Saved by the BellA popular teen sitcom which ran from 1989 to 1993, Saved by the Bell built a large, loyal fanbase. Its original incarnation, Good Morning, Miss Bliss (1987), starred Hayley Mills as the goodnatured Miss Carrie Bliss who oversaw later Saved by the Bell cast Lark Voorhies, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, and Dustin Diamond as well as other students.
Saved by the Bell made Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Lark Voorhies, Tiffany Amber Thiessen, Dustin Diamond, Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez famous. Gosselaar became a girl favorite, making the covers of Tiger Beat and many other teen publications. While there were many different actors and seasons, and there was even a different cast once the characters of these actors graduated Bayside High, these actors were the stars of the show during its heyday.
Saved by the Bell may be most remarkable among its genre for having two actors, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen and Elizabeth Berkley, go on to enjoy greater success as older actors, though Berkley's career in particular declined, never recovering from Showgirls.
The show's characters were:
- Zackary "Zack" Morris, played by Gosselaar, the charming con artist with a golden heart, Zack always managed his way into the principal's office.
- Kelly Kapowski, played by Thiessen, the cheerleader of the group who was always Zack's romantic interest. She was a good girl who loved Zack but many times felt cheated by him so she'd pay attention to other guys every once in a while too. She worked at the ice cream parlor.
- Albert Clifford "A.C." Slater, played by Lopez, the buff type who was one of Zack's best friends. He was a football team player and had a crush on Jesse. His father wanted to send him to Military school in Alaska
- Jessica "Jessie" Myrtle Spano, played by Berkley, the girl who had to study hard all the time to keep her high grades. She was very smart, but also felt her parent's pressure to keep up the good grades. Her main interest was beef boy Slater.
- Samuel "Screech" Powers, played by Diamond, Zack's other best friend, an aspiring scientist and all around geek who was in love with Lisa, and whose popularity was limited to the geek girls in school.
- Lisa Marie Turtle, played by Voorhies, a beautiful black girl who was the fashion expert and wanted nothing to do with the guy who wanted to go out with her, Screech. Lisa wanted to be a fashion designer. Her interests included clothing and boys.
- Leon Carosi, played by Ernie Sabella
- Stacey Carosi, played by Leah Remini