The New ‘Saved by the Bell’ Reboot Looks Real Fun

Published on August 10, 2020

‘80s and ‘90s nostalgia are at an all-time high. Franchises from that era are returning fast and furious in reboots and sequels. Period pieces now travel back to that time all the time now. And, of course, we got shows like Stranger Things giving people ‘80s fever. Now, we’ll see another blast from the past in the form of a Saved by the Bell reboot. 

Saved by the Bell Trailer

The popular High School series, which started in 1989 and lasted four seasons, is returning with most of its original cast to Universal’s streaming service, Peacock. AC Slater (Mario Lopez), Jessie Spano (Elizabeth Berkley), Kelly Kapowski (Tiffani Thiessen), and Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) are back. Oh, Zack Morris is now the governor of California, too. 

OK, this looks pretty entertaining. As a fan who grew up with reruns of the show, a reboot that brings back the colorful look of the past together with a more modern sense of humor has me interested. As far as first impressions go, the new Saved by the Bell looks promising. 

A Reimagining 

Tracey Wigfield is behind the series, which inspires hope. Wigfield was a writer on 30 Rock and The Mindy Project, both of which are flat out hilarious. In her eyes, the new Saved by the Bell isn’t a reboot but to use a fancier word for reboot, a reimagining (via USA Today):

It’s not even a reboot; it’s a reimagining. While the original show was a Saturday morning show for kids, this is a single-camera, kind of edgier comedy … if you never saw the (original), it’s just a funny show about high school in 2020. I wrote on 30 Rock  for six years and then I wrote on The Mindy Project, and I created Great News. I have my tone and I have my kind of comedic voice that I like to write in. You will feel that here.”

A More Relevant Saved by the Bell

Saved by the Bell is mostly remembered for its laughs and style, but we all remember the episode about the pills Jesse took to study hard. It’s even referenced in the trailer as a nice callback. The new reboot will put even greater focus on issues that plague students. However, according to Wigfield, there’s still the fun and zaniness fans of the show expect to go along with unfortunately always relevant issues such as sexism and racism: 

“It was very important to treat ‘Saved by the Bell’ with the reverence – people really love this show. We want to poke fun at it in the way you only can if you deeply love something. … We’re all in on the same joke.”

What About the Rest of the Cast? 

Not all of the original cast members are returning. Hopefully, there’s a cameo or two, but Dustin Diamond (Screech) and Lark Voorhies (Lisa Turtle) aren’t confirmed to appear. Voorhies was unfortunately snubbed and not asked to appear in the reboot. The actress has been very open about her mental health and appears to be in a good place, but sadly, she was not asked to return. Turtle expressed her desire to join her old cast members, and hopefully, she gets that chance. 

Saved by the Bell Synopsis 

Saved by the Bell still doesn’t have a release date. Due to COVID-19, the series had to shut down filming before completing its final episodes. In the meantime, here’s an official synopsis from Peacock: 

When California governor Zack Morris gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools, he proposes they send the affected students to the highest performing schools in the state – including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the over privileged Bayside kids a much needed and hilarious dose of reality in this comedy inspired by the classic late ’80s/early ’90s sitcom of the same name.

Jack Giroux is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in Los Angeles, he is an entertainment journalist who's previously written for Thrillist, Slash Film, Film School Rejects, and The Film Stage.

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