‘Saved By The Bell’: Will There Be a Season 2?

Saved By The Bell fans caught up with their beloved Bayside preppies in the new Peacock reboot. The first season set up interesting storylines for both the new and recurring characters. But is the NBC comedy going to get a second season?

Elizabeth Berkley as Jessica Spano, Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater, Tiffani Thiessen as Kelly Kapowski, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris in 'Saved By the Bell'
Elizabeth Berkley as Jessica Spano, Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater, Tiffani Thiessen as Kelly Kapowski, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris in ‘Saved By the Bell’ | Trae Patton/Peacock/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

‘Saved By The Bell’ brought back most of the old cast

Saved By The Bell originally aired from 1989 to 1993. The Saturday morning sitcom followed a group of high schoolers who found themselves in hilarious situations alongside their oddball principal. 

The Peacock reboot catches up with the Baysiders as adults, now managing life as parents and professionals. Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tiffani-Amber Thiessen returned to play Zack Morris and Kelly Kapowski, the Governor and First Lady of California whose troublemaker son, Mac (Mitchel Hogg), attends Bayside.  Mario Lopez reprised his role as AC Slater, now a coach at the high school. 

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Elizabeth Berkley is back as Jessie Spano. She’s now a guidance counselor at Bayside, and her son Jamie (Belmont Cameli) is on the school’s football team. Lark Voorhies made a brief cameo as Lisa Turtle in season 1. 

The reboot is centered on Daisy Jiménez (Haskiri Velazquez), an intelligent and ambitious young student who gets transferred to Bayside when her inner-city high school gets shut down due to lack of funding. At Bayside, Daisy forms friendships with kids who are nothing like her, including Mac and Lexi Haddad-DeFabrizio (Josie Totah).

The new show is more modern

The Saved By The Bell reboot is a comedy, and it does follow students at Bayside High. But the show is a lot more modern than the original. The characters are far more diverse, and their stories are more complex. The show also makes fun of itself, giving it a fun meta feel. 

In an interview with Vulture, the show’s creator, Tracey Wigfield, said she was a fan of the original but wanted to bring it back with more realistic storylines. “When I was thinking about what I liked about the show, and what would be fun to poke fun at with the show, was that these kids never had any problem of any consequence,” she explained. “Things just always worked out for them pretty easily.”

“That led me to think about Bayside as this bubble of privilege, with the trappings of the old show that we love,” Wigfield added. “It’s also weird in a bunch of very specific Bayside ways where they’re always having dance contests at the Max and celebrities are showing up and stuff like that. Thinking of the place as the Bayside we remember, and being able to see it through the lens of somebody coming into it, felt the most fun. Specifically, through the lens of a person who is nothing like Zack Morris.”

Will ‘Saved By The Bell’ get a season 2?

The first season of Saved By The Bell premiered on Peacock in November 2020. And less than two months later, NBC renewed the series for season 2. 

“I’m thrilled that Saved By The Bell has been renewed,” Wigfield said in a statement, as reported by Deadline. “I’ve been blown away by all the love for the show and can’t wait to go back and make more episodes. Hopefully, we stay on Peacock for many more seasons, and then in 30 years, somebody does a reboot of our reboot and invents the threeboot.”