They say what’s old eventually becomes new again, and when it comes to the creative forces in television… well, that adage seems to be particularly true these days. And thank goodness; we know we’re not the only ones who cried when Party of Five went off the air.
Just think about it. Will & Grace, Roseanne, Prison Break, Full(er) House, Gilmore Girls and The X-Files have all successfully returned to TV in the last few years with their original casts intact, driving the nostalgia factor way up. So obviously, viewers like us are eating it up.
In fact, given the success of these shows so far, there are many more coming in the very new future. Here are just a few remakes, re-imaginings and reboots that may be coming soon to a small screen near you.
17 Nostalgia-inducing TV shows coming to a small screen near you
Magnum P.I.We won’t know for sure whether this CBS pilot is picked up to series until the networks make such decisions in mid-May, but for now we do know Jay Hernandez (Scandal) is taking over the role first popularized by Tom Selleck.
Nostalgic play: Selleck happens to be on another CBS show, Blue Bloods, so should this go through we smell a potential moustached-cameo. Getty
HeathersBeing popular can also be deadly, at least that’s what the cult classic movie starring Wynona Rider, Christian Slater and Shannen Doherty would have us believe. In this re-invented Paramount TV series it’s still about taking down the cool kids, except now the cool kids look a lot different than they used to.
Nostalgic play: Watch for a pilot cameo by Doherty herself. Paramount TV
She-RaThe Princess of Power is back, and this time she doesn’t need her superhero brother to spin her off like she did in the 80s. In fact, this new Netflix version is rumoured to be all about the female power. Here’s hoping a whole new generation of girls will catch on.
Nostalgic play: For the honour of Greyskull, this superhero still looks exactly the same. Netflix
Murphy BrownWhen CBS saw how successful Will & Grace and Roseanne were, they quickly turned to one of their own trademark shows for a reboot. So now Candice Bergen is back for at least 13 new episodes to continue the story of a female working as a journalist, updated to reflect today’s modern times.
Nostalgic play: The original cast is coming back to play — enough said.CBS
Cagney & LaceyThis 1980s series may have been ahead of its time, but the new CBS pilot comes at the perfect time if you ask us. Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy) and Michelle Hurd (Blindspot) make up a dream team here as two female detectives trying to work their beat.
Nostalgic play: We’re waiting for more casting announcements and a series commitment before we get completely giddy.Getty
CharmedThis 90s series positively put a spell on us over its eight-season run, so we were pretty charmed when The CW (home of series like Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) announced it was working on a new version.
Nostalgic play: It’s not official, but there’s a strong suspicion among fans that the new sisters will be related to the original characters in some way.Warner Bros.
RoswellThe 1999 series starring Shiri Appleby and Katherine Heigl was short-lived with just three seasons, but it was enough to make an impact. This pilot is said to focus more on the books on which the show is based, but creatively it’s relying on writer Julie Plec, of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals fame.
Nostalgic play: We’re hoping for the same eerie backgrounds that made Roswell so memorable in the first place. Warner Bros.
The Twilight ZoneJordan Peele made quite the name for himself by directing Get Out, which makes him the perfect choice to take that creepy penchant for horror and inject it into new episodes of this classic series for CBS All Access.
Nostalgic play: Obviously, this one is going to have to feature that same creepy opening music.CBS
Party of FiveIf you were a teen in the 90s, odds are you loved this family drama with Neve Campbell, Matthew Fox and Jennifer Love Hewitt. Well it’s back on Freeform with a pilot order that updates the original premise to reflect more current day immigration issues.
Nostalgic play: Crossing our fingers now for a Salinger sibling cameo in some shape or form.Fox
The OfficeOf all the reported reboots this is one of the most recent, but it’s also one of the most exciting. Currently there are no official plans to revisit the employees of Dunder Mifflin, but fans are demanding it. That’s what she said.
Nostalgic play: If this does go ahead, it will 100 per cent feature some of the original crew.NBC
Miami ViceHow do you improve on one of the most memorable 80s crime dramas around? By getting Vin Diesel to produce it, of course. This one is still in development, but Fast and the Furious writer Chris Morgan is on board too.
Nostalgic play: If this one happens, the stars will obviously need to wear t-shirts under blazers. Getty
Bad Boys a.k.a. L.A.’s FinestOkay so this one is technically a spinoff, since it stars Gabrielle Union as Syd Burnett, Martin Lawrence’s onscreen sister who became romantically entangled with Will Smith’s character. Joining her in the pilot is Jessica Alba as the other female lead.
Nostalgic play: Given the familial connection, it seems inevitable that Lawrence or Smith should stop by.Columbia Pictures
Mad about YouPaul Reiser may have said never again, but we all eat our words. Both he and Helen Hunt have signed on for new episodes of this original show following the ups and downs of a married couple. Now we just need NBC to officially agree and pick it up to series.
Nostalgic play: Did we mention Reiser and Hunt are both on board? NBC
The JetsonsThis cartoon family only filmed one season in the early sixties but everyone has seen episodes since then. (That’s probably why two more seasons and a handful of movies followed.) The new ABC pilot is a departure in that it’s a live-action show and will be filmed in front of a live studio audience, so obviously we have questions.
Nostalgic play: If this one goes to series they absolutely have to keep the theme song, which we know you’ve been singing this whole time.Getty
AnimaniacsGet ready for more Yakko, Wakko and Dot. Hulu has officially snatched up two more seasons of this classic cartoon, with plans to unroll them in 2020—25 years after the show debuted.
Nostalgic play: This is essentially the same show (even Steven Spielberg is back as an executive producer), so expect all the feels when that theme song plays.Warner Bros.
The L WordWhen this series about the lesbian community first debuted it was shocking and new. Now, Showtime is looking to revisit that world through a modern-day lens. It’s funny how much things change in 10 years, isn’t it?
Nostalgic play: The original creator and series stars are all reported to be returning for this new season.Showtime
The MunstersThis mid-60s series is one of those shows that was so unique it’s hard to replicate the original success. This isn’t the first time the wacky family has been in redevelopment, but this time Seth Meyers is attached as the story moves to modern-day Brooklyn.
Nostalgic play: Let’s hope the new costumes someone imitate the old, shall we?Getty