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Mario Lopez and Tiffani Thiesen Reveal Their Kids’ Reactions to ‘Saved By the Bell’

Thiessen's 8-year-old loves the show, even after it's been off the air for 20-plus years.

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More than two decades after Saved By The Bell aired its final episode in 1993, two of the show’s stars, Mario Lopez and Tiffani Thiessen sat down for an interview with Ellen Degeneres. When the subject of kids came up, Lopez and Thiessen, both of whom are parents now, noted that their kids have slightly different reactions to seeing the 20 something versions of their parents on the television screen.

Even though by today’s standards for television, and media in general, Saved By The Bell is pretty tame, Thiessen said that it’ll still be a “few more years” before her eight-year-old daughter Harper will be allowed to take the show in for all of its splendor.

“Harper started watching it a tiny, tiny bit. I was okay with season one but after that kissing started happening and I was like, ‘No, no, no we’re done,’ ” Thiessen said.

Thiessen hilariously went on to say that her daughter is “so boy crazy already,” and enjoys watching the show because of Lopez and Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s characters. Even though both Lopez and Gosselaar’s dreamboat status hasn’t really waned in recent years, it is nothing compared to the kind of attention they got at the height of Saved By The Bell’s popularity.

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Lopez noted that his kids Dominic and Gia might still be too young to even understand what the show is or what it means for their dad to have worked on it.  

“My kids have given it a shot and [they’re] not feeling it,” he says before adding that his kids will watch and regularly ask him about his mullet saying: “Daddy why is your hair like that?”