Starring: : Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond, Lark Voorhies, Elizabeth Berkley, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen
Release Date: July 19, 2005
Running Time: 550 minutes
Yes, I was one of those kids that would run home everyday after school so I could watch the reruns of Saved By The Bell. One channel aired back-to-back episodes and at the same time another channel would air one episode. All my classmates watched the series and even my parents would watch on Saturday mornings.
After the series had filmed its last episode in which the characters had their high school graduation, NBC ordered more episodes. Actresses Tiffani-Amber Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski) and Elizabeth Berkley (Jessie Spano) had already moved on to film projects are were not available to participate in new episodes. Therefore a new character was created - Tori Scott (played by Leanna Creel).
Just like the two previous DVD sets, the episodes are out of order, going more by the syndication order. That's why the characters look older in one episode and a lot younger in the next. A few episodes have Jesse and Slater as a couple, but they broke up during season four!
The new student Tori becomes Zack's girlfriend and befriends Screech, Slater, and Lisa, but for some reason she never meets Kelly or Jesse. As I stated above the actresses who played the parts didn't return, but there names could have been mentioned more often. Continuity errors? Or were the characters Jesse and Kelly doing something else when Tori was around? After almost twenty years it is still a mystery to me.
The episodes on Season Five are:
Student Teacher Week
Screech's Spaghetti Sauce
The New Girl
The Bayside Triangle
Day of Detention
Wrestling with the Future
Drinking and Driving
Isn't It Romantic
The Teacher's Strike
The Senior Prom
The Video Yearbook
Snow White and the Seven Dorks
The Best Summer of My Life
The previous sets had cheap cases with horrible menus, but for some reason Lionsgate decided to change everything for the season five set. This set has a wonderful slipcover with the episode guide written on the inner pullout case. The menu on each disc has a neat little red bell ringing when you go to each episode. This is the only season set to include an actually bonus which is a documentary about the series.
I bought the DVD off of Amazon.com for fewer than eleven dollars and I'm more than satisfied with my purchase. I now have seasons one through five and the two TV movies on DVD, so I can relive one of my childhood favorites anytime I want.