The latest corporate grab for Millennial nostalgia arrives as a pleasant counter point to the likes of Fuller House. Saved by the Bell, like Full House, was never funny; it was just consistently on, and in the late ’80s to mid ’90s, that was often enough to draw young eyes. But while Fuller House needlessly recreated that desperately unfunny, multi-camera crap of its namesake, Peacock’s new Saved by the Bell sequel revival actually tries something new: having legitimate jokes.
Created by 30 Rock and Mindy Project writer and Great News creator Tracey Wigfield, the reboot seems to bring the self-aware sensibilities of those series (along with Great News‘s John Michael Higgins) to the world of Bayside High. This first Saved by the Bell trailer may not be great, but it sure is a hell of a lot more intriguing than a Saved by the Bell (2020) trailer has any right to be. Laughing at Saved by the Bell should be illegal outside of the part where Jessie is on speed.