Primetime TV Review: “Saved by the Bell” (2020)

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“Saved by the Bell” (2020) Review by Eva 11/28/2020

I was really excited about the new Saved by the Bell revival because I used to watch it on Saturday mornings when it was on NBC. The show was corny but, it was good escape television when you had a hard week at school. It was a just silly and a good thing to watch on a Saturday morning. This new version is rated TV 14 and takes on social issues which is good. The show starts when Zach Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), who is now Governor of California, closes a lot of under-performing schools because he wants to cut taxes. A reporter at a press conference suggests that Zach bus the kids to better schools so the kids, whose schools were closed, can have the same quality education that he did when he was in high school. I thought this was going to be a classic fish out of water show where the kids from the inner city high school and the kids from the affluent high school learn to find common ground with each other and eventually learn important lessons from each other. I think that is what this show wants to be, but it isn’t there yet. I hope that future episodes will achieve this goal.

The kids from the inner city school are smart despite their disadvantages but I don’t like the stereotypes of the rich kids that they have had every advantage and all they care about is going on vacation rather than being in school. I would like to think that even if you go to a school that is in a better neighborhood, there are smart and not so smart kids there just like there are in an inner-city school. I know the show is trying to prove a point and it does, but I don’t think it is balanced in showing both sides of the story yet. Jesse Spano (Elizabeth Berkley) is back as the school guidance counselor with a son of her own Jaime Spano (Belmont Cameli) who is a jock who doesn’t play football well at all. AC Slater (Mario Lopez) is also back as the gym teacher and football coach whose life isn’t going so well at the moment.

I really wanted to like this show but it has a lot of work to do to get better so I can only give it a 3 out of 5 stars and I suggest that parents view it before they let their kids watch it just to make sure it is okay with mom and dad.

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When California governor Zack Morris gets into hot water for closing too many underfunded high schools, he proposes they send the affected students to the most well-funded schools in the state – including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the privileged Bayside kids (who never have a problem that can’t be solved in twenty-two minutes) a much-needed dose of reality.

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