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Saved by the Bell… where are they now?

May 17, 2007

Saved by the Bell was one of my favorite shows as a kid. I swear I saw every episode at least five times. Every guy my age wanted to be Zack Morris (and have a kick-ass cell phone like him) and every guy wanted to date Kelly Kapowski.

As per the usual, once a hit teen TV show ends, most of the stars fade into oblivion, with one or maybe two becoming slightly successful.

I wanted to take a look at where all the stars from Saved by the Bell are now. Here’s what they’re up to.


markpaulgosselaar.jpgMark-Paul Gosselaar (Zack Morris)

He was the star of the show. He was the most likely to become a star once Saved by the Bell ended its run. He, sadly, has probably been the most successful. He went on to star in the film, Dead Man on Campus which made a mere $15 million at the box office. Gosselaar then got a job on the short-lived TV show, Hyperion Bay, which only lasted 17 episodes.

He went on to star on a few TV movies, before getting his break as Detective John Clark on NYPD Blue, which he starred in for four seasons (and 65 episodes). When NYPD Blue ended, Gosselaar got a role on Geena Davis’ TV show Commander in Chief, which was quickly cancelled. He has since been in two made-for-TV movies.


tiffanithiessen.jpgTiffany Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski)

The former Tiffani-Amber Thiessen was probably my first celebrity crush. She played the sweet and innocent Kelly Kapowski on Saved by the Bell for five seasons. After Bell, she appeared in the moderately successful Son In Law with Pauly Shore. Over the next several years she appeared in nothing but made-for-TV movies and a few bit parts in forgettable films.

In 2000 she had a role on Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place, which only lasted 9 episodes. Her most successful role since Saved by the Bell is a lead role in the TV show, Fastlane, which lasted an entire season. She currently has a small role on the TV show What about Brian?, which it appears may be cancelled.

She is currently married to actor Brady Smith who, well… has less work than she does.


mariolopez.jpgMario Lopez (A.C. Slater)

I hated Slater on Saved by the Bell. He was an idiot, and at the beginning, was always going after Zack’s girl, Kelly. He did end up dating Jesse Spano for the majority of the show, however. He was a moron, and annoyed me to no end.

Since Bell, he has appeared in a long list of junk, while getting a few part-time roles on TV shows The Bold and the Beautiful and Nip/Tuck. He did star in the made-for-TV film, “Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis story”, which was well received.

He’s also had work on reality/entertainment shows such as Dancing with the Stars, Entertainment Tonight and as the host of the 2007 Miss America Pageant.

By the way… he still looks exactly the same as he did 15 years ago. And yup, he still has that big douche bag smile.


elizabeth-berkley.jpgElizabeth Berkley (Jesse Spano)

I never really liked Jesse Spano. She was incredibly annoying, and my one main memory of her is the episode where she gets addicted to sleeping pills and has an absolute freak out. It was a pretty serious moment in the usually tame show. But it forever labeled her a psycho in my mind.

After Bell, Berkley got the lead role in what was supposed to be a blockbuster film; Showgirls. The squeaky clean actress wanted to change her image, and agreed to play the role of stripper/show girl Nomi Malone, in a role where she’d be basically nude the entire film. It was a complete disaster, and an absolute failure. Since then, however, it has become something of a cult-classic, in a “it’s sooo bad, it’s good” kind of way.

She then appeared in a few small films, while also getting a supporting role in the successful First Wives Club. She had a small role (also getting nude) in the Al Pacino film, Any Given Sunday.

Berkley has since had guest roles in several hit shows such as CSI, Law & Order, NYPD Blue and Without a Trace. Other than working on some stage plays, she isn’t really doing anything at the moment.


dustindiamond.jpgDustin Diamond (Screech Powers)

Oh, the lovable Screech. He enjoyed his Saved by the Bell time so much that he’s attached his name to nearly anything to do with it since. Like the other members of the show, he also starred in Saved by the Bell: The College Years. He then continued on with Saved by the Bell: The New Class.

Other than that, he’s appeared in nothing but having bit parts in no-name films. He was, however, on a few reality shows like Celebrity Boxing 2, Celebrity Fit Club, The Weakest Link and Hollywood Squares. Anything for a buck eh, Dustin?

Last year, he actually tried to raise money by selling T-Shirts so he wouldn’t lose his house. Oh, and there’s that whole disturbing situation with the home-made porn film with him that was released. *Shudder*


larkvoorhies.jpgLark Voorhies (Lisa Turtle)

Lark played Lisa Turtle, Screech’s long-time obsession on the show. She was a pretty good character, and I always liked Lisa. She has, however, practically been invisible since the show’s end. Besides appearing in small roles on a few TV shows and movies here and there, she’s hasn’t really done anything.

She came back for a one episode spot in The New Class, and was in the mini-series “The Last Don” by Godfather writer Mario Puzo. Oh, and she has her own production company, and was once engaged to Martin Lawrence. That’s about it on Ms. Voorhies.


dennishaskins.jpgDennis Haskins (Mr. Belding)

Mr. Belding always entertained me. His character was great in the supporting role it had. Dennis Haskins followed along the same path as Dustin Diamond (minus the porn tape and T-Shirt selling), by also continuing on with Saved by the Bell: The New Class.

Since that show’s end, he has had a few one episode roles in shows such as The Practice, The West Wing, 7th Heaven and JAG.


So, we’ve answered the question of “where are they now?”

Saved by the Bell is another hugely popular teen sitcom that ended with most of it’s stars fading away and rarely to be seen or heard from again. Mark-Paul Gosselaar is easily the most successful of the bunch, with his long tenure on the popular NYPD Blue.

They should try and put together a Saved by the Bell: Reunion movie. After seeing what they’re all up to these days, it shouldn’t be hard to convince them to return.

> Read my ‘Top 10 Childhood Heroes’ list

> Read my ‘Top 12 Childhood Movies’ list

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18 comments

  1. now that is a great list

    maybe one day you can dig up what happened to the newer classes too.


  2. Another great post to bring me back, Matty. I love it. What a great show. And, as an avid Beverly Hills 90210 fan back in the day, Tiffany Amber-Thiessen made a few appearances there too… Just for the record. Gotta give her a bit more glory, ya know?! Cause 90210 was like…the bomb. But will never hold a place in my memory like Saved by the Bell.


  3. I liked AC better then Zack…gotta love those muscles and dimples! hahah


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  5. […] the 80’s, Full House was an after school tradition, along with such other great sitcoms like Saved by the Bell, Fresh Prince and Family Matters. Full House was always one of my favorites, and many of the stars […]


  6. Was Dustin Diamond (Screech) as antagonistic on “Saved by the Bell” as “Celebrity Fit Club?” I liked him but it all changed with this episode.


  7. dont forget that tiffany was on 90210 for a few seasons after bell


  8. I loved Saved By The Bell so much,i was talking about it today in work,to one of my colleagues,a i told him i have the books and i recorded Wedding In Last Vegas about a couple of years ago. It would be great if they could make a come back The Universeity Years… MISS THE GANG…CLAIRE ROBERTS October 29th 2007 11.20pm


  9. It would be great to have a Family Matters Reunion. Or a movie, it would be cool to see Steve and Laura,to see if they got married and if they had any kids. It would be nice to see everyone else too.


  10. saved by the bell was AWESOME. i still wacth it even though i have seen every episode. i could not pick a favorite.


  11. I don’t know why Mark-Paul Gosselaar hasn’t had more of a career! He really is a great actor and doesn’t get enough credit! I loved seeing the more professional side of him in ‘The Princess And The Marine’. I wish he could have more roles like that.


  12. i looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee tttttttttttttttttttthhhhat show so much


  13. Listen, keep your comments to yourself cause I know you wouldnt dare say thse things to thier face. NOw I think you should keep your opinions to -yourself and maybe stop talken all that junk about people you know you want to be like. It is ok just remember Dont hate just appreciate.

    Thank you for listening to my comments……. Also keep your opinions to yourself and dont hate appreciate just remember those words……… And one again thank you for listening to my comments.


  14. Hey I was lyin about my name I just dont want people to know my name or my email those were some fake names and a fake website and a fake email adress now THank you and good day.


  15. What about the teacher “Miss Bliss” played by Hayley Mills in the Disney channel season?


  16. They all still looks good I think mark Paul glosslaar looks hot when he has blond hair I know that because I am a girl and he is hot with or without blond hair awwwwww


  17. A REUNION WOULD BE A GREAT SUCCESS. WITH ALL THE NEW FANS WATCHING THE SHOW IN SYNDICATION. IF WE CAN ONLY SHUT SCREECH UP LONG ENOUGH FOR IT TO HAPPEN.


  18. wow…that was a waste of time to read…I mean…apart from the shallow useless topic…the content isn’t even acurate….6 years and 136 episodes of Beverly Hills 90210, one of the crappiest….yet most popular shows of it’s day… the vehicle that actually provided Tiffany Thiessen with way more celebrity than SBTB ever did…and it doesn’t even get mentioned…..better off just reading imdb myself



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