Good Morning, Miss Bliss (1987-1988)
Saved By The Bell (1989-1993)
Saved By The Bell: The New Class (1993-2000)
That's So Raven (2003- )
Type: Shared Reality
Bayside High just gets crazier and more impossible. Bayside High started off as the setting for a number of the Saved By The Bell sitcoms. Then it 2003 it returned to TV as the setting of The Disney Channel's show That's So Raven.
That's right. Two shows connected by a location instead of a character. Kinda rare. Kinda weird.
Back when it was home to the Saved By The Bell kids things were pretty normal at Bayside. Sure the kids got into all sorts of adventures appropriate for viewing by kids on a Saturday morning (the controversial episode featuring the big orgy and mass murder sequences directed by Quentin Tarantino will likely never be allowed to air) but there wasn't anything... supernatural going on. Until Raven showed up.
That's So Raven starred Raven-Simone as Raven Baxter (because what regular kid has a hyphenate single name). Raven-Simone first became famous when she was a very small kid playing Cliff Huxtable's granddaughter (sorta) on The Cosby Show. By the time of That's So Raven she had growed up into an attractive and talented teenager. Her character Raven Baxter though had an extra talent though. She could see flashes of the future! Every episode would feature Raven having a vision of the future and then using that information to quickly and easily push events in the right direction.
Yeah right. When have vision of the futures ever worked that way? Literally since the Greeks started writing plays it has NEVER worked that way. It always always always works that if a character gets information about the future - even if she gets it on such a regular basis she should be an expert on interpreting it - that information will always be misunderstood or misinterpreted so that the positive benefit hoped for from it is just wrecked. The only thing that ever comes of a character having future knowledge is that that character gets hosed down with irony. Back in the Greek days that irony could get pretty bitter. Bitter irony. Raven got wacky irony. Better deal. See a flash of the future, try to change it, fail, have a laugh. Much better than accidentally killing your dad, getting too close to your mother and blinding yourself (That's So Oedipal !!!).
But ironically, Raven being able to see into the future is not the most supernatural thing about Bayside High. Remember how I said Bayside High was pretty normal before Raven? Yeah, well... I lied. See before Saved By The Bell was Saved By The Bell it started out as another Disney Channel show called Good Morning, Miss Bliss. That show told the story of a group of kids attending John F. Kennedy Junior High in Indianapolis, Indiana. After one season the show was revamped and sold to NBC as Saved By The Bell. Same kids, same school only now the school was called Bayside High and it was located in Pacific Palisades, California. The school and all of its kids just up and moved 2,090 miles. Nobody on the show seemed to notice. Weird. But that ain't the end of it. When Raven began attending Bayside it was suddenly located in San Francisco, California. That's a move of about 380 miles. Not 2,090 but still impressive. To be clear here, it is the same Bayside High. Likely Disney wanted to simply reuse the sets. Still they could have renamed the school. My guess is they were hoping keeping the name might attract some Saved By The Bell to give the show a look.
Still, I've heard of students moving to a new area and into a new school. But rarely does a school move to a new area. It must make be hard on a school. Moving on, having to make new friends, fit in. I'm guessing Bayside must have got into quite a bit of trouble in Indianapolis for it to not only move across country but to also change its name. Then it finds a successful fresh start in Southern California only to be uprooted and have to move north to San Francisco. Maybe while Bayside High was living in the Palisades its parents got into a nasty divorce and it was forced to move to San Francisco because that was the only place its mom could find a job. Damn you Mrs. Bayside!!! Oh, or are we going by our maiden name now: The Gary Indiana School Of Nursing!!! So your husband Bayside School For Professional Trucking took up with that little tart of a Hair Styling Academy but you guys could've gotten past that! You could've made it work. It's only a shame you didn't yet know Raven. She would have seen it all coming.
Another possibility is that Bayside High is actually migrating in some way. If that is the case I think one of two things will soon happen. Either it will eventually return to Indiana OR it in 15 years it will be midway across the Pacific. In 30 years I expect it will be located somewhere in Japan. Once there it will be torn down as it will by that time be architecturally out of date. Oh the humanity!!!Other Good Morning, Miss Bliss Links
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