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Saved by the Bell - Seasons 1 & 2
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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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With TV series as popular as they now are on DVD, and with this show relegated to early morning and lunch hour airings (inconvenient for most), what better time to release the first two seasons of "Saved By The Bell" to DVD?
This 5-disc set from Lions Gate Entertainment contains the first 33 episodes of "Saved By The Bell." The season that preceded the years at Bayside - "Good Morning Miss Bliss" (sometimes referred to as "Saved By The Bell: The Junior High Years" on TBS) - is unfortunately NOT included here. That series, which made its debut on The Disney Channel in 1988 and ran for 13 episodes, will hopefully be released at some point in the future. In addition to star Hayley Mills in the title role, the series featured four "SBTB" regulars. Although it differed in tone from the series that became such a hit and revolutionized the Saturday morning lineup, it is quite enjoyable in its own right, and very much deserves to be released to DVD.Read more ›
First, the positives. It's Saved By the Bell, which makes the collection more priceless than gold and I thought it was very considerate of them to pack two seasons on to one boxed set. As a grizzled veteran of the Simpsons DVDs, I found this very nice. The price is also pretty amazing. It comes on 5 discs and has (almost) all of the episodes from seasons 1 and 2.
Unfortunately, I find several things dissatisfying about the collection. While I don't regret buying it, I wish the distributors would have spent a little more time putting the collection together. The packaging is very cheap and flimsy. When you try to remove the security label on the top of the box, the box tears off with it. Also the spine is very fragile in the fold-out and will tear easily. I am very careful with my DVD boxes and had a few close calls from handling it the first time.
Related is the fact that there are NO SPECIAL FEATURES!!!! I find this absurd. What would be better than a grown-up Dustin Diamond providing voice-over commentary?! They totally missed the boat on this one. There are myriad tidbits they could have included, but didn't. TV spots? None. The True Hollywood Story? Sorry. A cast photo gallery? No way. Not even the cheap stuff! This was the most disappointing absent feature on the DVDs.Read more ›
I realize from other reviews that what I thought was season 1, was actually another show. I'm not surprised, as this season was different, but in the re-runs of Saved By the Bell, it is included, referred to as Saved By the Bell, and has an opening theme song to the show and everything.
To whomever is releasing this series, please release the season preceding these.
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The first time we watched this DVD, several of the episodes were skipping as if it were scratched and we had to turn it off.Published 11 months ago by Seri Stelly Frioux
I bought this for my older sister for Christmas because we were both huge fans of the Saved by the Bell series. I mean come on who wasnt? lol. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Charlene Fulton