Saved By the Bell Turns 25 Today! Eeeeep!

Warning! Will make you feel old!
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Nope! This isn’t some trick of the mind, or a belated April fools prank, the hit TV show Saved by the Bell first aired today back in 1989….a whopping 25 years ago!

Now as exciting and scary as that might feel, it’s certainly more than enough reason to celebrate which is why we thought we would put together some pretty cool facts, pictures and anything else we can find that you perhaps might not have ever seen before.

Join us as we take a trip down memory lane and look back and learn even more about this iconic retro show. Enjoy!
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Did You Know? Zack’s signature blonde locks were pretty much the star of the show, but this didn’t come easy! During filming, Mark-Paul Gosselaar had to dye his hair at least every two week to keep his look.
Did You Know? Lovable geek Screech was actually three years younger than the rest of the cast! Apparently not even the producers knew until a few months into filming!
Did You Know? The role of Jessie just wouldn’t be the same without Elizabeth Berkley. How genius was her “I’m So Excited” scene? But did you know she originally auditioned for Kelly Kapowski?
Did You Know? Bit of a twist! Zack Morris and Lisa Turtle were together (in real life) for three years during the shows filming. Sorry Kelly!
Did You Know? Although much of the show’s action took place in classrooms, the Bayside High set consisted of a single classroom. Designers simply rearranged and redecorated it to reflect the class subject. After the series ended, the set remained intact and was later reused in several Disney Channel and Nickelodeon shows, including “That’s So Raven” and “iCarly.
To keep everything about the show as idyllic as possible, the cast was banned form swearing on the set entirely. Maybe this broke the habit and helped them stay in character?
Did You Know? Screech and Zach are the only characters who appeared on every episode. A for attendance right there.
Did You Know? TruffleShuffle has a amazing range of totally exclusive and retro-tastic Saved by the Bell Clothing?! Available from just £19.99 too, check out some of our favourite designs not in stock…
What are your favourite SBTB moments? Or perhaps you know something cool about this retro icon? Let us know below
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SAVED BY THE BELL: Last Episode on US TV (1993)

Wowsers, we simply cannot believe it has been a whole 20 years since the very last episode of Saved By The Bell aired on US TV (how old do we feel…)

So, to proudly display your love of all things Bayside you might fancy treating yourself to some of these fine, retro Saved By The Bell t-shirts.

BUT, what ever became of Zack, Lisa, Kelly, AC Slater, Jessie and the lovely Screech?

Zack Morris AKA Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Saved By The Bell’s main character, everyone loved Zack! After appearing in spin-off shows The College Years and Wedding In Las Vegas, Mark has starred in NYPD Blue and Raising The Bar. He currently stars on Franklin And Bush. Still looking pretty hot in our opinion!

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Lisa Turtle AKA Lark Voorhies

Lately, keeping busy with her new company Yo Soy Productions.

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Kelly Kapowski AKA Tiffani Thiessen

Tiffani has gone on to appear in Beverly Hills 90210, Fastline and White Collar. She recently did a funny sketch about why she doesn’t have time to appear in a Saved By The Bell Reunion.

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A.C. Slater AKA Mario Lopez

Mario has since appeared in Pacific Blue, The Bold And The Beautiful and Nip/Tuck. He also competed in Season 3 of Dancing With The Stars and has hosted America’s Best Dance Crew and Extra. he is currently in talks to co-host the X-Factor (fingers crossed!).

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Jessie Spano AKA Elizabeth Berkley

Elizabeth has since appeared in Showgirls and Any Given Sunday, also on Broadway in Sly Fox. She also launch her book Ask Elizabeth in 2011.

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Screech AKA Dustin Diamond

Who could forget this lovable geek? He’s been busy! After starring on Saved By the Bell; The New Class, he appeared on reality shows like Celebrity Fit Club and Celebrity Boxing 2. Also, a stand up comedian, he starred and directed a 2006 sex tape called Screeched and released a book, Behind The Bell in 2009.

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Finally, if you ever wanted to look like Kelly Kapowski, here’s your chance!

Saved By The Bell Bayside Tigers Sweater £29.99

Saved by the Bell! Where are they now?

We’re in full on nostalgia mode at TruffleShuffle Towers after the arrival of these fantastic Saved By The Bell T-Shirts, inspired by the awesomely 90s opening titles this design is a real retro treat.  Combined with our best selling Class of 93 and Bayside Tigers T-Shirts we’ve got all bases covered for any Saved by the Bell fan!

Inspired by our recent arrivals we’ve gone into full on detective mode to find out what the actors of our favourite classmates have been up to since graduating from Bayside High.

Great memories, the Saved by the Bell gang!

Zack Morris (played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar) was a charming slacker who’s on and off relationship with Kelly Kapowski kept us all glued to our screens.  Seen as the leader of the gang, his clean-cut looks made him the popular poster boy of Saved by the Bell.

Zack Morris

Since the show ended Mark-Paul has carried on acting and gone on to star in other shows, most popular of which was NYPD Blue which he featured in from 2001 to 2005.  He is currently one of the main stars in a show called Franklin and Bash alongside another of our retro favourites Breckin Meyer, who played Travis in Clueless!
The show which is described as Ally McBeal with Balls features the duo as unconventional lawyers and has just been renewed for a third series.

Mark-Paul Gosselaar
Mark and Breckin star in the show Franklin and Bash
The duo flash the flesh on the set of the show

Kelly Kapowski (played by Tiffani Thiessen) was many a schoolboy crush, including many of the guys in the office!  She played the most popular girl in school and was head cheerleader and captain of the volleyball, swim and softball teams.  She was the love interest of Zack and their characters even got married in Las Vegas in a special show.

Kelly Kapowski

Straight after Saved by the Bell ended Tiffani went straight into cult show Beverley Hills 90210 as the character Valerie Malone, she stayed there for four years from 1994 – 1998.  Since then Tiffani has featured in many TV shows and films and has currently been starring in the show White Collar, a show about an FBI agents unconventional working partnership with a con-man, since 2009 to the present day.

Tiffani Thiessen
Tiffani starring in the show White Collar

A.C. Slater (played by Mario Lopez) was the hunky jock with the sexy curly mullet who excelled in sports.  He was the schools star athlete being both a wrestler and quarterback of the football team, his friendship with Zack bought much of the fun and laughter to the show!

A.C. Slater

Recently Mario has been showing off his TV presenting skills as he co-hosted the X Factor in America alongside Khloe Kardashian, but has also been the host on shows such as America’s Best Dance Crew and Extras.  He even took part in the third series of Dancing with the Stars and came a respectable second place!

Mario Lopez
Mario and Khloe Kardashian, co-hosts on the X Factor

Screech (played by Dustin Diamond) was seen as the geek of the group, he was very clever but his lack of common sense and social skills provided frustration with the gang but, luckily for us, a lot of classic comedy moments!

Screech

Dustin has had the most turbulent time since leaving the show, publishing a book of the inside story of Saved by the Bell where he painted an unflattering image of many of his co-stars and went into details of his sordid backstage behaviour.  He’s a bit of a fan of the ladies and even released a sex tape, far removed from the uber-geek he played on Saved by the Bell!
He has also featured in reality shows such as Celebrity Fit Club and Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling.  He played bass in a band called Salty the Pocketknife and even tries out the odd bit of stand up comedy!

Dustin Diamonds tell all book, Behind the Bell!
How Charming! Dustin appearing on Celebrity Fit Club

I hope you’ve enjoyed this catch up with Saved by the Bells finest, and to finish off our nostalgia fest I’m off to watch a couple of episodes!  All together now… “When I wake up in the morning and the alarm gives out a warning, I don’t think I’ll ever make it on time…”