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Old 11-07-2013, 08:18 PM   #1
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Default I think I figured out why this show was rarely in syndication

Because it's not a family or work place comedy, it's a show centered around kids in school which probably could only work when it was on network TV.

How long could someone watch this show if it was always in a school setting? I don't think they ever showed the home life of any cast members from what I remember but I could be wrong
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Old 11-07-2013, 11:34 PM   #2
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They actually went to Russia in the third season, but like you most of my memories are of the class being in the classroom or hallway. I haven't seen this show in ages, but I suspect it's terribly dated because I remember a lot of the episodes revolving around whatever issues were circling at the time.

On a personal note, when I was a kid I read in "Black Hair" Magazine that Kimberly Russell (Sarah) used toothpaste and baking soda on her face as a beauty treatment. I tried it and I got the worst zits of my life. I thought I was going to have to go through life with a bag on my head. So, if you're out there Kimberly - whatever.

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They actually went to Russia in the third season, but like you most of my memories are of the class being in the classroom or hallway. I haven't seen this show in ages, but I suspect it's terribly dated because I remember a lot of the episodes revolving around whatever issues were circling at the time.

On a personal note, when I was a kid I read in "Black Hair" Magazine that Kimberly Russell (Sarah) used toothpaste and baking soda on her face as a beauty treatment. I tried it and I got the worst zits of my life. I thought I was going to have to go through life with a bag on my head. So, if you're out there Kimberly - whatever.

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yeah I think a show that is only in a school setting would get old quick on cable
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Saved by the Bell thrived in syndication.
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Old 12-21-2013, 11:10 AM   #5
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but, didn't most of the action take place outside of a classroom on that show? With Head of the Class, which I did watch, most of it seemed to happen inside the classroom.
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Old 12-21-2013, 09:43 PM   #6
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It probably didn't help that Head of the Class was a more highbrow/intelligent show.

Nowadays, we end up with pseudo-intelligent shows like The Big Bang Theory.
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Saved by the Bell thrived in syndication.


Saved by the bell didn't air at 4am in the morning
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but, didn't most of the action take place outside of a classroom on that show? With Head of the Class, which I did watch, most of it seemed to happen inside the classroom.


Yes Head of the class took place inside the school
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The Facts of Life was also set in a school, and, like Saved By the Bell, also thrived in syndication for many years. No, shows set in schools can thrive in syndication.
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The Facts of Life was also set in a school, and, like Saved By the Bell, also thrived in syndication for many years. No, shows set in schools can thrive in syndication.


Facts of Life was not in a real school setting
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Well, I disagree. The first 83 episodes (and the last two) were set at Eastland Academy, either in the dorm rooms, the classrooms, the cafeteria, or the student lounge.

Some other shows set in schools: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Degrassi (Junior) High, Glee, and lots of others. No, a TV show can be set in a school and still be popular in syndication.
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Well, I disagree. The first 83 episodes

We don't talk about the first season. It. Never. Happened.
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I've always bee curious about this show. Maybe WB will eventually release it via their archive program.

It's not like this show was only one or two seasons, it was 5 seasons with 114 episodes. You'd think it would get picked up in syndication at least once every 10 years or so.
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What about Welcome Back Kotter? that was a decent hit, but I guess once John Travolta left the show went down real fast.
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Saved by the Bell thrived in syndication.

I think Saved by the Bell thrived unlike Head of the Class because it was always about the kids first and foremost (thus, it was easier to figure out its target demographic) and not the adults like Mr. Belding. I'm guessing that's in part why Good Morning, Miss Bliss didn't "work". There wasn't enough that could appeal to kids but it wasn't exactly "adult enough" (if that makes sense).
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