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12th June
2009
written by Steph
Growing up, I loved me some Saved By The Bell.  I watched it every Saturday morning, and had a huge crush on Mark Paul Gosselaar, who played the incorrigible Zach Morris.  Who didn't cry when he and Kelly Kapowski broke up while dressed as Romeo and Juliet?  And I hate to think of how many times I've seen their SBTB Hawaiian-Style made-for tv movie (where they work at a resort in Hawaii, and Screech winds up at some ill-fated pig roast), or my personal favorite, SBTB: Wedding in Las Vegas, when Zach & Kelly finally get married.  People, my brother and I even watched the ill-advised SBTB The College Years. I'm just saying, I loved that show.  Embarrassing confession time: recently my family was cleaning out the basement, and my brother claims that they happened upon a letter stashed somewhere safe (but not safe enough) that my best friend and I had written to good old MPG.  Clearly my love was true, only knowing the limits of postage at the time. Anyway, things change and most of the Saved By The Bell alumni are now safe in post-teen idol obscurity.  I had known for a while MPG was starring on some legal drama on TNT or something like that (there have been billboards around Nashville), and has suffered from terrible hair, but I didn't really think anything of it.  Until recently, when I stumbled upon this genius clip from a recent appearance he did on Jimmy Fallon's show to promote his new show.  Only, I think he wound up promoting his old persona way more, which has made me giddy like my 8-year old self once more. I have no idea if a SBTB reunion will ever happen, but honestly, I'm just happy MPG was such a good sport as this has to be one of the best interviews I have seen in a long time.  The only thing that would have made this better was if it were Ellen interviewing him instead of Jimmy.  If you were ever a fan of SBTB, you owe it to yourself to watch this interview!  Chock full of in-jokes and nostalgia, what more could you ask for? Please enable Javascript and Flash to view this Flash video.

13 Comments

  1. 06/12/2009

    Um, I’m watching “Saved By the Bell” right now…

    Loved the interview! Definitely one of the best I’ve seen in a long time.

  2. 06/12/2009

    If we had cable (or real tv), I would totally watch the reruns when they were on. In fact, I would probably spend more time watching old shows than new ones…

    I should have also mentioned a shout-out to the “don’t do drugs” episode in which Jessie becomes addicted to caffeine pills and has her “I’m so excited… I’m so scared!” break down. Now that was good television!

  3. 06/12/2009

    This is the best! Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. 06/12/2009

    That interview was AWESOME! Loved the brick phone…lol. Check out my Saved By The Bell Tribute Rap Video “I Love Bayside” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8mvxPIV6U4

  5. taryn
    06/12/2009

    oh Stephenie, i’m SO glad we only met in university… *shakes her head in disbelief*

  6. 06/12/2009

    Love the Zach Morris Phone.

  7. 06/12/2009

    @ Nicole – Glad you enjoyed it!
     
    @ taryn – Whatevs. As if you haven’t enjoyed bad television in your past. And I think you’ll find your dislike for SBTB puts you in the minority (yet again!).
     
    @ Seanie – Based on your video, I think it’s clear that your enthusaism for SBTB clearly eclipses mine.
     
    @ charley – The phone was my favorite part! Well, that and the outfit! 😉

  8. Simona
    06/13/2009

    That was AWESOME! Thanks for sharing!

    I feel compelled to point out that it’s actually *Zack* Morris. He’s too cool to spell his name properly.

  9. 06/14/2009

    Oh no! How embarrassing for me! Oh well, I will leave the title misspelled as a tribute to my silly assumptions. Of course he would spell his name ZacK… 😉

  10. I actually didn’t get to watch Saved By the Bell much — my mom thought it was inappropriate and banned it. I snuck in a few episodes here and there, but nothing to be super fanish about. I feel like I missed out 🙂

  11. 06/15/2009

    SBTB inappropriate? I guess I find this funny just because so many shows today that are aimed at that same audience (more or less) are so much more risqué (like Gossip Girl, or the new 90210). At the end of the day, I think SBTB was pretty dweeby… it was the “afternoon special PSA” of Saturday morning tv, really! But I still loved it soooo much!

  12. 06/17/2009

    This was a great interview! Thanks for posting.

  13. 07/07/2009

    I used to LOVE SBTB! Did you notice Zack pegged his pants? LOL. I used to watch that show every day after school while doing my homework. If I’d known there were other episodes (movies?) I hadn’t seen, I probably would have watched them (back then). Oh well. 🙂

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