Saved by the Bell

TV review by Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Classic teen sitcom still entertains. Tweens OK.

TBS Comedy 1989

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 23 reviews

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age 7+

The Show is awesome!

It’s awesome on episode is strange because Johnny does Drugs like Pot.

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Too much sex
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age 9+

teaches good lessons

Mr. Belding is the kind of person we should all want as principal in our schools- firm but fair. He finds just the right balance between making the school a place where kids want to go to and keeping order. As for the kids, they're good kids. Sure, they have flaws, and they make mistakes, but they always learn from them, thanks in part to Mr. Belding, who's always available for guidance in one way or another but who also makes the kids see that their actions have consequences. I also like the way the kids work as a team and stick together no matter what it takes. Another thing that makes this show great is that it's an honest show. In other words, so many sitcoms that came out in that era (and to this day) had "contests" where one character had to be funnier than the last one. Not on SAVED BY THE BELL! While there certainly were funny lines, they came naturally rather than forced and are not the main part or emphasis of the show. And let's not forget the socioeconomic diversity of the kids. Despite each coming from very different backgrounds, they all hang out together, something that often can't be said in real life at many high schools.

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