Should TV classics be rebooted? | The Tylt
Classic movies aren't the only form of entertainment that Hollywood reboots. TV networks and online streaming services are rebooting many popular TV shows of the past. TV lovers are enjoying television classics brought back to life. But critics argue there are too many bad TV reboots and sequels, and they're never as good as the original. Do we really need more reboots and sequels of TV favorites? 📺
Should TV classics be rebooted?
While some movies are rebooted into popular TV shows and vice versa—we have seen a rise in rebooting TV classics. "Fuller House," "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life," "The X-Files" and "Heroes Reborn" are just a recently few. But all of those reboots have received mixed reviews and (a few were even cancelled).
There are some reboots that are successful. "Fuller House" may not have any critical acclaim—but Netflix renewed the series for a third season. "Degrassi: Next Class" has also been renewed for a fourth season after premiering just one year ago on Netflix. And Netflix's "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" garnered really good reviews (and fans were elated to see their girls back).
That's the thing—if you bring back the right show with the original cast and crew, then the likelihood of it being successful is greater.
But how many TV reboots have been total duds? Too many.
"Wonder Woman," "Charlie's Angels" and "Bionic Woman" are literally just a few. "Heroes Reborn" is just one of the more recent TV reboot failures. Like the original "Heroes," comic geeks had high hopes for the sequel series. But the poorly-rated show was cancelled after one season. Some reboots thrive regardless of reviews—but with a long history of failures, should networks give it a rest?