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Saved by the Bell: The College Years 1 Season

Season 1
4.6 out of 5 stars (86) IMDb 6.3/10

Look out California U...here come Zack, Slater, Screech and Kelly! Now the gang from Bayside High is leaving home and heading to the exciting campus of California University for four years of new challenges, new faces and wild, new adventures.

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez

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Season 1

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1. Pilot

Graduation is over and Zack, Slater, and Screech are ready for a whole new slew of college adventures. They move in together for college and are excited to discover they have three beautiful female neighbors.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: May 22, 1993
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2. Guess Who's Coming To College

Zack, Slater and Screech start college. Zack is up to his old tricks trying to impress another girl, but is in for a surprise when Kelly shows up.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: September 14, 1993
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3. Zack, Lies & Video Tape

Zack takes on a challenge from his Anthropology Professor, Professor Lasky, who challenges Zack to find out what women want.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: September 14, 1993
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4. Rush Week

It's rush week at California University, who will get in and who will be left out? Zack wants to be in the same fraternity as Slater but when they're not too interested in him, Zack comes up with a scheme to get in.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: September 21, 1993
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5. Slater's War

Zack and Slater's friendship is challenged when Slater chooses not go on a ski trip with Zack and Leslie.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: September 28, 1993
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6. The Homecoming

It's Homecoming at Cal U!

TV-NR CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: October 4, 1993
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7. The Poker Game

Zack and the guys have been playing poker at another classmate's dorm. Zack wants to have the Poker Game at their dorm. There is only one problem to this. And it is a big problem - Mike.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: October 12, 1993
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8. Professor Zack

Zack poses as his anthropology professor, Professor Lasky. The girls and Mr. Rogers want to get a big screen television. So they come up with fundraising ideas. Mike wants to sell candy bars for $0.10 profit per candy bar and the girls want to have a Men of Cal U calendar.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: October 19, 1993
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9. Screech Love

Zack begins dating a tennis star, Linda. He is at least partly intrigued by her fame. She is struggling with astronomy so Zack gets Screech to tutor her.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: October 26, 1993
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10. Dr. Kelly

Kelly is thinking about becoming a doctor. Zack discourages her, and Kelly begins to give up her dream.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: November 2, 1993
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11. A Thanksgiving Story

The gang has plans to go home for Thanksgiving. When Thanksgiving plans fall apart, the gang "helps" Rogers prepare a meal for underprivileged kids.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: November 23, 1993
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12. Teacher's Pet

Since Kelly fancies Professor Lasky, she goes to his office to supposedly discuss a paper she has written. She finds him there with his child and offers to baby-sit.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: December 7, 1993
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13. Kelly And The Professor

Although he is jealous, Zack reluctantly agrees to help Kelly and Professor Lasky keep their relationship secret.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: December 14, 1993
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14. A Question Of Ethics

In an Ethics course with a tough Professor, someone drops a midterm paper which Zack picks up and reads. Leslie takes it off him and tears it up.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: December 21, 1993
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15. The Rave

Zack and Slater have a rave to try and raise money so they can take Alex and Kelly to Cancun.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: January 4, 1994
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16. Bedside Manner

Zack gets a job at the health center to get close to Kelly. Unfortunately, Professor Lasky winds up there as well.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: January 11, 1994
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17. Love And Death

The gang is shocked by the death of a popular teacher. Meanwhile Zack takes desperate risks to get Kelly to say that she still loves him.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: January 22, 1994
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18. Marry Me

Kelly is accepted to the Semester on the Sea program, which involves a three-month cruise. Zack doesn't want Kelly to go, but she feels it's an opportunity she can't pass up. Zack has a dream that Kelly is with another guy and asks her to marry him.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: February 8, 1994
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19. Wedding Plans

Zack and Kelly make plans for their wedding. Lisa, Leslie and Alex fight to be the maid of honor, and Zack chooses Screech as his best man, because Slater thinks the wedding is a bad idea.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: February 8, 1994
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Product Details

Genres Romance, Comedy
Director Jeff Melman
Starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez
Supporting actors Dustin Diamond, Anne Tremko, Kiersten Warren, Essence Atkins, Bob Golic, Steve Eastin, Elena Lyons, Chad Wood, Kathleen Bartholomew, Spencer Garbett
Network NBCUniversal
Producers Franco Bario, Peter Engel
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By Dorrie Wheeler on November 4, 2005
Format: DVD
"Saved By The Bell-The College Years" was a really great show and it's so great that the show is on DVD. It was rather short lived 19 episodes, but every episode was enjoyable and if you are a big fan of the show you will enjoy watching these episodes back to back to back.

Zach, Kelly, Slater, and Screech are all freshman in college. Kelly is roomates with two women Alex and Leslie. Blonde hair Leslie is a girl from a wealthy family and Alex is just a silly young woman who dates Slater on the show. I can't understand why they put Slater with such an odd girl and she shares the comic relief role with Screech.

My favorite episode of the show is the Thanksgiving episode. There are a lot of celebrities that stop by the show, Marv Albert, Jonathon Brandis, Brian Austin Green, Jenna Von Oy, Marsha Warfield and Mr. Belding.

Zach and Kelly are broke up but remain good friends. The rekindling of their relationship starts heating up around the episode "Dr. Kelly." Kelly expresses to Zach that she wants to be a doctor and he basically shoots her down so Kelly throws herself into her waitress job at a Hooter's like restaurant named Skeeters. Zach offers Kelly kind words and they agree that they have "chemistry." It's cute the way the episode ends and by the Thanksgiving episode they share of kiss and by the end of the series Zach and Kelly make plans to take their relationship to another level.
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First of all, I do enjoy watching this dvd...I have been a fan of SBTB since Miss Bliss, and really liked each character..its like Lark Vorhiees says on the SBTB 3 & 4 seasons commentary, they all had great chemistry. They were an ensemble that really worked!

To me, this dvd is what it would be like if Seinfeld did a show where only Jerry and Elaine moved somewhere, left George and Kramer behind, and met new friends. Then, change elements about Jerry and Elaine that people enjoyed, and that is what the College Years are to me...

As mentioned, Kelly is different-nothing like Kelly Kapowski from Bayside...I know people change, but I don't see any sort of similarity! Different hair, different style choices, different acting person...it is just weird!!

Slater's niche is also taken away-he was the jock, and now falls to low status at the school..I know he is a new freshman, but...that takes away part of who his character was! Also, as mentioned, he is paired with Alex, who seems odd, and she doesn't have near the amount of charm as Elizabeth Berkley!

There is more to say, but I don't want to bore (too much!) I am just pointing out that if you have not seen SBTB The College Years, and expect it to be just like Bayside and the kids there, you are in for a surprise! This doesn't make it a BAD show, but I was shocked to see the differences in these two shows...I thought that after not seeing the College Years since I was about 12, that these episodes would seem different to me now that I am older, but now I notice the differences all the more!

I would recommend this dvd if you saw and liked The College Years originally, or are a Saved By The Bell collector (like myself)...otherwise, if you haven't seen the show, I would rent it (if possible!)
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Maybe I'm partial to the series because Zack (Mark-Paul Gosselaar)and myself are about the same age and I grew up with him during the 1st series too during my high school years. But now as I look back, I can't believe how stupid the shows actually were. Notice how the show was always recorded in the same hallway, the same people were always together, the principal was nothing short of a moron, and the stories were as realistic as Elvis being alive.

The College Years, while the critics may say otherwise, is clearly better than the high school episodes. Maybe it's because "I was in college during the "College Years" but they really seem more entertaining to me and is definitely fun to watch if you're fan of no-brainer nonsense entertainment like me. Saved by the Bell is about "stupid" plotlines and loop holes of stories that really don't make sense, and that is what makes them fun.

Although shortlived, the series was unlike it's high school counterpart. Alot has changed since Bayside. How convenient that Slater, Kelly, Zack and Screech all end up in the same dorm room together. Once again "unrealistic craziness" that the show survives on. Too bad Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies) and Jessica Spano (Elisebeth Berkley) couldn't make it back, although lark does make a cameo toward the end of the series. "Berkley was too busy taking her clothes off for the grammy award winning movie "ShowGirls". The series basically brings back Zack's non-sensical antics to college life at California Univeristy. Towards the end the story, the series focuses back on Zack and Kelly falling in love and then eventually talking about getting married. AC-Slater (Mario Lopez) really shines during the series and shows his fine acting abilities in a "silly" but sometimes serious way.
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This show is not looked upon favorably by some of the original Saved by the Bell aficionados because of all of the changes that were made. Zack is no longer top dog on campus, Kelly is is not so much sweet as she is sassy, Slater struggles to win wrestling matches, while Jesse & Lisa's replacements are not as well-defined. Despite these differences, the show still manages to make the audience care for the struggles of four familiar characters (and some new ones) as they adjust to college life. This series will undoubtedly hold a greater fondness for those who remember life in dorms, campus get-togethers with friends, and those boring professors who seem to make a lot more sense after college. Granted, relationships on this show still never go beyond kissing, but the gang seems just as preoccupied with trying to prove that they are ready for adulthood.

As the series progresses, so do the characters, which is not something that could be said of the original series. Even though there were only 19 episodes, it was clear that each character was evolving and finding their particular niche in the social rung of society (as defined by college standards at least). This is not to say that the students did not get into a fair share of trouble with the resident authority figure played by Bob Golic. While he lacks the sweet gullibility of Mr.Belding, Golic still succeeds in walking that fine line between mentor and friend.

This DVD set does not include any bonus features, although there are chapter stops for every episode enabling the viewer to skip to certain scenes (a basic feature lacking in the previous SBTB releases).
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