These TV Show Reboots Are A Much Needed Blast From The Past
Now more than ever, people are yearning for a time when things were simpler, and when life made just a bit more sense. Often, we turn to our television screens to escape from the world around us. We dive into the lives and adventures of characters as they try to navigate their own triumphs and trials.
Since television networks are always looking to appease their audiences, they’ve turned to reboots to give us that wave of nostalgia that we are so desperately seeking. From the return of a beloved foursome to some witchy feminist ladies revamped for the 21st century, these reboots are a much-needed blast from the past.
Three decades ago, the Connors came bursting to our living rooms. A loud, brash, blue-collar family, led by Rosanne Barr and John Goodman, Roseanne was never politically correct. However, though you may not have agreed with everything they said, the Connors always kept it real and there was still a good laugh or lesson to be learned.
Now, Roseanne has returned with the same cast and new episodes in a new century. This Roseanne is as contrary as we all remember her to be.
Next: The return of a fab foursome.
Will & Grace
Will & Grace was legendary for the LGBTQ community when it premiered in 1998, and in 2018, the series has only gotten better. A ratings hit for NBC, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally stepped back into their roles perfectly as Will, Grace, Jack, and Karen.
In its 11-year hiatus, the series has only gotten witter and continues to push the envelope. It’s a much-needed breath of fresh air with a ton of familiar faces.
Next: The return of the Tanners
If you want to relive your childhood, with all the corniness and fun of the Tanners, Fuller House is the show for you. Netflix dived in headfirst with their reboot of Full House, sans Michelle (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen). Renewed now for its fourth season, the series finds all of the Tanners and their clan returning to San Francisco.
Though the show certainly has had mixed reviews; the corny jokes are a bit too juvenile for many folks but others absolutely adore it. However, considering the alternative is watching the news, we would take the Tanner/Fuller clan every time.
Next: Some very witchy sisters
The charmed ones are returning, and this time they are switching things up a bit for the 21st century. When Charmed debuted in 1998, it was a monumental hit that followed three sisters who discover they are witches.
The 2018 reboot will feature three Latina sisters who discover their own witchy powers. The series synopsis reads, “Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy and maintaining familial bonds, a witch’s work is never done.”
This version of Charmed is said to have an extra boost of feminism, an LGBTQ couple, and some badass storylines.
Next: A dark and twisted teenager
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
We adored Sabrina, the Teenage Witch when Melissa Joan Hart was learning her powers and trying to navigate high school in the ’90s. Now, Netflix is giving us a darker version of the teenage witch in their upcoming reboot, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
The team behind the much-buzzed-about Riverdale is bringing the witch back to life with Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka in the titular role. Apparently, things are about to get dark and twisted, and we can’t wait.
Next: The return of a master thief
After all of this time, we still haven’t figured out where Carmen Sandiego is but in 2019; we might get another chance. Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez will voice the cartoon reboot, but this time instead of trying to figure out where Carmen is, we’re going to be focusing on Carmen herself.
The Netflix Carmen Sandiego series will look into Carmen’s past and unpack why she became a super thief in the first place. It sounds legendary.
Next: A ’70s classic updated for 2018
Get Christie Love
The Blaxploitation era thriller, Get Christie Love is headed to ABC, with Power creator Courtney A. Kemp at the helm. Starring Kylie Bunbury, Get Christie Love will follow a female CIA agent who leads an elite ops unit. Much like Alias, Christie transforms into whomever she needs to be to get the job done.
Like the original, the ABC series will be action-packed, but this time music will also stand at the center.
Next: A perfectly succulent drama
Though it first aired back in 1981, Dynasty has returned. This time, the CW series follows heiress Fallon Carrington who has done everything she can to earn a promotion at her father’s company. Unfortunately, she is turned down in favor of her father’s fiancée, Cristal.
Out for revenge, the heiress takes matters into her own hands and teams up with her father’s nemesis and former employee, Jeff Colby. With a diverse cast, some updated themes, and some witty dialogue, the 21st-century version of Dynasty is just as indulgent as the original.
Next: A story of five siblings for our current times
Party Of Five
The ’90s family drama Party of Five is getting a reboot over at Freeform, but this time, the siblings are Mexican-American and dealing with their parents’ deportation. A super timely series, especially considering our current political climate, Freeform’s Party of Five will look at the hardships that the siblings must deal with.
The series original creators, Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman, will be involved in the reboot, so it should be iconic.
Next: Some killer mean girls
The 1989 cult classic Heathers followed a girl who teams up with her school’s sociopath to kill the snobby girls who are ruining her reputation. Now, in 2018, Paramount TV has revived Heathers.
This time, Heather Chandler is a super PC mean girl who leads her entourage of Heathers including Veronica Sawyer who is in a relationship with the unstable JD. In 2018, the social order in high school is still a force to be reckoned with.
Next: A new Ms. Frizzle
The Magic School Bus Rides Again
There were never any regular school days with Ms. Frizzle, so there certainly aren’t going to be any with her younger sister, Fiona Frizzle (Kate McKinnon) taking over the classroom.
In Netflix’s The Magic School Bus Rides Again, the kiddos are riding to new locations, time periods, and learning about a variety of new things. Also, Lin-Manuel Miranda performs the theme song, so what’s better than that?
Next: A sensational fab five
Remember when Queer Eye for the Straight Guy premiered in the early 2000s, and it focused on five gay men giving one straight man advice on style, courting women, and a plethora of other tips. Netflix has taken that concept and remixed it as Queer Eye.
This time, Bobby Berk (design), Karamo Brown (culture), Tan France (fashion), Antoni Porowski (food and wine) and Jonathan Van Ness (grooming) are out in America helping all men regardless of sexual orientation, political beliefs, or backgrounds, who are in desperate need of a boost. It’s amazing TV.
Next: A teen and her alien crush
Though it only lasted a few seasons, everyone lived for Roswell when it debuted in 1999. The series followed three young alien/human hybrids in Roswell, New Mexico.
Now, The CW has updated the series which will follow the daughter of Mexican immigrants who moves back to her hometown of Roswell. She soon discovers that her crush is actually an alien.
Next: Spike Lee’s feminist reboot
She’s Gotta Have It
Spike Lee brought his first film; She’s Gotta Have It from 1986 into the 21st century for Netflix. In the TV version of She’s Gotta Have It, we watched Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise), a self-described pansexual artist who is trying to figure out her career, deal with her gentrifying neighborhood in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, and juggle the three men and one woman vying for her affections.
From the beautiful set and soundtrack to the stellar acting and Lee’s iconic stamp, it’s both a feminist and fun series.
Next: 1313 Mockingbird Lane
Seth Meyers is bringing The Munsters back to television, and honestly, we couldn’t be more thrilled. The ’60s series, which followed the offbeat family at 1313 Mockingbird Lane, is getting an hour-long reboot.
Now, the show will follow the strange family as they live and deal with hipsters in Brooklyn.
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