To a certain generation, the character of Screech is almost iconic. His face and voice are unmistakable, of course, and – alongside his Bayside High classmates – Screech became a legend of young person’s 1990s TV viewing. This was, after all, in a time long before the internet and thousands of satellite channels made stars out of seemingly everybody. Yet while Screech was Saved by the Bell’s lovable dork, fate had dark times ahead for the actor who played him.
Yes, Screech was the counterpoint to the cool Zack, Kelly and the rest of the Bayside crew in NBC’s Saved by the Bell. Actor Dustin Diamond became famous off the back of the role too. But while his fellow cast members forged careers that would see them hit varying degrees of success, Diamond seemingly went off the rails. In fact, the actor’s volatile behavior meant that his personal and professional life became increasingly fraught with problems.
But first: the height of fame. Saved by the Bell began on the NBC network in 1989 and ran until 1993. The show also spawned two TV movies – Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style (1992) and Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas (1994) – as well as two further TV series in which Diamond went on to star. The original series also led to a number of novels that proved popular with fans.
But Diamond’s brush with fame had actually begun before Saved by the Bell. As with some of the other cast members, Diamond had starred in the series upon which Saved by the Bell had been based: Good Morning, Miss Bliss. The series was the brainchild of producer Peter Engel. And legend has it that Diamond had won the part of Samuel Screech Powers in the show because Engel had mistook Diamond’s age. (Diamond was younger than all the other cast members.)
Good Morning, Miss Bliss had been an NBC syndicate production and had aired on the Disney Channel from 1988 to 1989. Engel had intended all along that Miss Bliss’ students, including Screech, would supplant their teacher in the eyes of the audience and envisaged a show formed around that core of students. And that is precisely what happened when NBC reacquired the rights to the show and rebooted it as Saved by the Bell.
Only four characters survived the move, though, and the location of the fictional school was transferred from Indianapolis to California. Those characters were Zack Morris (played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar), Screech (Diamond), Lisa Turtle (portrayed by Lark Voorhies) and the original school’s head, Richard Belding (played by Dennis Haskins).
New characters joined the cast, too, and it was this new line-up and setting that propelled the show to great popularity across the United States and beyond. The stars of the show became teen pin-ups, in fact. AOL TV even later listed Saved by the Bell as one of the “20 Best School Shows of All Time.”
The success might have felt like it was a long time coming for Diamond, though. After all, the star started acting at a young age – despite his mother and father not having been involved in the business. Born in San Jose, California, his father worked for a computer-processing company, where he was a teacher of digital electronics, while his mother worked for Pacific Bell.
In 1987, at about the age of ten, Diamond started appearing in a handful of TV shows, including PBS’ American Playhouse and a first-run syndication of ABC’s It’s a Living. He also performed voice work in Yogi’s Great Escape. Diamond additionally won a small role in 1988 sci-fi comedy Purple People Eater, in which the actor took on the role of Big Z.
Yet winning the part of Samuel “Screech” Powers was the start of a 13-year adventure that saw the Californian play the part until the end of the second spin-off show, Saved by the Bell: The New Class, in 2000. Diamond had also starred in the original sequel to the Saved by the Bell series, Saved by the Bell: The College Years, in which most of the original cast of students reunited at college.
In Saved by the Bell: The New Class, though, Screech returned to Bayside High and even became assistant to Haskins’ Mr. Belding at the start of season two. And this second spin-off proved more popular than the first, spawning seven series and a total of 143 episodes. The original Saved by the Bell had actually only run for four series, totaling 86 episodes. According to Diamond, too, he and co-star Haskins – the only two surviving cast members by 2000 – maintain a good relationship to this day.
Unsurprisingly – considering the length of time he played the role – Diamond became synonymous with the character of Screech. But Screech had a unique persona, with his high-pitched voice (hence the name), colorful dress sense and nerdy mishaps making him a crowd favorite. He was a wholesome character, a dedicated student and endearingly naïve. All which made Diamond’s post-Saved by the Bell antics even more shocking.
And what about the other members of the gang? Well, fellow original cast mates Gosselaar, Voorhies, Mario Lopez (who played A. C. Slater), Tiffani-Amber Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski) and Elizabeth Berkley (Jessie Spano) all wanted to break free of the teen show and forge more grown-up careers. Most of them are still involved in the entertainment business to some degree to this day, too – although not all have been free from controversy in that period.
Berkley was, for instance, almost immediately cast in Paul Verhoeven’s sensational 1995 movie, Showgirls. The role she took on involved copious amounts of nudity and scenes of a sexual nature. And the movie – and Berkley’s performance in particular – received much criticism. Her career has arguably never really recovered.
Yet at the time of Showgirls – and while Diamond was continuing his run as Screech in Saved by the Bell: The New Class – the other cast members were trying to move on. Thiessen was starring in Fox’s Beverly Hills, 90210, pitched at an older audience, while Gosselaar, Lopez and Voorhies were enjoying varying degrees of success elsewhere.
Then Saved by the Bell: The New Class ended its run in 2000. The character of Screech was now retired, so it seemed like a good time for Diamond to move on as well. Perhaps unsurprisingly, though, Diamond found himself typecast – and lucrative offers were hardly flooding in. He thereafter played a couple of minor roles in small movie releases and soon found himself back on television in reality show Star Dates, among others.
But despite his TV work, things were seemingly looking far from good for Diamond in the financial stakes. In 2006, in fact, the actor had resorted to flogging signed t-shirts in an attempt to stave off creditors. Because, according to The Independent, Diamond faced litigation due to unpaid taxes and mortgage repayments.
And it was against this backdrop that Diamond made what was perhaps the first of a number of high-profile dire life choices: he produced a sex tape. Titled Screeched: Saved by the Smell, the video was a sordid attempt to make money from his celebrity. The former Saved by the Bell actor didn’t actually star in the movie – he employed a body double instead – but he was active behind the scenes.
Of course, the Screech in that movie was a far cry from the wholesome image that the character had cultivated when appearing on hit teen TV shows throughout the 1990s. But it seemed that the 2000s were proving to be a much more difficult decade to navigate for Diamond. And his next career choice came in the shape of a memoir that claimed to lift the lid behind the scenes of Saved by the Bell.
The 2009 memoir’s contents were salacious, to say the least. Diamond in fact claimed drug use, sexual encounters and more besides had taken place involving the main cast members. The shocking revelations all flew in the face of the personas that those actors had created both on and off screen.
But were the allegations in the book, titled Behind the Bell, true? It turned out that the answer was most probably not. In 2013, in fact, Diamond finally commented on the book – and suggested that it was the result of a ghostwriter’s imagination. Diamond even claimed that his collaborator had merely fabricated the stories, based on enigmatic answers that Diamond had given to the ghostwriter’s questions.
Regarding the stories of sexual escapades and use of narcotics, for instance, Diamond claimed that this had been a misinterpretation of one particular comment that he had made. “There were a bunch of kids on set with hormones so… what do you think?” was Diamond’s response to an unclarified question. Yet Diamond later apologized on national television for the book’s contents.
The other cast members immediately distanced themselves from Diamond’s memoir as well. Gosselaar, for one, gave his verdict on Diamond’s version of events in a 2014 interview with The Independent. He said the book was “negative” and that he didn’t “remember those things, because [his] experience on the show was very positive.”
The book included a number of other unflattering claims, too. For one thing, Diamond suggested that his fame had led to him sleeping with more than 2,000 women – one of whom was connected to the show. This was Linda Mancuso, who was 18 years older than Diamond and NBC’s children’s programming VP at the time Saved by the Bell was in production. Mancuso passed away in 2003, however, and these claims were left unsubstantiated.
As damaging as the revelations in Diamond’s book were – and as false as they have since proven to be by Diamond’s own admission – it seems that his relationship with his Saved by the Bell cast mates had long since ended. Diamond even revealed all in a 2016 TV appearance on The Dr. Oz Show. There, the actor tried to repair the damage that his lurid allegations had seemingly caused.
“I hadn’t talked to most of the cast mates in a long time,” Diamond told the show’s host, Dr. Mehmet Oz. “Mario Lopez and I speak frequently, and Dennis Haskins and I speak frequently. Of course, Slater and Belding. And they know what I went through, but the rest of the cast – Mark-Paul I haven’t seen since I was 16 years old. So I feel terrible for it, but what can I do?”
Gosselaar, though, seemingly doesn’t bear any grudge towards his former Saved by the Bell co-star. In a podcast titled Awards Chatter, which is run by The Hollywood Reporter, Gosselaar was even asked his opinion of Diamond in light of the latter’s controversial book. “Listen, I’ve worked with actors that I couldn’t stand being in the room with. Dustin is not one of those people,” Gosselaar commented.
The Today show reported on extracts from the podcast in March 2019, and the quotes revealed that Gosselaar seemingly wouldn’t have any problem with meeting Diamond again. Although Gosselaar did rule out going for a beer with his former co-star. And as for the book? “Who cares about the book? The book was fiction. I don’t know what it was,” Gosselaar commented.
Diamond continued to appear in the public eye, though, with appearances in reality shows such as Celebrity Big Brother, Celebrity Fit Club and Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling. Yet events in Diamond’s personal life only reinforced the opinion that this was a former teen star who was rapidly going off the rails. His marriage to Jennifer Misner, with whom he had tied the knot in 2009, was one of the early casualties.
But perhaps the most damaging chapter in the course of Diamond’s career – and life – was yet to play out. Those events occurred on December 26, 2014, when the former Saved by the Bell star was arrested in the town of Port Washington, Wisconsin, where Diamond now lives. He had been in a bar with his fiancée, Amanda Schutz, when trouble had allegedly flared.
Diamond, who subsequently claimed he had been acting in self-defense, apparently took out a switchblade and injured a man in the bar. He was consequently charged with disorderly conduct and possession of a concealed weapon. Diamond was also later convicted of those two charges – although he was simultaneously cleared of a more serious offence: reckless endangerment.
For these crimes, Diamond received a four-month jail sentence in 2015. He then served three-quarters of that sentence before being released with conditions attached. Yet the problems were not over for the former teen star, who subsequently breached the terms of his probation. He was therefore arrested again in May 2016. This was perhaps the nadir for the actor who had at one time found himself part of one of the most popular shows of its generation.
So Diamond’s later appearance on The Dr. Oz Show, where he seemingly apologized to his former Saved by the Bell co-stars, was ostensibly an attempt to draw a line in the sand. The actor even made this clear himself. Diamond’s stated intention for appearing on the show was to start to right the wrongs of his past.
“Oddly enough, it’s doing interviews like this and getting the word out there. This is my best weapon for repairing the damage that was caused by things that were done by people who took advantage of me and the situation I was in at the time,” Diamond told the show’s host.
And as for that apology? “I will say, guys, I think you’re fantastic, working with you has been just one of the icons of my life, and I’m sorry that this has taken advantage of me, the book and other situations I’m sure we’ll talk about here,” Diamond said, referring to his appearance on The Dr. Oz Show.
Diamond wasn’t quite done, though. “But I’m sure that you’ve experienced downfalls as well, in your time, and I’m still loving you guys,” the actor added. Whether he was referring to co-star Elizabeth Berkley’s fall from grace following the critical panning of her performance in Showgirls – as well as the negative reception to the film itself – is anyone’s guess.
Diamond also added that the support of fans had been invaluable through his experiences. “It was very touching to have fans that came up to me, and I’ve had people multiple times come up to me, I mean, we’re talking hundreds and hundreds… thousands of people that have come up and said, ‘You got me through high school,’” he revealed.
“Unfortunately, being in the entertainment industry, you get fleeced a lot and you get taken advantage of a lot. And it hasn’t been my first bout with that, and so I’ve gotten good at just kind of brushing it off and moving forward,” Diamond told Dr. Oz in that 2016 appearance.
“If I dwell on the past, then it just eats at me, and there’s nothing I can do about it,” Diamond continued. Diamond was later actually interviewed by his old Saved by the Bell co-star Mario Lopez on entertainment news TV show Extra. And in that chat, Diamond spoke about his police conviction and spell in jail.
The star also spoke about the way he sees his future. “I’ve been doing it – acting and performing – since I was eight years old,” he said. “So it’s really my bread and butter. I’m getting to the point where I want to put the tomfoolery and malarkey behind me. You know? It’s time for that clean slate.” So let’s hope that this is the start of a new chapter for Diamond.
And what of Diamond’s co-stars? Well, for those of us who grew up in the early ’90s, Bayside High was practically the only place to be on a Saturday morning. Yes, NBC’s Saved by the Bell was something of a phenomenon, with the adventures of Zack, Kelly and the gang entertaining us across four seasons, two movies and a college spin-off. And, happily, it turns out that most of the original cast have forged friendships off screen.
It seems, too, that many of the Saved by the Bell kids remain buddies even decades on, as in 2019 Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Amber Thiessen and Mario Lopez all joined forces for a 30th anniversary reunion meal – and sent the internet into meltdown as a result. But, sadly, not every major cast member was in attendance. Here’s a look at the story behind the teen series and its stars’ continuing closeness.
The origins of Saved by the Bell began back in 1986, when producer Peter Engel was asked to create a new sitcom inspired by NBC president Brandon Tartikoff’s sixth-grade teacher. And despite an unsuccessful pilot, Good Morning, Miss Bliss – starring Hayley Mills as the titular lead character – ultimately aired a 13-episode run on the Disney Channel. Unfortunately, though, the comedy was swiftly canceled after failing to pick up enough of an audience.
But that wasn’t the end for the show. Instead, Tartikoff was encouraged by the stronger teen elements of the series and pushed for a reworking that would shift focus to the students. Engel eventually decided to come on board, too, although he was initially unsure about the new premise. And the rest is television history.
Of course, several other changes were subsequently made to the series. It found a new home on NBC, for one, as well as a Saturday morning time slot. In addition, the setting was moved from Indianapolis to a fictional Los Angeles area known as the Palisades, while several of the original cast members were also swapped out. And despite Engel’s reservations, the show was renamed Saved by the Bell.
What’s more, those four principal actors brought over from Good Morning, Miss Bliss included Lark Voorhies and Dustin Diamond. Voorhies had played fashion-conscious shopping obsessive Lisa Turtle in the original show, while Diamond had portrayed the impossibly nerdy Screech Powers – with both characters going on to reappear in Saved by the Bell. Dennis Haskins also chose to reprise his role as Bayside High’s goofy principal, Mr. Belding.
But Mark-Paul Gosselaar was arguably the most important star to transfer to the new and improved sitcom. You see, although Saved by the Bell was ostensibly an ensemble comedy, Engel knew that Gosselaar’s Zack Morris was crucial to the series. And in his 2016 memoir I Was Saved by the Bell: Stories of Life, Love and Dreams That Do Come True, the producer described the character whom he had had in mind as “that incorrigible kid who could lie to your face, letting you know very well that he’s lying and make you love him for it all the same.”
Three other actors were also brought in to complete the main Bayside High gang: Mario Lopez as jock A.C. Slater, Tiffani Amber Thiessen as Zack’s crush, Kelly Kapowski, and Elizabeth Berkley, who won the part of super-smart feminist Jessie Spano. Berkley had initially auditioned for the role of Kelly alongside future Beverly Hills, 90210 star Jennie Garth.
And audiences first got to see all the changes in action when Saved by the Bell’s first episode, “Dancing to the Max,” premiered on NBC in August 1989. Unlike its predecessor, the show became an instant hit, too, leading to it being renewed for a further three seasons. There was also a 1992 TV movie that transported the gang to the sunny shores of Hawaii.
Yet the Bayside High crew’s story didn’t end when they graduated at the end of the fourth season. Yes, Kelly, Screech, Slater and Zack all returned to our screens right after that conclusion in spin-off Saved by the Bell: The College Years. And this time around, their adventures were screened on prime-time NBC.
Sadly, though, audiences didn’t follow the characters from Saturday morning to Tuesday evening, and Saved By the Bell: The College Years was taken off air after just one season. That said, the characters were given a send-off in 1994 with Wedding in Las Vegas. And, as its name suggests, the TV movie saw the show’s romantic leads, Zack and Kelly, walk down the aisle together. Aww.
Plus, it appears that NBC tried to make lightning strike twice, as in 1993 the network put together a brand new cast of students for Saved by the Bell: The New Class. Haskins’ Mr. Belding was originally the only returnee, although Diamond’s Screech later joined him as his assistant. And the follow-up show ultimately aired for a whole seven seasons before NBC finally pulled the plug in 2000.
Still, even though the classic Saved by the Bell series ended way back in 1994, there have been hints at a reunion in the years that have followed. In 2006, for example, Adult Swim appeared to confirm that the teen show would be returning to our screens for a special. Just seven days later, however, the mischievous strand of the Cartoon Network admitted that the reveal had all been a prank.
Then, three years later, Zack Morris himself made an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The host had embarked on a crusade for a Saved by the Bell reunion, and Voorhies, Berkley, Lopez and Haskins all consented to guest on an episode of the late-night show. Gosselaar was present and in character, too, and he finished his time on air in style, as Saved by the Bell’s fictional group, Zack Attack, joined very real house band The Roots for a unique rendition of “Friends Forever.”
Of course, two key members of the series were notable by their absence. In a spoof video uploaded to the Funny or Die website, Thiessen later explained that she simply didn’t have the time to join her former cast mates. Diamond, on the other hand, had virtually burned his bridges after bringing out a tell-all book about his time on the ’90s show.
Published in the same year as the Fallon reunion, Behind the Bell saw Diamond make various unfavorable claims about the Saved by the Bell cast and crew. Most of the allegations were strenuously denied by those who were said to have been involved, however, while Diamond himself later admitted that his ghostwriter had made up those stories.
Yet despite Diamond’s attempt to come clean, Lifetime still decided to produce a movie based on his book in 2014. And unfortunately for the network, The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story was slated by critics after its first airing. Entertainment Weekly damned the film as a “horrendous and unmoving time-waster,” for example, while TV Guide wrote that the flick “seemed more parody than biopic.”
Diamond’s questionable antics also saw him snubbed at a reunion shoot for People magazine in 2009. And to add insult to injury, the actor was completely removed from a 1989 cast picture in the same issue that showed how each Saved by the Bell actor looked 20 years on. Ouch.
Before Diamond’s salacious memoir had been published, though, he did get the chance to join his former colleagues again. The previous year – and alongside Gosselaar, Lopez, Voorhies and Haskins – the man formerly known as Screech lent his voice to a third-season episode of animated hit Robot Chicken. “Boo Cocky” centered around a parody of horror movie Saw entitled Sawed by the Bell.
Then in 2015 a different Saved by the Bell line-up returned to Jimmy Fallon’s late-night show, as both Voorhies and – unsurprisingly – Diamond declined to show up on set. Berkley’s performance in the much-maligned Showgirls, Lopez’s Dancing with the Stars stint and Thiessen’s pregnancy were all humorously addressed during the episode’s skit.
And certain stars of the series have continued to embrace their Saved by the Bell past in a musical theatre parody of the show that opened in 2013. Both Haskins and Diamond have graced the stage of the production, which was created by Tobly and Bob McSmith. The brothers had previously worked on a similar spoof of Berkley’s Showgirls.
Finally, in 2019 several original cast members organized a reunion meal to help celebrate three full decades of being buddies. Lopez, Berkley, Thiessen and Gosselaar all attended the dinner with their respective partners at the Sherman Oaks, California, restaurant Petit Trois. And the quartet almost broke the internet when they shared various photos of the gathering to their social media feeds.
Gosselaar, for example, posted a pic on Instagram alongside the caption, “This is what 30+ years of friendship looks like.” Berkley uploaded the same image, too, accompanied by numerous hashtags. These included “I’m so excited” – a reference to the Pointer Sisters hit that Jessie famously sings during her caffeine pill-induced breakdown.
But Lopez was perhaps the most enthusiastic about the reunion – at least, judging by his coverage of the occasion on social media. In particular, the actor and presenter uploaded a video clip from the dinner in which he introduced everyone in attendance. And there, he says, “Okay, fun dinner tonight with some old friends. Here is Mrs. Lopez, Elizabeth, her husband Greg — who has the best wig ever — Catriona, Mark-Paul… There’s Brady, there’s Tiffany.”
The curly-haired star then revealed that the group made the most of the menu items on offer. He adds, “We ate an obscene amount of food, an obscene amount of food. The Lopezes are walking home, coming back and getting the car. Great group here… Now it’s time to play credit card roulette for the bill.”
But while Lopez didn’t reveal the name of the unlucky individual forced to cough up for the gang’s apparent gluttony, Gosselaar seemed to imply that his old Bayside High partner in crime had lost the game of credit card roulette. “Thanks for taking care of the bill,” the Zack Morris actor posted on his friend’s Instagram page.
Gosselaar and Lopez’s wives, Catriona McGinn and Courtney Laine Mazza – the latter of whom was pregnant at the time – also joined the quartet. Greg Lauren, Berkley’s husband, was similarly in attendance, as was Thiessen’s spouse, Brady Smith. As Saved by the Bell fans may have realized by now, though, two principal cast members were absent from the occasion.
Admittedly, it may have been a stretch to assume that Diamond would be posing happily alongside the castmates whom he had previously maligned. Nevertheless, that didn’t explain the omission of Voorhies – although it should be noted that the actress is renowned for living her life away from the public eye.
Still, although the Saved by the Bell reunion didn’t include the full original line-up, many fans were still stoked to see the bulk of the gang back together. One aptly named Instagram user, baysidehigh, posted, “Are y’all immortal? You all look even better now. Thanks for posting this; it made my day!”
Then there was the particularly excitable fan who commented, “This dinner group just made my year and we are not even halfway through it. I would have loved to have waited on this table.” Another replied, “What a blessing to see you all together happy and healthy! It warms my heart so much.”
Meanwhile, a week after the dinner, Thiessen discussed the reunion during an interview with USA Today to promote her new children’s book. And in the process, the star revealed that she had been the one responsible for organizing it all. “I put it together, and we finally had a date on the calendar, and we had a really great time,” she said.
And it’ll please longtime Saved by the Bell fans to know that this wasn’t a one-off meeting between former colleagues, either, as Thiessen told USA Today that she and Gosselaar regularly have meals out together. Perhaps most promisingly, though, the actress also revealed that the most recent reunion dinner certainly wouldn’t be the last.
But the restaurant trip hadn’t marked the first Saved by the Bell cast reunion of 2019. You see, several months earlier, Lopez had visited the set of Gosselaar’s new Fox show The Passage in his capacity as a presenter of Extra. And after the get-together, Gosselaar posted a then-and-now shot of the pair to his Instagram page along with the hashtag #30YearChallenge.
It appears, too, that Lopez and Gosselaar have indulged in a spot of martial arts together. At the very least, Gosselaar took to Instagram in January 2019 to post an photo of the pair with the caption, “This is what it looks like when two #OldSchoolHomies beat (each) other up for an hour and a half. Thanks for the roll @mariolopez.”
In addition, the Zach Morris actor chose to speak about his experience of filming Saved by the Bell during another promo appearance for The Passage. While appearing on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Gosselaar told the host that the Saved by the Bell cast had made little money from their stints on the sitcom, revealing, “We made really bad deals. Poor deals back then. It is what it is. You move on, you learn. Great experience.”
And when talking to Cohen, Gosselaar also explained how strange it was to see reruns of the show now that he’s in his 40s. He said, “When I watch the episodes, it’s like a new experience for me. I don’t remember, I wasn’t sentimental. I didn’t take anything from the set. My [children] are watching it. They’re kind of like, ‘Eh…’ They’re unimpressed. But they’re unimpressed about everything.”
So could all the Saved by the Bell cast get-togethers inspire another reunion on screen? Well, there seems to be a mixed response from the Bayside High gang. When asked about the possibility of a proper reboot, Thiessen told USA Today that she doesn’t believe it’s likely to happen.
However, Gosselaar appeared to be more optimistic about the prospect when he spoke to British newspaper Metro in 2018. After having been asked about plans for a 30th anniversary special of Saved by the Bell, he said, “No, we haven’t discussed anything. I think the last time we did something for the 25th was with Jimmy Fallon, so possibly he might have something up his sleeve – which would be great. I think we’d all gladly take up the offer if it was there to reprise that role with them.”
And Berkley seemed even more open to the idea of a reunion in a 2017 Us Weekly interview. She explained, “If something else presented itself that was as intelligent as the way Jimmy did it… I’m not saying we wouldn’t consider, but we did what felt great for us at this moment. We’re actually fortunate that most of our cast consistently works and have been working actors since we were kids… We stay in touch. We love each other.”
Berkley then referred to another show that had aired during the Saved by the Bell era and which had recently found a new lease of life. She added, “Especially in light of the recent Full House success, same generation… There seems to be a resurgence or an appetite for a little more innocence again in a climate and culture that is not.”