The series focuses on Zack, Slater and Screech (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez and Dustin Diamond, respectively) all attending the fictional college California University (Cal U) where they meet their dorm advisor, a former San Francisco 49ers player Mike Rogers (Bob Golic) as well as three fellow students, the aspiring actress Alex Tabor (Kiersten Warren), the wealthy socialite Leslie Burke (Anne Tremko) and Sassy Black Woman Danielle Marks (Essence Atkins).
By the second episode, however, Danielle has transferred out of the dorm and familiar face Kelly (Tiffani Thiessen) transfers to the college and to the dorm, much to Zack's shock due to him pursuing Leslie and he soon realizing that he still has feelings for her. You pretty much know where it goes from here.
Unlike its predecessor, the series was aired in primetime on Tuesday nights. It ultimately ran from May 22, 1993 to February 8, 1994 and was canceled due to low ratings. The Series Finale movie, Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas premiered later the same year in the Fall of 1994 culminating in (what else) Zack and Kelly's wedding day.
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- Accidental Misnaming: Zack has an Imagine Spot where Kelly goes on a school trip cruise, dates another guy and forgets his name, calling him "Zeke" instead.
- Covered in Gunge: Zack, Slater and Screech end up being slimed as a part of their initiation into their fraternity.
- Dean Bitterman: Dean McMann, natch. Even when she isn't on Zack's case, she's still tough as nails to everyone.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Shockingly, Zack ends up on the receiving end of this three times:
- When he first came to the school, he was pursuing Leslie, in spite of her having no interest in him, even though this became moot after Kelly transferred to Cal U.
- Another time had him interested in a professional tennis player and liked Screech more than him.
- Lastly, he initially lost Kelly to Professor Lasky. They eventually broke up, though.
- Embarrassing Tattoo: In an effort to discourage Screech from getting a tattoo just to fit in at his fraternity, Mike shows him and the other brothers an old tattoo of Tweety Bird that he got on his butt. He also came with an important lesson for them to take away with them:Mike: If you're going to get a tattoo, make sure you lay off the Mrs. Field's cookies.
- The "Fun" in "Funeral": The episode where a well-liked professor died had this: not only did Screech, who has no black clothing to speak of, had to wear Alex's heels and a costume vampire cape to the service, but the dean not only was there for appearances and still using her cell, she then dropped it inside of the open casket.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: The episode where Kelly is working in the student medical center, Zack fakes being sick to spy on her and Professor Lasky. When informed that they plan on doing an examination on him, he remarks that he doesn't want them touching anywhere that "doesn't have a tan" (i.e., his privates).
- Intoxication Ensues:
- In the episode with the rave, Screech's fraternity brothers order him to get them some nitric oxide to get high on. Having his doubts and being nervous, he accidentally grabs some helium instead, with predictable results.
- Also in the episode with the cruise, Screech puts on multiple anti-seasick patches instead of the recommended one, causing him to hallucinate.
- Head-Turning Beauty: Kelly, of course. According to Zack, when she walked past the morgue in the student center, three guys sat up and splashed on some Old Spice.
- Hospital Hottie: Kelly, when she became head orderly at the student medical center.
- Large Ham: Alex, quite often. Justified as she is an aspiring actress.
- Mundane Made Awesome: When Zack, Slater and Screech all went skydiving, after jumping, at one point Screech is impressed about the fact he threw up on a flock of geese.
- Noodle Incident: Who else but Screech?:
- One time he somehow managed to get his head stuck between the steering wheel of his car and The Club.
- Another time had him apparently bomb so badly for his job interview with McDonalds, that he wasn't even allowed to eat there anymore.
- Opposites Attract: One again with Slater, the calm, manly Lovable Jock, who falls for and dates Alex, a Cloud Cuckoo Lander Genki Girl wannabe actress.
- Reasonable Authority Figure:
- Mike. Even when he became more of a friend to the group, he still had a good head on his shoulders.
- Dean McMann. As much of a hardass she is, she still runs the school competently and both demands and receives the respect she's earned.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Kelly delivers a great one to Professor Lasky. After realizing the hoops that Zack is willing to jump through to be with her (including drinking barium), she calls him out for being ashamed of their relationship and for taking advantage of her generosity.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Dean Susan McMann is this to Zack.
- Student/Teacher Romance: Kelly eventually forms a relationship with Professor Lasky.
- Taped-Over Turmoil: When the guys are trying to motivate Mike into training for a football team tryout by angering him, he's eventually inspired to do so by the fact that Screech taped over his only collection of football achievements with Ren & Stimpy.
- Training Montage: One episode has Zack, Slater and Screech helping Mike to train for a tryout on a football team which he wore all three of them, even Slater, out. In spite of being an athlete with a Heroic Build and having the skills of a player, he came to realize that he was past his prime and knew it would take all of his strength just to keep with with his younger teammates and opponents.
- Unperson: Screech, who was said to do so horribly at a job interview at McDonalds that he was forbidden from setting foot in any of their establishments.
- Weight Woe: Slater at one point decides to bulk up to go into a specific weight class for wrestling, only for him to be recommended for a smaller division, meaning all the weight he (reportedly) gained throughout the episode he has to lose in hours to qualify.