When I was a kid, I grew up on Saved by the Bell. Every Saturday morning, I’d excitedly turn on NBC and see what hijinks Zack, Screech and the rest of the gang had in store. At the time, I thought it was great television.
However, now that I’m older and I see re-runs on TBS, I realize just how ridiculous the show was. I still enjoy it but only because I now can laugh at the sheer absurdity of the show.
In honor of one of my favorite childhood shows, here are the five cheesiest moments from Saved by the Bell
#5 Friends Forever
Zack falls asleep while practicing his guitar in the garage and dreams of making it big in the music biz. In his dream, Zack and his friends form the band “Zack Attack” and become an instant sensation. But the “fame” gets to Zack’s head, causing him to sport a hideous spiked hair-do and a gaudy chain (which I unfortunately could not find a picture for). Then later on, he alienates the other members of the band and starts a solo career. At the end of the episode, the gang reconciles and reunites to perform this “hit” song.
#4 Buddy Bands
When Zack shuts out Slater and the crew from his friendship bracelet business, Slater starts his own rival company and creates “Buddy Bands.” The Buddy Band itself is a major fashion faux pas, even for 80’s standards, but its Slater’s marketing attempt that make this one of the cheesiest Saved by the Bell moments of all-time.
#3 There’s No Hope with Dope
When TV star Johnny Dakota comes to Bayside to do an anti-drug commercial, the gang is excited to meet him. But when they find out that Johnny is a pot head, Zack and the crew decide to shoot their own commercial. If this was a real advertisement, I would feature it on Unintentionally Funny Local Commercials.
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#2 Zack and Kelly Break-up
This scene was very upsetting to me the first time I saw it. Now, as I watch it as an adult, the only thing upsetting to me is the acting performance of Tiffany Amber-Thiessen. Saved by the Bell’s royal couple breaks up at a masquerade ball, while wearing a prince and princess outfit. Oh the subtle irony of the Saved by the Bell writers!
All the while, Jessie Spano and A.C. Slater, wearing Egyptian outfits, jam out in perfect harmony to a Michael Bolton song, while Zack and Kelly have one last dance before Kelly leaves him for the new manager of a bad burger joint. Such heart-wrenching drama!
#1 I’m So Excited, I’m so…Scared!!
Perhaps the most famous scene in Saved by the Bell history, this scene catapulted Elizabeth Berkley into a lifetime as a D-list actress. The poor acting and bad dialogue in this scene was unmatched by any other actress for years. It would remain unmatched until Elizabeth Berkley starred in Showgirls.
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