If you were born any time between the mid-'70s and the early-'90s, the names Zach Morris, AC Slater and Screech Powers will be very familiar to you.

Running from 1989 to 1993, Saved By The Bell was the show of a generation. Meet someone who doesn't know who Principal Belding is, and you can be pretty sure they're either under-18 or over-40.

But of all the great things about the teen comedy set in Bayside High, none is greater than Tiffani Amber Thiessen, also known as Kelly Kapowski.

It only ran for four glorious years, but those 48 months were ample to fall head over heels in love with Kelly Kapowski.

Sure, Lisa Turtle might have attitude and Jessie Spano looked like she'd be a bit naughty behind the bikeshed, but it was Kelly who nursed us through those difficult adolescent years, with her puppy-dog eyes and innocent sexual charm.

Here's 3 reasons why she made the '90s that little bit better:

  1. She went out with Zach Morris. And we all believed deep down that we might, one day, be as cool as Zach Morris.
  2. She was a cheerleader. And everyone loves cheerleaders.
  3. She wore this swimsuit.

Even though Elizabeth Berkley went on to writhe around topless in Showgirls, it's Tiffani, or rather Kelly, who will always hold that special place in our hearts and pants.

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