3 TV Reboots That Didn’t Live Up to the Originals

When it comes to making reboots, the formula for success can be tricky. Viewers have preconceived notions based on what they remember about classic characters and stories. But relying too heavily on source material can lead to a show that feels uninspired. On the other hand, straying too far from the familiar themes of the story can feel like a betrayal to loyal fans.

Unfortunately, some shows never find the ideal balance between originality and nostalgia. With that in mind, here is a list of three television reboots that just missed the mark.

Patrick Duffy
Patrick Duffy | Peter Larsen/WireImage

1. ‘Dallas’

The salacious primetime soap, Dallas, premiered in 1978 and ran for a whopping 14 seasons. The narrative revolved around the mega-rich Ewing family, who amassed their fortune primarily through investments in the oil industry.

The chemistry sizzled between the stars, Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, and Linda Gray, among others. What’s more, the storylines spurred fan frenzy that even the extended broadcast hiatuses could not squelch. The audience became obsessed with outrageous Dallas stunts like “Who shot JR?” And they loved every juicy second.

Unfortunately, the phenomenon of the original Dallas could not be replicated when TNT rebooted the series in 2012. The fans’ reactions to the revamped soap paled in comparison to its predecessor. Even the return of Hagman, Duffy, and Gray couldn’t save the fledgling show, which only aired for three seasons.

Related story: Twitter Reacts: Don’t F**k With (Thunder) Cats as Fans Fume Over Cartoon Network’s ‘ThunderCats’ Reboot

2. ‘Charmed’

Charmed debuted in 1998 with Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, and Alyssa Milano starring as sister witches. The show beautifully combined drama, horror, comedy, and camp to create a deliciously addictive story.

Doherty only stuck around for three seasons but was replaced by the equally magnetic Rose McGowan. So, the Charmed Ones didn’t miss a beat when it came to vanquishing demons. Charmed aired for eight seasons before an explosive series finale in 2008.

The CW remake of Charmed follows the same story of three sister witches who discover their powers after their mother dies. Unfortunately, the reimagined tale, which just concluded its second season, doesn’t quite capture the same magic as the first Charmed.

3. ‘Heroes Reborn’

“Save the cheerleader, save the world.” That was the catchphrase, mantra, and hook that reeled fans into the sci-fi world of Heroes in 2006. The show followed a group of extraordinary individuals who developed superpowers.

Some used their gifts to do good deeds, while others became villains. That led to riveting conflict amongst the principal players. What’s more, no matter what side they chose, every one of them had to contend with clandestine operatives who targeted special individuals for capture.

The plot was engaging, the characters were relatable, and the performances were authentic. The show aired for four seasons, but unfortunately, by the end, Heroes had lost its way.

Heroes Reborn launched as a 13-episode limited series in 2015 with some familiar faces as well as new characters. Alas, the palpable energy of the original “Save the Cheerleader, save the world” premise could not be duplicated.

There was some speculation from viewers about whether the network would continue the story with more seasons. Unfortunately for the small yet loyal fan base, Heroes Reborn failed to score high enough viewership to cinch a renewal.

Read more: 3 Sci-Fi TV Reboots That Are Killing It Right Now