The trend of reviving shows that ended long ago has gotten completely out of control. At first, it was nice to see shows like Arrested Development and Twin Peaks be brought back for more since, in those cases, there was room for additional story. But now, it’s gotten the point where networks are just rummaging through archives to pick out any random show to bring back instead of creating anything new.
Now, it’s safe to assume that if there’s a show that was once popular at any point in time, a network is currently having a conversation about reviving it. But some shows are better left in the past.
These are the TV series that we really hope don’t return.
1. The Office
The Office has only been off the air for about five years, yet there is now talk of a revival. That is a jaw-droppingly terrible idea. After all, The Office already went on for far too long. The two painful seasons after Steve Carell’s departure were so bad, they nearly tarnished the show’s legacy forever. Despite that, the writers were able to pull off a fairly satisfying finale. Continuing the story would only rob the finale of any impact.
Plus, it appears that the majority of cast members — including Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Mindy Kaling, and Ed Helms — would not return, meaning any kind of a revival would barely even be The Office at all.
Next: This iconic sitcom should stay in the past.
Speaking of comedies that should never return, there’s also Friends. A possible reunion has been talked about for years. And when the new TV revival craze began, this developed into speculation of a full-on Roseanne style return.
But Friends had its time, and we really don’t need any more of it. Like The Office, the show also had a satisfying a memorable finale. Continuing the show in any form would only turn this period into an ellipsis, therefore undermining the emotional experience of rewatching “The Last One.”
Besides, Friends has such a legacy to live up to that if the revival were anything short of absolute perfection, it would disappoint the fans.
Next: It’s impossible to bring this show back and live up to the original.
3. The Twilight Zone
A revival of The Twilight Zone is actually in the early stages right now. Get Out‘s Jordan Peele will produce the series, and he’s a great choice. But a Twilight Zone revival could so easily go wrong.
Mainly that’s because The Twilight Zone was fundamentally Rod Serling’s show. In addition to his on-screen role, Serling also wrote the majority of the episodes. With no narrative through-line, what held The Twilight Zone together was Serling’s involvement.
To make The Twilight Zone without Serling — who died in 1975 — is just to make a different show with the same title. We know this because The Twilight Zone already returned twice, in 1985 and 2002. Both shows lacked the charm of the original, in part because there was no singular vision behind them.
Unless Peele plans to write most of the episodes of the new Twilight Zone, which is quite unlikely, let’s hope this revival never moves any further.
Next: Fans of this comedy series really want it to return, but it’s better left alone.
This is a bit of a controversial pick, as so many Futurama fans are begging for the show to come back. But really, it isn’t the best idea in the world.
Futurama was already revived by Comedy Central, and while the newer episodes were not without their highlights, they definitely weren’t quite as good as what came before, especially due to their initial obsession with being so topical. The revival did improve as it went along, though, only to end with an immensely satisfying series finale, “Meanwhile.”
If Futurama continues any further, it runs the risk of becoming The Simpsons, i.e. a cartoon that is on the air long past its prime and that is a shadow of its former self. For now, let’s just focus on Matt Groening’s upcoming animated series, Disenchantment, which can fill the void that Futurama has left in our hearts while also being a completely new thing.
Next: Viewers have been calling for this show’s revival for over 15 years.
Firefly is perhaps the No. 1 most-requested revival of all time. Fox canceled the Joss Whedon series prematurely, and ever since then, fans have begged for another season. They got more in 2005 with Serenity, a movie continuation of the show that wrapped many things up but still allowed for the possibility of more.
But that was over a decade ago, and Firefly‘s time has passed. Everyone involved, including Joss Whedon, has moved on to other things. And at this point, a Firefly revival has been so ridiculously hyped up that it could only be a disappointment.
It seems that this is how Whedon himself feels. He told The Hollywood Reporter in 2017, “You don’t want that feeling that you should have left before the encore. I don’t rule it out, but I fear that.”
Next: The creator of this show thinks a revival is inevitable, but let’s hope he’s wrong.
Damon Lindelof, the co-creator of Lost, seems to feel that ABC will inevitably revive the series at some point. Let’s hope he’s wrong about that.
Lost was a show that so heavily revolved around mystery, and by the end of Season 6, we got the answers to all of those mysteries — or at least all of the answers that the writers were interested in giving us. Any revival would, therefore, lack much of the Lost magic by default, unless it attempts to do some serious retconning and introduce new mysteries of the island that never came up before.
Plus, when it comes to the characters’ journeys, there is perhaps no show that provided more closure in its series finale than Lost. Seeing any of those characters again would, therefore, be seriously detrimental to the original series’ legacy.
Next: Another iconic sitcom that had its time and shouldn’t come back
Seinfeld is another comedy where a revival or reunion of some sort has been talked about endlessly. But like with Friends, it’s a horrible idea. Considering the show is arguably the greatest sitcom ever made, it’s inevitable that a revival would be at least a little disappointing.
Besides, we already got the only revival we need in Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 7. Larry David’s HBO show featured an arc involving a Seinfeld reunion, which frequently made the compelling argument that a real reunion should never happen.
However, after years of saying it would never happen, Seinfeld himself did say in early 2018 that a revival is “possible.”
Next: For some reason, there has been some talk of reviving this recent Showtime show.
Dexter might seem like a weird show to even appear on this list. But since the show ended, there has been some talk of a possible revival. When Michael C. Hall was asked about this possibility in an interview, he didn’t rule it out, saying, “I don’t think it’s quite time. But it’s a conversation that continues at its own pace.” The CEO of Showtime has also said he’s interested.
That is a disastrously awful idea. Dexter is already a show that was essentially destroyed because it went on too long. The first few seasons were solid, but just about everything from Season 4 onward made it so that it almost wasn’t worth starting the show in the first place. The ending was also one of the most legendarily bad in recent television history. Without giving away spoilers, that finale definitely doesn’t provide an obvious setup for a continuation, either.
There is literally zero reason Dexter shouldn’t be allowed to rest in peace.
Next: This is one of the greatest shows in recent years, but we still don’t want to see it come back.
9. Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad had one of the most perfect final seasons of any show ever made. That culminated in the finale, in which the writers tied up all the loose ends and (spoiler alert!) killed Walter White. The franchise has sort of continued since then with the prequel Better Call Saul.
After Better Call Saul ends, will AMC get greedy and want something more in the Breaking Bad universe? Could they, God forbid, actually make a proper continuation of the series? Back in 2014, Bryan Cranston himself even teased that Walter White could still be alive. Creator Vince Gilligan better not agree.
Next: Yet another iconic sitcom that no network should attempt to revive.
10. All in the Family
Many of the shows that have been getting revivals are sitcoms, and the network that seems most revival happy is CBS. With that in mind, will we get a revival of the classic CBS sitcom, All in the Family?
Well, actually, in 2016, Variety reported that an All in the Family revival was in the very early stages of development. There have been no updates since then, so it may not be happening anymore. But back then, the idea was going to be to remake classic episodes of the show using the exact same scripts, but with a new cast. That is probably the worst idea ever.
If the original cast isn’t returning, a revival should offer something completely new, like Netflix’s One Day at a Time. But regardless of this script idea, an All in the Family revival is just a waste of time. The original show is so iconic, and any new one would likely just be coasting off of the brand recognition that comes with the name. Why not just make a completely new sitcom inspired by All in the Family, but not actually using that title?
Next: This is another Joss Whedon show that a lot of people want to see more of.
11. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
In addition to Firefly, the other Whedon show that could get a revival is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But once again, the finale of the show was already fairly satisfying (and, as many fans know, the canon comics are still very much alive).
The actual TV series probably shouldn’t continue without Whedon’s involvement. But any revival would probably have to, considering how against revivals he has been in the past.
Buffy writer David Greenwalt already said it best in an interview with E! online: “You don’t reboot something when it was done right.”
Next: This show ended terribly and went on far too long, but the studio apparently wants more.
12. How I Met Your Mother
Returning once again to the revival-obsessed CBS, there’s How I Met Your Mother. For a time, it was one of the network’s most popular sitcoms, and it lasted for a full nine seasons. But most fans were dissatisfied with the ending.
You might think it impossible for How I Met Your Mother to return, but not everyone agrees. Though it aired on CBS, 20th Century Fox Television produced it, and the president of that studio has said he would like to see more of the story. “At some point, I would hope we would have the opportunity to reunite those characters and tell new stories if [creators] Craig [Thomas] and Carter [Bays] have the opportunity to do that,” he said.
Theoretically, Thomas and Bays could go back and fill in some of the story that took place between 2016 and 2030, which the series finale only showed us the highlights of. But there would be no real point of that, and after the sour taste the finale left in fans’ mouths, would anyone even watch?
Next: This finale had such a perfect ending that it really needs to be left alone.
13. Six Feet Under
Given the nature of the finale, you might not expect Six Feet Under to even come up during these discussions of revivals. But actually, two members of the show’s cast have raised the possibility.
Recently, Rainn Wilson and Justina Machado, who played side characters on the show, told CinemaBlend that they think a revival is a great idea. Machado suggested it could come back for 10 episodes, like Will and Grace.
But Six Feet Under had what might be the absolute most perfect series finale of all time, with a devastating and unforgettable final scene that stands the test of time. Even a great revival would make it so that this is no longer the ending of the series — meaning it should be avoided at all costs.
Next: Since one of the original cast members died, it’s probably best that this revival is avoided.
14. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Fans have talked about the possibility of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air getting a revival in the style of Fuller House or Roseanne. Typically, everyone’s idea has something to do with Will Smith’s character being the new uncle to a younger character, potentially played by Jaden Smith.
But the original Uncle Phil, played brilliantly by James Avery, was very much the heart of that show, and so doing any more Fresh Prince after his death just feels wrong. Sure, it’s possible that the series could address his death in an effective way and pay tribute to him. But at the same time, do we even want to watch more Fresh Prince without such a fundamental player in its success?
The reboot would also likely not have any Carlton in it, as Alfonso Ribeiro has said he has zero interest. Without Uncle Phil or Carlton, let’s steer clear of any more Fresh Prince.
Next: We really don’t want to see any more of this NBC sitcom, even though it was great.
15. Parks and Recreation
If NBC is already trying to bring back The Office after only a few years off the air, could Parks and Recreation be far behind?
The Amy Poehler series is one of the most iconic sitcoms of the past decade, although its ratings were never exactly off the charts. Still, since the 2015 finale, Jim O’Heir, Aubrey Plaza, and Nick Offerman have said they’d be down to return for more.
But one of the great things about Parks and Recreation is that it knew exactly when to bow out, and it never went on too long, unlike The Office. Sure, a revival could be fun. But the risk of ruining the perfect original series makes it just not worth it.
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