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The first season of Saved by the Bell began airing on August 20, 1989, and concluded on December 16, 1989. It contained a total of 16 episodes and was followed by a second series.


The season introduces the characters of Bayside High, including Zack Morris, Kelly Kapowski, A.C. Slater, Jessie Spano and Samuel Powers. The interactions between them are complex, owing to high school drama, and tensions begin to rise between the characters. Nearing the end of the first season, Kelly's father looses his job, and she must give up her dream to attend the school prom.



# Image Title Airdate
01 DancinMain.jpg Dancing to the Max August 20, 1989
Zack and Slater both try to obtain Kelly as a dance partner before the big dance contest at The Max. However, Zack goes with Jessie instead. Lisa also has a date for the dance, but when she sprains her ankle, he backs out. Screech agrees to dance with her in the contest despite her injury. In the end Screech and Lisa win with their dance move, coined by Casey Kasem as "The Sprain".
02 Ep2.jpg The Lisa Card August 26, 1989
Lisa's father lets her use his credit card as a reward for doing well at school. However, she goes overboard with the spending, and her friends help her think of ways to make some money to pay it off. She sold kisses, her clothes, and got a job. In the end she confessed and her father didn't care.
03 S1 -Ep 4 -33 Zack.png The Gift September 8, 1989
Screech is hit by lightning and afterwards has the ability to see into the future, which Zack and Slater use to their advantage. Zack uses his power to place bets with Slater. It finally came when Zack made a bet that he would get an A on the history exam, but Screech's power wore off and he failed letting down Lisa, Jesse and Kelly.
04 1.04 - Fatal Distraction.png Fatal Distraction September 9, 1989
With the big dance coming up, Zack will do anything to get Kelly to go with him. He's even willing to bug her room to find out things about her but unfortunately for him they find it...
05 1.05 - Screech's Woman.png Screech's Woman September 16, 1989
Zack decides that Screech is in desperate need of a girlfriend and sets about finding him one. However, when there isn't anyone willing, he dresses up as a girl and goes on a date with Screech, and has to act fast when Screech takes a liking to him.
06 1.06 - Aloha Slater.png Aloha Slater September 23, 1989
When Slater's dad is reassigned to Hawaii, Zack sees it as the perfect opportunity to get Slater to move away so all the attention from the ladies comes back to him.
07 1.07 - The Substitute.png The Substitute September 30, 1989
When Ms. Simpson injures her back, a substitute teacher named Tony Crane takes over her class at Bayside. However, when all the girls, including Lisa, Jessie, and Kelly, fall for Mr. Crane, Zack and Slater become jealous.
08 1.08 - Cream for a Day.png Cream for a Day October 7, 1989
When Kelly is nominated as homecoming queen, her dream is shattered as she faces the prospect of winning after she gets a zit. Zack comes up with a solution, but it does not unfold as he plans.
09 1.09 - Pinned to the Mat.png Pinned to the Mat October 14, 1989
Zack bets against a Valley wrestler named Marvin Niedick that Slater will win his wrestling match against Niedick. However, things go wrong when Slater decides to quit wrestling. Screech stands in for him, but he is not as built for wrestling as Slater is and does not do so well.
10 1.10 - Beauty and the Screech.png Beauty and the Screech October 21, 1989
In order for Kelly to go to a George Michael concert, she has to pass her science test. Zack persuades Screech to tutor Kelly, a ploy which is more for his benefit than for Kelly's. When Kelly and Screech become closer, though, Zack gets jealous and regrets his set-up.
11 1.11 - The Friendship Business.png The Friendship Business November 4, 1989
Zack and his friends form a "company" selling friendship bracelets for a business class project. He names himself as "boss," but Kelly, Jessie, and Slater feel he is treating them poorly, leading them to break away and form a rival company selling a similar product.
12 Zelly.png The Mamas and the Papas November 11, 1989
For a class assignment everyone is put into pairs to act out married life so they are prepared when they grow up. Of course with the couples being forced together problems are bound to ensue.
13 1.13 - The Election.png The Election November 18, 1989
Zack and Jessie are both running for class president, but Zack only wants to run because he found out that the winner gets a trip to Washington, D.C. When the trip is canceled, Zack has to prove he was not running just because of the trip.
14 1.14 - The Zack Tapes.png The Zack Tapes December 2, 1989
During class, Zack learns about subliminal advertising and realizes that it could be used to trick Kelly into going to the dance with him. However, Kelly catches on to his scheme and the girls decide to teach Zack a lesson, which leaves him humiliated.
15 1.15 - King of the Hill.png King of the Hill December 12, 1989
Zack starts high school hoping to finally win his longtime crush, Kelly Kapowski, the prettiest cheerleader in school. However, the new transfer student, A.C. Slater, makes a play for her, resulting Zack and Slater fighting over Kelly. Note: This is the pilot episode of the series. To explain why the episode was being shown out of order, a voice-over of Zack explaining "I'll never forget the day Slater showed up" was added to the beginning of episode to give viewers the impression that the episode was a flashback.
16 1.16 - Save That Tiger.png Save That Tiger December 16, 1989
Zack and Slater are involved in the annual prank war against Valley, which takes place the same time as the big cheerleading competition between the schools. Screech is the Bayside mascot and has an important part in Bayside's routine. However, after Zack and Slater kidnap Valley's mascot, two students from Valley kidnap Screech. Fortunately, their plan is ruined when the fake mascot ends up winning the competition for Bayside.



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