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      Saved By The Bell:

The Complete Collection

                         review by Bobby Blakey

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From 1989 to 1993, for a generation of TV viewers, "Saved by the Bell" was the show that perfectly echoed their lives in middle school and high school. Originally titled "Good Morning, Miss Bliss" with Hayley Mills in the title role, the first thirteen episodes of the series featured Zack, Screech, Lisa and Mr. Belding, and was based at John F. Kennedy Junior High in Indianapolis. Following its cancellation, NBC retooled the show as "Saved by the Bell" and now the entire collection is coming home.  

Saved By The Bell followed the fictional town of Palisades, California and in the hallways of Bayside High, the breezy adventures of Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and his friends -- Kelly Kapowski (Tiffani-Amber Thiessen), A.C. Slater (Mario Lopez), Jessie Myrtle Spano (Elizabeth Berkley), Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies), and Samuel "Screech" Powers. This is one of those series that just about every young person during this time watched or at least knew about it. Much like a lot of the sitcoms at the time there were lots of relatable stories, but with the focus being on the kids in school had something that finally allowed the youth to embrace.

Sure the corniness of the show shined through more often than not, but it also kicked things up a notch at times with episodes like Jesse dealing with drug use. Outside the fun and silliness of it all there was something about seeing these kids grow into adults that made it fell more like real life than any other show. I loved this show like most and it still holds up pretty well despite some

of the dated looks and silly nature. This collection takes you through the entire run of the show including its original concept before being cancelled and rebooted as the Saved By The Bell we know and love.

I was never a big fan of the College Years or later films, but there is something still cool about getting the characters back together and seeing them go from being kids to adults right on the screen in front of us. For people during the time they literally grew up with the cast and could actually relate to most of it. This is a timeless series that is a must have for any fan of the any portion if not all of its run.

This set is loaded with content containing more than 46 incredible hours of Bayside bliss, including every episode from 1988's "Good Morning, Miss Bliss" which became "Saved By the Bell: The Junior High Years" and the fan-favorite "Saved by the Bell" to "Saved By the Bell: The College Years" and the two feature-length TV movies that followed. Return to Bayside with the gang and grab your copy of Saved By The Bell: The Complete Collection available now from Shout Factory.


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