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45 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About ‘Saved By The Bell’

Prove you're Bayside's brightest with these random facts about the classic high school show.

`”Saved By the Bell” is turning 25 this year, and if you’re going to properly celebrate the momentous event by throwing a rager of an anniversary party on August 20 (I’ll be doing “The Sprain” while singing “I’m So Excited”), you’d better be brushed up on EVERYTHING “Saved By The Bell.”

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1. “Saved By The Bell” was almost called “When The Bell Rings.”

2. “Saved By The Bell” was originally a spin-off of the show “Good Morning, Miss Bliss.”

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3. The show originally took place in Indiana and was placed in California after its title change from “Good Morning, Miss Bliss.”

4. The show’s theme song was written by Scott Gale. He also wrote music for the”Golden Girls”.

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5. There was only one classroom in Bayside High School, and it was rearranged for different scenes and subjects.

6. The “Saved By The Bell” set still exists and can be seen in “That’s So Raven” and “iCarly.”

7. Dustin Diamond almost wasn’t Screech. The show’s creator, Peter Engel, didn’t know the actor was only 12 when he was cast — and Diamond wouldn’t have gotten the job if Engel knew his correct age.

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8. Screech is the only character in every single original “SBTB” episode, spin-off of the series, and movie.

9. Zack and Screech are the only two characters to appear in every single episode of the original show.

10. The “A.C.” in Slater’s name stood for Albert Clifford.

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11. Jesse Spano’s middle name is Myrtle.

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12. Engel wrote a “Saved By The Bell” musical. Unfortunately, it never happened. There is, however, a “Saved By The Bell” parody musical called Bayside! The Musical! currently running in New York City. (See it, Preppy!)

13. Elizabeth Berkley auditioned for the role of Kelly, but the producers liked Elizabeth so much they wrote the part of “Jesse” just for her.

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14. The character of Lisa Turtle was originally supposed to be a spoiled Jewish girl from Long Island. The producers liked Lark Voorhies so much they changed the part so she could play it.

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15. We never meet Slater’s, Jesse’s or Kelly’s mom, nor Screech’s dad.

16. When the characters graduated from high school, their real-life ages were: Mark-Paul Gosselaar (19); Mario Lopez (20); Elizabeth Berkley (21); Tiffani Thiessen (19); Lark Voorhies (19); and Dustin Diamond (16).

17. Every character has either dated or gone on a date with each other except Lisa and Slater.

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18. Jennie Garth, Brian Austin Green, Jonathan Brandis and Jaleel White all auditioned to be on the show, with Green and White actually appearing in the scrapped pilot!

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