The age of the television reboot is here. As streaming services began to dominate in the 2010s, it became increasingly clear that viewers liked returning to old shows just as much as they liked watching new shows. That realization led to revivals we never previously thought possible. Networks and streaming platforms have been especially quick to reboot shows from the 1990s, including Full House, Twin Peaks, The X-Files, and more.
That train isn’t slowing down anytime soon, and there are plenty more ’90s revivals currently in the works. Here’s a look at some of your favorite shows from that era that will soon return.
A whopping 21 years after the controversial series finale, Roseanne is returning to ABC for a nine-episode revival in 2018. For now, nobody knows if this is a one-time thing or if it could continue on past those nine.
The entire main cast is back, including John Goodman. Yes, that’s in spite of the fact that his character died in the final season. It’s not clear how they’re going to explain that, though one theory is that Dan will have faked his death.
There are some new characters as well, including David and Darlene’s children. Plus, Sarah Chalke will return, but she’s playing a new character since the original Becky actress is back.
The new Roseanne will premiere on March 27, 2018. You can read more details about the show’s return here.
2. Rocko’s Modern Life
Rocko’s Modern Life was definitely one of the strangest Nickelodeon cartoons ever made. It was entertaining for kids but also appealed to adults with jokes that somehow slipped past the network censors, including one episode where Rocko actually works for a sex hotline.
After the return of Hey Arnold, Rocko’s Modern Life, too, is coming back for a new movie. Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling, a one-hour TV film, will air on Nickelodeon in 2018. In it, Rocko and the gang return home after being in space for 20 years, and they have to get used to modern technology.
Just like the original, it sounds like Static Cling will be just as enjoyable for adults as it is for kids, if not more so.
If you still remember all the words to Yakko’s “Nations of the World” song, you’re not alone. Warner Bros.’ Animaniacs, a ’90s cartoon variety show, is still one of the great cartoons of all time. Occasionally, the series was actually educational, with songs that genuinely helped kids remember all the U.S. presidents and the state capitals. But for the most part, it was just a goofy and hilarious.
According to IndieWire, Warner Bros. Animation is now developing an Animaniacs reboot. It’s still pretty early in the development process, so we’ll probably have to wait a while for this one to come out. It’s so early, in fact, that nobody even knows what network it will air on.
The show was originally broadcast on Fox Kids and The WB, but the revival may end up on Netflix, as Warner Bros. has already partnered with the streaming service on the wildly popular Fuller House.
4. Party of Five
Airing from 1994 through 2000, Fox’s Party of Five was a drama focusing on a family of five siblings who lost their parents in a car accident before the beginning of the show. The cast included Scott Wolf, Matthew Fox, Neve Campbell, and Jennifer Love Hewitt. It was essentially the This is Us of its time.
Now, a reboot is in the works, although it won’t continue the plot of the original and will feature an all-new cast. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the idea is for the new show to focus on a Latino family that has immigrated to the U.S. Presumably, the family will consist of five siblings whose parents die at the beginning of the show just like in the original.
Though none of the original cast will be involved, creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman will be. No network has picked up the Party of Five reboot quite yet, though.
5. Carmen Sandiego
Although Carmen Sandiego originated in the video game series, if you grew up in the 1990s, you might know her best from television. From 1991 through 1995, PBS aired Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?. This was basically a game show that tests contestants’ knowledge of geography, although it was presented in a way that’s more fun for kids than it sounds.
After that show ended, there were two more: Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego? and Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?. The former was another game show, but this one being more about history than about geography. The latter was not a game show but was instead a cartoon about teenagers trying to prevent Carmen Sandiego from stealing artifacts.
In 2019, the Carmen Sandiego character is coming back. This one will be a lot different than the previous incarnations. It’s another cartoon series, but this time, it focuses on Carmen herself and where she comes from. It’s still aiming to be educational, though.
Gina Rodriguez will voice the title character, while Finn Wolfhard plays her sidekick. The show is coming to Netflix in 2019 as the streaming giant continues to build its library of children’s content.
6. Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Based on the Archie Comics series, Sabrina the Teenage Witch starred Melissa Joan Hart as a young girl who discovers she has magical abilities.
Now, Sabrina is coming back, although this isn’t exactly a revival of the old show. Rather, it’s a new adaptation of the comics. Netflix’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will be a lot darker and have more of a horror focus than the original, family-friendly ABC sitcom. The team behind Riverdale, another show based on Archie Comics, is attached to this new Sabrina.
Unfortunately, Melissa Joan Hart won’t be in the show, though there’s always the chance she could be given a cameo appearance down the road.
7. Sister, Sister
Sister, Sister originally aired on ABC and then The WB, although many viewers were first introduced to it while it was in syndication on the Disney Channel. This sitcom starred Tia and Tamera Mowry as identical twin sisters separated at birth who find each other later in life. It aired for six seasons, from 1994 through 1999.
Technically, a reboot hasn’t been officially announced, but it sounds like that announcement is imminent. Tia Mowry said in a Nov. 2017 interview that meetings are currently taking place and that the reboot will likely get underway soon. “We are being told that they want it to be or happen next year in the fall,” she said. “So, it’s going by so fast, everything.”
8. The Wild Thornberrys
Another one of Nickelodeon’s classic cartoons, The Wild Thornberrys, revolved around a girl, Eliza, who can talk to animals. She’s constantly traveling the world with her parents, who produce a nature show. It ran for five seasons and resulted in two movies: The Wild Thornberrys Movie and Rugrats Go Wild, the latter of which was a crossover with Rugrats.
In 2016, MoviePilot reported that a Wild Thornberrys revival is in development. This would be a television movie, just like the revivals of Hey Arnold and Rocko’s Modern Life. It’s not clear when this is happening, though, as MoviePilot originally reported it would be released in 2017. Hopefully, Nickelodeon will share some updates soon.
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