Throughout the series, Saved by the Bell bases many episodes on the varied schemes, deceptions, and outright lies of All-American boy next door Zack Morris. Zack is at once charming and good looking and devious and conniving. It is the later qualities that are most alarming. Because while the show bases much of its humor on Zack’s more aberrant behavior, it ignores the warning signs of the psychopathic personality exhibited therein. Significantly, Zack has little regard for the truth and a distinctly dubious ability to discern right from wrong. Darker still, SBTB simply glosses over the sudden disappearances of dozens of Bayside teenagers, often last seen alive in Zack’s company. One question looms ominously over the series: Is Zack Morris a serial killer?
Zack’s history of dating women immediately before they disappear forever is lengthy and unsettling. There was Wendy Parks, the overweight girl who won Zack in the date auction, Melissa, the disabled girl Zack met through the Teen Line, Laura Benton, the homeless girl who moved into the Morris’ house at Christmas (notably her father disappeared from the Morris household as well), Jennifer, Slater’s girlfriend from Germany who began dating Zack, Joanna, the new girl that Zack and Slater fought over, and Kristy, the female wrestler. Even Slater’s sister J.B. vanishes soon after dating Zack. Furthermore, while Stacey Carosi appears in several episodes, once she “returns to New York,” she is never heard from again.
- The majority are single, white males.
- They are often intelligent, with IQs in the "bright normal" range.
- Despite their high IQs, they do poorly in school, have trouble holding down jobs, and often work menial jobs.
- They tend to come from unstable families.
- As children, they are typically abandoned by their fathers and raised by domineering mothers.
- Their families often have criminal, psychiatric and alcoholic histories.
- They often are mistrustful of their parents.
- It is common to find that as children, they were abused—psychologically, physically and/or sexually—by a family member.
- Many spend time in institutions as children and have records of early psychiatric problems.
- They have high rates of suicide attempts.
- From an early age, many are intensely interested in voyeurism, fetishism, and sadomasochistic pornography.
- More than 60 percent wet their beds beyond the age of 12.
- Many are fascinated with fire starting.
- They are involved in sadistic activity or torturing small animals.