They say TV is a cyclical business, but when that means we get to see some of our favourite stars return to some of our most beloved shows, we’re all in.
Where else but on television can you pick up with characters that you haven’t seen in years, and feel like you’re just having a cuppa joe with a really good, dear old friend? From reality show revivals to timely comedy resurrections, and even a certain group of former high schoolers congregating for a meta iteration of themselves, here are six revivals we’re looking forward to this TV season with all of our nostalgia-loving hearts.
Mad About You
Who wasn’t mad about newlyweds Paul and Jamie Buchman when they first appeared on our TV screens in 1992? Of course, by the time the show ended (awards in tow), the couple had finally had their first baby. Now we’re returning to their lives years later with a limited series revival that features the couple’s 17-year-old daughter heading off to college.
Why we’re feeling it: Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser are both reprising their original roles, which we’re 100 per cent here for.
Cue up Natasha Bedingfield because the next chapter of this MTV original is still “Unwritten.” Yup, nearly every cast member is back on a TV screen near you, following a nine-year absence. “New Beginnings” also features new additions, like Mischa Barton and Brandon Thomas Lee (son of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee). Get the popcorn ready.
Why we’re feeling it: Audrina, Whitney, Speidi and Brody are among the returning cast members, which means we’ll get to re-explore some of the relationships we thought we’d left behind for good. Sadly, Lauren Conrad, Kristin Cavallari and Lo Bosworth are out.
Party of Five
How do you take a show about five orphaned children and make it relevant for today’s audience? By making it a compelling story of immigration, of course. The trailer for this series is harrowing to say the least, and not only because it brings the drama. What really gives us the feels is that we imagine this story may actually be more relevant to a greater number of people today than it was back then.
Why we’re feeling it: While there are no real ties on-screen to note, we do feel confident it’ll take us back, because the original series creators, Amy Lippman and Christopher Keyser, are once again driving the creative behind-the-scenes.
Beverly Hills: 90210
We love it when a show gets meta about itself, like the returning cast of this OG soapy teen drama are doing for a limited-series revival. Each actor is playing a fictionalized version of him or herself, as they try to make a 90210 reboot happen. And even though it’s kind of weird, we really love that production is taking place in Vancouver.
Why we’re feeling it: We’re still not over Luke Perry’s untimely death. So even though he was never officially confirmed as participating in the show, the fact that everyone else is and he actually cannot makes us tear up a little… all over again.
Calling all marshmallows. What do we love more than Kristin Bell? Kristin Bell as Veronica Mars, of course. And obviously three seasons, a crowd-funded movie and two novels just weren’t enough to satiate our needs. So we’re all-in when Crave brings us back to Neptune this summer to revisit our favourite characters with a whole new mystery.
Why we’re feeling it: In addition to Bell, we can expect Jason Dohring back as Veronica’s love interest Logan, and Canada’s own Enrico Colantoni as awesome TV dad Keith Mars.
The Dark Crystal
Raise your hand if you were obsessed with (yet slightly traumatized by) this 1982 Jim Henson film, which followed a Gelfling named Jen on a quest to return a magic crystal. Right? So we have some mixed feelings regarding the 10-part prequel series, dubbed “Age of Resistance.”
Why we’re feeling it: We know it’ll hit all the right spots when we return to Thra, since the Jim Henson Company is producing the entire new series.