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Saved by the Bell - Seasons 1 & 2
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Set in the fictional town of Palisades, California, the series follow six teenagers through their fun-filled days at Bayside School and their antic-filled nights at their favorite hang-out, The Max. Heartthrobs Zack and A.C. are forever vying for the attention of Kelly, the prettiest and most popular girl in school. Screech is the class clown and electronic genius, and fashion conscience Lis a is mostly occupied with expanding her wardrobe. Jessie is the neutralizing force, often trying to convince the gang to do the rig ht thing all while school principal Mr. Belding is continuously trying to connect with the younger generation.
As high school comedies for young viewers go, Saved by the Bell is as light as they come, yet there is something unusually addictive about it. No doubt that's because the series, set at Bayside High School in Pacific Palisades, California, balances fluffy stories with evolving relationships. It's no chore to watch every episode in this Saved by the Bell: Seasons 1 & 2 boxed set and feel satisfied with the touching, admirable growth and affection between key characters.
The show concerns teenager Zack Morris (Mark Paul Gosselaar) and his eclectic group of friends. Zack himself is a complicated fellow: he's a vain hound for the girls and a screw-up who sets attendance records for detention. But as the series progresses, he also demonstrates that he's a thoughtful kid, underneath it all, with insight and loyalty to others. Tiffani-Amber Thiessen plays Kelly Kapowski, a cheerleader and mall rat who gains seriousness of purpose and dignity over time, and who ends a rivalry between Zack and good-natured sexist jock A.C. Slater (Mario Lopez) by choosing the former--after he cleans up his act a bit. Jessie Murtle Spano (Elizabeth Berkley) may be the most interesting character: smart and given to alternative-lifestyle values, an unabashed feminist yet self-conscious about her height. (She towers over most boys interested in her). Samuel "Screech" Powers (Dustin Diamond) is the show's token nerd, but he defies the stereotype in many ways: In "Dancing to the Max," Kelly develops a crush on Screech after he tutors her in science, while in other episodes he wins a beauty contest and comes to the heroic aid of a chum more than once. What's nice about Saved by the Bell is the way these sundry friends all get to know and accept each other, creating unexpected bonds and encouraging honest support when the chips are down. Highlights include "The Election," in which Zack, typically, runs for class president against Jessie on a lark, then has to face real responsibility when he wins. In "The Prom," Kelly gives up her dream of attending the school prom after her dad loses his job; she's rewarded with Zack's own sacrifice to make sure she's not alone. --Tom Keogh
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The first season introduces us to the gang. Being all of them so different allows the series to show diferent kind of situations, although the always seem to follow the same structure: Zack has a "plan", everybody finds out, then they make another "plan" that makes him feel sorry and everybody is happy at the end. You will notice this trend eventually, but it won't bother you because it's really well executed. The magnet of the show has always been Zack. For girls it was an obvious reason, and for guys it was like "i wanna be like him" kind of thing.
The DVDs each contain 8 or more episodes, depending on the season. Video is normal, this show is from 18 years ago, and the sound it's good, though not something to be proud of. (what do you spect from a sitcom anyway?)
One thing that we can complaint about its the order of the episodes. I don't really know if they were broadcasted like this the first time through, but this is a complete desorder. And i'm really sorry to say that it is actually worst in the other two sets. One episode you see kelly and Zack together, and the next it's back to the competition between him and slater. The story that suffers the most it's the relationship between jesse and slater. You will know when it begins, but you won't be sure of where it ends.
This isn't a total fault on the DVD sets. The show wasn't exactly an example of continuity, and there is one episode in season five that could've set up things for amazing situations.. they just made it as if never happened. And that's... well, bad.
But this are just minor things compared to the amount of fun this show is. I watched the whole set in less than a week... and i also went to work! You will not be sorry that you bought it, you will not be sorry to have seen it. Believe me.
P.S. In response to some reviews left, the pre-Slater days are not on the dvds because those are technically not SBTB. They are from a show called Good Morning Miss Bliss that originally aired on the disney channel.