Top 9 Saved By The Bell Episodes That Would Be Banned Today
Saved by the Bell is one of the most iconic teen sitcoms of the 90s, but it’s also a product of its time that got away with things that wouldn’t fly nowadays. From dubious addictions to ill-advised attempts at romance, here are the episodes that just wouldn’t happen today.
As a kid, you probably laughed along with super cool teen heartthrob Zack Morris as he got up to his zany exploits. But when you think about Saved by the Bell now, the first thing you realize is that Zack is quite possibly the worst person in the world. He’s casually cruel to his friends, he’s constantly exploiting others to get money, and most of all, he’s a total creep to the women who have the bad luck to be trapped in the orbit of his endless scheming.
A perfect example is season two’s “Model Students,” in which the plot revolves around a mixture of Zack’s two favorite hobbies: capitalism and revenge. After utterly failing to line his pockets by making the school store a profitable business, he and Screech decide to secretly take pictures of the girls’ swim team to make calendars. This doesn’t even lead to Zack getting a stern talking-to. Instead, when a creepy photographer shows up in pursuit of more salacious photos of underage girls taken without their consent, Zack preys on his victims’ desire for fame and weasels his way into becoming the girls’ manager. If this plot happened today, we’d hope that it would lead to less of Zack getting a ten percent commission and more of him meeting his comeuppance.
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