5 Behind-the-Scenes Facts About “Saved by the Bell”
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“Saved by the Bell,” which ran on NBC from 1989 to 1993, chronicled the lives of six students at Bayside High School. Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez and Dustin Diamond were the three male stars of the show, and Lark Voorhies, Elizabeth Berkley and Tiffani Thiessen were the female stars. As fascinating as the show was on screen to its teenage audience, the behind-the-scenes activities of cast members were equally intriguing.
5 Lopez Scandals
Mario Lopez generally comes across as a squeaky clean jock. His participation in the 2006 season of the popular ABC reality show “Dancing with the Stars” introduced him to a broader audience. He is also somewhat of an avid triathlete. However, Lopez was involved in a significant off-screen scandal during his time on “Saved by the Bell.” The actor was accused of date rape while a star of the show, as noted in a May 1993 “Variety” magazine article, though the case never went to court. Lopez also had his 2004 marriage to Ali Landry annulled after he was caught cheating on her.
4 Dustin Diamond Tidbits
“Saved by the Bell” was so popular that it inspired a variety of spinoff shows and films, including a brief college version starring Lopez, Diamond and Gosselaar. However, Diamond was the only cast member who appeared in every episode of the original show and every spinoff film and show, according to “IMDb.” Even more intriguing, Diamond was actually three years younger than the rest of the main cast.
3 Relationship Irony
On screen, Zack Morris had relationships ranging from brief flirtations to ongoing involvement with every major female character during the show’s run. Off screen, Gosselaar stayed true to his role and was romantically linked to all three of the show’s featured actresses at one point or another. While Kelly was the main target of Zack’s romantic pursuits on the show, Gosselaar’s most significant off-screen relationship was with Voorhies, whom he dated for three years of the show’s run. Gosselaar mentioned this fact in multiple interviews after the show, according to IMDb.
2 Who is This Tori Scott Character?
During the final season of the show in 1993, actress Leanna Creel entered the scene as Bayside student Tori Scott. Scott’s aggressive personality and flirtations with “preppy” Zack Morris, played by Gosselaar, added something different to the show. What fans may not know is that Creel served as a replacement for Thiessen and Berkley, who bowed out for other projects after NBC ordered twice as many episodes for the final season. The pair did appear, although Creel didn’t, in the final graduation episode, which was filmed when they were still around.
1 Elizabeth Berkley as Kelly Kapowski
To fans of the show, the character names and personas were an extension of the actors who played them. Imagine if Berkley had gotten her original wish to play Kelly Kapowski. Fortunately, Berkley was rightfully cast as Jessie Spano, the semi-rebellious member of the SBTB gang. Interestingly, Berkley impressed show producers so much in her audition that the Jessie character was added to the show just for her.