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"Saved by the Bell" Dancing to the Max (1989)

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Saved by the Bell: Season 1: Episode 1 -- A national dance contest is held at the Max and the whole gang decides to enter, with mixed results.


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Original Air Date:
20 August 1989 (Season 1, Episode 1)
Casey Kasem hosts a dance contest at The Max. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mark-Paul Gosselaar ... Zack Morris

Mario Lopez ... A.C. Slater

Dustin Diamond ... Samuel 'Screech' Powers

Tiffani Thiessen ... Kelly Kapowski (as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen)

Elizabeth Berkley ... Jessie Spano

Lark Voorhies ... Lisa Turtle

Ed Alonzo ... Max

Dennis Haskins ... Mr. Richard Belding

Casey Kasem ... Casey Kasem
Hamilton Camp ... Mr. Margolies
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joe Davis ... Coach (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Don Barnhart 
Writing credits
Sam Bobrick (creator)

Tom Tenowich (written by) &
Peter Engel (written by)

Produced by
Larry Balmagia .... producer
Franco Bario .... associate producer (as Franco E. Bario)
Peter Engel .... executive producer
Marica Govons .... producer
Tom Tenowich .... supervising producer
Original Music by
Scott Gale 
Cinematography by
Christian Santiago (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Sheila Hall 
Casting by
Robin Lippin 
Production Design by
Ken Johnson 
Art Direction by
Bente Christensen 
Costume Design by
Elizabeth Bass 
Makeup Department
David Abbott .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Valerie Scott .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Dorothy J. Bailey .... post-production supervisor
Chris Conte .... senior unit manager
William F. Phillips .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Miguel Higuera .... associate director
Sound Department
John Macheca .... audio
Dicken Berglund .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Tom Pearson .... boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Donald A. Morgan .... lighting director (as Don Morgan)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Philip Maldonado .... costumer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Buddy Hunter .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Carter Blanchard .... assistant to the producers (as Carter C. Blanchard)
Melinda Casey .... stage manager
Ed Clegg .... assistant to the producers
Ellen Deutsch .... production associate
Brett Dewey .... assistant to the producers
Mark Fetterman .... production coordinator
Sue Feyk .... assistant to executive producer
Scott Spencer Gordon .... executive script consultant (as Scott Spencer Gorden)
Penelope Gottlieb .... title designer
Maria Henley .... stage manager
Joann Kamay .... stage manager
Danielle Masterson .... assistant to the producers
Dan Miller .... assistant to the producers
Henry Moreno .... technical director
Ronald B. Solomon .... script coordinator (as Ron Solomon)
Jeannie Taylor .... script coordinator
Bennett Tramer .... executive story editor
Mickey Friedman .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kathleen Sanders .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

22 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Revealing mistakes: Zack chews bubble gum while simultaneously playing the trombone. A huge bubble forms from the trombone and then pops. Once it pops, its obvious that the bubble was just a pink balloon.See more »
Mr. Richard Belding:I can twist and sing!
Casey Kasem:Let go of the microphone.
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"The Sprain", 11 January 2014
Author: callanvass from victoria b.c canada

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Casey Kasem is hosting a dance contest at The Max. Two couples must join forces to win. Zack wants Kelly to be his partner, but he has to fend off Slater, and his lack of dancing skill. Zack lies to Kelly about being a good dancer, and turns to Jesse for dancing lessons. Zack manages to have fun learning to dance with Jessee, and decides to make Jessee his partner in lieu of Kelly. Jesse is having issues of her own with her height, and is worried nobody will wanna dance with her because of it. Meanwhile, Lisa is forced to have Screech for a partner when her first choice bails on her after Lisa sprains her ankle. Contrary to what some may think, this is NOT the first episode. The first episode was the 15th episode aired in the first season, called "King of The Hill" Anyway, this episode is so underrated! It has everything you love about this show. One thing really hit me about this episode. It was watching Zack & Jesse's amazing chemistry together. I did love Zack & Kelly together. It seemed to me that Zack & Jesse might be a little more compatible. I think they made the right decision in the long run, but they seemed to be testing the waters for a potential Jesse Spano & Zack Morris romance, as well as A.C Slater & Kelly Kapowski being together. Zack & Jesse did have a fling in the final season, but that's about it as far as I can remember. As I said. Zack and Kelly were meant to be, but I cannot deny the chemistry Jesse has with Zack. I had a huge grin on my face when I watched their dance rehearsals. They are natural and cute together. Jesse's struggle with her height made for a great storyline. I know that people struggle with that in real life, and I thought they shed some light on that here. I'd dance with Elizabeth Berkley any day. She's breathtakingly beautiful. It is also one of the rare times where you will see Slater & Screech have a heart to heart with each other. It happens once in a while, but not often. I don't care what anyone says, though. Slater's dance in the beginning was embarrassingly corny. It made me want to regurgitate in my mouth. Last but not least, "The Sprain" dance performed by Lisa & Screech is epic.

Final Thoughts: This episode is one of my favorites. It is highly underrated and tons of fun. There is something for everyone in this episode.


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