“Saved By The Bell” 101

Confession: I can quote large chunks of dialogue from far too many episodes of “Saved By The Bell,” mainly because I’ve seen them at least three times a piece. If you were a preteen in the ’90s, you probably wished you went to Bayside, too—the school where football stars did ballet and main characters could freeze time, just because. Who can forget the episode where Jessie Spano gets hooked on caffeine pills? Or where the gang becomes a superstar band thanks to their hit “Friends Forever”? So I was pretty excited that today BuzzFeed brings us “13 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Saved By The Bell.'” After the jump, my five favorite bits of info. Well, besides the tidbits Dustin Diamond released about all the hooking up that went on behind the scenes.

  1. Lisa Turtle was originally supposed to be a Jewish girl from Long Island who’s totally out of place in California. But producers dropped the Jewish/Long Island part when they liked Lark Voorhies and decided to cast her.
  2. Speaking of, Elizabeth Berkley auditioned to play Kelly Kapowski. When Tiffani-Amber Thiessen was cast, they decided to create Jessie Spano to give Elizabeth a role, too.
  3. Ha! Jennie Garth, Jaleel White, and Brian Austin Green all auditioned for the show, but didn’t land parts. Oh what a different world it would have been if they did.
  4. The original title for the show? “When The Bell Rings,” which I’m assuming is a spin on “For Whom The Bell Tolls.” When the idea “Saved By The Bell” was circulated, producer Peter Engel hated it and hoped someone would already own rights to the phrase.
  5. Whoa! Did you know that Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Lark Voorhies were boyfriend/girlfriend for three years? How did they never get together on screen? That is criminal.

Were you a “Saved by the Bell” fan?


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