Mark-Paul Gosselaar Takes Shots at Alma Mater ‘Saved by the Bell’

by | June 6, 2012 at 6:59 PM | Celebrities

Mark-Paul Gosselaar; Tiffani Thiessen (Getty Images Entertainment)

Ah, that crazy kid Zach Morris is still bashing school.

Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who played the trouble-loving but good-hearted Morris on “Saved by the Bell,” said in an interview that the ’90s teen series that made him a young star was actually “hokey” and he doesn’t think the series was “great.”

“It’s not a great show,” Gosselaar told US magazine during an interview to promote the second season his series “Franklin & Bash” on TNT. “The writing is kind of hokey… it’s very much a piece of that time.”

However, he does credit the series, which also helped launch the career of Mario Lopez and Tiffani Thiessen, as a tool that helped him develop a professional ethic he still uses today.

“Even though we had fun, the one thing the producers instilled in us is that this is a business,” Gosselaar said in the interview. “You can still have all your fun, but you have to do your job, and then you can reap all the benefits at the end.”