mario Lopez) also had his eye on Kelly, leading to a tug-of-war between them as "Preppy" tried and failed to discover Slater's [[TheAce nonexistent weakness]] and break his seduction spell on the school. Slater would repeatedly win Kelly with [[TheCasanova little to no effort]], but would later hook up with the armchair activist Jessie Spano (Elizabeth Berkley). Lisa (Lark Voorhies) rounded out the cast as the {{token minority}} and debutante who acquired an [[LoveMartyr unwanted admirer]] in poor Screech. Dennis Haskins, as Principal Richard Belding, ended up playing his role longer than anyone else associated with the show -- though he and Vice Principal Screech would form a double-act in ''The New Class''.

The show is quite {{camp}}, with a high level of rewatchability, though not without its finger-wagging moralizing (which one could argue is part of the joke). The most infamous "message" episode involved Elizabeth Berkley having a conniption as a result of a [[GRatedDrug caffeine addiction]]. Her ensuing rant has become legendary among fans and non-fans alike, and belongs in a gallery of television's greatest {{narm}} moments.


[[folder: The series ran under four titles: ]]

* ''Good Morning, Miss Bliss'' (a.k.a. ''Saved by the Bell: The Junior High Years''; 13 episodes, 1988-89)
* ''Saved by the Bell'' (87 episodes, 1989-93)
* ''Saved by the Bell: The College Years'' (19 episodes, 1993-94)
* ''Saved by the Bell: The New Class'' (143 episodes, 1993-2000)

After graduating from Bayside, Zack, Slater, Screech and Kelly ended up at CaliforniaUniversity for the more adult-oriented sitcom ''Saved by the Bell: The College Years''. Unfortunately, it failed to attract an audience and ended after one season, though it did lead to a television movie that finally saw {{high school sweethearts}} Zack and Kelly get married. Ultimately, the producers' attempt to cater to both younger fans of the original series and older primetime viewers proved unsuccessful as both demographics felt alienated by the series: The show was too hokey for older viewers and younger fans were turned off by the show's [[{{Soaperizing}} focus on relationship drama]] instead of wacky schemes.

Launched at the same time as ''The College Years'', ''The New Class'' might be classified as more of a SpinOff than a continuation; with one exception, the entire old main cast had left and [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute were replaced]] with new students. In fact, ''The New Class'' featured an [[RevolvingDoorCasting alarmingly high cast turnover]] during its run. Mr. Belding and (later) Screech were the only constants. Amazingly, despite its lack of memorable characters, at least compared to the original cast, it was the longest lasting incarnation of the series (mainly because it was the anchor of an entire Saturday morning block of ''Saved by the Bell'' clones).

Now has a [[Characters/SavedByTheBell character sheet.]]

For the trope described by the "saved by the bell" phrase, see JustInTime or one of its variants.

Creator/CartoonNetwork started airing ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' on their Adult Swim night time programming block (despite the show's rating of TV-G) as a April Fool's Day prank shortly before the TV show goes back to Creator/{{TBS}}.

The series soon became a worldwide phenomenon as Creator/{{Universal}}, the current owners of the trademark, started doing a massive product brand revival of their #1 TV show in 2015.

!!This series contains examples of:

* AbhorrentAdmirer:
** Screech in the eyes of Lisa.
** Rhonda Robistelli, a {{Tomboy}} who's actually pretty decent looking... although, any guy would be turned off by a girl who's strong enough to lift and twirl them over her body during a swing dance, as Zack endured in "Fatal Distraction".
** Wendy Parks, the overweight girl who won Zack during the date auction in Season 3. In the same episode, Brian Watkins sees Lisa as this until she pretends to share his intellectual interests.
* {{Adorkable}}: Screech before his voice changed. He was such a cute, dorky little kid & far less annoying.
* AnAesop: So many morals. Don't do drugs. Don't drive drunk. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Don't hypnotize a girl so that she'll go out on a date with you.]]
* AesopAmnesia: Any aesop the gang learns in one episode is forgotten and/or never referenced again in the ones after.
* AgelessBirthdayEpisode: Happened with Screech's and Zack's birthdays.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Screech is this for the rest of the gang. According to Dustin Diamond, Screech actor, this is also the source of a lot of his disdain for the rest of the cast.
* AlphaBitch: Averted/subverted. Despite displaying typical AlphaBitch-qualities such as head cheerleader (Kelly), overacheiver (Jesse), and fashion queen (Lisa), all three main character girls are genuinely nice people and worthy of their popularity.
* AscendedExtra: Mr. Tuttle. He never became a series regular, but he appeared sporadically throughout the series (certainly more often than any other teacher at Bayside), becoming a fan favorite guest star. Seemed to teach a wide variety of classes and coach a wide variety of clubs.
* AscendedFanboy: A retroactive example, oddly enough. Creator/JimmyFallon is a ''huge'' ''Saved by the Bell'' fanboy and has used his clout as a late night comedy show host to invite Mark-Paul Gosselaar onto ''Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'' ''in character as Zack Morris'', complete with blonde hair, high-top sneakers, acid-washed jeans, a [[{{TheNineties}} 1990s-style]] shirt, and of course, Zack's classic "brick" cell phone (Zack even managed to plug Gosselaar's then-new show ''Series/RaisingTheBar''). Fallon then arranged for a ''Saved by the Bell'' reunion, which took place in the form of a photo shoot. Fallon would later get Gosselaar, Thiessen, Lopez, Berkley, and Haskins' help to recreate the series (complete with the Bayside set and the actors made up to look like their former '90s selves) in a sketch that featured Fallon playing [[RememberTheNewGuy a never-before-seen member of the gang]].
* BeachEpisode: A whole string of them, [[FanNickname informally known]] as "The Beach Episodes" or "The Malibu Sands Episodes." Though they don't really fit the traditional definition, a swimsuit-clad Kelly and Slater in all six of these episodes ain't too shabby.
* TheBGrade: Happens to Jessie several times. She fainted after receiving a B on a test (which most of the class, with the exception of Screech, bombed) and had fits over scoring lower on the SAT than Zack, leading to her spray-painting "Death to the SAT" on the lockers. However, when she finds out Screech beat her in valedictorian (but gave it up to spare her feelings), she publicly announces it during her speech and awards the title to him.
* BlackAndNerdy: Ollie Creekly.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead:
** In ''The College Years'', you have Leslie (the blonde), Kelly (the brunette), and Alex (the redhead).
** In ''The New Class'', Rachel (blonde), Maria (brunette), and Katie (redhead). Liz would later take Rachel's place as the blonde.
* BottleEpisode: A few, but since production values as a whole were not large, they aren't terribly noticeable.
* BornInAnElevator: Zack Belding. Guess who attended the birth?
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Zack put a hypnotic suggestion into Kelly's music tape to drop Slater and go with him to a HighSchoolDance, with Screech making one for Lisa. Initially it worked, but then Kelly loaned her tape to various friends and suddenly all three girls wanted to take him. They got revenge.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: "My hobbies include dating, guys, and dating guys!"
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Zack would often address the viewers.
* BreakoutCharacter: ''Good Morning, Miss Bliss'' was ''completely'' retooled to focus on Zack. If that doesn't give [[Series/HappyDays Fonzie]] a run for his money, nothing else does.
* BrilliantButLazy: Zack gets a genius-level score on his SAT, despite putting much more effort into his schemes than his studies. In ''Jessie's Song'', Jessie has a nightmare about flunking math and enrolling in the only college in the world that would accept Zack: Surf U., where everyone's dressed in surfer wear and sipping cocktails.
* BuildingOfAdventure:
** Somewhere around 95% of the action takes place at good old Bayside High.
** Occasionally, scenes are set in one of the kids' bedrooms. Also, tons of school-related activities takes place in [[LocalHangout The Max]]. This is justified because The Max is owned by the school board.
* CaliforniaUniversity: [[TropeNamer Trope namer]]. Zack, Kelly, Slater, Jessie (for a little while), and Screech all attend this university after graduation. This despite the fact that near the end of the original series, Zack was going to Yale, Slater to Iowa, and Screech to Cal Tech.
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin:
** They drive drunk once and crash the car. See FamilyUnfriendlyAesop for the details.
** Jessie has a full on junkie meltdown on [[GRatedDrug caffeine pills.]]
** The boys use fake ID cards to sneak into an over 18 club and Zack gives a girl his phone number. Of course, she calls as soon as he's gone from the house and just as his mother is in his room.
* TheCheerleader: Both lampshaded and subverted. Jessie is reluctant to join the squad because she thinks cheerleading is not for smart girls. Lisa and Kelly are not pleased. Lisa herself is the closest to a straight example the show has but she is still a nice person who cares about the squad.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome:
** All the characters from the original ''Good Morning, Miss Bliss'' series, with the exception of Zack, Screech, Lisa, and Mr. Belding. Within the main show itself, all characters not a main character or Mr. Tuttle, including but not limited to Jessie's stepbrother, Kelly's younger sister, and Slater's sister. They're assumed to have been lost in the ''Saved by the Bell'' Bermuda triangle.
** Kelly and Jessie were both Brother Chucked and replaced with Tori in the fourth season. Tori ''herself'' disappeared in time for Jessie and Kelly to return for graduation.
** Leslie disappears between ''The College Years'' and ''Wedding in Las Vegas''.
** ''The New Class'' had several characters outright disappear. Scott (the original lead) may be the most notable example.
* ClipShow: Abused by ''The New Class''. The show had so many of these that most of them were made up of clips from episodes that were only a couple of weeks old. Season 5 for example had not one but two clip shows that consisted of nothing but Season 5 clips.
* ComplimentBackfire: Screech has made two such mistakes. The first time involves his attempt to compliment Violet's mother by comparing her with a celebrity. His celebrity of choice? Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger. His other such mistake is shown in this exchange when he introduces Mr. Belding to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in an episode of ''The New Class'' series:
-->'''Screech''': This is Mr. Belding, the man who made me what I am today!
-->'''Abdul-Jabbar''': (turning to Mr. Belding) Mr. Belding, we need to talk.
* CompressedVice: Jessie's caffeine pill addiction. And any tobacco or drug addiction any student from ''The New Class'' series gets would likely end up as this.
* ContinuityNod: in ''The New Class'', Eric, the school's star quarterback gets Jim Harbaugh, then Indianapolis Colts QB and current San Francisco 49ers coach, to speak to his class for a report because he is Screech's cousin. The show's first incarnation, ''Good Morning Miss Bliss'' is set in Indianapolis. Mr. Dewey, the math teacher from the original series states that he is from there, as well.
* ContinuitySnarl:
** The ''Good Morning, Miss Bliss'' thirteen episode season were originally just CanonDiscontinuity after the retool. Only four characters made the transition and all sorts of details changed (aside from the location, Jessie was often referred to as Zack's oldest friend despite the fact that she didn't exist in the ''Miss Bliss'' episodes). However, with the popularity of the series exploding, ''Miss Bliss'' episodes started airing to help pad the rerun count and retroactively were dubbed ''The Junior High Years'' (in syndication, they tend to run before "King of the Hill" - the pilot episode). The snarl comes in as with these reruns, new intros with Zack reminiscing about junior high were filmed. Needless to say, less knowledgeable viewers wondered what happened to Jessie and Kelly (among other things), while those coming in cold wonder how things took such a drastic turn after these thirteen episodes.
** In the ''Good Morning, Miss Bliss'' episodes, Zack's father was divorced, and Zack had a sister who was mentioned but not seen. After the retool, Zack's parents were together, his father's original actor had been replaced, and he was now an only child.
** The Tori episodes in the fourth season. Not that the show as a whole is known for its continuity.
* CoolTeacher: Miss Bliss, and Miss Wentworth in the re-tooled episodes.
* CreatorCameo: The end of "No Hope With Dope" features NBC President Brandon Tartikoff AsHimself. Tartikoff broached the initial ''Good Morning, Miss Bliss'' premise and supported the series.
* {{Crossover}}:
** Mary Beth and Amy from fellow TNBC show ''Series/HangTime'' appear in ''The New Class'' episode "The Kiss".
** A crossover of sorts when ''The New Class'' gang visited the school from ''USA High'' (a.k.a. ''Saved by the Bell in Europe'') in the episode "Foreign Behavior". None of the characters from ''USA High'' actually appeared in the episode, however.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Stacy Carosi.
* DeliveryGuy: Zack, who indeed shepherds the birth of his principal's wife's child. In an elevator. During an earthquake.
* DescentIntoAddiction: The infamously {{Narm}}-y caffeine pills episode shows this happening to Jessie.
* TheDocumentary: The dream episode where the Zack Attack becomes rock stars is structured this way.
* DoggedNiceGuy:
** Screech, to Lisa. Borders on StalkerWithACrush.
** This is seen in the first season of ''The New Class'' as regards Screech [[{{expy}} expys]] Weasel's (mostly) unrequited crush on Lisa [[{{expy}} expys]] Megan.
* DontYouDarePityMe: Melissa, the girl in the wheelchair during one of the Tori episodes, really hates being treated differently. Zack really doesn't seem to get this, and keeps embarrassing her by saying things like "Could you slouch down? My date's in a wheelchair and she can't see the screen," and "Melissa you were amazing in that game! See, even though she's in a wheelchair she did great!" and other cringe-worthy comments. One honestly can't blame her when she dumps Zack.
* DoubleStandard: The episode where an unattractive fat girl shows interest in Zack and he has to learn that looks are not everything is PlayedForDrama with AnAesop at the end. Unattractive nerds hitting on the girls who rebuff them constantly? PlayedForLaughs.
* DreamSequence: Plenty of them. Many of which involve the characters all having the same daydream/dream.
* EasilyForgiven: ''Zack''.
* EdgyBackwardsChairSitting: This is [[BigManOnCampus Slater's]] default way of sitting. As the series predates most ironic uses of this, Slater manages to come across as cool and slightly (but [[RuleAbidingRebel harmlessly]]) rebellious.
* EdutainmentShow: Really only in technicality, but it has life lessons, so it counts, so some television stations will plug it in a timeslot with an E/I logo in the corner and get credit for it.
* TheEighties: Started in 1988 as ''Good Morning, Miss Bliss'' and after the retool came back as ''Saved by the Bell'' in 1989. Most of it takes place in the '90s, however, although stylistically there are still lots of '80s influences throughout the show's entire run (until ''The College Years'' begins in '93 at least).
* EightiesHair:
** Lisa, Jessie, and Tori poofed up their hair as much as humanly possible, but Kelly only poofed it up in the front, to the point that in retrospect, it looks like she has a mullet. And don't get us started on Slater's Jheri curls and Zack's bleaching and feathering.
** Zack's fantasy self with a... faux punk look will never be surpassed.
--> "...I look like 'Mr. Madonna'! "
* EmbarrassingFirstName / EmbarrassingMiddleName: Slater's full name is Albert Clifford Slater (hence why he prefers "A.C."). Jessie's middle name is Myrtle. Which was, apparently, also the name of Zack's turtle.
* EnterStageWindow: Zack and Jessie.
* EstrangedSoapFamily: The parents rarely show up, but when the gang graduates, goes to college, etc., they're never around. The only exception to this is when Zack's and Kelly's parents showed up in ''Wedding in Las Vegas'' (and with the original actors too).
* ExtravertedNerd: Screech.
* FakeBand: Zack Attack.
* FallingInLoveMontage
* FantasticRacism: Stacy Carosi initially has a rather fervent and irrational hatred of people from California, openly accusing them all of being airheads and SurferDude stereotypes, and declaring that she has no time for their supposed ditziness because "I'm from the East Coast." However, her FoeYay with Zack eventually turns into a romance and she ends up changing her mind about Californians, and Stacy actually ends up transforming into a friendly, ReasonableAuthorityFigure towards the end of her arc.
* FatIdiot: Mr. Tuttle. Although he was a knowledgeable, enthusiastic [[RenaissanceMan science/driver's ed/glee club teacher]], he was shown to be very gullible and easily manipulated by Zack.
* FeigningIntelligence: Lisa's (in)famous quote: "What is art? Are we art? [[MemeticMutation Is art art?]]"
* {{Flanderization}}:
** Both Jessie and Slater ended up, by the end of the series, defined mainly by way of Jessie being an ultra-feminist and Slater a proud male chauvinist. Also by this time, Screech's "zaniness" had been flanderized into "blatant stupidity," which is about the time viewers just got sick of him.
** Reversed in the case of Mr. Belding. In the original series, he was a bit of a doofus and acted as a foil for Zack. In ''The New Class'', he became a respected mentor to Screech and the students.
%%* FlashForward
* FollowTheLeader: ''Saved by the Bell'' was the leader, and spawned multiple clones (including ''Series/CaliforniaDreams''), leading NBC to cancel all its cartoons, give half of Saturday Morning to a new version of the ''Today'' show, and the other half to the ''Saved by the Bell'' clones.
%%* ForcedPrizeFight
* FramedFaceOpening: Clips of the cast members each appeared in their own unique shape in the opening credits. In what may or may not have been an intentional joke, Dustin Diamond's shape was...a diamond.
* FriendshipSong: In a ''Behind the Music''-like episode showing the formation, success, breakup, and reuniting of the gang's band Zack Attack, their big hit is called "Friends Forever."
--> We'll be friends forever
-->'til the end of time
* FreudianExcuse: Several episodes in ''Good Morning, Miss Bliss'' implied that Zack's ultra-manipulative personality is the result of his parents being divorced. His father basically ignores him because of work while his mother makes excuses for Zack's delinquent behavior and generally does nothing to punish her son for his actions. In the ''Saved by the Bell'' proper, and ''The College Years'', Zack's parents were still married. Furthermore, one of the earlier episodes in the proper series suggests that Zack is a poor student because his father is busy working all the time and never around to keep him focused.
* TheFunInFuneral: In "Operation: Zack", Zack has a dream where he sees his own funeral after a failed knee operation. It's very, very [[{{Narm}} narmtastic]], right down to his picture being a black-and-white photo of him smirking and pointing at the camera and the mourners actually ''humming'' the Funeral March.
* FutureLoser: Slater feared this for one episode, where he imagined his life as an out-of-shape [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]] wrestler who was losing one match after another.
* TheGameNeverStopped: Trope namer, in the murder mystery episode.
* GenderFlip: Plots from the original series were recycled in ''The New Class'' with the gender roles reversed.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: A ''rare'' example happened on the show and most fans overlooked it when it happened (and still do). During the episode "Date Auction", when Mr. Belding asked if there were any other motions to make during the student council meeting, Zack replies, "Yeah, let's see the cheerleaders in motion" while ''[[ADateWithRosiePalms making a diagonal fist and motioning it up and down above his waist.]]''
* GiveGeeksAChance: Screech had several one-episode love interests, often played by extremely beautiful actresses (Hillary Danner, Emma Caulfield, Christina Moore, and Marnette Patterson). In the "country club" story arc, he had a recurring girlfriend named Alison, played by the lovely Clare Salstrom. Even his "nerdy" girlfriend, Violet, was played by Tori Spelling, although she wore thick glasses and a dorky hairstyle and clothes for the role.
* GrandFinale: ''Wedding in Las Vegas'' for the original series.
* [[GRatedDrug G-Rated Drug]]: Jesse's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bflYjF90t7c caffeine pills.]]
* TheGreatPoliticsMessup: The show takes place right at the end of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, when the Soviet empire was falling apart.[[note]]There are early references in the show to UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev, and at one point Zack describes his skin-clearing cream as "Acne Glasnost".[[/note]] It actually becomes a plot point in the 1990 episode "The Prom", where Kelly's dad loses his job at the local defense plant due to Cold War tensions coming to an end and the RealLife federal budget cuts in defense. In Mr. Kapowski's words, "World peace broke out." Serves as an example where RealLifeWritesThePlot.
* GreekChorus
* HighSchool
* HighSchoolDance: Basically every other episode features one. It seems like the kids of Bayside High believe that a school dance is the solution to every problem.
* HighSchoolHustler: Zack. He's also the rare example that crosses it with BigManOnCampus, until A.C. Slater shows up and plunders all of Zack's accomplishments.
* HighSchoolRocks: This is an overall theme of the series. Reinforced in the "School Song" episode during senior year, where Zack pens a song all about how Bayside rocks.
* HighSchoolSweethearts: Zack and Kelly. Their eventual marriage even got [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/saved_by_the_bell_zach_and_kelly_536.jpg lampshaded]] in one episode.
* HollywoodDateless: Mostly averted, as all the lead actors are gorgeous, and their characters are popular in the school. There is one odd example, though. The boys participate in a date auction, and not one girl bids on Slater, until Kelly does out of pity. This despite him being a star wrestler, good friends with [[BigManOnCampus Zack]], and played by ''[[MrFanservice Mario Lopez]]''. That was justified as Jessie threatened every girl in school not to bid on Slater because she was opposed to the idea of a date auction for some reason. Kelly was the only one willing to to stand up to Jessie about it. Jessie initially played it off as feminist disapproval, but it was quickly made clear she was being jealously possessive of Slater.
* HollywoodToneDeaf: Kelly in the "Miss Bayside" and "School Song" episodes, though [[CanonDisContinuity that little factoid is thrown out in the]] "[[VerySpecialEpisode Jessie's Song]]" and "Rockumentary" episodes. In the case of the "Rockumentary" episode, it ''was'' AllJustADream. She's also stated to be in their band in the episode where she meets Jeff, though she can't take part since she has to work at The Max.
* IceQueen: Stacy Carosi, at least [[DefrostingIceQueen initially.]]
* IdeaBulb
* ImNotHereToMakeFriends: Stacy pretty much unequivocally states this when she arrives to take charge of the Malibu Sands resort for her father. What she wasn't counting on was that her antagonism with the fun-loving Zack would turn into FoeYay and result in her becoming a DefrostingIceQueen.
* InformedAttractiveness: Kelly was portrayed as the hands down hottest chick at Bayside, yet most would agree she's not any more attractive than Jessie, Lisa, or any other one-off "hot" girl.
* InWithTheInCrowd
* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Melissa, the girl in the wheelchair. [[DontYouDarePityMe Much to her chagrin.]]
* IronicInversion
* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Well, [[CaliforniaUniversity California University for Everyone]], anyway. Zack got into Yale, but ends up going to Cal U instead.
* JumpingOutOfACake: Screech did this to surprise Lisa. She was not impressed.
* KarmaHoudini:
** A plot point in the episode "The Lisa Card". Lisa charges over $300 on her father's credit card and spends the episode terrified of how he'll react. He actually takes it fine and doesn't punish her. However, after two days of living in fear, Lisa actually begged him to punish her. She ends up having to take a waitress job to pay the money back (and that's after all her clothes have been sold as well).
** Zack gets away with a lot of sociopathic behavior. Belding gives him detention for attempting to ''sell the school to the Japanese''.
** Kelly has her fair share. On the occasions where she is to blame for her and Zack's ruined relationships it's played straight that what she did was wrong. However when they get back together, it's all white washed.
* LargeHam:
** Mr. Belding, though he's no Creator/{{BRIAN BLESSED}}.
** During the Hawaii movie, when Mr. Belding briefly impersonates a professor, his performance can only be described as this. {{Lampshade}}d by Kelly when Belding starts bellowing a loud proclamation in native Hawaiian while banging a spear into the ground and the camera zooms in on the look of silent incredulity on Kelly's face. And lampshaded again by Zack when Belding afterward asks "How was I?" and Zack replies that he was "A little hammy here and there."
** James.
* LawOfDisproportionateResponse
* LifeEmbellished: Zack would sometimes use an inexplicable "Time Out" ability - basically, he could freeze time to escape from whatever sticky situation he'd gotten into, and [[BreakingTheFourthWall break the fourth wall]].
* LimitedSocialCircle: Played extremely straight. Not only do Zack and his friends pretty much only interact with each other, they also seem to be the only students who ever do anything. In other words the school sees to consist of them and a bunch of GhostExtras.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: ''The New Class''. In seven seasons, a total of nineteen different main characters appeared in the opening credits (though not all at the same time obviously).
* MarketBasedTitle: Germany aired the series as ''California Highschool''.
* TheMasochismTango: Slater and Jessie. There's BelligerentSexualTension, and then there's dysfunctional couple. The two were the latter. This was lampshaded by Screech during one of Slater and Jessie's breakups: "But you guys were so happy together...every now and then!"
* TheMovie: Two TV movies. One for going to Hawaii and another with Zack and Kelly getting married in UsefulNotes/LasVegas.
* MrFanservice: Slater likes wearing gym short-shorts, and incredibly loose muscle shirts.
* MrViceGuy: Zack and Slater.
* MumLooksLikeASister: Parodied in one episode. Zack's mother catches the boys at an over 18 dance club. Zack's date asks if she's his mother. Zack's response?
--> "Oh no, this is my lovely, beautiful, young-looking older sister."
* MusicIsPolitics: A naive Zack Attack discovers this at the hands of Mindy, the evil music exec who pulls a CorruptTheCutie on Zack and causes the gang to go through years of pain and turmoil. Luckily it was AllJustADream.
* TheNineties: Considered one of the trademark shows of both the late '80s and early '90s.
* NoFourthWall:
** Zack's time out.
** Zack would also address the audience, usually at the beginning of an episode to provide exposition.
** During the first season of ''The New Class'', the Zack [[{{expy}} expy]] Scott Erickson did the same thing in every episode.
* NoodleIncident: "Screech, I have a great idea!" "Gee, I dunno, Zack. The last time you had a great idea, I ended up (in an extremely improbable situation)". Examples include "naked in a jar of jellybeans" and "with my tongue stuck to a moving airplane". Scenarios that are never shown, nor discussed again.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: We discover during senior year that Zack has been playing this from the beginning (although it had been hinted at throughout the series) when it comes to academics. Despite his self-constructed image as a slacker, he scores extremely high on the SAT and gets into Yale. The represenatative from one college, the fictional Stansbury University, actually kept showering Zack with attention and courted him to attend their school, much to Jessie's frustration, as the lady kept ignoring her.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Mr. Belding often played this role during the ''Miss Bliss'' episodes.
* [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist Omnidisciplinary Teacher]]: Mr. Tuttle teaches science, economics, driver's ed, and music (including coaching the glee club). This makes it rather easy to sympathize with him when he insists that he deserves better pay.
* OneBornEveryMinute: And Zack is certainly quick to take advantage. He can't handle even a brief taste of power, and even the milquetoast SBTB showrunner, Peter Engel, compared giving Zack any responsibility at all to "putting Hitler in charge of the Jews."
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Part of one of the {{Very Special Episode}}s about drugs, Zack realized Jessie's antics were a red flag before discovering she was addicted to caffeine pills.
* OpeningNarration: Every episode of ''Good Morning, Miss Bliss'' opened the first act with a brief voice-over by Miss Bliss. When they were re-packaged as episodes of ''Saved by the Bell'', these would be preceded by a ColdOpen monologue from Zack, which usually covered a lot of the same ground; however, since he would always discuss the events from his perspective and Miss Bliss would talk about them from hers, it created an interesting "he said/she said" dynamic.
* ParentExMachina
* PlatonicLifePartners: Zack and Jessie, who have been friends since preschool and describe their relationship as being more LikeBrotherAndSister than anything. The one time they tried to find out if their relationship could've went to the next level, they discovered that they felt like this. Unfortunately, Kelly and Slater walked in on them as this was happening.
* PlotHole:
** The "Tori Paradox", the unexplained disappearance of Jessie and Kelly and the introduction of the new character of Tori Scott, and then her disappearance and Jessie and Kelly's reappearance in time for the graduation episode that is never given any explanation in the course of the show.
** There never is any real explanation for what happened to all the characters who disappeared in the show's transformation from ''Miss Bliss'' to ''Saved by the Bell''.
* PrettyInMink: Kelly in a fantasy scene.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: After guest starring as Scott's love interest in the first season of ''The New Class'', Sarah Lancaster's character Rachel was promoted to regular in the second season when she was brought back to replace Vicki.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Mr. Belding.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Screech discovered artificial intelligence early on in the series. Also during his senior year, he and his lab partner Kelly build a Love-O-Meter that can accurately gauge how two people feel about each other. Considering the scientific breakthroughs Screech made despite being a high school student, one really wonders why he didn't come up with more inventions that could solve the gang's problems.
* RejectionAffection: Even though Lisa is extremely vocal in her lack of interest in Screech, he obliviously insists they are meant to be.
* RememberTheNewGuy:
** Kelly and Jessie who allegedly grew up with Zack, Screech, and Lisa.
** Slater's sister J.B. returns from boarding school in Europe where she's apparently known by the main cast since Slater transferred in grade 9.
** In ''The New Class'', Bobby (Season 2), Katie and Eric (both in Season 4) were apparently always there. They were the only new characters who were introduced in this fashion rather than being new students or transfers.
** Also in ''The New Class'', Katie's older sister Robin (Marnette Patterson) was apparently the object of Screech's affection when they were in high school together, he even refers to her as "the one that got away". Robin was never mentioned or shown in the original series.
* RevolvingDoorCasting By the time ''The New Class'' ended, Belding was the only one to be there from day one. Granted, high school is four years, but many of the characters that left were never stated to be seniors, so they were either PutOnABus or [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome Brother Chucked]].
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: Zack is convinced Kelly is blowing him off, because every time he wants to talk to her, she [[IHaveToWashMyHair has to wash her hair]]. He confides in Slater and asks:
-->'''Zack:''' Who washes their hair five times a day?
-->'''Slater:''' ''You'' do, Preppy.
-->'''Zack:''' [[HypocriticalHumor I mean]] ''[[HypocriticalHumor besides]]'' [[HypocriticalHumor me]].
* RiskyBusinessDance: When Zack, Slater and Screech have a sleepover (except they're dancing to "Barbara Ann" instead of "Old Time Rock 'n Roll").
* ScreamingBirth: Mrs. Belding gives birth trapped in an elevator with Zack and Tori.
* {{Seers}}: Screech for an episode.
* SexyMentor: The show clearly loved this. Here are some examples:
** Much to everybody's utter shock and awe, Screech becomes this to Kelly while coaching her for a science exam during their freshman year. Kelly begins to respect Screech for his scientific genius. Then, she actually starts to find it attractive (thus Kelly became seemingly the only person at Bayside to believe in the NerdsAreSexy). Everyone else is completely shocked to hear about this and treat it as if it's the most shocking news of the century, reacting with a mixture of awe, disgust, and amazement, with people at Bayside openly wondering WhatDoesSheSeeInHim Screech and Kelly getting together is apparently such a big deal that the news spreads like wildfire ''around the world'', and UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush, Barbara Bush, UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev, and UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher are actually seen gossiping about it! President Bush himself sums it up by giving an OK sign and declaring [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "Way to go, Screech!" while First Lady Barbara nods in agreement.]] Even the crew of the MIR space station get in on the action.
** Screech repeats this again in ''The College Years'' when he plays astronomy mentor to a hot, famous tennis player.
** Stacy becomes one for Zack during the Malibu Sands arc.
** Jeff, the sleazy new manager of The Max becomes this for Kelly for a while, becoming the RomanticFalseLead in the process until Kelly finds out he's been cheating on her.
** The lecherous Professor Lasky becomes this for Kelly as well in ''The College Years'', becoming the RomanticFalseLead and a [[{{TheUnfavorite}} fan unfavorite]] character overnight, as he was throwing a wrench in the Zack and Kelly pairing. In the end, Zack and Kelly get together when Kelly breaks up with Lasky after realizing that Zack truly loves her and that Lasky is just a sleazy CasanovaWannabe. After Lasky's relationship with Kelly was exposed and Kelly dumped him to [[{{FanPreferredCouple}} return to Zack]], Professor Lasky was last seen as a broken man, apparently undergoing a nervous breakdown and downing milk at the college food court in an attempt to cure his stress-induced ulcers...
* ShipTease:
** Both the Zack/Jessie and Zack/Lisa pairings each got one episode devoted to teasing the pairing. The former promptly [[ShipSinking sank]] it because they realized they had [[PlatonicLifePartners no romantic chemistry]] (though some fans seem to disagree). The latter [[ChildhoodFriendRomance went all the way]] and, ironically enough, [[CanonDiscontinuity was never mentioned again]] despite being the FanPreferredCouple. Zack and Lisa were also teased in the Zack-in-hospital episode, the Murder Mystery episode, and several other subtle moments. Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Lark Voorhies actually ''were'' dating for much of the series, so that certainly explains the undeniable chemistry between Zack and Lisa.
** As for Zack/Jessie, there were definitely a few episodes in Season 1 that seemed to subtly ShipTease them, such as the one where Jessie trains Zack to dance so that he can take Kelly to a dance, but Zack ends up asking Jessie herself to be his dance partner (many fans like to think of this as an example of Jessie becoming a SexyMentor to Zack), and even in their senior year, the moment after Jessie realizes that Zack has orchestrated a hair-brained scheme to get her into Stansbury University, she and Zack share a sweet moment outside Belding's office.
** In ''The New Class'', Scott/Megan in "Home Shopping" and "Running the Max and Rachel/Tommy at the end of season 3. Neither 'ship stood a chance thanks constant cast changes.
* ShirtlessScene: Mario Lopez has several in both ''Saved by the Bell'' and ''Saved by the Bell: The College Years''. In ''The College Years'', on the episode Professor Zack, the girls convince Slater to pose for a shirtless calendar ( which he does on-screen). In the original series, he competes in the Miss Bayside contest, going shirtless for the swimsuit portion and flexing.
* SixStudentClique: [[TropeCodifier Trope codifier]].
* SlapSlapKiss: Jessie and Slater.
* SlidingScaleOfContinuity: This series was the king of the StatusQuoIsGod.
* SociopathicHero: Zack comes across as this more often than not, since he's constantly shown lying, scheming, and manipulating to get what he wants.
* StandInParents: Zack got a waiter/aspiring actor from The Max to pretend to be his father for a parent-principal conference with Mr. Belding. Since that guy was an out-of-work actor [[LargeHam he decided to ham it up.]] But that was for a different reason - he didn't want his real father to find out about his scholastic misdeeds.
* StudioAudience: And a very excitable one, at that. They were also excited in ''The College Years'', to the point that it sometimes really makes one speculate that NBC intentionally found the most ''excited'' studio audience ever.
* StupidSexyFlanders:
** On at least two occasions (both while he was in drag), someone makes a flirtatious comment about Zack's legs.
** Even though it wasn't in drag, there's been a few comments on how soft and girly his hands are. Some of these comment came from Slater.
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: ''The New Class'', most blatantly in its first season. Scott for Zack (even breaking the FourthWall in the same way), Weasel for Screech, Tommy D for Slater, Lindsay for Kelly, and Megan for Lisa and Jessie (due to her being Weasel's unrequited crush, as well as the smart one in the group). Also Tori for both Kelly and Jessie in the original show.
* TakeThat:
** There's one take that at Vice President UsefulNotes/DanQuayle (like in ''most'' of the TV shows from this period) where during Zack's fantasy about becoming an industrialist, Quayle buys one of Zack's Buddy Band bracelets and tries to wear it as a headband, breaking it in the process. According to fantasy Jessie and fantasy Zack, this is apparently not the first time this has occurred.
** In "The Prom," Screech, Lisa, and the rest of the gang are watching a zombie movie and Lisa asks if Matt Dillon is in the movie, to which Screech responds "No, [[Series/GrowingPains Alan Thicke]] is the zombie. Everybody knows that!" as a not-so-subtle way of insulting Thicke's acting skills.
* TechMarchesOn: Zack's cellphone. Funny then because a teenager even having one was taking {{High School Hustler}}dom to [[UpToEleven extreme levels]]. Funny now because of how freakin' huge it is. The large "brick" cell phones from that era are actually popularly known as "Zack Morris Cell Phones" as a retronym.
* ThingOMeter: There's a Love-o-Meter at the Max. Kelly and Screech also invent one for a science project that leads to hilarity.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: During the ''Miss Bliss'' episodes, Nicki played the Tomboy to Lisa's Girly Girl.
* TotallyRadical:
** Some of the surfer dudes definitely came across this way. That being said, it may actually be TruthInTelevision for some.
** And the show does take place on the California coast, where the whole SurferDude culture never really went away.
* TVTeen: Zack's awkward, uncertain, and initially resistant reaction when he's offered a beer. Mind you, this is ''Zack'', the LovableRogue who loves to party and loves to flout the adults' rules for fun; the idea that ''he'' would be initially resistant to enjoying a beer seems rather bizarre and inconsistent with his usual characterization. The same can be said for Zack's furious and aghast reaction to the idea of smoking pot; again, it's certainly not impossible for him to abstain from it, but his furious reaction seems at odds with his usual characterization.
* TheUglyGuysHotDaughter: When Mr. Belding first mentions his niece, Slater imagines Belding in a wig with UncannyValleyMakeup. However, when we finally meet Penny Belding, she is ''hot''.
* TheUnseen: A really bizarre and glaring example. In some episodes, Mr. Belding is informed of an incoming visitor to his office by a secretary over the PA system. But ''how?'' The door from the hallway leads directly into Mr. Belding's office, with no secretary room in between, so unless the guests to Mr. Belding's office first enter a pocket dimension where a secretary works before re-emerging in Belding's office, this seems impossible.
* VacationEpisode:
** The GrandFinale, in Las Vegas.
** An earlier episode has Kelly's grandpa inviting everyone to his hotel in Hawaii for summer vacation.
** The whole Malibu Sands arc.
** And Jessie inviting her friends to her dad's hotel to meet her new stepmom.
* VerySpecialEpisode:
** Most blatantly "Jessie's Song" and "No Hope With Dope".
** ''The College Years'' has a very poorly done episode where Slater discovers his father is Mexican but changed his name to get into the Army. Zack apparently has to learn AnAesop about respecting Slater's heritage after Slater spends the episode being overly sensitive and accusing Zack of being racist.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Jessie and Kelly's location during the Tori episodes is never stated due to contractual issues regarding the number of episodes they were signed up to do.
* WhatIsGoingOn: Mr. Belding's CatchPhrase: "Hey, hey, hey! What is ''going on'' here?!!"
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Zack often gets called out by his friends for his schemes and manipulations yet they continue forgiving him and go along with them over and over again.
** Some of Kelly's actions during her relationship with Zack. For example, she cheated on him twice. In ''The College Years'', Zack's attempts to win Kelly back are disregarded as stupid. One of the people she cheats on him with, a college professor, calls her out on this and when she realizes what she did to Zack, she doesn't blame herself, she blames him.
* WheelChairAntics: There was an episode with a disabled woman in a wheel chair. At the end of the episode they had a charity wheelchair basketball game.
* WrongNameOutburst: It's what eventually kills Zack and Kelly's relationship. For a while, anyway.
* ZanyScheme: This show managed to raise zany schemes to an art form.
** In a few episodes after Zack's scheme fails he begins to formulate a new one and the other characters tell him off.
** Sometimes when they figure what Zack's up to, they come up with a CounterZany.