• Network: Peacock
  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 25, 2020
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Nov 25, 2020
    90
    At once ironic and sincere, mocking and affectionate (as one might be, looking back on one’s own youth), it starts out well and just gets better. ... The returning cast fits the new mood ably. The younger players are first-rate — even better than one might notice at first, given the general air of nuttiness. But they play different levels with great skill.
  2. Reviewed by: Alexis Gunderson
    Nov 25, 2020
    90
    It is so funny! Every joke lands, half of them in a field you had no idea was in play. And as far as delivery goes, there are no weak players.
  3. Reviewed by: Randall Colburn
    Nov 23, 2020
    83
    The show mostly sustains the original’s wholesomeness, delivering sweet, tween-friendly lessons about being true to yourself and giving others second chances. But Saved By The Bell is also surprisingly funny, balancing its reverence for the original with satire that will no doubt speak to fans who grew up on the show.
  4. Reviewed by: Dave Nemetz
    Nov 18, 2020
    83
    The teen dynamics are a little familiar at times, but the revival dares to tackle class disparity and white privilege while playfully mocking the original’s consequence-free low stakes. It still has heartfelt inspirational speeches… but it makes fun of them at the same time.
  5. Reviewed by: Joel Keller
    Nov 25, 2020
    80
    The Saved By The Bell reboot makes the smart decision to be much more about the new kids at Bayside than about the middle-aged versions of the characters who went to the school 30 years ago. Sure, there’s going to be some self-referential jokes on the show, but Wigfield has that aspect under control so it won’t overwhelm the series.
  6. Reviewed by: Margaret Lyons
    Nov 24, 2020
    80
    It works! The new “Saved by the Bell,” debuting Wednesday on Peacock, is quick and funny, and it achieves a tricky blend of staying true enough to its source material while adapting to the standards of the day.
  7. Reviewed by: Amber Dowling
    Nov 23, 2020
    80
    As a whole, the show is a nuanced and self-deprecating take with signature fast-paced storytelling and many, many homages (watch for Zack’s famous phone in the premiere) to satiate new and returning viewers alike.
  8. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Nov 20, 2020
    80
    This single-camera, ten-episode Saved by the Bell, which skewers the original in all the right, incisive ways, is a smart, often hilarious reimagining of a show that is beloved more on ironic terms than sincere ones, a fact that the Peacock sitcom understands down to its Bayside-mocking bones.
  9. Reviewed by: Adam Graham
    Nov 24, 2020
    75
    "Saved by the Bell" is a throwback that looks forward, embracing the past while living in the now. And it shows that you can teach the old school some new tricks.
  10. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Nov 25, 2020
    70
    The reboot is funnier than the original show ever was, but it’s also a far more earnest and socially conscious (some will definitely say “woke”) affair. ... Daisy’s classmates from her shuttered school, athletic Aisha (Alycia Pascual-Peña) and reserved DeVante (Dexter Darden), are saddled with underwritten storylines that gradually recede while the rich kids effortlessly command the spotlight. Daisy may now be the one freezing the frame, but there’s a ways to go before the script’s fully flipped.
  11. Nov 25, 2020
    67
    In the end, “Saved by the Bell” constantly feels a moment away from forging its own identity, only to be pulled back by nostalgic nods to its predecessor.
  12. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Nov 19, 2020
    65
    Tonally the new “Bell” rings cheekier and more meta than any previous iteration.
  13. Reviewed by: Judy Berman
    Nov 23, 2020
    60
    Without minimizing Lexi’s gender identity, Wigfield smartly declines to frame it as Very Special Episode fodder. Less elegant is the revival’s juxtaposition of privileged Baysiders and their bused-in counterparts. The show is thoughtful enough to underline that not every rich kid is white. ... A punchy, intermittently inspired, well-intentioned mishmash.
  14. Reviewed by: Candice Frederick
    Nov 18, 2020
    50
    It's a very ha-ha-wink-wink approach that, while at times witty, unfairly holds up a mock-up of the original series, indicative of its pop culture era, presumably so that the younger generation can hurl spitballs at it. It's excessive.
  15. Reviewed by: Charles Bramesco
    Nov 24, 2020
    40
    About every third joke lands, and that’s a generous estimate, even with Daisy’s constant record-scratching breakages of the fourth wall quickly wearing on the audience’s goodwill. Name-drops of timely musical acts like Migos or Post Malone often take the place of actual humor, symptomatic of a laziness that creates a sort of resentment for how good the occasional zingers can be.
User Score
0.4

Overwhelming dislike- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 7 out of 7
  1. Nov 28, 2020
    0
    Que es estooooooo??? No me gusta para nada. Espero mejoren. Falta muchísimo
  2. Nov 28, 2020
    0
    Esta serie es simplemente asquerosa utiliza referencias de burla y discriminacion hacia personas vulnerables y todo por ganar audiencia, nuncaEsta serie es simplemente asquerosa utiliza referencias de burla y discriminacion hacia personas vulnerables y todo por ganar audiencia, nunca nadie merecerá que se búrlense de alguna enfermedad o padecimiento en su vida. Asco de programa deberían de cancelarlo es 2020 y no merecemos este tipo de porqueria. Full Review »