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. Some newbie (nobodies) come around for the show and help it along the way too. Mark-Paul Gosselaar and the conflicts of college life really made me laugh throughout every episode. Every tongue and cheek cliche' and trick to make 30 minutes go by is used up on every episode. Screech still ruins of the episodes better moments when the unrealistic feel of the show is brought out almost to the point of being absurd, but Zack, Slater and Kelly seem to keep the show at bay. It's too bad the show was cut, because some of the last episodes were getting a bit more serious and believable and I wanted more.
Saved By The Bell: The College Years is a good DVD buy and people who are like me, will watch it over and over, we just don't know why we watch it?