15 Ways the '90s Are Making a Comeback (As If They Ever Left)

Jacqueline Burt Cote | Jun 8, 2017 TV
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Remakes of classic TV shows and movies sometimes miss the mark, but because our love of '90s nostalgia knows no bounds, we're still ridiculously excited for the next crop of reboots (and even originals) inspired by the decade that brought the world grunge, Friends, and dial-up Internet! 

Call us desperate to relive our youth, but we're more than willing to give this new wave of retro offerings a shot ... even if we secretly believe nothing can ever top the originals. (That's okay, it just means we're getting old!)

Here are some upcoming projects all '90s kids and teens are sure to appreciate.

  • Twin Peaks

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    The long, long, long awaited follow-up to David Lynch's beloved cult classic is finally here, and Showtime's Twin Peaks is just as surreal, gorgeous, funny, and terrifying as we hoped! Original cast members like Kyle MacLachlan and Sheryl Lee are back in fine and freaky form, while new additions including a completely hilarious Michael Cera and Naomi Watts seem like they've been in Twin Peaks all along. (But what was in that box?!?) 

  • Sister, Sister

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    Because there should always be at least one sitcom on TV involving wacky twin-related hijinks, a Sister, Sister update is reportedly in the works! Tia Mowry, who starred alongside her actual twin Tamera in the show, says she and her sister are on the hunt for a producer and writer but are definitely committed to making it happen. Fingers crossed!

  • Roseanne

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    Everybody's favorite working-class clan is coming back to network TV in 2018 when Roseanne returns to ABC -- with the original cast members! We can't wait to find out what one of TV's most relatable moms ever has to say about the current state of affairs.

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  • SpongeBob SquarePants

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    If at first The SpongeBob SquarePants Musical doesn't sound like something you'd be into, consider the fact that this Broadway-bound show features original songs from David Bowie, the Flaming Lips, They Might Be Giants, and Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith. Tickets go on sale June 26!

  • Will & Grace

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    The cast of Will & Grace had the kind of chemistry that was made for small-screen magic, so it only makes sense that the stars would eventually reunite! (And did you know the original was one of the first broadcast programs to have gay series regulars?) Coming to NBC sometime soon, we hope.

  • The Craft

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    Before #squadgoals, we had the witchy women of The Craft as inspiration -- and now the next generation is apparently getting their own version, though it's reportedly more of a "20 years later" than a remake. No word yet on whether any of the actors from the first movie will make a cameo ... but we hope it's Fairuza Balk! (No details yet on cast or release date.)

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  • Flatliners

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    Remember back in 1990 when it seemed like literally every movie had Julia Roberts in it? Flatliners was definitely the creepiest of those flicks, and now the story of med students who flirt with death only to stir up some serious supernatural trouble has been remade with Ellen Page and Nina Dobrev. Please oh please let Kevin Bacon make an appearance! (In theaters September 2017.)

  • Saved by the Bell

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    Hailed as "super camp," "bawdy," and "hilarious," Bayside: The Musical brings Saved by the Bell from the screen to the stage -- and turns such memorable episodes as the one where Jessie gets addicted to caffeine pills into song and dance numbers. (This Off-Broadway show is currently on break, but will be back!)

  • I Know What You Did Last Summer

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    Few details have been confirmed about the upcoming remake of classic teen slasher flick I Know What You Did Last Summer, but such names as Selena Gomez, Nina Dobrev, and Kristen Bell have all been thrown around. (TBH, we might prefer a sequel that brings Sarah Michelle Gellar back into the spotlight!)

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  • Heathers

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    Okay, so technically Heathers came out in the '80s, not the '90s (1988, to be exact), but the dark comedy earned its place on this list for helping to set the tone for a disillusioned decade. Considering the current state of affairs, we're not surprised it's coming back to life in the form of a TV series ... but we're not sure anything could ever live up to the source material.

  • Jagged Little Pill

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    Your angst-ridden adolescent fantasies are coming true: Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill is headed to Broadway, with Idina Menzel reportedly eyeing the lead. Directed by Diane Paulus (Waitress), the show will reportedly include tunes like "Ironic" and "Hand in my Pocket" and will tell the story of a "multigenerational family" (and, we assume, some very intense breakups!). 

  • Aladdin

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    Considering what a hit the recent remake of Beauty & the Beast turned out to be, it's no surprise that Aladdin is getting the live action treatment next! Guy Ritchie is slated to direct, but the roles have yet to be cast -- however, we do know it's going to be a musical!

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  • The Crow

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    While many actors -- including Bradley Cooper and Luke Evans -- have been attached to the planned remake of The Crow (which starred the late Brandon Lee), rumor has it the film might finally have its star in Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Justice League). We'd watch Khal Drogo do anything!

  • Jumanji

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    Don't expect the new version of 1995's Jumanji (starring the late, great Robin Williams) to look too much like the first. Starring Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Dwayne Johnson, this one is about kids playing with a magical video game instead of a board game -- and Johnson calls it a more of a "continuation" than a "reboot." 

  • Singles

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    This one goes out to everybody who wore out their Singles CD (and that's probably a lot of you). The chart-topping soundtrack of grunge-era greats has been reissued with a bunch of previously unreleased material including songs by Mudhoney, Paul Westerberg, and (in what ended up being a tribute of sorts) the late Chris Cornell. 

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