History really does repeat itself. This time, history comes in the form of old TV shows that we all remember fondly, whether we loved them or loved to hate them.
“Full House,” which ran from 1987 to 1995, is getting a reboot on Netflix later this month, where audiences will get to see what became of America’s favorite little blonde kids. Rumors have also been swirling about a revival of the very sappy “Gilmore Girls” (2000-2007), and even “the X-Files” is back for a new season nearly 14 years after it was canceled.
It’s cool to see some of the old favorites get a little love in a new decade, but at the same time, it seems that there are no original ideas left. If screenwriters can’t think of anything new to do, here’s a few recycled ideas that I would love to see make a comeback.
Saved By the Bell (1989-1993)
Who could ever forget the outrageous hijinks those kids got themselves into every week? Like “Full House,” it always stayed firmly on the side of “family friendly,” even when broaching subjects like drug addiction (remember when Jesse got hooked on caffeine pills?). This show could use a real 21st century shakeup. Let’s see what those spoiled delinquents are up to in their 40s. With Netflix behind them, they could push some real boundaries this time around. Perhaps Zack Morris accidentally kills an upstanding member of the community while driving under the influence of narcotics. How will he get himself out of this mess in less than 22 minutes? Former cheerleader Kelly Kapowski is struggling to pay her student loans when a well-meaning pimp takes her under his wing, will her old friends help hide her unplanned pregnancy?
My first exposure to computers was this weird PBS mystery series that revolved around a group of kids in New York who communicated with a very helpful ghost through the written word and used his clues to solve mysteries. This show was actually really cool and doesn’t deserve the same treatment as “Saved By the Bell.” With a little technology update, a whole new generation of unusually diverse children with too much unsupervised free time can hang with the literate ghost and help solve petty crimes. Don’t spend too much time thinking about why the ghost is always in these kids’ bedrooms watching everything they do — it’s educational.
Three’s Company (1977-1984)
This show would definitely not work on the same level now as it did back in the day, but a reboot would be interesting nonetheless. We all remember “Three’s Company” as the classic tale of a socially awkward guy who shares an apartment with two beautiful women and constantly sexually harasses them with no consequences, with slapstick hilarity ensuing at every turn. In 2016, this show would be the heart-wrenching dramatic tale of two women who are terrorized by their creepy Craigslist roommate, but can’t afford to move out with only minimum wage jobs to support themselves. Will they be able to keep each other safe? Will their nosy elderly landlords ever believe them?
A true television classic, this show focused on the broken lives of several functional alcoholics who spent all of their lives inside of a bar where everybody knew their names. This show wouldn’t really need any modernizing and is still just as relevant today as it was 30 years ago. Instead of a mildly depressed former baseball player, the owner of the bar might be a failed tech startup CEO. Set it in Silicon Valley instead of Boston, and it’s already an instant hit. NBC, you can thank me later.