The upcoming television season (Fall 2015-Spring 2016) is apparently going to be the year of the spinoff and reboot. Netflix has announced their plans for a ‘Full House’ sequel that will be called ‘Fuller House’, reboots of ‘The X-Files’ (FOX) and ‘Coach’ (NBC) have also been ordered, and NBC will also unveil their second spinoff of successful TV series ‘Chicago Fire’, an ER drama called ‘Chicago Med’.

Yes, the old is becoming new and cool again. Like vinyl records and legwarmers.

So, in honor of these recent announcements, here are ten other shows that we’d like to see new life given to in the near future!

Firefly

  1. Firefly (2002-2003)

Ask any card-carrying geek about ‘Firefly’ being cancelled and you’re bound to get a rant hours long. The summation of that vocal assault on your ears will be that ‘Firefly’ was killed way to early, like Opie in ‘Sons of Anarchy’ or Ned Stark in ‘Game of Thrones’. Therefore, the only remedy for this situation is to bring it back. Geek culture is experiencing something of a renaissance era. Several shows based on comic books not only exist but are extremely popular and things like ‘Star Wars Day’ and ‘Free Comic Book Day’ are entwining themselves more and more into the fabric of pop culture. One could even argue that the words “nerd” and “cool” have never been closer to being synonymous. So, let’s give ‘Firefly’ another shot. And maybe, this time, let’s have some patience with it.

 

Twilight Zone

  1. The Twilight Zone (1959-1964)

Another but less obvious trend in the television industry is the popularity of horror. American Horror Story has gained a strong following, ‘The Walking Dead’ is one of the most-watched shows on television, and FOX has high hopes for its upcoming series ‘Scream Queens’. Why not strike while the iron is hot and bring back a legend. Dating so far back, if it was created with an edge to it, it would have some real potential for appealing to old and young demographics alike. Plus, a lot has changed since 1964, and you can do a lot more on television that you used to be able to. Dare I say it, a new ‘Twilight Zone’ could be better than the original given the right creative direction.

 

Friends

  1. Friends (1994-2004)

Is it too soon for a ‘Friends’ reboot? Well don’t look now, but the adventures of Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler, and Ross ended 11 years ago. That would be the same year Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook. Yeah, now it seems like a long time ago, doesn’t it? Some may look at ‘Friends’ still having wide syndication and worry about oversaturation with a new show, but optimists will simply argue the demand is still there. And who knows? Maybe you could even get all six actors back. Hell, NBC has to be desperate enough.

 

Freaks and Geeks

  1. Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000)

Paul Feig’s coming-of-age dramedy series is one of those shows that still maintains a cult following despite ending just after the turn of the century. If it didn’t launch the careers of James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Jason Segel, it certainly put most of the fuel in the rocket ship. Both Feig and Judd Apatow (who wrote and directed more episodes than anyone else) have had their hits and misses over the years, but a ‘Freak and Geeks’ reboot could just be the project that woos both of them back to television. If Feig’s unearthing of ‘Ghostbusters’ ends up being a success, ‘Freaks and Geeks’ should definitely be next.

 

Star Trek

  1. Star Trek (1966-1969, 1987-1994, 1993-1999, 1995-2001, 2001-2005)

This one is actually very interesting because rumors have swirled in the past couple of months that CBS (who owns the rights to the Star Trek franchise on television) may be developing a new ‘Star Trek’ series. In fact, before the J.J. Abrams movies came out, two very serious pitches were made to the studios. Instead, they cooled their heels and let the films run their course. But none of that changes the fact that it’s been ten years since Star Trek has graced our television sets after being on it for nearly eighteen straight years in one form or another. Remember the whole renaissance in geek culture I mentioned with ‘Firefly’. Yeah, a new Trek series would be the perfect thing to capitalize on that.

 

I Love Lucy

  1. I Love Lucy (1951-1957)

Admittedly, this would be a tough one to pull off. If a reboot were ever made, whoever played Lucy and Ricky Ricardo would be compared to their original counterparts ad nauseam and probably never live up to expectations. This is the sort of thing I could see being exhumed by a desperate CBS, put together with the wrong minds behind it, and ultimately becoming an embarrassing flop. Still, like hitting for the cycle and pitching a perfect game at the same time, if it could be done, how amazing would that be?

 

Married With Children

  1. Married with Children (1987-1997)

Laughing at dysfunctional television families to mask our own insecurities will never go out of style, and ‘Married with Children’ did it best. A sarcastic, dark Al Bundy mired in a defeatist attitude was TV gold. If the right man was brought in to lead a new cast (maybe like Patrick Warburton?) it could recapture that allure that kept the original show on airwaves for a decade. And in a “deadball era” for the American sitcom? It could be just what television needs!

 

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  1. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air (1990-1996)

How no one has taken a second crack at this sitcom is beyond me. ‘Fresh Prince’ remains one of the funniest shows still around via syndication. It has left an indelible mark on American pop culture. Its theme song is sung at Karaoke, Carlton’s dance moves are still mocked, and when James Avery passed away two years ago, we all felt like we lost an uncle. And yet, somehow, we are very quickly approaching two decades without any new episodes. Who could be the next heir and become the new prince? Let’s just hope no studios get cute and try and make a reboot starring Jaden.

 

Spin City

  1. Spin City (1996-2002)

This one comes with a bit of an asterisk because I think ‘Veep’ fills a lot of the holes for audiences that made ‘Spin City’ so popular. But it’s been a while since a mainstream politically comedy has come along and worked. We love to make fun of politics. It’s why news satire shows are popping up all over the place (and why when shows like ‘The Daily Show’ and ‘Last Week Tonight With John Oliver’ make serious points, we actually listen). The whole formula of a likable guy trying to reign in a dim-witted mayor while also keeping a dysfunctional office afloat worked very well. Perhaps that means it’s time to bring it back. And with ‘The Office’ over and ‘Parks and Recreation’ moved to the internet, television could use a good, new workplace comedy.

 

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  1. Home Improvement (1991-1999)

If we’re talking about great past sitcoms, this is probably my #1 seed. And for a generation of us now young adults, we grew up with the Taylors. It’s the same sort of nostalgia that led to a very poorly-executed spinoff of Boy Meets World hitting the airwaves. And while ‘Girl Meets World’ proves to be a cautionary tale of how these sort of things can go badly, I definitely see how a new Home Improvement could become the sitcom for the kids of millennials to grow up with. Who wouldn’t like Tim Taylor to come back around? Perhaps this time as the clumsy grandfather?


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