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'Game of Thrones'' Maisie Williams unimpressed by 'Saved By the Bell'

Maisie WilliamsGame of Thrones (tv program)Elizabeth BerkleyTiffani ThiessenMark-Paul GosselaarDustin Diamond
Maisie Williams of 'Game of Thrones' isn't so excited by her first 'Saved By the Bell' viewing

Looks like "Game of Thrones" star Maisie Williams and her cohorts think Zack and the gang from "Saved By the Bell" are a bunch of stereotypical dweebs.

Time out! Giant cellphones, perms, mix tapes and the great Zack vs. Slater debate aren't their thing? (Blasphemy!)

The 17-year-old actress, known for playing tough-as-nails Arya Stark on the critically acclaimed HBO series, was featured in the latest installment of the Fine Bros.' YouTube show "Teens React," which inflicts throwback content and other reaction-inducing things from yesteryear on present-day kids.

This time around, the teens -- including Williams -- watched quintessential '90s teen sitcom "Saved By the Bell." And most of them weren't very impressed by the dated cult show and its squeaky-clean content, even when the NBC comedy was trying to get racy.

Caffeine pills, anyone?

Williams fell squarely in the #unimpressed camp.

Dressed in '90s garb similar to the sitcom stars, with her baseball cap turned around, the British teen tossed her head back in disbelief as she watched the show's dated opening credits. Williams especially took issue with Mark-Paul Gosselaar spinning in the principal's chair and Dustin Diamond's Screech wearing a pineapple bra.

"Why don't we have intros like this anymore," she said. "I love how they had the title at the beginning of the titles and at the end of the titles just in case you forgot what you're watching. YOU'RE WATCHING 'SAVED BY THE BELL.'"

(Not every series can afford the epic -- and Emmy-winning -- "Game of Thrones" introductory map of Westeros, Maisie.)

The video's hosts next presented "Saved By the Bell's" zit-cream story line: Screech's chemistry experiment goes awry and Zack markets it as the face-clearing salve Kelly Kapowski (Tiffani Thiessen) needs to get rid of a pimple before homecoming. The cream turns Bayside High's students' faces maroon, but thankfully that's seen as an expression of school spirit.

"Everyone is horrible and no one would vote [for] her if she had a maroon face!" Williams exclaimed after hearing how the unfortunate side effect worked in Kelly's favor. "I'm sorry, Kelly, but your dreams are crushed in the real world."

As for Jessie Spano's (Elizabeth Berkley) caffeine-pill addiction and her "infamous" rendition of a hopped up "I'm So Excited"? Williams thought it was just "horrible."

"Watching it, it was kind of over the top but it grabbed your attention and they're still talking about it," she said.

The show, which ran from 1989 to 1993 and celebrates its 25-year anniversary this year, is getting the Lifetime TV-movie treatment with "The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story." The unofficial biopic is based on former cast member Diamond's dishy 2009 memoir and has little to no original cast involvement.

Maybe that purported "real-life" exposé will be more up these teens' alley ...

Whatever, the Max is still where it's at. Follow me on Twitter @NardineSaad.

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