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?
Kelly & Jesse & Lisa!
I mean, it’s always been Kelly for me since I was a teenager in the 90’s.
Tori, the girl with the biker jacket who was only around for like 10 episodes.
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)
That moment you realize you are in your late 30’s and the teen you crushed on is now 45 Years old.