Special Report

25 Best TV Shows Getting Rebooted

Detailed findings

Many rebooted shows have been off air for over 20 years. NBC’s sitcom “ALF” was canceled in 1990. The original run of “The Munsters” came to an end in 1966. Both of these programs will be reintroduced this season. Those too young to be familiar with these shows will know them for the first time in their updated approaches as their original sitcom formats may not be relevant to today’s viewers.

Other rebooted shows ended more recently. Realizing there is still significant demand for these shows, networks have made the financially safe decision to resurrect them. Tim Allen’s largely popular “Last Man Standing” ran from 2011 to 2017 before ABC decided to cancel it. Seeing an opportunity, Fox picked up the show, which will premiere its seventh season on Friday, September 28.

Fox also refused to let the popular drama “Prison Break” permanently end. After concluding in 2016, the network quickly revived the series as “Prison Break: Resurrection.” Now Fox plans to bring back the show, in some form, yet again.

Notably, nine of the 25 best shows getting rebooted are animated series. Shows like “Daria,” “Rugrats,” and “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” are far less subject to issues such as aging actors, which restrict many live action shows from being rebooted. This is also the reason that many rebooted series hire all new casts.

Methodology

To determine the 25 best TV shows getting rebooted, 24/7 Wall St. created an index based on the original show’s IMDb rating, the number of IMDb user reviews, and daily average Wikipedia page views for the two years starting September 18, 2016. Television reboots of movies were not considered, however television shows that are being rebooted as movies were. To be considered, a show must either be in active development with a network or scheduled to premiere in the coming year. While most of these shows have not been on the air for decades, a few are considered reboots because they completed the ordered season without being renewed and were renewed for another season later on.

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