I'm definitely a product of the 80s, but for some reason I was a big fan of Saturday morning post-cartoons TV in the 90s. Specifically Saturday morning programming on NBC.
Of course, that means...Saved by the Bell. Don't know why I found the adventures of Zack Morris, Kelly Kapowski, AC Slater, Jessie Spano, Lisa Turtle, Screech and Mr. Belding so, well, entertaining, but that's one of those mysteries of my life in the 90s I'll never quite understand.
Heck, I even watched the 19 episodes of Saved by the Bell: The College Years. And that may be the first time I've admitted that publically.
Equally as entertaining as Saved by the Bell (entertaining to me, at least) was the show that followed it, California Dreams. Similar in some ways to its predecessor, this show followed the adventures of a group of high school kids in school and with their band, The Dreams.
If you haven't been watching Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, he spent his first year on the air obsessed with trying to reunite the cast of Saved by the Bell. He was able to get many of the cast members on the show individually, but not manage the reunion.
So the other night, he did the next best thing: reunite the cast of California Dreams. In case you missed it, here it is:
Ok, so their rendition of the theme song was a little pathetic. (And what happened to Jay Anthony Franke? Wow.) So, for old time's sake, here's the theme song the way it should be remembered:
While none of these actors achieved the level of notoriety that Mario Lopez, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Elizabeth Berkeley or Tiffani-Amber Thiessen got (oh, yeah, and Dustin Diamond, too), it's still entertaining to catch this blast from the past.
Maybe in Jimmy Fallon's second year he'll reunite the cast of Hang Time? (Heck, Anthony Anderson from Law and Order was on that show!)