There were no sharknados to be found in Lifetime's "The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story" that aired Monday, but the behind-the-scenes drama about the early '90s teen sitcom drew its share of social media scorn and commentary.
The movie, based on the tell-all book "Behind the Bell" by former cast member
But despite being primed for a trashy good time, a lot of fans seemed surprised by the TV movie's odder moments, such as a Diamond fantasy in which he got lots of pretty ladies into a hot tub with him while sporting a bizarre, cartoonish he-man torso. Or that they tried to give the story a happy ending, despite the troubled later careers of
As New York style blogger Diana Middleton wrote, "Can't believe I watched the whole #SavedByTheBell movie. Lost 100 brain cells and my dignity in the process."
NitWok wrote, "I've never seen so many guys tweeting about a Lifetime movie since 'Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?'"
NBC News reporter Jillian Sederholm live-tweeted the movie, but one tweet summed up her reservations: "When the actor playing Screech is more attractive than actors playing Zack and Slater, there is a problem."
Voorhies didn't have anything at all to say about the film or Taylor Russell McKenzie, who played her in the film. On Monday she wrote, "I did not watch, and will not watch."
However, one aspect of the movie that received rave reviews was the soundtrack, which featured such '90s acts as Bel Biv Devoe.
"10 minutes in and I already want this unauthorized savedbythebellsoundtrack. Classics," tweeted one viewer.