Minx: Kelly Kapowski

Saved By The Kel

A few weeks ago we talked about the uncanny similarities you and Zack Morris shared in high school. Your brick phones, entrepreneurship, and ability to pull any heavily patterned sweater definitely made you guys serious doppelgangers. Unfortunately, there was one thing that Mr. Morris had that you didn’t and that was the lovely Kelly Kopawski. Played by Tiffani Thiessen, Kelly Kapowski was the peppy and enthusiastic love interest to your TV twin. She was perfectly pretty, popular and basically any 15 year old boy’s fantasy in the late 80s/early 90s. Her story arc throughout the series was nothing special, it varied with different older boyfriends, financial troubles and girlfriend drama, but her positive spirit and cheerleader legs were always consistent.

When the show ended and the follow up series, “Saved By the Bell: The College Years” began, Kelly reunited with Zack in college but the magic was lost. We were happy to see her again, but the backdrop of college for some reason didn’t really mesh with the previous mental universe most of us had created – maybe it was the lack of cheerleading outfits. Subsequently, the show was canceled and Thiessen moved on to play the creepy villain Valarie on 90210 and just like that Kelly Kopawoski disappeared from our TV but not from the wet dreams of the gen X men everywhere.