Mark-Paul Gosselaar Says 'Saved by the Bell' is 'Not a Great Show,' Angers Fans

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(Photo: Twitter/MarkPaulGosselaar)Mark-Paul Gosselaar (R) with his "Franklin & Bash" co-star.

Mark-Paul Gosselaar got his start on the hit series "Saved by the Bell," but now he says that the show is "not a great show." Fans, however, have taken to social sites to argue that the show actually is not only great, but iconic.

"It's not a great show," he told Yahoo! TV. "The writing is kind of hokey… it's very much a piece of that time. We just thought we were doing a small little Saturday morning show and no one was watching. We were almost canceled every season, so we never got big heads," Gosselaar explained.

Yet fans have reacted with passion and love for the series. "Mark-Paul Gosselaar says saved by the bell 'wasn't a great show.' Mr. Belding needs to give him detention!" tweeted Korey Kleber.

"Come on, Preppy!" chided Brent Yarina, who referenced Gosselaar's character's nickname throughout the series. It's clear that those who know the show, and love it, are not afraid to tell the world of their adoration.

Gosselaar was one of the few actors to be in the series throughout its duration from 1988-1994. One good thing he gained from the time spent on the show? "It taught me to have a strong work ethic and to take it very seriously. Even though we had fun, the one thing the producers instilled in us is that this is a business. 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."

After the show wrapped, Gosselaar went on to star on "NYPD Blue," and is now a title character in TNT's "Franklin & Bash." The show's second season just premiered this week, though fans loyal to Gosselaar still remember him fondly as wise-guy Zack Morris, who was always too cool for school.

"What? Saved by the Bell isn't a good show? Blasphemy!" exclaimed Emily Taffel. It appears as though many others feel the same.