As with so many of the things that have stuck in my pop-culture memory, I wasn’t the appropriate age to enjoy ‘Saved By The Bell’ when it was on, but that didn’t change my enjoyment of it as silly disposable entertainment.  For many people just a few years younger than me (like Jimmy Fallon), it’s an incredibly meaningful pop culture touchstone, and the question of “Kelly or Jessie” and/or “Zach or Slater” weighs heavily on many a mind.  For my part, I never really identified with anyone on the show (though these days, I have a lot of empathy of beleaguered Principal Belding) and actually though Zach should have just gotten it over with and married Lisa.  They were both self-obsessed and materialistic, and could have had a lot of fun in a Yuppie-Patrick-Bateman kind of way, leading to today’s tween romance query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still thinks that Kelly is probably a future psycho-killer, because she is WAAAAAY too forgiving and sweet, asking: You’re sixteen years old and the new member of Bayside High’s ‘Saved By The Bell’ class: Which cast member would you want to date?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Oh “Jessie” young teen me crushed on her hard and late teen age me was disappointed by Showgirls so much.

    It was the first time I released I wanted the character more than the Elizabeth Berkley the actress. (would not say no but I’d be thinking of Jessie)

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