Since debuting some 30 years ago, the Saturday morning TV series Saved by the Bell has achieved cult status. In its initial run, the series was usually dismissed as teen fare, despite having a diverse cast and gently dealing with topical issues like addiction. Originally airing from 1989 to 1993, the series spawned two spin-offs, the primetime Saved by the Bell: The College Years (1993–1994), and a new version for Saturday mornings, Saved by the Bell: The New Class (1993–2000), as well as two made for TV movies: Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style (1992) and Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas (1994). Now, thanks to NBCUniversal's streaming platform Peacock, the kids from Bayside High are back, receiving the Fuller House reboot treatment (rather than the Beverly Hills 90210 FOX delivered last year). The new series will feature familiar faces like Mario Lopez (A.C. Slater), Elizabeth Berkley Lauren (Jesse Spano), Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zack Morris), and Tiffani Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski), integrated with a diverse mix of newcomers, all eager to tackle hard hitting subjects head on, like gender identity, while paying homage to the original.
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