On The Fast Track To Womanhood
Tiffani Amber Thiessen started dating a 19-year-old guy when she was only 14! She also moved out of her parent’s house when she was just 17! It made total sense that she made a quick jump into modeling gigs right around the time she was working on the set of Saved By The Bell.
Real Life Romance
Lark Voorhies & Mark-Paul Gosselaar dated in real life. During filming Zack and Lisa were just friends, but off-screen the two were lovebirds and even had a 3-year relationship!
Screetch Wasn’t Liked By His Castmates
Mark-Paul Gosselaar was accused of taking steroids in-between “Saved By The Bell” and “Saved By The Bell: The College Years”. Although there’s no way to prove this is true, there was a big change in Zack’s physique, which speaks for itself. As you can see here in this College Years cast-photo, Zach Morris even more buff than Slater.
Blondes Have More Fun
Lisa Turtle was originally meant to be a character who played a spoiled, Jewish girl from Long Island but producers loved Lark Voorhies so much that they changed the part so she could play it.
The Real Deal With Tori Scott
Love At First Sight
Mark-Paul Gosselaar met his first wife on set! She was an extra. He remarried Catriona McGinn, and now they have a son together, Dekker Edward.
This Duo Were In Every Episode!
Zack and Screech are the only two of the entire cast to appear in every episode, starting with “Good Morning, Miss Bliss” up until the finale of “The College Years.”
College Paid Off
The school set used to shoot “Saved by the Bell” has also been used in the famous Disney series “That’s So Raven” and Nickelodeon’s “iCarly.”
The Cast Hit The Main Stage
Peter Engel wrote a musical in hopes of bringing “Saved By The Bell” to Broadway, but this never worked out. The cast did test their musical abilities in the rockumentary fantasy episode where they formed a band called Zack Attack!
Same Classroom, Different Scenes
Kung Fu Fighting
One of Mr. Belding’s degrees hanging on the wall of his office is a degree in Kung Fu!
The Youngest Of The Cast
Work Came First
Lark Voorhies sacrificed going to her prom and graduation because she was busy filming the show.
The Beach Club “90210”
The New Class Had A Great Run
Many have referred to “Saved by the Bell: The New Class” as a failure, but it actually ran three years longer than the original “Saved by the Bell!”
More Teenage Girl Viewers
After Saved by the Bell (1989) had already been on television for around four weeks, NBC conducted research which showed that fifty percent of teenage girls in the United States were watching the show regularly.
Change Of Scenery
Tori Was Named After Tori
The character Tori was in fact named after producer Aaron Spelling’s daughter, Tori Spelling.
Scott Wolf and Denise Richards made cameo appearances on the show before making it to stardom. Tori Spelling (Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990)), who is also the producer’s daughter, made an appearance as a recurring character named Violet Bickerstaff – who was Screech’s love interest.
Official First Kiss
You probably never noticed it but, Slater’s bedroom was the only bedroom we never saw.
Gary Beach, a Broadway legend had a role in the one episode as “Gem Diamond”, a huckster who tries to rip-off the gang with fake class rings.
Slater’s First Name
Paul Verhoeven Onwards
Three actors who appeared in this show continued on to star in films directed by Paul Verhoeven. Main cast member, Elizabeth Berkley, starred in Verhoeven’s Showgirls (1995), while other guest stars like Denise Richards, Casper Van Dien and Patrick Muldoon all appeared in Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers (1997).
Jimmy Fallon Joins The Cast
Why Were They Absent?
In December 2014, Diamond (Screech) was arrested and charged with “second-degree recklessly endangering safety, disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon.” Legal ramifications took their toll on his schedule and prevented him from agreeing to appear in any Saved By The Bell reunions — at least until the case is resolved. Lisa, on the other hand, made headlines in 2012 when it was announced that she was battling bipolar disorder. Since then, she has largely stayed out of the public eye altogether.
Casper Van Dien
Casper Van Dien had made multiple uncredited appearances throughout the show’s final year. He has just one line in one episode and is often seen just as a simple background extra, mostly in hallway scenes by the lockers.
Famous SBTB Hopefulls
No Potty Mouths Allowed
Swearing was banned on the set of “Saved By The Bell.” Producer Peter Engel wanted to keep the vibes innocent so he forbid all cast members to swear while they were on the set of the teen series!