Peacock’s highly-anticipated Saved by the Bell reboot, which follows a new cast of Bayside students, packed on the nostalgia with dozens of nods to the original when it debuted on Tuesday.
In addition to having Mario Lopez, Tiffani Thiessen, Lark Voorhies, Elizabeth Berkley and Mark-Paul Gosselaar reprise their roles, the revival of the ’90s sitcom replicated the high school’s hallways down to the red lockers and ‘Go Tigers’ sign.
From an old photo of the group of six on the wall of Zack’s (Gosselaar) office to the next generation of high schoolers still dining at The Max, nearly every scene takes viewers on a trip down memory lane.
Back together: Peacock’s highly-anticipated Saved by the Bell reboot, which follows a new cast of Bayside students, packed on the nostalgia with dozens of nods to the original
Throwback! In addition to having Mario Lopez, Tiffani Thiessen, Lark Voorhies, Elizabeth Berkley and Mark-Paul Gosselaar reprise their roles, the revival of the ’90s sitcom replicated the high school’s hallways down to the red lockers and ‘Go Tigers’ sign
While returning stars Lopez (A.C. Slater) and Berkley (Jessie Spano) are full-time cast members again, Gosselaar (Zack Morris) and Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski), who are still married, only make guest appearances on the first season.
The show focuses on Zack’s son Mac Morris (Mitchell Hoog), Jessie’s son Jamie Spano (Belmont Cameli), Daisy (Haskiri Velazquez), Aisha (Alycia Pascual-Pena) and Lexi (Josie Totah).
Mark-Paul Gosselaar returns as Zack Morris, who is now the Governor of California, who has faced criticism for shutting down too many underfunded schools.
He proposes to send the students from these schools to some of the best schools in the state, including his alma mater, Bayside High.
Bringing it back: Elizabeth Berkley said working on the Saved By The Bell reboot was like ‘coming home’
Taking notice: Berkley acknowledged that the 90’s teen sitcom ‘holds a special place in people’s hearts’
Mario Lopez returns as A.C. Slater, who is now a gym teacher at Bayside High, while Elizabeth Berkeley returns as Jessie Spano, a guidance counselor at the school.
Before Jessie Spano (Berkley) came back to Bayside as a guidance counselor, she earned her PhD in psychology, wrote self-help books and stayed away from caffeine for nearly 30 years.
Tiffani Thiessen portrays Kelly Kapowski, who ‘started her own wellness brand and refers to herself as a doctor of optimism,’ according to TooFab.
The cast: (l-r) Mitchell Hoog as Mac Morris, Belmont Cameli as Jamie Spano, Dexter Darden as DeVante, Josie Totah as Lexi, Aisha Alycia Pascual-Pena as Aisha and Haskiri Velazquez as Daisy at The Max
Meanwhile, Screech is revealed to being living with a robot, named Kevin, ‘on the international space station’ and Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies) is a successful designer living in Paris.
Berkley recently spoke to People about how it felt like ‘coming home’ while working on the reboot with the other members of the original cast.
She also reflected on the impact the show had on its many young fans back in the 1980s and 90s.
‘Saved by the Bell holds a special place in people’s hearts. It’s part of their childhoods, and that is sacred. We are all fiercely protective of that legacy.’
Another look at the reboot: Cameli, Totah and Hoog all seen in a classroom
She also noted that, although new characters would be added to the show and that the original dynamic may be changed, the development team took great care to ‘give fun winks and nods for the true fan.’
The actress portrayed Jessie in the original series, and will return as an updated version of the character.
She has since become the guidance counselor at her old high school.
The actress was also happy that the reboot ended up having more sentimental value than she expected, stating, ‘For a nostalgic show to bring some happiness to this world, that is really meaningful.’
On the field: Mario with his whistle and clipboard while with the Bayside team
The reboot is helmed by former 30 Rock showrunner and Great News creator Tracey Wigfield.
Production on the series was halted in March due to the onset of COVID-19, and after months of uncertainty, filming resumed in August to finish up the remaining three episodes of the reboot.
Early reviews for the series have been generally positive, with many critics applauding the updated themes and the performances of both the new and old cast members.
Tiffani’s return: Tiffani Thiessen is also expected to return as Kelly Kapowski, though it’s not clear in what capacity