#Throwback Thursday - Saved By The Bell

Get ready to feel old - REALLY old: Saved By The Bell was first aired twenty five years ago. This actually makes me want to cry. It seems like only yesterday I was lounging on the sofa on a Saturday afternoon with a sherbet dib-dab, enjoying the antics of Zack, Screech and co.

You guys!

At the time, all I wanted was a fluorescent pink bomber jacket like Kelly Kapowski's. Failing that, some bleached denim cut offs. And the bigger the hair, the better. 'Scrunching' was the hair styling technique of choice - all you needed was several handfuls of mousse and a hairdryer. The result was crispy, uneven waves that didn't move, even in the strongest wind. I'll never forget the time I asked for a layered fringe like Kelly's, and came out of the hairdressers looking like David Bowie in Labrynth. Not a great look.

This is the 'do I wanted.
Zack was the main character, of course - the cheeky chappy who had the power of being able to speak directly to the camera and managed to worm himself out of all manner of situations with just a flick of his golden quiff. He was never my favourite though - no, that was A.C. Slater. Slater had a curly mullet and wandered around school in elasticated waist jeans and muscle vests. I'd just started comprehensive school at this point, and soon discovered that the character of Slater did not accurately portray secondary-school-aged boys. I felt a bit cheated, to be honest. Nevertheless, I couldn't resist those dimples - even if I never did understand what he saw in Jessie - she was SO not his type.

I loved that all the geeks in the show wore glasses with sticky tape around the side. I didn't love it when I accidentally sat on my own glasses, and my mam fixed them by wrapping sticky tape around the side. Sigh.

 Screech was, technically, one of the geeks, although he didn't wear specs. The other main, cooler characters seemed to regard him as either grudgingly acceptable or simply too pathetic to turn away. Somehow though, he still managed to (kind of) get his girl, Lisa. Although Lisa is always described as Screech's 'unrequited love', she never threw a Bacardi and coke over him or report him to the police for stalking, so I guess you'd call that a victory for him, in a way.

Anyway, long after Saved By The Bell ended, I came across Screech - I mean Dustin Diamond's - book, Behind The Bell. It promised to reveal the truth about what really went on at Bayside High. Having heard a few things about what Screech had been up to since the show ended (let's just say Mr Belding would NOT have been impressed - I could just imagine him walking in: 'Hey Hey Hey! What is going on here?'), I should have known what to expect. Without wanting to go into too much detail, it seems that SBTB may have not been such a happy go lucky place after all. That's if any of it's true, of course.
Ah Slater. You were so dreamy.

Either way, I still hold a special place in my heart for A.C. Slater. I was in Vegas a few years ago and spotted some familiar looking biceps in the casino. It's true, Mario Lopez may no longer have his curly mullet, but he still has those dimples. And Jessie was nowhere in sight - so it looks like I was right about her after all.

Did you love SBTB?

xx

14 comments:

  1. Haha, loved this programme too, Screech was always my fav, I love a class clown.lol But then along with most watchers, I was drawn to Zack, Mr All American..
    I actually feel the need to google/youtube now... :)

    Caroline.x
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    1. Really?! You need to read his book then haha! It actually made me feel a bit ill :-S
      Ah yes I love you tubing all the old stuff ha! :) xx

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  2. Aw i used to love this show! This is such a great post, really enjoyed this blast from the past :)

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    1. Hehe thanks! If you love a blast from the past you might like my other Throwback Thursday posts at the top of this page....I love a good reminisce haha! :)
      Xx

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  3. Ahhh! I used to love Saved by the bell......I had a major crush on Zack....hehehe

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  4. Ah Kim, Blogger won't let me reply to you for some reason! :-S Hehe...I never really 'got' Zack, he always seemed like the kind of boy I'd hate if he were at my school!!! Slater all the way!!! ;-D x

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  5. 25 years??! NOOOOOOOOOOOO! I refuse to accept that!

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO - sorry was just doing the noise that you have to make when Slater walks into the room ;)

    Kinda want to read the book ... but kinda don't ... damn you! x

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    1. Ha! You totally made that noise when you were watching the show, didn't you?! Well gerroffim, he's mine!!!! ;-p
      I can't decide if I liked the book or if it was the worst thing I've ever read :-S x

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  6. I think I must have caught it on the endless reruns on Nickelodeon or something, but it's now on Netflix (the US version at least!). I thought I'd seen them all but the first series is all a bit weird, not like the SBTB I knew and loved.

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    1. Yeah the early ones are so weird! Oooh on Netflix you say?! I may have to take a peek! :) x

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  7. Oh my gosh !I used to love love SBTB and stil get the theme tune in my head to this day, it makes me feel really old though that you said it was so long ago! Zack and kelly were my faves used to want my hair like hers too and phone like zack haha great post ! Xxx
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    1. Hehe! She did have the best hair didn't she!!! I saw a pic of her recently & she hasn't changed!! The fringe isn't as big but she still looks fab :) x

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  8. 25 years?! No way! I loved saved by the bell. X

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    1. Yup! Scary isn't it!! I know I loved it too. Think I might have a SBTB weekend soon :) x

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