The Saved By The Bell Cast Got Together Again, And They Celebrated Three Decades Of Friendship

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For those of us who grew up in the early ’90s, Bayside High was practically the only place to be on a Saturday morning. Yes, NBC’s Saved by the Bell was something of a phenomenon, with the adventures of Zack, Kelly and the gang entertaining us across four seasons, two movies and a college spin-off. And, happily, it turns out that most of the original cast have forged friendships off screen, too.

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It seems, too, that many of the Saved by the Bell kids remain buddies even decades on, as in 2019 the likes of Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Amber Thiessen and Mario Lopez all joined forces for a 30th anniversary reunion meal – and sent the internet into meltdown as a result. But, sadly, not every major cast member was in attendance. Here’s a look at the story behind the teen series and its stars’ continuing closeness.

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The origins of Saved by the Bell began back in 1986, when producer Peter Engel was asked to create a new sitcom inspired by NBC president Brandon Tartikoff’s sixth-grade teacher. And despite an unsuccessful pilot, Good Morning, Miss Bliss – starring Hayley Mills as the titular lead character – ultimately aired a 13-episode run on the Disney Channel. Unfortunately, though, the comedy was swiftly canceled after failing to pick up enough of an audience.

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