Trivia: Saved by the Bell

The following are trivial facts relating to Saved by the Bell.
  • Ability Over Appearance/What Could Have Been: Lisa Turtle was written as a Jewish American Princess with the auditions calling for white females only. Lark Voorhees (African American) got the part based on the strength of her audition.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • Slater's dancing and drums skills. Prior to Saved by the Bell, Mario Lopez was a dancer and "drummer" during the first three seasons of Kids Incorporated, something Jimmy Kimmel had a little fun with during Lopez' Dancing with the Stars appearance.
    • The first episode of Good Morning, Miss Bliss has a character ask if she's speaking with Miss Bliss, or her evil twin. This is a reference to Hayley Mills' appearance in The Parent Trap.
  • Channel Hop: In a way, zig zagged. The original Good Morning, Miss Bliss pilot aired on NBC in 1987, before the network passed on it. Eventually, it was picked up by Disney Channel, which would air the series for one year in 1988-89, before cancelling it. The show then made it's way back to NBC, where it was retooled as Saved by the Bell, and the rest was history.
  • Dawson Casting: Averted. The actors playing the main characters match their ages, though Screech may have skipped a grade or two somewhere. It's most noticeable in the Miss Bliss episodes when he's a full head shorter than everyone else in the grade.
    • Elizabeth Berkley ("Jessie") was somewhat of a borderline case, as she was 17 when her character was introduced, pushing her to around 20-21 by the time the series wrapped (playing a high school senior).
    • This was also averted in the spin-off. All the teen characters were played by actual teens although a couple did push into the twenties towards the end and only Lindsey McKeon graduated the same year as her character.
  • Edited for Syndication: Good Morning, Miss Bliss has only ever aired in syndication as Saved by the Bell: The Junior High Years. The changes include replacing the original opening and closing credits with those from Saved by the Bell (only subbing in the different actors for the opening), adding in a cold open to each episode with Zack Morris as narrator (to bridge the two effectively separate continuities) and switching out the incidental music with the more familiar synth stings (which jar rather strongly with the more laid-back and subdued atmosphere).
  • Fake Mixed Race: Zack's out of nowhere Indian heritage is the focal point of one episode. Afterwards, it never brought up again. Ironically, Mark-Paul Gosselaar is mixed race, just not part-Native American (he is part-Indonesian on his mother's side).
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
    • The "No Hope with Dope" episode at the end featured outgoing NBC programming genius Brandon Tartikoff as himself.
    • Donna Martin transferred over from West Beverly for a few episodes.
    • Carrie Heffernan was Zach's boss/love interest when he was working at the beach during the summer.
    • Screech's cousin? Then-Indianapolis Colts quarterback, and current head football coach of the Michigan Wolverines, Jim Harbaugh.
    • Hardcore NFL fans will recognize Bob Golic (who played Mike) as a defensive lineman for the Cleveland Browns during the 1980s (or for being the older brother of fellow defensive lineman and Mike and Mike in the Morning co-host Mike Golic).
    • Hey, Ginger is Veronica Vaughn from Billy Madison.
      • Not to mention who knew that Sonya Blade went to Bayside?
  • I Am Not Spock: All of the actors have gone through this at some point. Dustin Diamond, Lark Voorhies, and Dennis Haskins in particular never escaped their most famous role. Of the three, the former is the only one who hasn't embraced this. Showgirls tainted Elizabeth Berkley's career and has been Spocked as Nomi Malone instead. Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, and Tiffani Thiessen, on the other hands, found success after the show ended.
  • The Other Darrin: Zack's Dad was re-cast in the retooled series.
  • Recycled Set: The hallway/locker area set, originally built for the show's first incarnation as Good Morning, Miss Bliss, never got destroyed, and has been reused in many high school based shows. It was last used as the school set for iCarly and Victorious after That's So Raven used it before.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Viewers will instantly recognize Stacey Carosi for her later role as Carrie Heffernan from The King of Queens.
    • A few sharp-eared ones might even recognize that her pop is Pumbaa.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: As it started in 1989 and ended in 1993, it is chronologically the latest example of an identifiably '80s program.
  • What Could Have Been: Susan was a very fun character, but alas, she joined the recurring cast of The College Years very late into its run, as the show was nearing cancellation. If the show had lasted more than one season, she would have surely continued to play a larger role.