The current period of television — often referred to as “peak TV” — has been characterized as an abundance of widely popular, critically acclaimed shows. In this golden age of television, TV executives are also looking to the past for inspiration. Already in recent years shows such as “Will and Grace,” “Gilmore Girls,” and “Twin Peaks” have been successfully revived and enjoyed by old and new audiences alike.
The name recognition and nostalgia associated with an existing television show may help ensure a fan base and increase viewership for its reincarnation. Producing a show with a preexisting, established fan base is an attractive prospect, and many television networks are currently developing shows based on old television shows — and fans are excited.
To determine the best TV shows getting rebooted, 24/7 Wall St. created an index based on IMDb ratings and Wikipedia page views of the original shows.