Saved by the Bell: The College Years

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  • TV-PG
  • 1993
  • 1 Season
  • 6.3  (5,278)

Saved by the Bell: The College Years is a spin-off of the popular show Saved by the Bell that aired from 1989 to 1993. The College Years premiered in 1993 on NBC and followed the lives of Zack Morris (played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar), A.C. Slater (played by Mario Lopez), and Screech Powers (played by Dustin Diamond) as they attend California University.

The show introduced new characters, including Leslie Burke (Anne Tremko), a love interest for Zack, and Alex Tabor (Kiersten Warren), a love interest for Slater. Tiffany Thiessen also reprised her role as Kelly Kapowski, who joins the group later on in the season. Bob Golic played Mike Rogers, the resident advisor in the dormitory where the main characters lived.

The College Years saw the cast tackling more adult-oriented issues as they navigated college life. Topics such as relationships, politics, and careers were explored in the show, reflecting the challenges that many college students face. The introduction of new characters and the change in setting allowed for fresh storylines to be explored while maintaining the core values and humor of the original show.

The dynamic between the three main characters remained largely the same as it was in the earlier series. Zack is still the charming womanizer, Slater still the jock with a heart of gold, and Screech still the lovable nerd who provides comedic relief. However, in The College Years, they are all facing new responsibilities and are forced to adjust to a new environment.

One of the most interesting aspects of the show was the portrayal of campus politics. In one episode, Zack decides to run for student council president against Leslie, but soon realizes that he is not prepared for the job. The show also tackled issues such as censorship, as the characters fight to keep the campus radio station from being shut down due to controversial content.

Another important theme in The College Years was career exploration. Several of the characters struggle to figure out what they want to do after college. Leslie, for example, wants to be a successful journalist but faces discrimination due to her gender. Slater, on the other hand, contemplates leaving college to pursue a career in the military.

Romantic relationships were also a major focus of the series. Zack and Leslie's relationship provides much of the drama in the first season, as Zack tries to juggle his responsibilities as student council president with his growing feelings for her. Slater and Alex's relationship is also explored, as the two navigate their different backgrounds and cultures.

Overall, Saved by the Bell: The College Years was a successful continuation of the original series. It provided a fresh take on the characters and their lives while still maintaining the humor and charm that made the original show so popular. The show tackled important issues and themes that are relevant to college students and young adults, making it relatable and engaging. While The College Years only lasted for one season, it remains a beloved part of the Saved by the Bell franchise.

Saved by the Bell: The College Years is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (19 episodes). The series first aired on May 22, 1993.

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Wedding Plans
19. Wedding Plans
February 8, 1994
Lisa Turtle shows up for Kelly's wedding, and the girls fight over who will be maid of honor. Weddings plans don't run smoothly as Zack and Lisa consult a shady jewelry salesman for a wedding ring. Kelly and Zack are in shock when they see their rundown, off-campus apartment. And their meeting with the minister is interrupted by a wild bachelor/bachelorette party thrown for them.
Marry Me
18. Marry Me
February 8, 1994
Just as Zack and Kelly are getting pretty close, Kelly is accepted to the Semester on the Sea program, which involves a three-month cruise. Zack doesn't want Kelly to go, but she feels it's an opportunity she can't pass up. Zack tries to get accepted into the program as well, but none of his schemes work. He tries to get Screech to quit the program by scaring him, but that backfires. Zack has a dream that Kelly is with another guy on the ship. When he wakes up, he goes into Kelly's room, wakes her up, and asks her to marry him. Kelly says she has to think about it--and she's still going on the cruise.
Love And Death
17. Love And Death
January 22, 1994
Each person in the group deals with the grief of their popular Professor in his/her own way. Zack decides that life should be lived to the fullest so he goes skydiving. When Kelly worries that Zack's life is in danger, she realizes how much she cares for him and they get back together.
Bedside Manner
16. Bedside Manner
January 11, 1994
Zack gets a job at the student health center to be close to Kelly. He doesn't plan on Lasky being admitted to the hospital because of an ulcer. Zack creates a plan to fake an illness so he could share a room with Lasky while keeping an eye on Kelly. Meanwhile, the rest of the gang contemplate getting tattoos.
The Rave
15. The Rave
January 4, 1994
Zack wants to organize a rave to raise money so the gang can go to Cancun, especially so Kelly will get over her break-up with Lasky. The original location of the rave is burned down so they move it on campus, at the Kreinberg Hall. They are caught by the Dean, but Professor Lasky covers for them. Meanwhile, Screech tries to fit in with the cool group by getting them nitrous oxide from his chemistry lab. Instead, he accidentally steals Helium.
A Question Of Ethics
14. A Question Of Ethics
December 21, 1993
Slater, Alex, Zack and Leslie are taking an ethics course from the hardest teacher in the school. A question of ethics pops up when the midterm is left on the Professor's desk. The true character of each person in the group comes out as some want to look at the midterm while others want to leave it there. Meanwhile, Slater has Screech fill in for him at work so he could have more time to study.
Kelly And The Professor
13. Kelly And The Professor
December 14, 1993
Lasky realizes that dating Kelly may not be such a good idea when she asks him to be her date at the sorority masquerade ball. Zack encourages Lasky to break off his relationship with Kelly. Meanwhile, Rogers has the class take a compatibility test.
Teacher's Pet
12. Teacher's Pet
December 7, 1993
Kelly and Lasky become attracted to each other when she helps him take care of his daughter. Meanwhile, Lasky's class experiment takes a bizarre twist when the chimpanzee becomes attracted to Screech.
A Thanksgiving Story
11. A Thanksgiving Story
November 23, 1993
The gang drives Rogers' car to Los Angeles for Thanksgiving break. Meanwhile, Rogers' annual Thanksgiving dinner turns into a disaster when he hurts his back and the food is burned. Despite Rogers' car breaking down, the gang manages to come back in time to help pull off the dinner. Later, Zack scalps his Raiders tickets to buy an airplane ticket that he gives to homesick Kelly.
Dr. Kelly
10. Dr. Kelly
November 2, 1993
Kelly quits her job at the student health center and becomes a cocktail waitress with Alex. She quits immediately while Kelly makes a lot of money, buys a new wardrobe, and changes her attitude. After conflicts with the gang, she realizes how she has changed and goes back to her job at the Student Health Center. Meanwhile, the 49ers lose players over injuries and ask Rogers to try out to play in the finals. The boys put him on a strict workout routine that exhausts him so much, he turns down the 49ers.
Screech Love
9. Screech Love
October 26, 1993
Zack asks Screech to tutor the beautiful tennis player he's dating. Zack and Screech fight over the girl because Screech has also fallen for her. The girl ends up with Screech who brings out the intelligence she never knew she had. Meanwhile, Alex thinks wrestling is barbaric but Slater makes her come to his matches as a good luck charm.
Professor Zack
8. Professor Zack
October 19, 1993
A student visits Lasky's office where she mistakes Zack for Professor Lasky. Zack keeps up this facade to get a date with the beautiful girl. After a few dates, the girl scares Zack by revealing that she is the Chancellor's daughter. With the help of the group, he tries to get her to fall out of love with him. Heartbroken, she tells her father how Professor Lasky led her on. Zack confesses what he did to the Chancellor and Lasky. Meanwhile, the girls produce a "Men of Cal U" beef-cake calendar. Slater is too embarrassed to be included while Screech is begging the girls to let him be in the calendar.
The Poker Game
7. The Poker Game
October 12, 1993
Rogers finally joins the boy's weekly poker game after trying constantly to break it up. During the night, he makes everyone crazy with his whining about beautiful women rejecting him. The boys enlist the help of the girls to teach Rogers how to soften his approach. The girls' help works and Roger stops playing poker with the boys because of a successful date. Meanwhile, the girls have all taken an interest in Karate because of their cute instructor. The competition for his attention ends when a woman replaces the old instructor.
The Homecoming
6. The Homecoming
October 4, 1993
The boys are really excited when a famous pro football player and Cal U alumnus comes to visit. The boys think he's a hero but he turns out to be an arrogant jerk when he upsets Kelly by hitting on her. Meanwhile, Leslie has Screech pose as her boyfriend when her wealthy parents try to get her together with a proper boy.
Slater's War
5. Slater's War
September 28, 1993
Zack asks the entire gang to go with him on a ski trip. Most of the gang can't go while Leslie is hesitant to go with him alone. Because of this, Zack tries to convince Slater to bring a date. Slater falls for a Hispanic girl who urges him to participate in a protest for a Hispanic Studies Department the same weekend. She challenges Slater to be proud of his ethnicity as he and Zack have a falling out over his priorities. In the end, Zack comes out to support Slater at the protest and they reconcile. Meanwhile, the escape of Mike Rogers' mouse from his cage creates fear and commotion in the suite.
Rush Week
4. Rush Week
September 21, 1993
It is rush week and all three of the boys rush the same house. Screech's dream is to be the first in his family to pledge a fraternity. Because of this, the girls give Screech a 'cool guy' makeover and Zack and Slater drop out to make room for Screech to rush. Meanwhile, there is tension among the girls as they rush rival sororities. In the end, Leslie decides to remain independent while Kelly and Alex pledge the same house.
Zack, Lies & Video Tape
3. Zack, Lies & Video Tape
September 14, 1993
Zack gets off on the wrong foot with his new professor of anthropology, Professor Lasky. Professor Lasky pegs Zack as a smart mouth immediately--and turns the tables on him by selling him a copy of the midterm before Zack realizes that he is the instructor. Zack and Leslie participate in a class demonstration in Anthropology. Zack is supposed to gain Leslie's interest without using any words. Leslie isn't interested and Zack gets frustrated. He gives up and says it's a waste of time and that the whole class is a waste of time. Professor Lasky talks to Zack and indicates that he thinks that Zack is a bit "clunky" with women. Zack is a bit offended by this remark. Professor Lasky offers to give Zack a B for the course and excuse him for the rest of the semester if Zack will do a project on "What Do Women Want?" by the following Friday. Zack agrees because he thinks it will be really easy. Zack decides to make a video and goes around interviewing women on campus--mainly by hitting on them.
Guess Who's Coming To College
2. Guess Who's Coming To College
September 14, 1993
Kelly is attending a junior college when she is admitted to Cal U off the waiting list. Unaware that Kelly's coming, Zack is trying to get Leslie's affection by telling her the tragic story of how his high school sweetheart was killed in an accident. Leslie is touched by Zack's vulnerability and kisses him just as Kelly opens the door. Zack is torn between the two girls so he asks both of them to the same concert. The girls make the decision for him when they take both tickets and go to the concert together. Meanwhile, the rest of the gang starts to register for classes as Slater decides to focus most of his attention on his education, instead of wrestling.
Saved By The Bell Graduation
1. Saved By The Bell Graduation
May 22, 1993
The gang is graduating from Bayside High School and Zack is thrilled to be leaving until Mr. Belding breaks the news that Zack may not graduate because he's one credit short. Meanwhile, Screech stands in the way of Jessie's ultimate goal of becoming the class valedictorian. Graduation is over and Zack, Slater, and Screech are ready for a whole new slew of college adventures. They move in together for college and are excited to discover they have three beautiful female neighbors.
Where to Watch Saved by the Bell: The College Years
Saved by the Bell: The College Years is available for streaming on the NBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Saved by the Bell: The College Years on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    May 22, 1993
  • IMDB Rating
    6.3  (5,278)