23 Shows We'd Remake or Revive Now!

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News that the Disney Channel is developing a Boy Meets World sequel series called Girl Meets World generated huge amounts of buzz last November, underscoring the deep connection that TV fans can have to series that have been off the air for decades.

Add to that TNT’s current successful continuation of Dallas (after a 21-year hiatus), The CW’s reboots of 90210 and Beauty and the Beast, and even SyFy’s terrific reimagining of Battlestar Galactica from a few years back, and it got us thinking: What other comedies and dramas — both big hits and cult favorites — should TV networks consider bringing back in some form in 2013?

RELATED | 2013 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

Check out our picks below, then hit the comments and tell us which shows you’d remake or revive — and why. We’ll take your best ideas and create a handy spinoff gallery to this one you’re reading — ’cause that’s exactly the circle-of-life business we’re talkin’ about!



Comments (313)

  • I’d like to go back further than most into the TV memory banks. First, 1970 British TV series U.F.O. should be remade and updated. It centered on the operations of a secret global military organization backed by all the world’s power whose job it was to protect Earth from hostile aliens. Second, Bill Bixby had a series in the early ’70s called “The Magician”. He played a man who was falsely imprisoned and escaped. His cellmate who was in the same circumstance went with him. He died soon after that willing him Bixby’s character his fortune. Bixby’s character trained as a stage magician and escapologist and used it as a cover to aid people in trouble. Third, I’d also love to see a remake of ‘Search’ a series from 1972-73 that focused on a ultra-high tech detective agency whose agents were employed by both the private sector and government; it starred Hugh O’Brien, Tony Franciosa and Doug McClure. Fourth, “Switch” from 75-78 starred Robert Wagner and Eddie Albert; Wagner played an ex-con grifter and Albert an ex-cop who together run a detective agency which uses bunco schemes to get justice. Finally, there was a Gene Roddenberry pilot that was too far ahead of its time but might get a better reception today “The Questor Tapes” about a series of androids left here on Earth by advanced extraterrestrials to help shepard humankind past its violence into being a mature, peaceful civilization. It starred Robert Foxworth and Mike Farrell starred in the pilot.

    Comment by Eric F – January 28, 2013 03:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bring back the tick

    Comment by Sheldon Gunter – January 28, 2013 03:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The resurgence of superhero culture makes it the right time for a Tick revival: And hey, Patrick Warburton is still young and funny enough to reprise his role!

      Comment by Biff – February 8, 2013 07:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What about Friends?

    Comment by irlna2006@yahoo.com – January 28, 2013 03:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • veronica mars totally needs a revival
    and so does charmed
    how about a GOOD remake of
    the nanny
    the golden girls
    a modern version of bewitched where darren could be a house husband XD!!!

    Comment by Jax Bereux – January 28, 2013 03:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Although isn’t Hot in Cleveland kinda like a remake of Golden Girls? This is said with love for both shows. And to me there’s a lot of similarities between the two aside from both having Betty White. I’d rather have a remake this way than a direct one that’s never going to be as good as the original.

      Comment by angelcake – January 28, 2013 08:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Charmed, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Ally McBeal, Friends

    Comment by Adam – January 28, 2013 03:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I totally agree with Now and Again. Someone needs to remake it.

    Comment by therewatchproject – January 28, 2013 03:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would love to see a remake of Remington Steele, Moonlighting, The Cosby Show, and What about Laverne and Shirley? or a new Partridge Family? or Family Ties? These would be great family shows which we have very few of.

    Comment by Renee Loyd (@ryno6604) – January 28, 2013 03:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Pretender!!!!! Jeri
    cho

    Comment by michelle – January 28, 2013 03:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • blossom and the cosby show from the one smentioned

    Comment by Jax Bereux – January 28, 2013 03:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Felicity and Knots Landing..two of the very best!!

    Comment by Scott – January 28, 2013 03:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Knots Landing remake = Desperate Housewives?

      I’d still love to see Abby take over for J.R. as the villain on the new Dallas though.

      Comment by angelcake – January 28, 2013 08:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • and i know it’s a kids show but what about something on the lines of blake holesy high

    Comment by Jax Bereux – January 28, 2013 03:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Pretender
    The Secret Circle
    The Nine Lives Of Chloe King
    Veronica Mars
    Wildfire
    Those are my chioices :)

    Comment by fanofgoodshows – January 28, 2013 04:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ve never watched The Equalizer but the description of it reminds me a lot of Leverage in some ways. If only Leverage could be saved!

    Comment by Sam – January 28, 2013 04:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Catch an episode of “The Equalizer.” The vibe is totally different from “Leverage.”

      Comment by MaryAnn – January 29, 2013 11:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The O.C., One Tree Hill (Even though it just ended), Outsourced, Heroes.

    Comment by RobMF – January 28, 2013 04:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hart To Hart

    Comment by Kelly Ames – January 28, 2013 04:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What about Traveler? Seriously, why did that show get cancelled? It was so good….

    Comment by Levi – January 28, 2013 04:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WB’s Popular

    Comment by kavyn – January 28, 2013 04:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Murder She Wrote has been rebooted. It is call Castle.

    Comment by Butters – January 28, 2013 04:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Sorry meant to say “called” Castle

      Comment by Butters – January 28, 2013 04:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Taxi

    Comment by Larry – January 28, 2013 04:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Not sure this counts, but I’m still pissed Terriers was canceled.

    Comment by james – January 28, 2013 05:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Definitely Moonlight…..Moonlighting would be cool too, as long as you kept them out of bed together lol…Twin Peaks, absolutely…but if you are gonna reboot Murder She Wrote, ya GOTTA reboot Matlock as well!!!

    Comment by WiggedyWackYo – January 28, 2013 05:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Party of five- continuation
    90210- continuation with the original cast not the shapeshifters that are the characters of the reboot. I BADLY want to revisit the lives of Dylan, Brandon and the rest of the gang (just ignore their roles in and mentions in the new shows early seasons).
    Buffy-Reboot, new watcher, set in the future.
    Roswell-Continuation
    Veronica Mars- continuation, but NOT a police procedural
    Saved by the bell-Boy meets world type continuation with Zack as principal with ambitions to be mayor.

    Comment by storaro – January 28, 2013 05:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • THIS…
      Especially Roswell!!!

      Comment by Jj – January 28, 2013 11:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would love to see a continuation of “Life Goes On” with the focus being Becca’s family. A great side story would be an aging Libby with Corky still living at home.

    Comment by Lisa – January 28, 2013 05:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Veronica Mars as an FBI agent that was pitched to The CW and they were too stupid to pick it up. I would love to have Everwood and BTVS back.

    Comment by Jean Ann – January 28, 2013 06:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wheres Veronica Mars?

    Comment by Sokratis – January 28, 2013 06:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • exactly my question!

      Comment by Red Jane – January 29, 2013 11:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Has no one here mentioned Pushing Daisies? I need that back on my TV, stat! I’d always love more Chuck, but that’s only been off the air for a little over a year.

    Reading this really made me realize how much I’d love a charming family sitcom featuring children as main characters (à la Boy Meets World/Blossom) on a major network.

    Comment by Eric – January 28, 2013 06:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So many mullets…

    Comment by Amanda – January 28, 2013 06:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love that others have mentioned The Pretender. I think The Pretender is a concept that was ahead of its time and I’ve long wondered what that show would be like if it was made now instead of in 1996. While the actors were a huge part of what made that show so fantastic, and I have a hard time imagining it with different actors, I think it’s the kind of show that would be truly exceptional to combine modern production value and technology with an already brilliant concept.

    Comment by mlj102 – January 28, 2013 06:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jericho, The King of Queens, Veronica Mars, The O.C.

    Comment by jimbo – January 28, 2013 06:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh, and Traveler. That show was SERIOUSLY underrated.

      Comment by jimbo – January 28, 2013 06:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Eli Stone, Buffy, Angel, The Pretender, The Twilight Zone, The X-Files, Veronica Mars, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and 7th Heaven get my vote.

    Comment by dustie_me – January 28, 2013 06:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I just finished rewatching Eli Stone. It definitely ended too soon. I guess it was just a little ahead of the musical craze. If the cast could get back together (summer show or miniseries etc. or once Elementary is done) then I’m all for it.

      Comment by Nicole – January 29, 2013 07:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Roswell, Dark Angel and Veronica Mars

    Comment by Amanda – January 28, 2013 06:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Loved Action and The Pretender. 24 was absolute perfection and IMO not be redone or rebooted

    Comment by Mizz O – January 28, 2013 06:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can’t be the only who wants Northern Exposer

    Comment by Eric – January 28, 2013 06:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That would be “Exposure”, “Exposer” would indicate a Streaker/Flasher…which could be a great show too! LOL!

      Comment by inmyopinion – January 29, 2013 06:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say Wonderfalls. So short lived, so much potential.

    Comment by Mackdazzle – January 28, 2013 07:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kindred: The Embraced, Buffy The VampIre Slayer, Angel, Charmed, Star Trek The Next GeneratIon, Ally McBeal, SmallvIlle & Wonder Woman.

    Comment by Vannesa – January 28, 2013 07:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • In the same category as Freaks and Geeks was Square Pegs starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Tracy Nelson, and Jami Gertz. Even then you could tell SJP had great timing and her intelligent, dry wit was hard to resist. Hard to believe it was on 30 years ago! I second the nomination for Maude which was a favorite – she being the antithesis to the loud-mouthed Archie Bunker. Two other series which could use an update and a new look would be Hill Street Blues and LA Law, both big hits in the 80′s.

    Comment by Linderella – January 28, 2013 07:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dead Like Me
    Wonderfalls
    Pushing Daisies
    Designing Women
    Barney Miller
    The Facts of Life
    Popular
    The Powers That Be
    NewsRadio
    Third Rock from the Sun

    Comment by Richard – January 28, 2013 08:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Definitely Alias and Chuck; wouldn’t mind seeing more Matt Houston or Remington Steele either!

    Comment by Chuck and Alias fan – January 28, 2013 08:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Firefly, Third Watch and HBO’s Rome.

    Comment by Ali – January 28, 2013 08:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • sliders people

    Comment by eapthree – January 28, 2013 09:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dark Angel would be cool! I do kind of think that Freaks and Geeks and My So-Called Life are perfect the way they are, although I wanted more of each at the time.

    Comment by Annika – January 28, 2013 10:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh man I loved Profit. It was way ahead of its time for sure.

    Comment by Jones19 – January 29, 2013 02:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • DEAD LIKE ME!!!! Showtime, MAKE IT HAPPEN!
    Strange Luck and Strange World too.

    Comment by Marco – January 29, 2013 05:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • And also a gender-switched version of Bewitched would be interesting.

    Comment by Marco – January 29, 2013 05:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Seriously People! Dynasty! Enough said. How did everyone miss this?

    Comment by inmyopinion – January 29, 2013 06:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh my, what would I give to see Jordan Catalano back on my TV.

    Comment by Lucy – January 29, 2013 06:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’d bring back Profiler with the original cast

    Comment by Linda – January 29, 2013 06:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Birds of prey! With the superhero surge of late it has great potential! Also early edition, haunted, and boomtown!

    Comment by Gail – January 29, 2013 07:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Boomtown was great, complex television that might have come a few years too early. Its Rashomon-esque storytelling style, though, would be a great fit on an edgy cable channel in 2013. FX and AMC, are you listening?

      Comment by Rhonda – February 8, 2013 07:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A Buffy reboot would only work if it was called slayers and focused mainly on one or two and had Xander as a watcher

    Comment by Gail – January 29, 2013 07:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • CHARMED! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by David Metcalfe – January 29, 2013 08:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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