It feels like all our faves are being rebooted lately. Charmed and Roswell are both back on TV like it’s 1999. One Day at a Time and S.W.A.T. are re-imagined versions of 70s shows. Netflix brought Full House, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Carmen Sandiego back from the depths of my childhood. Hell, there are even a million spinoffs floating around, like Grown-ish, Legacies, and Good Trouble, with fresh takes on old universes. Whirrings of L Word, Party of Five, and Buffy remakes are making waves. And just yesterday, we learned The Baby-Sitter’s Club is coming back!
I always get nervous when things like this get announced; I was especially wary for Charmed, because I loved that original series, and when it was mentioned that the original Halliwell sisters weren’t really on board for the new version…I just wasn’t sure how it would all go. But it’s one of the most (excuse the word choice) charming new shows on television this season. It’s more racially diverse and gayer than the original, and it’s different enough that it feels like it both pays homage to the original and also created a distinctly new show.
I know sometimes the first instinct when a reboot or remake is announced is panic, but the truth is, there’s room in this world for as many good or bad versions of shows and movies as they can make. A new version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer isn’t going to change the fact that the original helped shape me into who I am today. So while I do wish there were slightly less in volume (just because I’m ready for new stories!!) it can be nice to imagine what some of our faves would be like if they were re-made today. Like if there was a new adult version of Ghostwriter, or a re-imagining of Punky Brewster as a quirky, queer teenager.
What shows did you love when you were younger that you want to be rebooted? How would you make it better? Or gayer? Or what show would you bring back from the dead that was cancelled too soon? What reboots are you loving or hating? What are your hopes, dreams and fears for the new L Word? I want to talk about it all!
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