There’s an old expression: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. If only television studios and producers took this advice. In today’s world, shows are constantly being rebooted, remade, and regurgitated in a desperate ploy to get the attention of a waning television audience. It seems like originality is a thing of the past when it comes to television shows these days. Studios will not fund a show if they think it has any chance of failing, such is the risk of making television shows these days. And one surefire way to make sure that their television shows will appeal to a wide audience is to remake something that people already remember and love. In short, it’s all about the money for them, and minimizing risk.
You also have to consider the fact that television is much less popular these days. Netflix and Amazon, as well as a host of other on-demand television services are taking over the traditional television industry. It’s hard for them to keep up, and in order to do so, they can’t afford to take risks on a show no one has ever heard of. It makes sense, but it’s extremely frustrating for a lot of people, and can lead to viewers getting extremely bored of the same old crap.
But there are some television shows that should never have to suffer the indignation of a reboot. And this can be for a variety of reasons. There are some shows that are holy, shows that are so good that a reboot could never hope to match even half of the original’s quality. These shows should never be allowed to become twisted and abused by greedy producers and television studios. There are some shows that would never be the same, even if all their stars had a reunion. And then there are those shows that are simply so terrible that they should never see the light of day ever again.
It’s been a long standing rumor that everyone’s favorite 90s animated television show Reboot is getting a reboot. But year after year, the plans fall through and nothing happens. Maybe that’s a good thing. No matter how hard you try, you’ll never capture the charm of the original. The show was a symbol of the 90s, and it was created during a time when the Internet and technology was still very much a novelty. People were enthralled by the thought of a virtual world and the “techno-magic” that was going on in this show. But today, we are much more at home with all the peculiarities of the Internet and virtual reality, so it wouldn’t be as interesting if they were to create a reboot today. That, and the fact that you will never be able to recreate the magic of the 90s, are reasons why this show should never be rebooted. Even if you had the main voice actors return for a reboot, it would never be the same.
14. The Sopranos
We can only hope that this masterpiece is never messed with. This is one show that was so good that it should be left alone to bask in its own glory. We should never, ever try to reboot this series, because it will never be the same. It’s kind of like how George Lucas keeps messing around with different edits of the original Star Wars movies; eventually he changed them to the point where the charm was gone and they felt nothing like the “real” movies that everyone loved. We can only hope that this never happens with The Sopranos. For one thing, without James Gandolfini it will never be the same, and he has sadly passed away. Still, it’s such an iconic show that, 20 years from now, studios will no doubt consider a reboot. It was one of the best shows of all time, and for this reason, they will no doubt try to resurrect it to its former glory. But for a show so divine in its execution, that would be blasphemy. Even if they got all the actors back together again (except for Gandolfini), it still wouldn’t be the same.
13. Arrested Development
Another show that is “too good to touch” is Arrested Development. This show was probably one of the best comedies ever made for television, and one can only suspect that the reason this show was rebooted was because the hungry sharks wanted to make an extra buck. Even though a reboot of the series already happened, it should never have even been considered. There was no way a reboot of Arrested Development would have been as good as the original series. When the show was rebooted recently for a few more seasons on Netflix, a lot of people were disappointed. One season aired already, and it just didn’t have the same vibe as the original. It wasn’t well-executed, and it paled in comparison to the original series. There’s also the fact that a lot of the charm of this show came from the fact that it was very hard for this show to get on its feet, and it suffered from low amounts of viewers and numerous cancellations. It was very much a fringe television show with a small but loyal fanbase. When it was rebooted, it was more mainstream and had a lot of funding behind it. It therefore lost a lot of its appeal.
No. Just… no. Don’t ever even think of rebooting this show. It will never be as good as the original. There are so many reasons why this show should never come back. Even though Kramer, Jerry, George, and Elaine each brought something special and unique to the show, they aren’t the same people anymore. Can you really imagine the same actors playing the roles of these iconic characters, without it seeming stale? In addition, part of the show’s charm comes from its very “90s” style. Indeed, the show has gone on to become a huge symbol of the 90s. The same story just wouldn’t be the same if it took place today. There’s also the fact that the show was very nearly rejected by major studios. One studio exec, a Jewish man himself, called the show “Too New York, too Jewish.” This was a show who just barely made it to the small screen. So to have a studio pumping millions of dollars into a reboot wouldn’t make sense, and it would defeat the whole purpose of the original show.
People have varying opinions on Friends, but I think everyone agrees on the opinion that it should never get a reboot. This iconic show from the 90s just wouldn’t be the same with any other actors playing the major roles. Despite this, I think there’s a very good chance that this show will get a reboot, simply because it was such a popular show. How would the much older cast share an apartment when they’re all so old? That’s something only young people do. Maybe the same idea will be rehashed with a different, modern story line, but a reboot doesn’t make much sense. Why? Personally, I didn’t even like Friends, and I thought it was boring. I’m sure a lot of other people felt the same way. But even for people who loved the series, would you really want to see your beloved television show bastardized into something new and different? I think most fans wouldn’t want a reboot.
10. Black Adder
Many of you have probably never heard of the hit British comedy show Black Adder, but you probably all recognize its lead actor. That’s right, it’s “Mr. Bean,” otherwise known as Rowan Atkinson. This show was a huge hit, and featured Atkinson playing various roles throughout time. But let’s face it – no other actor could do what Rowan Atkinson does. There is no replacing him, as there is no other actor today or in the foreseeable future that could replicate his style of performance. And I think he’s much too old to play the same kind of role today. This is the main reason that this show should never be rebooted, and probably (thankfully) never will be rebooted. The exception for this rule is if Rowan Atkinson himself stars in a rebooted Black Adder series, and makes it work – which as it turns out, might actually happen. Rumors surfaced of a possible new series starring the renowned comedian in 2015. But once he passes away, this show should be left alone and considered part of Rowan Atkinson’s legacy, and his alone.
9. Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer was one of the best shows of the 90s, and it’s another show that should never be rebooted. One main reason of this is because the 90’s era was so iconic and integral to the overall “feel” of the show. There is also the fact that it would be very hard to get the original cast members back together again. One of them actually left midway through the series: David Boreanaz, who played the character Angel in the television show. Ratings immediately started to drop, and fans were annoyed. So imagine what would happen if the show was rebooted and a few of the characters weren’t there? It probably wouldn’t be the most popular show, to say the least. Despite all this, a Buffy The Vampire Slayer reboot was teased by Sarah Michelle Gellar in 2016. Here’s a piece of advice: Take your winnings and leave. Don’t try to milk this show any more, it’s not worth it.
8. The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone was one of the most popular shows back in the day. So it would probably be a target for television studios as a possible reboot. But would it work in today’s world? Probably not. This is because television was presented in a very different way back then, and I’m not sure that would translate well today. Despite this, it looks like The Twilight Zone will indeed be getting a reboot. It’s reported to be an “interactive television show,” and will be a “cross between a video game and a television show.” This news came out in 2016, and I’m really not sure how successful this idea will be. We already have video games that do what the reboot will be trying to do. And these video games are probably going to do it better. On the other hand, we already have television shows that tackle supernatural “weirdness” in a modern way, so that area is also already filled with competitors. Because of this, I think any possible reboot of The Twilight Zone will be a failure.
Cheers is another iconic television show, and one of the most popular of all time. Because of this, it’s another obvious choice for a possible reboot, but I’m not sure it would work very well. Back in the day when Cheers was created, the “bar scene” was very different. Nowadays, it’s a totally different scene, and one that’s much less “friendly” than the scene depicted in Cheers. A reboot of the show just wouldn’t make sense to today’s generation. If you wanted to make a show about a bar, it would probably just be a room full of people on their smartphones, with no one talking to each other. Where’s the entertainment in that? We’re just not as social as we used to be, which was pretty much the whole premise of the original. There have been a few rumors of a possible reboot, but fortunately they all seem pretty unlikely to actually happen.
6. 3rd Rock From The Sun
3rd Rock From The Sun was one of my favorite shows growing up, and I would hate to see it suffer the indignity of a reboot. Yet another awesome show from the 90s, it was full of all kinds of amazing scenes and laughs. It ended in 2001, and fans were very sad to say goodbye to this group of kooky aliens. But are they so desperate that they would welcome a reboot of the series, even with all the original cast members, back for another run? While many would probably love to see a new reincarnation of this show, many would probably hate the idea. For one thing, most of the actors are way too old for this to make sense. For one thing, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has become a major star, so acting in a reboot would be very much “beneath him.” And seeing as I myself am a fan of this show, I can tell you that I think this would be a terrible idea. Let this amazing show rest in peace in its honorable grave. Don’t try to dig it up out of the ground and try to reanimate like the monster of Frankenstein.
5. Get Smart
A lot of our older readers will fondly remember Get Smart. This series started in 1965, and it was a parody of secret agent movies. The fact is, this show has already been rebooted to death. There was a series of follow-up movies, it was revived in 1995, and there was a 2008 movie. Hell, there was even a play based on the original television show. And a comic book series. And despite all this, I have no doubts that they will try to reboot this show yet again. When will this show end? I can understand if you have something like Shakespeare, which will survive until humans cease to exist. But is Get Smart really a piece of media that deserves to be rebooted and redone over and over again, until the end of time? Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great show, but it’s not that great.
4. Mission: Impossible
Unlike Get Smart, Mission: Impossible was a classic television show about secret agents that took itself seriously. But like Get Smart, this show has had numerous reboots. These reboots have been most successful in the form of movies, but it has also been rebooted in the form of a television show in the late eighties and early nineties. Despite the fact that it has already been rebooted numerous times, don’t rule out another revival of this in the form of television shows. Although this show would no doubt draw in a lot of viewers, I don’t think it would be too successful. This is because the movies have already taken this series in a bold new direction, and a television reboot in the twenty-first century would simply not be able to compare. Their budget for the movies will always dwarf any new potential series, and there is also the fact that they had Tom Cruise. You won’t see him making an appearance in a television show. While it could work, it’s probably best if this franchise sticks to movies.
3. Power Rangers
We all know that Power Rangers are getting their own movie that is coming out soon. It’s already happened, so there’s no point in moaning about the fact that it’s getting rebooted. But I’m going to do it anyway. For one thing, you will never recapture the magical 90s vibe that this show created. There’s just no way. This new, rebooted version of Power Rangers is probably going to be full of CGI effects and all kinds of new cinema techniques. It won’t feature the amazing 90s soundtrack. It won’t feature the awesomeness that was Alpha-5. It has no chance of being as good as the original. Let’s just hope they stick with just a movie, and when that movie fails in 2017, we can only hope they leave it at that, and don’t try to make a crappy sequel, or god forbid, a fully rebooted television series.
2. Will & Grace
Another television show that has been confirmed to be getting a reboot is Will & Grace. In December, it was leaked that a reboot of this show was very possible. Reportedly it’s going to be a 10-episode series, and that’s it. Why is this a bad thing? Because it’s an obvious attempt to squeeze more money off a series that wasn’t even that great to begin with. When you consider that the four main actors haven’t really done anything since this show, it becomes even more obvious that it’s a way for everyone involved to get a few more paychecks from a dead show. The original had its qualities, but it was never really that popular. It had a few dedicated fans, but that’s it. If this show does air again, it’s going to feel forced and fake. Which is pretty much exactly what it is…
1. The Magic School Bus
The studios and producers have no mercy when it comes to reboots. Now they’re coming for your childhoods. A Magic School Bus reboot has been rumored to be in the works for some time now. But do they really need to do this? The original show had so much charm and 90s magic, how can they ever hope to recreate that? Is their no creativeness, no originality left in the minds of television studios these days? Are they really that afraid of taking a risk? Is there no one on this planet that can come up with a new, educational kid’s show? The rumor is that it will be a web-based series called The Magic School Bus 360, and will be released sometime in 2017. But let’s hope that this whole idea falls through and never sees the light of day, because I for one do not want to see my childhood memories get milked for cash.