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Bell time: Why 'Saved by the Bell' still is bankable fun after all these years

Anyone who grew up in the 1990s knows all too well about Zack, Kelly, Slater, Lisa, Jesse and Screech, better known collectively as the fictional cast of "Saved by the Bell."
This series follows the students of Bayside High School, and while the show initially wasn't a huge success but rather labeled as forgettable and campy has since grown into the proverbial cult classic that goes far beyond just its initial run and syndication.
Anytime the now grown up stars of this show appear on television in any form or fashion, the chatter always finds time to talk about "Saved by the Bell" and how a show that ran for only a few seasons still has legs and appeal to the generation that watched it 20 plus years ago.
The answer isn't an easy one as far as explaining the popularity of "Saved by the Bell," which incidentally has a made for TV movie coming out soon on Lifetime. The show is a cliché of pretty much all high school shows for that era, and others to follow. The show had the popular kid who got in trouble, the nerd, the jock, the cheerleader and the bumbling principle (the loveable Mr. Belding, of course).
But what made the show so endearing to the masses is the fact that it never took itself too seriously and in the midst of delivering a message that often was muddled by bad acting and laughable story lines, the show managed to make a name for itself in spite of all the things that should of made it a short lived series with little or no interest after that.

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The show's lure also is helped by the fact that the stars of the show don't steer clear of talk regarding the show even though they're years removed from the show. It wasn't more than a few years ago that Mark Paul Gosselaar appeared on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" as Zack Morris, which was lauded by the live audience and loved by viewers around the world. Gosselaar is willing to poke fun at the Zack Morris character, and doesn't shy away from the ridiculousness that is the character. Gosselaar pays homage to a character who still is loved by the masses and only adds to the following "Bell" receives by a new generation of kids and the parents who loved the show when they were children.

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