With the Reboot on Its Way, We're Catching Up with th'e Saved by the Bell' Cast, Then & Now

From Lisa Turtle to to A.C. Slater, PEOPLE catches up with Bayside's Class of '89!

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Class of '89

CLASS OF '89
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Just teens when they hung out in the halls of Bayside High, the cast mates of Saved by the Bell — clockwise from top left, Elizabeth Berkley, Lark Voorhies, Tiffani Thiessen, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Dustin Diamond and Mario Lopez — definitely dealt with their share of adolescent angst. "Did we have crushes on our costars? Absolutely," Thiessen told PEOPLE in 2009. "But we were so young!"

Now a bit older, five of the original six are back, joining Peacock's Saved by the Bell reboot for season 2. Season 1 saw Governor Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and his first lady Kelly (Tiffani Thiessen) bussing new students to Bayside, where A.C. Slater (Mario Lopez) and Jessie Spano (Elizabeth Berkley) work. Lark Voorhies, who made just a brief appearance in a season 1 episode, will have a bigger role this time around.

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Mario Lopez, 48

MARIO LOPEZ, 38
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Known as stud A.C. Slater, Lopez's biceps drew plenty of attention on Bell, but it was his distinctive hair that raised eyebrows. "I liked my hair long because I wanted to look like Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon," the now-husband, dad-of-three and Access Hollywood host told PEOPLE. "I didn't even know I had a mullet!"

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Elizabeth Berkley, 49

ELIZABETH BERKLEY, 40
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Berkley, who appeared on Dancing with the Stars and CSI: Miami, and wrote an advice book for girls called Ask Elizabeth, had some of the show's most memorable moments as tightly wound feminist Jessie Spano. "The 'I'm so excited!' episode [when Jessie uses 'caffeine pills'] was so extreme," the now-mom said. And the hair! "I practically went through a can of hair spray a show."

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Tiffani Thiessen & Mark-Paul Gosselaar, both 47

TIFFANI THIESSEN & MARK-PAUL GOSSELAAR, BOTH 38
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As Bell's golden couple Kelly Kapowski and Zack Morris, Thiessen and Gosselaar were like brother and sister - and a certain pair of dolls - off-screen. "Mark-Paul and I got to go to Paris [for a press tour]," recalled Thiessen. "We ate crepes, and my first sip of alcohol was with him. It felt at times like we were Barbie and Ken." These days, both are back on TV, and he even guested on her Cooking Channel show Dinner at Tiffani's (Lopez and Berkley did, too).

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Lark Voorhies, 47

LARK VOORHIES, 38
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As fabulous fashionista Lisa Turtle, Voorhies said acting on the show had its perks — as well as its downfalls. "I wasn't able to go to my graduation or prom," shared the actress, who graduated to stints on soaps and sitcoms before reuniting with her SBTB costar Dustin Diamond in 2011 for the indie film Little Creeps. "Those moments we had to sacrifice, we made up for with each other." Amid recent reports of erratic behavior, the star's mother told PEOPLE Voorhies was diagnosed with bipolar disorder — a claim the actress denied.

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Dustin Diamond

DUSTIN DIAMOND, 35
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Post-Bell life was a bit tougher for Diamond, who played the gang's silly sidekick Screech. The comedian appeared on Celebrity Fit Club — and starred in a porn video leaked onto the Internet in 2006. He then dished the dirt on his former costars in a 2009 tell-all called Behind the Bell. After a three-month stint in jail in 2016 — he was arrested for stabbing a man in a 2014 during a street brawl in Wisconsin — he appeared on The Dr. Oz Show that November to offer an apology to his costars. "I will say, guys, I think you're fantastic, working with you has been just one of the icons of my life and I'm sorry that this has taken advantage of me - the book and other situations I'm sure we'll talk about here. I'm still loving you guys."

Diamond died on Feb. 1, 2021, due to carcinoma. "He was diagnosed with this brutal, relentless form of malignant cancer only three weeks ago," his rep told PEOPLE in a statement. "In that time, it managed to spread rapidly throughout his system; the only mercy it exhibited was its sharp and swift execution. Dustin did not suffer. He did not have to lie submerged in pain. For that, we are grateful." The actor was 44 years old.

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