Aug. 20, 1989
30 min.
NBC TV Network

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Zack, the cool preppy, Slater, the athlete, Screech, the nerd, Lisa, the gossip queen, Kelly, the cheerleader, and Jessie, the honor student, all group up at Bayside High.

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Mario LópezMario López
Born in San Diego, California, on October 10th, 1973, to Mario Sr. and Elvira, Mario Lopez's first professional ...

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Alfred Clifford "A.C." Slater is the jock of the group. As an army brat, he was an outsider, having transferred to Bayside in the first episode (which aired later as a flashback episode). Slater mentions that he has been to Bolivia, Italy, Iceland, and Berlin among other places. He becomes the school's star athlete, excelling as a wrestler and the quarterback of the football team. He is on the basketball team in one episode, even though the basketball season coincides with the wrestling season. Another episode also mentions that he is on the track team. During the summer where the gang works at the fictional Malibu Sands Beach Club, Zack mentions that, "Slater is All-City in four sports," which is consistent with him being on the football, wrestling, basketball, and track teams.

Slater was originally written as Zack's rival for Kelly's affection before becoming Zack's best friend in season two. Slater develops an attraction to strong-willed feminist Jessie Spano (a running gag throughout the series is Jessie's constant bickering with Slater over his insensitive, chauvinistic remarks about women, referring to him as a "pig").

He refers to Zack as "Preppy" and when he starts dating Jessie, calls her "Mama". Lopez is a drummer and dancer and some episodes include Slater showcasing these "hidden talents". His father (a Major) appears in two episodes, but his mother never appears, though mentioned throughout the series. He also has a younger sister named JB whom Zack briefly dates, much to Slater's chagrin. In the season four episode "Love Machine", his ex-girlfriend from Berlin, Jenifer, visits and calls him by his real name, "Albert Clifford"; but the meaning of the abbreviation "A.C." periodically served as comedic fodder during the show's run.

The issue of Slater's ethnicity is addressed in an episode from The College Years, where it is revealed that 25 years earlier Slater's father changed his last name from Sanchez to Slater so he could get into the military academy. Although the episode reveals that Slater does not fluently understand Spanish, he is seen speaking broken Spanish to the kitchen staff of the Malibu Sands Beach club. Slater receives a wrestling scholarship to the University of Iowa, but ends up going to Cal U. with Zack, Screech, and Kelly.

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01x08 - Cream for a Day
Season 1, Episode 08
01x02 - The Lisa Card
Season 1, Episode 02
04x23 - Slater's Friend
Season 4, Episode 23
03x17 - S.A.T.'s
Season 3, Episode 17
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