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Saved By The Bell's new cast on how comedy can shine a light on injustice

In Peacock’s new Saved By The Bell reboot, out now, Bayside’s white, privileged bubble is popped as a state-wide busing initiative starts sending less-fortunate kids into The Palisades. It’s a smart way to shine a light on how incredibly stilted and unfair our national system of school funding is, as well as how stark the inequalities can be between schools that could just be a few miles apart. It’s also a story that’s executed in a way that’s both educational and comedic, threading the needle to become smart humor that actually gets a point across.

In the video above, The A.V. Club talks to four of the show’s stars—Dexter Darden, Belmont Cameli, Haskiri Velazquez, and Alycia Pascual-Pena—about how they think humor can further social justice, and how it’s important for even the silliest shows to recognize the impact they can have on the world.

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Marah Eakin is the Executive Producer of all A.V. Club Video And Podcasts. She is also a Cleveland native and heiress to the country's largest collection of antique and unique bedpans and urinals.

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