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Saved by the Bell: The College Years

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College comedy with values for older tweens+.
  • Network: TBS
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1993

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Promotes positive behavior, the value of friendship, and respect. Characters of various ethnicities are featured. Also discusses (and sometimes shows) behavior that's consistent -- albeit not always appropriate -- in a college setting, including beer drinking and hosting parties. Includes an inappropriate relationship between a college professor and a student and discusses the ethical issues surrounding this relationship.

Violence

Occasional scenes of college kids arguing or pushing each other. Actions aren't harmful and take on a comedic note.

Sex

Male/female social dynamics. Some spoken innuendo, and some kissing.

Language

Mild language, including words like "butt."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Occasional discussions about drinking alcohol (and the characters sometimes have beer at parties). Some serious discussion about the use of steroids as a performance-enhancing drug -- including messages about its negative consequences.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series follows the transition of older teens into college life and adulthood. As a result, some of the themes (drinking, relationships, etc.) are more mature than the original Saved by the Bell series and may be unsuitable for younger viewers. Overall this show focuses on positive values and learning from your mistakes, teaching the idea that people always have to face the consequences of their actions.

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What's the story?

SAVED BY THE BELL: THE COLLEGE YEARS is the short-lived third installation of the original Saved by the Bell series (the first was Good Morning, Miss Bliss) featuring Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), A.C. Slater (Mario Lopez), and Screech Powers (Dustin Diamond). As freshmen at California University, the guys cope with college life and the challenges they face when trying to do the right thing. Joined by dorm advisor/mentor Mike Rogers (Bob Golic), the gang must learn to balance school, friendship, and romance as they make new friends -- including Leslie Burke (Anne Tremko) and Alex Tabor (Kiersten Warren) -- and rekindle old flames, like Zack's high school sweetheart Kelly Kapowski (Tiffani Thiessen). As they begin their journey into adulthood, Zack and his friends discover that the pranks that made them popular in high school don't work in college, and -- as demonstrated by Screech's popularity with the ladies -- that teen geeks can be big men on campus. They also learn that adulthood requires them to think things through and that even the most mundane choices, such as throwing unauthorized dorm parties, can lead to very serious consequences that like getting kicked out of school.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

While some of the issues that the characters deal with are silly, the show also tackles serious storylines, including Kelly's affair with her anthropology professor, the use of steroids in college athletics, and Zack and Kelly's decision to get married at the end of the season. But despite some mature themes, Saved by the Bell: The College Years, like the original series, presents positive messages about school, friendship, and the value of learning from your mistakes. Even though it only lasted for 19 episodes during the 1993-1994 season, the show offers some valuable learning experiences.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance of friendship, respect, and learning from your mistakes. Families can also talk about the challenges teens face when they leave high school and go off to college. What's it like to live in a dorm? What are some of the social pressures faced in college? How can you handle those pressures and still have a positive college experience?

TV details

Premiere date:September 14, 1993
Cast:Dustin Diamond, Mario Lopez, Mark Paul Gosselaar
Network:TBS
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Friendship
TV rating:TV-G
Available on:DVD

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Adult Written bygoodgirl July 11, 2015

good show. not as good as the orginal .

I watch it sometimes . Zack and the gang is in College . Zack still in love with Kelly and Kelly in love with the professer.
Adult Written byLowe's man July 1, 2015

Continues the tradition of the original.

Since the storylines are more mature here than in the original SAVED BY THE BELL, this show is unsuitable for younger fans of the series. Having said that, this show continues the tradition of the original. In other words, like the original, the college episodes of SAVED BY THE BELL emphasize such things as friendship, learning from your mistakes and taking responsibility for your actions. In college now and living in a dorm, Zack, Slater, Screech and Kelly are granted a tremendous amount of new freedom. They also learn that with freedom comes responsibility, and the consequences they must face if they misuse their freedom or commit any number of infractions are far more serious than what they ever had to endure in high school. Zack had the most to learn. Screech's popularity with the ladies shows that people who were outcasts in high school sometimes can become popular in college. The only sad part was at the end when Zack gave up dormitory life with Slater and Screech (The Three Musketeers, as Screech called them) to get married to Kelly. But again, some people do marry that young (19) in real life. While some marriages at 19 don't work out and end in divorce, others turn out just fine and, in fact, very happy.