Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Raunchy, Clever

About the show

National Lampoon's unauthorized raunchy musical parody of the 80s teen sitcom, 'Saved by the Bell.'

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The bawdy parody 'Bayside! The Musical!' follows your favorite 'Saved by the Bell' characters in the campiest way possible, with a notable cameo by Screech himself, Dustin Diamond.

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"Their book is a hilarious panorama of raunch, homo-eroticism, dream sequences and modern satire, while their score pays tribute not only to 90’s power ballads, Meatloaf and the B52’s, but Alan Menken, Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim as well." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"The best parodies are those that not onlysatirize the elements and traits of their subject, but those where the jokes land with equal amounts of humor and heart. This hilarious take on 90’s sitcom Saved by the Bell is filled with loving nods to the show, pitch perfect performances from the ensemble and melancholy commentary on how much the world has changed since the show originally aired." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"Bayside! The Musical! is hammy kitsch at its schmaltziest — as overdone as that lazy string of adjectives. But it accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do: lovingly lampoon a TV show (that was a parody of its own genre to begin with) for an audience of nostalgic late-20s to early 30-somethings." Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

"In the tiny Theatre 80 on St. Mark’s Place, there’s a certain goofy, raunchy, hilarious magic that happens on stage during Bayside! The Musical!, a raucously inappropriate (and thereby appropriately unauthorized) parody of the late-’80s/early-’90s high school sitcom Saved by the Bell. Millennials, this one’s for you." Full Review

The New York Times

"So perhaps it was inevitable: “Bayside! The Musical!” — a bawdy, ridiculous, unauthorized parody of the show — is now playing to feverishly enthusiastic, standing-room-only crowds in the East Village. And plenty of audience members dress up like their favorite characters." Full Review

She Wired

"The McSmith’s aim their searing and homo-skewed wits toward the 1989-93 high schooler sitcom that many of us knew as that-show-that-was-on-after-school. Alas, its endearing charms were enduring after all, and the McSmiths have shown us the extent of its comedic possibilities through this zippy musical parody." Full Review

Broadway Voice

"What happens when you bring together classic television characters, brand new creative music, and enough sidesplitting comedy to make you hurt for days? You get the absolutely hilarious new comedy “Bayside: The Musical!” ... You could easily describe the show as a combination of High School Musical and Avenue Q, and that’s enough to sell me a ticket." Full Review

Nerd Reactor

"I was laughing from the start. By the end of the show, the sides of my mouth actually hurt from smiling so much. Everything about the musical was perfect — the songs (some of the lyrics are outstanding and so well done), the acting, the raunchiness…I can’t get it out of my head. I’m dying to see this over and over again." Full Review

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Funny, Clever, Quirky, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of the original show. I was lucky to see it with Dustin Diamond.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of the original show.

Funny, Dated, Entertaining

See it if Exactly what you think it is. Parodies are always amusing.

Don't see it if You didn't like Saved by the Bell.

Funny, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if you want to laugh at a spin off of a teen tv show.

Don't see it if you didn't like Saved By The Bell tv show

Funny, Clever, Insipid

See it if You enjoy a fun night out in conjunction with some nostalgia, if you've seen Saved by the Bell that is.

Don't see it if Don't like tongue in cheek comedy or cheesiness.

Indulgent, Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Cliched

See it if you want to waste money on bad jokes and bad acting

Don't see it if you want something that even remotely resembles good, funny theater

Clever, Cliched, Fluffy

See it if Yes both clever and fluffy too. For those who enjoy a certain sense of humor and satire. I realize that our sense of humor does change.

Don't see it if Not sure how to answer this as at a certain point in life.this would hit the right spot. Read the critics reviews and see if it is for you

Raunchy, Hilarious, Fluffy

See it if You loved saved by the bell and have an open mind and a raunchy sense of humor

Don't see it if You get offended easily or have never seen saved by the bell

Funny, Disappointing

See it if you enjoyed the TV show. Can appreciate a good farce.

Don't see it if you are looking for an elaborate production. You have really high expectations. It is a fun show, but not as good as I had hoped.

Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You enjoyed Saved by the bell. It's full of references and it's funny if you know the show/time period

Don't see it if You're not familiar with the original. It's campy and full of inside jokes and references.

Original, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if you like raw, cutting-edge theatre. Also see if you can't get enough of SAVED BY THE BELL. The inside jokes are insightful and funny.

Don't see it if you have a great need for high production values. This show is VERY East Village and has very bare-bones set/lights.

Funny, Edgy, Raunchy, Insipid, Fluffy

See it if you love the show saved by the bell!

Don't see it if you want them to ruin the show for you

Funny, Clever, Hilarious

See it if You were a Saved By the Bell fan. Fun, nostalgic show!

Don't see it if You are not a Kelly Kapowski fan.

Funny, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you watched Saved by the Bell and liked the show.

Don't see it if you have never seen Saved by the Bell. Unless you're fairly drunk.

Edgy, Great acting, Disappointing, Overrated, Entertaining

See it if you loved the television show and would enjoy it far more "edgy."

Don't see it if you expect to see a show, not a parody.

Quirky, Raunchy, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You're a fan of Saved by the Bell because unless you aren't a lot of the references and jokes will be lost. Also be drunk.

Don't see it if You never watched the show.

Funny, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if Remember every episode of Saved by the Bell and love parodies

Don't see it if if you have NO idea what Saved by the Bell was or are turned off by raunch. :)

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Raunchy, Hilarious

See it if You loved Saved By The Bell and love raunchy comedies.

Don't see it if You like the childhood version of the show and don't want it spoofed.

Funny, Clever, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if Hilarious! Definitely a parody to Bayside.

Don't see it if A bit raunchy but I loved it

Raunchy, Banal, Hilarious, Entertaining, Ridiculous

See it if you're an 80's kid or have been subjected to "Saved By the Bell" by one. This no-holds-barred parody is everything you could want.

Don't see it if you have never seen SBTB, and want to feel in on the jokes you're laughing about (you'll laugh regardless).


See it if You really really really liked the original series and lookin.g for nostalgia.

Don't see it if no idea what saved by the bell was

Raunchy, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you like shows that think they are being clever and spend more time laughing at themselves then performing.

Don't see it if You like intelligent humor, this is not the show for you. Being in the audience at times made me downright uncomfortable.

Funny, Ambitious, Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if ever watched Saved by the Bell and know all the characters and story lines. It is more nostalgic that way.

Don't see it if you have never seen Saved By the Bell. You probably won't enjoy it or understand the jokes.

Funny, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You grew up watching any part of the show. Or just have a need to relive the 80's for a night.

Don't see it if Really, unless you're a die hard fan of the original, the crazy kind that is, there's no reason no to see it.

Funny, Raunchy, Disappointing, Overrated, Ehh

See it if You loved SBTB and the characters, you want to get a cheesy laugh and enjoy audience participation. It was entertaining enough for the price

Don't see it if you want a Broadway quality show or you are not a fan of comedy skits, sexual innuendos, dirty jokes & paradies

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if You were a fan of Saved by the Bell. You will laugh so hard your side's will hurt.

Don't see it if You don't like to laugh. I was not a fan of saved by the bell and I laughed until I cried

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