Who doesn’t love a good comeback story?
In the wake of Magnum P.I. being plucked from the ashes by NBC, TVLine is taking stock of more than six dozen cancelled series that similarly cheated death and returned to air.
The reasons for resuscitation are wide-ranging, from the network that decided, “Hey, it is worth it to produce My Three Sons in color!” to the fans of Jericho who truly drove CBS nuts. There are many instances of, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” — something NBC perhaps should have considered before gift-wrapping for CBS what would turn out to be nearly 50 seasons of JAG/NCIS goods!
For the sake of clarity, we have excluded proper revivals of series that originally ended on their own terms, such as Mad About You, Murphy Brown, Psych, 24, Will & Grace and The X Files. We also ignored spinoffs of previously ended series, such as The CW’s 90210 and Melrose Place offshoots, and sequel series like Fuller House, Girl Meets World, Leverage: Redemption and Raven’s Home.
Scroll through seven decades of TV history below, then hit the comments and tell us which resurrection most pleased you.