BEST SERIES REBOOTS
“Doctor Who” Though the original series went away with little fanfare in 1989, the reboot came back with a roar, with muchimproved special effects and more gripping tales of the time-traveling Doctor and his TARDIS.
“Fuller House” A heavy dose of nostalgia for the original 1987-95 series helps sustain this Netflix comedy about the further adventures of D.J., Stephanie and Kimmy (Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber), now adults with children and living together in the original Tanner home in San Francisco. “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” The four episodes from this 2016 dramedy put a satisfying coda to the original 2000-07 series with the much-anticipated wedding of Luke and Lorelai and the mending of fences among three generations of Gilmore women.
“Hawaii Five-0” While Jack Lord’s stonefaced Steve McGarrett gave the original 1968-80 cop drama an unmistakable gravitas, Alex O’Loughlin’s police chief in the current incarnation looks great, wears great clothes and investigates crimes through hightech means. But the two shows do have a few things in common, among them the theme song and the Aloha State’s breathtaking scenery.
“The Office” One of the few cases where the reboot was arguably superior to the original, this 2005-13 comedy about the antics of the staff of Dunder-Mifflin Paper Co. of Scranton, Pa., made stars of Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson and Jenna Fischer.
“Twin Peaks: The Return” Still weird after all these years, David Lynch’s series about the eccentric citizens of a Washington State lumber town returned after 27 years and centered on storylines connected through FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan). Fans and critics downed it like cherry pie and damn fine coffee.
“The X-Files” Though critics were hard on this reboot that reunited Mulder and Scully (David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson), it did manage to conjure the same sense of paranoia as it reminded loyal viewers that the truth is, indeed, out there.
Andrea Barber and Candace Cameron Bure in “Fuller House”
Kelly Bishop, Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel (from left) in “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life”