TV reboots worth a second look (or not)
Another day, another TV reboot. Our television screens are filled with revivals and remakes, including Roseanne, which returned on ABC with blockbuster ratings, the GIF-able Fab Five of Queer Eye on Netflix and the latest, Netflix’s Lost in Space.
With so many classic TV shows coming back, it can be hard to keep track. We’ve ranked 11 of the biggest.
1. One Day at a Time (Netflix)
Netflix’s new take on Norman Lear’s 1970s CBS sitcom is the model for all others. Fresh but familiar, with sublime casting and a perfect blend of comedy and tragedy, One Day feels as relevant as it did in 1975. Renewed.
2. Twin Peaks (Showtime)
David Lynch ran with the revival of the 1990s ABC drama to create something weirder, wilder and more wonderful. Not expected to return.
3. Queer Eye (Netflix)
Bobby Berk (design), Karamo Brown (culture), Antoni Porowski (food and wine), Jonathan Van Ness (grooming) and Tan France (fashion) have revitalized the early 2000s Bravo staple. Renewed.
4. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (Netflix)
Whatever you think of the finale of the WB series, it was lovely to check in with Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel).
5. Lost in Space (Netflix)
Will Robinson (Maxwell Jenkins) is still in danger. TV’s latest remake is one of its most expensive, a CGI-filled space epic that turns the cheesy 1960s sci-fi series into a twisty action-adventure. Streaming now.
6. Will & Grace (NBC)
Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally slid easily back into their roles. Their chemistry and timing haven’t lost anything since the series ended in 2006. Renewed for two more seasons.
7. Dynasty (CW)
Set in Atlanta, the splashy, steamy reboot of ABC’s nighttime soap isn’t as juicy as the original, but it has plenty of fun family drama and catfights. Renewed; airs Fridays (8 ET/PT).
8. The X-Files (Fox)
Fox’s revival of the 1990s sci-fi hit has been up and down. Its first season was lackluster, but this year the show found some more exciting, scary stories to tell. It’s not expected to return.
9. Roseanne (ABC)
Controversial, political and a hit, Roseanne didn’t return quietly. New episodes don’t reach the height of the old favorites, but it’s something special when the series focuses on the Conner family. Renewed; airs Tuesdays (8 ET/PT).
10. American Idol (ABC)
ABC’s version of the singing competition is fluffier and more Disneyfied. Lionel Richie makes a strong judge but Katy Perry is a distraction. Airs Sundays and Mondays (8 ET/PT).
11. Fuller House (Netflix)
Netflix’s return to the Tanner family of ABC’s 1987-95 Full House is a valiant effort that has nothing but nostalgia going for it. Renewed.