At 17, Maisie Williams stars on one of TV's most popular shows, "Game of Thrones."
But she's not exactly caught up with the sitcoms of yesteryear. The HBO star watched "Saved by the Bell" recently for the first time as part of the "Teens React" YouTube series.
The actress had visceral reactions to the theme song, characters and various storylines of the show, outlined below.
1. On the Theme Song "Oh my God, the chair spin! No he didn't!" she remarked as Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) appeared in the opening credits. She had an equally excited response to Screech (Dustin Diamond. "Oh no, it's so embarrassing!" she exclaimed. "Why don't we have intros like this anymore?" she pondered after the fact. "I love how they had the title at the beginning of the title and at the end of the titles, just in case you forgot why you're watching. You're watching 'Saved by the Bell'!"
2. On the '90s Fashion While many of the teens watching the series for the first time were appalled by the permed hair and neon clothing, Williams had a different take. "We're kind of coming back to this fashion now," she observed. "Everybody is wearing this stuff again."
3. On the Show's Heartthrobs As proof that some things are eternal, the young men were taken with Kelly Kopowski (Tiffani Thiessen), though one remarked that it was "creepy" that she's "like, 10, 20 years older than me." Williams was just glad they had something in common. "At least she's got brown hair," she said. "That's all I'm going to say." But her allegiance to brunettes is limited. When asked if she'd choose Slater (Mario Lopez) or Zack, she didn't hesitate: Zack.
4. On Various Storylines In one memorable episode, Kelly won homecoming queen even though she used a face cream that turned her skin maroon. Williams scoffed at this notion. "Everyone is horrible and no one would vote her if she had a maroon face," she said. "I'm sorry Kelly, but your dreams are crushed in the real world." But she was moved by the famous scene of Jessie Spano (Elizabeth Berkley) revealing her addiction to caffeine pills. "Oh that's horrible," she said. "Watching it was kind of over-the-top but it grabbed your attention and you're still talking about it."
5. On Whether 'Saved by the Bell' Would Be Popular Today In a word: no. Williams didn't even entertain the idea that teens today would watch the show, especially with its retro color scheme.