21 Things From 'Saved By The Bell' That Are Actually Super Problematic

Diply 13 Jun 2018

A few things that were necessary growing up in the '90s: Nintendo, a Sony Walkman, and Saved By The Bell.

Following the lives of the Bayside Tigers is what got us through a world without the internet.

However, looking back at the wholesome program as the adults we are, there were some serious issues with that show that need to be addressed.

1. Where.

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They literally disappear for so many episodes and are replaced by Tori with no explanation.Hey, Zack, Slater, Lisa, and Screech? Your two best friends are missing. Maybe we should investigate.

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2. One that note, where does Tori go? Does this school just not give a care regarding the whereabouts of their students? Maybe we call the police or something? 

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I'd like to question Mr. Belding first.

There's definitely something off about that guy.

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3. Zack Morris has a life-size poster of Kelly Kapowski that drops down from the ceiling in his bedroom.

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Yes, 911? I'd like to report a stalker. He has blonde hair, attends Bayside High, and is able to freeze time by saying, "Time out."

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4. This. 

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I don't even think I need to go into any explanation.

Pretty sure this entire image screams how wrong this entire plot line was. It's so bad that Mark-Paul Gosselaar even apologized years later for this particular episode.

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5. Remember when Zack sent Screech to take undercover pics of the girls wearing swimsuits so he could print out a calendar and sell it? 

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That's okay, I blocked it out, too.

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6. For some reason, this school decided to teach driver's ed using a golf cart. Indoors.  

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This was definitely the right way to properly prepare teenagers for their first time getting behind the wheel of an actual car.

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7. At one point, Zack decided to use video yearbook footage of his fellow female classmates to make a dating tape that he could sell to raise money for a car. 

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I really hope that at graduation, Zack was named Most Likely to Exploit His Female Friends.

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8. In true Zack Morris fashion, the guy once bugged the girls' sleepover so he could find out if Kelly would ask him to the dance. 

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Sure, let's do away with privacy instead of just asking a girl what she's thinking.

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9. Where in the world is Jessie's stepbrother? 

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Eric swept in, acted like a complete jerk, and then disappeared without a single trace.

Also, I'm still not okay that the gang forced Lisa to go on a date with him just so they could execute a plan to get him in trouble.

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10. How about when Mr. Belding's brother, Rod, substituted for like a day and promised to take the kids on a white water rafting trip?

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First, Zack got way too attached to this guy. Secondly, the reason Rod bailed on the trip? Because he had a date with a stewardess named Inga who was only in town for the weekend.

That's right. Rod wanted to get laid.

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11. Somehow, each of the kids was able to get a job at the exact same beach resort, and all of their parents let their underage children spend the summer away unsupervised.  

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I could barely get any of my friends together for one night in the summer, let alone get jobs together.

This was when the show was no longer believable.

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12. Why on earth did Jessie stay with Slater? She was always speaking up about equality, and Slater was right there knocking her down. 

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A.C. probably stands for Always Chastising. Boom. Got 'em.

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13. Remember the time Zack was more shallow than a puddle when he couldn't bear the thought of dating a girl who he considered overweight?

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He was so used to locking down girls that looked like Kelly that anything else was unbearable.

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14. Oh, there was also the time he got super freaked out by a girl who used a wheelchair. 

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He then continues to point out to literally everyone that she happened to use a wheelchair.

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15. Continuing with the theme of Zack being horrible to women, there was the episode when he constantly hit on a homeless girl while insulting her father the whole time.

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Zack's family then offered to let Laura and her dad stay at their house until Laura's father was able to find a job, which must have been right away because we never saw them again. 

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The hell?

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16. Can we talk about the episode where Zack mistakenly leads Kelly's sister on? Her younger sister. Like, her 13-year-old sister. 

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This is also a sister we never see or hear from again.

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17. For some reason, the episode that always stands out to me is when Mr. Belding gets Zack to join the Army Cadet Corps to get out of a bunch of detentions.

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He ends up tricking his entire class into joining up, as well, since they need a full roster to continue.

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Then Zack continues to be the worst when he tries to quit. He's is then told that if he wins the athletic competition, he can quit and still get out of detention. 

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When Zack is told he can even make the teams, he pits the jocks against the nerds because of course he does.

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18. I seriously have a problem with everything about Zack and Slater's friendship. They're apparently best buds but are in constant competition with one another, and this is not how friends act.

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What lesson is this supposed to teach anyone?!

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19. Where's the only logical place for a high school principal to go when he's having marriage problems? His student's bedroom. 

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Mr. Belding. Richard. This is all kinds of inappropriate, and how did you get to Zack's room without his parents noticing?

They would have questioned this, right? I would really hope so.

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20. Apparently we needed to be taught a lesson about the dangers of caffeine pills but not about how other drugs could affect us.

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If I learned these lessons on Saved By The Bell,I wouldn't have needed D.A.R.E.!

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21. Can we take a minute to talk about how Screech needed to chill the heck out when it came to pursuing Lisa? Dude. She's not interested. You need to quit it. 

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It stopped being cute two episodes in. Now, it's just sad, creepy, and borderline illegal.

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Overall, Saved By The Bell is the worst, and we should all throw out our DVD box sets.

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And then immediately retrieve them because we paid a lot of money for those things.

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