I watched the E! True Hollywood Story of Saved by the Bell today and it was kind of interesting but at the same time, the E! True Hollywood Stories often come off as a little melodramatic.
I really didn't feel much pity for the stars' problems on the show. Their main problem was that the stars felt they were missing out on a normal high school experience by being on the show. What a bunch of whiny crybabies.
So you make millions of dollars from being on TV instead of actually going through high school. Besides, they were going to a high school. It just happens to not really be an accredited school, they don't actually learn anything from books (although who knows, maybe they had an on-set tutor) and the high school exists in a studio rather than a building. Big deal. If Sean Penn or Daniel Day-Lewis were on Saved by the Bell, to them it would have been a real high school. It's called Method Acting.
Besides, they influenced every future high school student for the next 10 years. My age group grew up at the height of Saved by the Bell's popularity and influence. We watched Saved by the Bell in our preteens and it gave us an idea of what we should be like when we got to High School. Guys modelled themselves after either Slater or Zach (and away from Screech) and the girls modelled themselves after either Jesse, Kelly, or Lisa.