When your favorite show is canceled, or you simply grow up and move on, it can be nostalgic to go back and re-watch some of the episodes. But lately, producers have been picking up on consumer nostalgia, bringing back some of our favorite TV series with new episodes. Here are a few recent revivals of some popular shows.
The original “Twin Peaks” series aired in the early 1990s, but it recently returned to the small screen. While the original series only aired for two years, it developed a strong cult following that encouraged its revival in 2017. The original series was mystery drama, trying to uncover the truth behind the murder of a local high school student. The reboot, airing on Showtime, picks up 25 years later in the same fictional town of Twin Peaks.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
A story of family, adolescence and growing up, the original “Gilmore Girls” series ran from 2000 to 2007. The series followed a young mother, Lorelai, and her daughter, Rory — more best friends than mother and daughter. However, when the series was abruptly cancelled in 2007, fans were desperate for the show to receive its proper ending. The show was brought back for a four-part Netflix revival in 2016 called “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.” The show had the same aesthetic, cast and loving feel — it felt like the Gilmore Girls had never left.
“Full House” was the jump-starting platform for the Olsen twins, starring other famous faces like Bob Saget, John Stamos and Dave Coulier. The series originally aired from the late 1980s through the mid-1990s and created a family-friendly show for all ages, offering moral lessons and humor for everyone. Once again, Netflix picked up on this nostalgia and introduced “Fuller House.” The new series picks up with the adult lives of the original series’ children as they raise their own families.
Will & Grace
NBC recently brought back a fan-favorite: “Will & Grace.” The best part? Most of the original cast and crew returned for the reboot. The original creators and show runners, David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, came back, as well as actors Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally. During its original run, “Will & Grace” won 16 Emmy awards, so it’s no surprise producers would want to give it a second go.
We all remember “Fear Factor,” the show that tested contestants’ limits by forcing them to scale skyscraper frames, hold their breath under water and eat various bugs. The original series went off the air in 2006, but NBC has brought the series back with Ludacris as the new host. It’s been a solid decade since the show’s last episode, but the heart-pumping dares are back.
Taking a trip down memory lane by watching old hit shows is always fun, but it’s even more thrilling when producers decide to revive old shows and give viewers new episodes. If you’re looking for some nostalgia on your television screen, consider one of these new renditions of some old favorites.