8 Truly Terrible Couples From Saved By The Bell

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The nature of, and events surrounding, fictional relationships often function as a barometer for real-life scenarios. This feels especially true when it comes to TV. You use Carrie and Big as a reason to forgive your boyfriend's missteps. Maybe you look to Ross and Rachel for the reason you should give an old flame a second (or third) chance. But, there are some shows from which you should never glean love advice. Namely, Saved By The Bell.
It's been 25 years since Zack Morris and friends debuted on the small screen. And, in the show's four-year run time, we saw a lot of dating. Was there a type of girlfriend Morris didn't have? The answer is no. To honor the show's 25th anniversary (do you feel old or what?), here are the eight couples whose habits ought never to leave the grounds of Bayside High.
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Zack Morris & Kelly Kapowski
They’re the It Couple at Bayside and probably the defining couple of the entire series. But, the Zack-and-Kelly pairing is kind of the worst. She’s hot, and, as the school’s resident charismatic schemer, Zack believes that means they’re meant for each other. They end up getting married, sending millions of viewers the message that even if your relationship has zero substance, ending up with your high school sweetheart is completely adorable and totally encouraged.
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A.C. Slater & Jessie Spano
Let’s be real: Slater and Jessie are each other’s second choice. He spends most of the earlier seasons competing with his best friend to win Kelly, and Jessie will always carry a torch for her neighbor Zack Morris. Even after they settle for one another, this is an example of opposites not attracting. Slater calls Jessie — an ardent feminist — “Mama,” and she calls him a “sexist pig” (rightly so). It’s not the playful banter of a love/hate relationship; it’s the arguing of two people who will never see eye-to-eye and have zero chemistry.
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Screech Powers & Lisa Turtle
This relationship is completely one-sided. Lisa knows that Screech is hopelessly in love with her, and it becomes a recurring gag in the series. To add insult to injury, she has a brief dalliance with Zack, Screech’s best friend. Major bro-code violation, Zack. Take a time out. Screech and Lisa do end up going to prom together, but it’s more of a pity date.
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Zack & Lisa
They're the best almost-couple in the entire series, but despite some pretty strong chemistry, and the need to keep Zack out of complete scoundrel territory, Zack and Lisa simply cannot be. Screech ruins everything.
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Zack & Stacey Carosi
Stacey (played by Leah Remini) is the heiress to the Malibu Sands Beach Club where the gang works one summer. She initially writes Zack off because he awards Kelly the Miss Fourth of July title over her, but the two end up having a brief fling. When the summer ends, Stacey returns home to New York, and Zack goes back to Kelly and Bayside, despite promises to reunite over the holidays. Summer dreams, ripped at the seams, but oh, those summer nights.
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Screech & Violet Anne Bickerstaff
While he never gets to date his one true love Lisa, poor Screech doesn’t remain entirely girlfriend-less in high school. He briefly dates fellow nerd Violet, played by Tori Spelling, although she disappears once Screech finally earns her snobby parents’ approval.
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Zack & Tori Scott
The leather jacket-wearing anti-Kapowski becomes Zack’s temporary love interest during senior year. It's pretty confusing in retrospect, because by then, he and Kelly are committed to one another. Here’s some behind-the-scenes intel for you, though:

The Tori character was created when the network ordered extra episodes after the cast had already filmed the final graduation episode. Tiffani Thiessen and Elizabeth Berkley were already working on other projects, and that’s why they just disappear in the Tori episodes, which were slotted into the middle of the season to avoid continuity problems.
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Zack & Laura Benton
The gang learns the true meaning of Christmas when Zack has a brief flirtation with a girl who turns out to be homeless in a Very Special Episode. She is never heard from again.