Jimmy Fallon has had his first really good idea as a late-night talk show host: lobbying for a reunion of NBC’s Saved By the Bell. His push for this noble goal included an appearance by Mr. Belding himself and an online Saved By the Bell Reunion petition. I will sign it as long as they promise that they won’t let Tori be a part of the reunion.
Ken Tucker asks if this stunt is “lame or not lame,” coming down on the “lame” side. Me, I go for “not lame.” Fallon is trying to go for a style that has Conan’s randomness and pop-culture obsessions but in a slightly less ironic way, and he hasn’t really found it yet. But this is a good start toward finding that style: something that appeals to both sides of us, the ironic hipster side that likes to make fun of bad sitcoms and the sweet, nostalgic side that still loves them. (You notice I didn’t talk about how this bit appeals to people who didn’t watch Saved By the Bell. That’s because there weren’t any.)
For those who want to pretend they don’t remember Saved by the Bell, The Nostalgia Critic reviewed it recently.