Showing posts with label Saved By The Bell. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Saved By The Bell. Show all posts

Saved By The Bell's Summer at the Malibu Sands Beach Club

Monday, June 20, 2022

Like many other children of the 80s or 90s, I grew up watching Saved by the Bell.  I previously wrote an article about something that has always puzzled some fans of the show, titled "Where Did Jessie and Kelly Go?"  I'm pretty proud of the article, as it's something I always wanted to get to the bottom of, and I hope you'll please CLICK HERE to read it.

When I was growing up, Saved by the Bell frequently ran in syndication, both during mornings before school or in the afternoons afterward.  I'd often get up earlier than needed and catch an episode or two before heading for the school bus.  My Mom bought me the Saved by the Bell board game, and while it was definitely made for girls, my friends and I still enjoyed playing it to the point that I still have it today.

Of all my favorite television shows, I've found that my favorite episodes involve travel, or at the very least, different scenery.  For example, on I Love Lucy, my favorite episodes are the season from Lucy and Ricky's trip to Hollywood.  On Saved by the Bell, my favorites have always been the "beach club" episodes.    

For those unfamiliar with Saved by the Bell, the "beach club" episodes were a six-episode story arc during Season Three, where the gang gets summer jobs working on the beach.  During those episodes, we discover that Lisa Turtle's parents are members of the exclusive Malibu Sands Beach Club and use their membership to get the kids from Bayside jobs for the summer.   

Kelly and Slater spend the summer as lifeguards while Jessie works at the reception desk.  Screech works as a busboy at the club's restaurant, while Zack starts the summer as a waiter but quickly begins to operate as the "social director."  Using his social director title quite liberally, Zack frequently lent a helping hand by applying sun tan lotion to girls on the beach before offering to take them to dinner.  (What a guy!)  Lisa Turtle, whose wealthy parents got everyone jobs, doesn't need to work and spends her summer lounging on the beach or tagging along with the group. 

The "beach club" episodes also introduced us to two fun new characters.  Character actor Ernie Sabella (CLICK HERE TO READ ALL ABOUT HIM) debuts as Mr. Leon Carosi, the owner of The Malibu Sands.  His daughter, Stacey, is a tough-talking loudmouth from "the east coast," quickly becoming a love interest for the show's main character, Zack.  Stacey is portrayed by the great Leah Remini of King of Queens fame.   

Let's continue our YesterYear Summer of '22 with a look back at the Saved by the Bell summer at the Malibu Sands Beach Club! 

10 Sitcoms From the 90s I Still Enjoy

Thursday, January 20, 2022

As my family recovers from the virus that's been making news for the past two years, please excuse the lack of recent articles.  Enjoy this list-style post while I put more effort into my next full-length feature.  

Thank you!

The 1990s was a decade filled with outstanding television programs, including many classics in the sitcom genre.  I've waxed poetic several times on this site about my love for the folksy and occasionally cliched type of television programming.  These days, I would gladly watch a rerun of a sitcom I've seen hundreds of times before than most new shows broadcast today.

Out of the sitcoms that made it to air during the 90s, only a handful of them made it past the first season, let alone into all-time fan favorites.  These sitcoms in the 90s, often geared towards children or families, would endear viewers with funny, emotional, and sometimes educational storylines.  Sometimes the family-friendly series would try to teach us important life lessons.  The series that were meant to entertain adults and teens would do just that; entertain us as we followed along with our favorite characters by peeking into their wacky, crazy everyday life.

Most modern television just doesn't suit me, and I often seek out old programming from my childhood.  As I type this, I'm in a hotel room with the television on in the background.  Playing is an episode of a sitcom I've seen maybe 15 times. 

It's safe and comforting in its familiarity.  It doesn't require any attention, and I can do other things while watching.  It brings back memories of times gone by.

It's television's comfort food.

Join me as I look back on the Top 10 Sitcoms from the 90s that I Still Enjoy watching.  

5 Memorable Characters of Ernie Sabella

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

In my line of work, I rarely work with the same people more than once.  I often find myself explaining who I am and figuring out who I'll be spending the next few days with inside an office smaller than your bathroom.  As a get-to-know-you question hoping to spark more conversation, people will sometimes ask things like "What's your favorite movie?" or "Who's your favorite actor?"  

I can always answer the first one quickly.  My favorite movie is Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window."  

The second question is never easy.  

I don't have a favorite leading actor.  I've always had more of a fascination with character actors instead.  I often play a little game with myself when watching something and see how quickly I can place someone.  I'll often annoy my wife with commentary like, "Hey, that person was also in (fill in the blank.)"  Sometimes, the need to know where I've seen them before is so great I'll stop what we're watching and Google them until I'm satisfied that I know where I've recognized them from.  

By definition, according to Wikipedia, a character actor is a supporting cast member who plays unusual, engaging, eccentric, or memorable roles.  One of my favorite character actors in television may not have a household name, but I guarantee everyone knows precisely who he is.  

He's Ernie Sabella. 

Retro Scans: 1992 Saved by the Bell TV Photo Cards Foil Pack

Sunday, January 3, 2021

"Saved by the Bell" was one of my favorite shows growing up.  If you read my recent article that was featured here and over on The Retro Network about "Saved by the Bell" and the disappearance of Kelly and Jessie during the final season (which you can read HERE), then you'd know just how big of a fan I was.  Still am, to be honest.

The New Year brings many things for my wife and I to watch, among them the new release of Saved by the Bell on NBC's new streaming platform called Peacock.  The pilot episode of the new reboot of the series was funny enough to get my wife, and I interested in watching, and we're slowly but surely working our way through it.  

I actually scanned these cards in February of 2020 while waiting for Lauren to go into labor with our daughter and never got around to posting them.  What better way to kick off 2021 than joining in on all of the SBTB nostalgia going on these days than posting them now?!  

Please enjoy these scans without any further ado as we flashback to 1992 and hang out at the Max with the gang from Bayside High with a Saved by the Bell TV Photo Cards Foil Pack.  

SBTB: Where did Kelly and Jessie go?

Saturday, November 14, 2020

On November 25th, a new version of "Saved by the Bell" debuts on the NBC streaming service Peacock. In this new version, California Governor Zack Morris poorly plans the state budget and is forced to close many low-income high schools. The state begins relocating those students to the highest-performing schools in the state, including Bayside High. Mario Lopez, Elizabeth Berkley, Tiffani Amber Thiessen, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, and Lark Voorhies have signed on to reprise their previous roles. To coincide with the new streaming version's release, a new podcast titled "Zack to the Future," with Mark-Paul Gosselaar, debuted.  With the new show's impending debut, one can feel an overall renewed sense of enthusiasm for the original.

The original "Saved by The Bell" itself was a retooled version of a Disney Channel show "Good Morning, Miss Bliss." The initial run of "Saved by the Bell" was from August of 1989 to May of 1993, where we followed a cast of teenagers living in Pacific Palisades, California, who attended Bayside High School. The show was a lighthearted look at their life, relationships, teenage angst and occasionally touch on serious social issues as the sitcoms of its time were known to do. Drug use, drunk driving, homelessness, divorce and remarriage, death, women's rights, and more were often lightly touched upon to teach the viewing audience right from wrong.

When the show went off the air in 1993, it created two spin-offs: "The College Years" (93-94) and "The New Class." (93-00) During the tenure of the original show, they created a 'Made for TV' movie "Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style" in 1992, and another in 1994 to cap off "The College Years" with the television movie "Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas."
Like most kids of the 80s and 90s, I was a huge "Saved by the Bell" fan. I can also clearly say that like most red-blooded American males that age, my first crush was Kelly Kapowski. "Saved by the Bell" was always on channels like TBS in the mornings and after school, but as I've come to find out, many people are surprised to learn it was a Saturday morning kid's show on NBC.

SBTB: The College Years Thanksgiving Special

Friday, November 8, 2019

When I think back to my childhood, holidays are often the fondest of my memories of yesteryear.  Nothing beats Christmas as a child but a close second was when the whole family got together at Thanksgiving and enjoyed good food and fellowship.  Before and after the meal we'd all gather around the TV watching many memorable events like the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Parade and the often forgettable football games.  The Laurel and Hardy classic March of the Wooden Soldiers was (and still is) a holiday staple in my house.

Forgotten to many, though, is the Thanksgiving episode of Saved by the Bell: The College Years.  Many shows of yesteryear would celebrate the holidays with special episodes and it's something I feel is missing today.  However, this College Years episode is something that always sticks out in my mind when I think of Thanksgiving programming.