24 Beloved TV Shows From the '90s & '00s We Need Rebooted ASAP

Samantha Sutton | Feb 7, 2019 TV
24 Beloved TV Shows From the '90s & '00s We Need Rebooted ASAP
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Saved by the Bell
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We know celebrities don't always like to hear this, but we'll never -- as in, for as long as we live and maybe even beyond that -- forget some of the more iconic roles that they've played. Sarah Michelle Gellar will never not be known as the bada**, vampire-slaying Buffy Summers. Jennifer Aniston will always be Rachel Green from Friends to us (just like David Schwimmer will always, always be Ross Geller). And will there never be a day when we don't look at Alfonso Ribeiro and think "Oh, it's Carlton Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air!"

Umm ... probably not -- especially if he's really taking ownership over those signature dance moves and suing video games like Fortnite for stealing them.

With all the reboots and remakes happening, both on the small screen and in the movies, our mind is really stuck in the past right now -- which is why we can't help but think, "What if?"

What if all of these actors and actresses opted to play their most famous characters one more time? What if we added even more reboots to that ever-growing list?

Of course, it's not just the stars (some of which shot to super fame after their series ended) that we're hoping to see grace our screens once more. It's those '90s and '00s shows in general, complete with their relatable themes and shocking plot lines that we miss. We feel nostalgic for turning on the TV and finding out what that person who we related to or were fascinated with was up to now. 

So far, Beverly Hills, 90210 is set to make a comeback (yay!), and Gossip Girl round two is also in talks. There may even be a whole new Friday Night Lights coming in the near future. So, as long as the networks remain open for it, we have a few TV show reboot suggestions to add in.

Here are 20 of our favorite TV shows from the '90s and '00s we want rebooted.

  • 'The O.C.'

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    The O.C. TV show
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    Wealthy, troubled teens, love, and a ton of drama? This show had it all. And while Mischa Barton likely wouldn't make a return (because, RIP Marissa), at the very least, Rachel Bilson is down. She even (jokingly) gave the reboot/spin-off a name in an interview last year: Summer Time in the O.C.

  • 'The Nanny'

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    Fran Drescher has suggested having Cardi B be part of any reboot, and, TBQH, we're into it! Either way, those quick comebacks, silly scenarios, and iconic outfits all deserve to be back on TV.
  • 'Dawson's Creek'

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    We still have so many unanswered questions following the Dawson's Creek finale that left us guessing right up until the very end (lot of will-they, won't-they moments, and also, death).

    We need an update! Plus, we want to see what Joey and Pacey are up to, assuming they're still together.

  • 'Lizzie McGuire'

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    Despite the success of Younger, this will always be Hilary Duff's most iconic role. Why? Because this coming-of-age story -- with humor, awkwardness, and so many lessons -- was just that good.

    Now maybe Lizzie is the mom? Like a Girl Meets World situation? Go, go, go!

  • 'The Suite Life of Zack & Cody'

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    We understand that there was The Suite Life on Deck, but this is mainly here because the Sprouse brothers are full-grown adults now (and pretty easy on the eyes -- ask a Riverdale fan) ... though they no longer act together. 

    Two words, guys: Missed opportunity.

  • 'Sister, Sister'

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    Speaking of twins, we need Tia and Tamera back together, too! Apparently, they tried to do a Sister, Sister reboot with the whole fam (and Roger, of course), but encountered some "legal hiccups" that ruined it for everyone -- for now.

    We're still holding out hope that something will come up in the future. At the very least, we did get a Lifetime Christmas movie where Jackée Harry and Tim Reid played Tia's parents. 

    More of that, please!

  • 'Smallville'

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    Superheroes are a huge part of TV and movies today, but we'll never forget when Clark Kent was just a kid trying to make it through high school with a crush on Lana Lang. This story line was great (at the beginning, at least), and we're down for an refresh -- minus any characters who have had legal troubles in real life.

    Side note: This Is Us's Justin Hartley, Supernatural's Jensen Ackles, and even The Vampire Diaries's Ian Somerhalder all had roles on this show, which we failed to fully appreciate at the time. Can we at least get all of those guys on screen together? Maybe?

  • 'The Golden Girls'

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    Sadly, most of the core cast has passed away, but we still have the iconic Betty White -- and Jennifer Aniston did say she'd like to remake the show with Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow down the road. 

    Regardless of who stars in it, it would be great to have more stories about older women and friendship on TV. Just look at the success of Grace and Frankie!

  • 'Friends'

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    Friends TV show
    NBC

    Listen, there were a lot of kids on that show toward the end -- Ben, Phoebe's triplets, Emma, Monica and Chandler's twins. What if all of the kids are grown up, living in New York, and, because the rent is actually even more outrageous than it was in the '90s, need to be roommates?

    Just a thought!

    (And, of course, the parents would make guest appearances.)

  • 'That '70s Show'

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    What happened in the other decades?! We need to know. Maybe the reboot can take place in the '90s!

  • 'Saved By the Bell'

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    Saved by the Bell photo
    NBC

    Basically every member of the cast has been asked about Saved by the Bell reboot and they've all they'd consider it if, one, the script was worth it (agree), and two, if everyone could find the time between their other shows and commitments.

    Sounds like it's time to start writing and clearing those schedules!

  • 'Freaks and Geeks'

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    Oh, Freaks and Geeks. This series had an amazing cast (and crew -- Judd Apatow was an executive producer) and was gone way too soon. What the heck happened after Lindsay Weir got off the bus and decided to follow the Grateful Dead on tour? 

    Paul Feig, who created the series, said he pictured her ending up as a human-rights lawyer in the end, and that Kim Kelly was going to get pregnant in high school -- so maybe we can start there.

  • 'One Tree Hill'

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    We had the reunion special on Lifetime where the cast seemed into the idea of doing ... something together, whether it was a true One Tree Hill Christmas movie, a reboot, or a different show entirely but with the same cast. We did get a decent set up for a comeback in the series finale, though, so we're keeping our fingers crossed!

  • 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'

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    Trademarks were filed for a show based on a Fresh Princess of Bel-Air, but Alfonso Ribeiro sort of shut down any possibility of having the OG cast reunite, mostly due to James Avery's (aka Uncle Phil's) passing, and the fact that the cast is a lot older.

    "Do we really want to see Will and Carlton in their 40s and 50s?" he asked on PeopleTV's Chatter in October 2018. "I think people think they want to see that, but I don’t think people really want to see that."

    Um, we beg to differ!

  • 'Seinfeld'

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    For years, this cast has been toying with our emotions, and we're not just talking about that mini reunion on Curb Your Enthusiasm, either. Jerry Seinfeld once suggested that fans "continue to love it instead of us tampering with something that went pretty well." But then he told Ellen DeGeneres a reboot is "possible."

    So, which is it?!

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus seems to know the answer. In October 2018, she revealed, "I don't think he wants to do it," when talking about Jerry. "There is no way that man wants to come back and do 'Seinfeld.' I'm pretty busy right now, he is, too." 

    She did, give us a glimmer of hope, though, adding "If he asks me to do anything, I'll do it.”

    Ask her! Ask her! At least one little special?

  • 'Felicity'

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    It's been over 20 years since the show first premiered, but Felicity's college experience (and head-turning haircut) still holds a special place in people's heart. In 2018, the cast -- especially Scott Speedman -- said on the Today show that they would be down for a reboot. Keri Russel even suggested doing a Felicity Christmas special. "Like we go to Hawaii episode," she said. "That would be great.”

    Scott Foley, however, isn't convinced that they could recreate the show's initial magic.

    Ugh!

  • 'The Office'

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    The Office photo
    NBC

    The cast is still close. The GIFs are viral. People continue to binge-watch the whole series on Netflix. It sounds like it's time for everyone from The Office to get back together and make us crack up again, right?

    Not exactly. At least according to Steve Carrell, who noted how much the the world has changed in an interview with Esquire. "I mean, the whole idea of that character, Michael Scott, so much of it was predicated on inappropriate behavior," he said.

    "I mean, he's certainly not a model boss. A lot of what is depicted on that show is completely wrong-minded. That's the point, you know? But I just don't know how that would fly now. There's a very high awareness of offensive things today -- which is good, for sure. But at the same time, when you take a character like that too literally, it doesn't really work."

    But ... Pam and Jim?!

    The good news (or at least OK news) is that Steve is reuniting with the show's executive producers and Netflix to bring us a whole new workplace comedy called Space Force, which will focus on fictional people trying to make the new armed forces unit a reality.

  • 'Martin'

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    Rumors of a reboot went wild in early 2018, when Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell-Martin, and Tichina Arnold were spotted together.

    Of course, Thomas Mikal Ford passed away in 2016, so that would have to be addressed in some way, but Tichina later told ET that if everyone were able to make it work with their schedules, and if they could figure out what exactly they could "rebirth" from what they had, it could happen.

    Fingers crossed!

  • 'Alias'

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    HBO's Camping convinced us of one thing: We need more Jennifer Garner on TV -- preferably as the badass Sydney Bristow. In October 2018, the actress said she'd heard about an Alias reboot happening, but no one talked to her about it.

    (WTF?!)

    "If they didn't have me on as a guest, I would be very, very angry," she told The Hollywood Reporter.

    Same!

  • 'My So-Called Life'

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    My So-Called Life
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    Teen angst. Awkwardness. Stars before they made it big. There's so much to love about this show, and we were really left wanting more. While not everyone is on board with My So-Called Life coming back, we'd be into seeing something with future generations, or a even loose remake -- anything, really!

  • 'Lost'

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    This sci-fi show was packed with suspense and surprises that kept people tuning in week after week -- which is probably why Karey Burke, ABC programming chief, is into the possibility of bringing it back.

    "I would like that very much," she said in February 2019. "That's a reboot I would be interested in seeing."

    While the folks behind the show have argued that the core characters' story lines are done, there's always a possibility that a new group of people could head to the island, which we wouldn't have an issue with.

  • 'The Baby-Sitters Club'

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    It started with the books that we devoured, then a movie, and also a short-lived TV show. But isn't it time to bring it back for younger generations? What would this group of girls look like in 2019, complete with today's technology and social issues? 

    We're willing to find out, and, since the idea is apparently being shopped around, we're hoping it's sooner rather than later.

  • 'Girlfriends'

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    Girlfriends tv show photo
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    Eight years of watching, relating to, and loving these characters -- and then zero closure for fans because of a cancellation?

    Unacceptable

    The show's creator, Mara Brock Akil, has said she would love to tie things up, maybe even with a movie, but would need for the cast to be on board -- and the money to make it.

    Kickstarter, anyone? It worked for Veronica Mars!

    Of course, there's always the possibility of having a full remake, too, should the casting be right. Hmm ...

  • 'Are You Afraid of the Dark?'

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    There is a movie headed our way, but what we liked about the show is that there was a new, quick, scary-but-not-AHS-scary story each week.

    Let's bring that back to TV!

    Please?!

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