Peacock Cancels ‘Saved by the Bell’ Reboot After Just Two Seasons

Fans of Saved by the Bell won’t have a chance to see another group of students work their way through Bayside High. Peacock has canceled the much-anticipated reboot after just two seasons. The show’s second season was released in November 2021, and fans were awaiting news of a renewal. Saved by the Bell is yet another series that has been axed by a streaming provider in recent weeks. 

Peacock ends ‘Saved by the Bell’ after two seasons 

Deadline has reported that Peacock has opted to end Saved by the Bell following the release of its sophomore season in November 2021. The cancelation comes as a shock to both fans and critics. In April, the series took home a statue for Outstanding Comedy Series at the GLAAD Media Awards. 

Alycia Pascual-Pena as Aisha Garcia, Josie Totah as Lexi Haddad-DeFabrizio, Belmont Cameli as Jamie Spano stand together on a field in an episode of 'Saved by the Bell'
Alycia Pascual-Pena as Aisha Garcia, Josie Totah as Lexi Haddad-DeFabrizio, Belmont Cameli as Jamie Spano | Evans Vestal Ward/Peacock/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Each year, the statue is awarded to a comedy series for its excellence in depicting LGBTQ characters, themes, and issues. Saved by the Bell had been largely praised for taking a classic series and retooling it to address the problems facing teens today. According to Deadline, Peacock announced the cancelation to the cast and crew on May 3. 

What is ‘Saved by the Bell’ about? 

Saved by the Bell followed a brand new class of Bayside High School students as they navigated the 21st century and its unique problems. Season 1 opened with Bayside’s notoriously privileged student body and incoming lower-income students figuring out how to work together. 

The transfers were part of an initiative implemented by Zack Morris, then the governor of California, after his administration received backlash for closing down underfunded schools. Mark-Paul Gosselaar reprised the role of Zack. Jessie Spano, the former Bayside overachiever, appeared as a guidance counselor, while her high school sweetheart, A.C. Slater served as a teacher and coach. Elizabeth Berkley Lauren took on the role of Jessie Spano. Berkley Lauren portrayed the character in the 1990s. Mario Lopez reprised his role as A.C. Slater, as well. 

Peacock’s decision to end the show leaves fans on a cliffhanger. While the season 2 finale saw Jessie and A.C. begin to rekindle their decades-ago romance, fans didn’t get a definitive answer. They’ll have to deal with not knowing what happened after the kiss. 

Streaming providers appear to be cutting original content at an alarming rate 

Saved by the Bell isn’t the only series to receive a surprise cancelation. Several original projects have been axed, and it seems no streaming service provider is safer than the others. In January, Peacock canceled Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol. After critics panned the 10-episode season, Peacock opted not to let the series find its identity. 

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. Grace and Frankie Season 7 Part 2 finally has a release date.
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in ‘Grace and Frankie’ | Lara Solanki/Netflix

Netflix canceled Archive81 in March 2022 and announced the cancelation of Raising Dion the following month. April also brought an end to Grace and Frankie, and Ozark after several successful seasons each. 

RELATED: Mark-Paul Gosselaar Admits That 1 ‘Saved by the Bell’ Episode Still Gives Him Anxiety