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One of the biggest pros for this season was the introduction of the new character Liz Miller, who replaced Rachel adequately. While it was a shame to see Rachel go, in this series Liz is often the conscience of the group and you quickly learn to like her character. Personally I find her character a lot more tolerable over Maria, who in this season often seems to need a conscience, and Katie, who in this season has too many personalities too keep up with.
I found that there were two big downfalls to this season of SBTB. The first are the characters of Screech and Mr Belding. Mr Belding used to be the wise principal who was always ready to offer an ear and some advice. However in this season he's flat out stupid most of the time and is more like trying to be part of 'the gang' as opposed to a mentor who is loved and respected. Screech also seems to have been 'dumbed down' a lot this season, his voice has become incredibly more nasal and he's more of a clown then he's ever been before- both in the original TV show as well as the new class.
The second downfall of this season is that there are real inconsistancies in the screening of the episodes. It's almost like the entire season was filmed and then the tv show people decided to randomly screen them to the public and mix up the order. Liz has already become part of the gang before she is introduced as a character.Read more ›
That said, The New Class Season 5 is, as the name suggests, the fifth season of The New Class and the eleventh season of Saved By The Bell if you're using 1988's Good Morning Miss Bliss as a starting point.
TNC Season 5 originally aired between 1997-1998 Saturday mornings on NBC and is typically regarded as a slight improvement over the fourth, which had been a slight improvement over the third and so on. When the original gang moved on, NBC had contracted just two seasons of The New Class as well as two seasons of The College Years for prime time. By the time Season 5 of the New Class had come about, The College Years had already been history.
Season 5 broke the tradition of replacing half the main cast and instead made only a single character swap: Rachel Meyers (Sarah Lancaster) was replaced by new blonde beauty Liz Miller (Ashley Lyn Cafagna). Perhaps credited to the fact that the cast was so similar to the season preceding it, it's apparent that the writers had reached a point where they were able to capitalize on the dynamic of this particular group.
The Liz Miller character feels slightly out of place in the initial episode but quickly falls into rhythm in the episodes following. Taking a cue from the old Zack/ Slater rivalry for Kelly's attention, Liz actually finds herself the target of both Ryan and Nicky's affection. The series of episodes centered on her having to chose between the stepbrothers actually attempts a slight serial vibe; with low scale cliffhanger endings.Read more ›
Guest stars include: Olympic gold medalists Shannon Miller and Janet Evans in "Desperately Seeking Work" and "It's Not About Winning" respectively; Harley Rodriguez (Sweet Valley High) as Maria's irresponsible, younger brother Tino in "Her Brother's Keeper"; and James Lesure (Las Vegas) as Lieutenant Griffin in "Private Peterson". Look for a cameo appearance from series composer Rich Eames as Albert in "Screech and the Substitute".
Saved By The Bell: The New Class - Season 5 is a 4-disc (single-sided) set featuring all 26 episodes from the 1997-1998 season in Full-Frame (1.33:1) video and Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio.Read more ›
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it's saved by the bell the new class, what else needs to be said, loved the show then and love it stillPublished 20 months ago by Max
It's pretty good if you like the original still then you will enjoy this if currently you don't like it then passPublished on January 11, 2014 by jon vega
The first "new class" was not good. The acting was at a grade school level. But this group of kids did a great job. Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by Thomas M. Colburn
I kinda miss them old days of watching the TNBC lineup of Saturday mornings. You had Saved by the Bell:TNC, Hang Time, City Guys, One World, California Dreams, I didn't care too... Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by Steven Pearson
It is nice to be able to find these old shows on DVD for a good price, some of them sure beat whats on tv today.Published on January 25, 2013 by Sherry
This season is great. I really enjoyed most of the episodes. This cast is my favorite as far as chemistry and how well the cast plays off each other. Read morePublished on August 24, 2010 by Ashley M.