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Are Revival TV Shows a Good Thing?

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    It's been an interesting couple of years in TV. We've seen many old favorites from the 80's and 90's make a come back with almost all of the original cast members such as Will and Grace, Fuller House, and "The Conners", to name a few. My question is if this is a good thing? I now many are excited about these "new" shows, and for the most part, they've done a good job with making most of them relevant for this day and age, but when is TV going to go over the edge with this stuff? I could see it where they could take some great shows and ruin the fond memories that we had of them. Could you imagine if they took a near and dear show such as Friends and ruined it? The very memory would be spoiled for all of us 90's kids. I've heard Steve Carell, when asked if he'd ever consider rebooting The Office say in a Vanity Fair article:

    “And I think because of that there’s been a resurgence in interest in the show, and talk about bringing it back. But apart from the fact that I just don’t think that’s a good idea, it might be impossible to do that show today and have people accept it the way it was accepted 10 years ago. The climate’s different.”

    Don't get me wrong, I'd totally be there with bells on to watch it, but I can see where he's coming from. Some shows are just perfect the way they are in our minds and shouldn't be touched, such as Malcom in the Middle, or Friends.

    If you had it your way, and you knew for sure it wouldn't be ruined, what show or shows would like to see make a comeback the most? Shall we do a top 5? Not counting shows that were cut off too soon such as Freaks and Geeks, which was heartbreaking.

    My List:

    1. Cheers!!!!

    2. Frasier

    3. Home Improvement

    4. Fresh Prince

    5. Highlander

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    That is tricky. Reboots in general are so hit and miss and clearly just a ratings grab by networks that are out of new ideas. But that doesn't mean they all suck. I really liked the Roseanne reboot until they booted her from the show. The Connors should not have happened. Will and Grace is probably the best example of a reboot working out great.

    But Carell is 100%. Please don't revive The Office. It was already dragged on a few seasons longer than it should have been. It goes down as one of the greatest comedies ever, definitely for me. But the premise ran it's course. I would be way happier with a slightly different premise, same writers, completely new gang of actors, with maybe cameos from the old crew every now and again.

    Most shows don't make sense to reboot. My first thought from your list was 'Fresh Prince!'. Then I thought about it. How old is Will Smith now? That won't work because the show was based off of him growing up in an alien environment, rich vs poor and all that. It wouldn't be believable anymore.

    For some that could work that I'd be down for though:

    1. Seinfeld
    2. Everybody Loves Raymond
    3. Home Improvement (agree with you here, that'd be interesting)
    4. Parenthood
    5. House

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    Would be cool to see them revive shows but with a brand new cast, when it makes sense. Like Cheers, The Office, Fresh Prince, etc. All those would be pretty interesting with a whole new cast. Maybe.

    Bring back:

    Married with Children and Battlestar Galactica!

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    I can definitely get on board with those two. I wonder if Katey Sagal would consider it now that she is known for Futurama and Sons of Anarchy. I know tons of fans would love to see Battlestar make a comeback. I would put that up there with Firefly fans.