It’s the 25th anniversary of Saved by the Bell. Doesn’t that make you feel like, 100 years old? Want to really, really feel that age, complete with a bit of plotline needling from a bunch of out of the loop teens? Well then take a gander at the latest video from The Fine Brothers, because it’s got all of that AND a cameo appearance from Arya Stark herself, Maisie Williams.
Be it the sweet, sweet, styles, the ridiculous plotlines, the freeze-frame breaking of the fourth wall, or even the mere existence of Screech, there are plenty of things about Save by the Bell that make it simultaneously a nostalgia factory and confounding piece of television ephemera. When placed in front of a modern teen audience — the series’ key demographic back in the day — to see how it holds up? Well, comedy ensues folks. Comedy ensues.
Very nearly all of the teens, Williams included, had never previously seen the pinnacle of ’90s television before. But given the nature of these sort of things and also the fact that teens be havin’ opinions, we can finally put the age-old debate of Zack v. Slater to rest. (We’re fairly certain You Made It Weird podcast guest Mark-Paul Gosselaar will be happy with the kids’ findings.)
What are some of your favorite Save by the Bell moments? Ours is OBVIOUSLY Jessie Spano’s “I’m so excited! / I’m so… SCARED!” meltdown because caffeine pill jokes are the most nineties thing to have ever happened. Let’s discuss in the comments.