The Worst TV Show Reboots and Revivals On Netflix

Netflix is king when it comes to streaming services. It has been making viewers happy since its debut in 1997. The streaming giant began modestly as a place to watch pre-created content. It then graduated to creating original movies and series, which has gone over very well! Netflix has even taken it upon itself to try to reboot or revive some classics. 

Hearing your favorite show is coming back is insanely exciting. Sadly, not all reboots go over well with fans, or with critics. 

‘Fuller House’

Full House was a cult-like sitcom that debuted in 1987. Kids from the 90s looked at the Tanner daughters, D.J., Stephanie, and little Michelle, as their sisters! Families across the globe were able to tune into the family hijinks on ABC for almost an entire decade. Without a doubt, Full House was a phenomenon and an iconic show at the time.

Considering how popular the show was, Netflix decided a reboot was in orderThe show brings back quite a bit of the original cast, but the stars of the show, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen bowed out. Without Michelle present, the show lacked a lot of the unique charm it had back then. 

By lazily throwing everything at the wall without a single element sticking, Fuller House stands as a threat to memories of an older generation and future memories of a younger one. How rude, indeed. – IndieWire Ben Travers

The jokes are stale and once the nostalgia wears off, there isn’t much substance left. Really the show just seems thrown together with hopes of mirroring the original but times have changed and the approach isn’t perfect. Critics gave season one a depressing 34%. Season two faired a bit better at 50%. While die-hard Full House fans love the show, critics feel it really is lacking.

‘The Killing’

The Killing was a serial drama on AMC that blew viewers out of the water when it debuted in 2011. The show excelled at creating a moody environment, that sucked viewers into the story. Viewers look through detective Sarah Lindens eyes as she does her best in the name of justice with her partner, Detective Stephen Holder, at her side.

The first season was phenomenal. It created a certain atmosphere that was a hybrid of thriller, horror, mystery, and drama. It was so good it received a coveted 100% Tomatometer rating on Rotten Tomatoes! The second and third season didn’t do as well with 69%. But it was the fourth season, put on by Netflix, that tanked the ratings with a disappointing 47%. 

The final season of The Killing conjures nothing so much as a more compact recitation of its mundane pessimism. – Slant Magazine’s Chris Cabin

What went wrong? The first three seasons of the show are shrouded in mystery. The acting is strong and the writing is absolute perfection, although it did falter a bit during the middle seasons. By the fourth season, the only thing holding up the show was its strong cast and dark atmosphere. The show begins to stray from its roots, a sign that the writing had lost its direction. 

‘Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later’

The Netflix reboot of the cult classic Wet Hot American Summer was a huge cast reunion. The original indie film takes place in the summer of 1981 on the last day of camp. It’s a comical adventure that follows camp counselors as they try to wrap up loose ends of their final day. Everything sexual frustration to PTSD makes an appearance. 

This show was actually rated pretty good, so why did it make the list? Critics gave the cult classic a 77%, a rating that is quite a bit below Netflix’s original reboot that came out two years prior. In the eyes of the critics, the second season just isn’t as good, and the audience agrees. So what went wrong with Netflix’s second go at Wet Hot American Summer?

There are some legitimately funny laughs in this season, but even eight episodes felt too long for this season. –  AwardsCircuit.com’s Alan French

The problem here is pretty clear. While the nostalgia is still ramped up alongside the laughs, Netflix was essentially beating a dead horse. The show had no real reason to push on, evident by a ton of guest stars and mini-plots with no point. 

Of course, all of these shows have their fair share of fans, but the critics have weighed in making these three the bottom of the barrel when it comes to Netflix revivals. Perhaps 2019 and 2020 will see some successful fresh looks on old classics.