In light of the recent news that John Stamos (Haaaave mercy!) is bringing back a reboot of Full House, aptly named Fuller House, I decided to start my formal campaign here for a few shows I’d like to see come back updated with all new casts on the glorious godsend we call Netflix.
The following are in no particular order (meaning, they’re just in the order I thought of them in):
1. Freaks and Geeks
Paul Feig’s short-lived masterpiece of kids growing up as outsiders in high school in the ’80s. I’m sorry, what? That sounds like the perfect show and you want to see so much of it? Yes, me too. It’s AMAZING. Now, part of Freaks and Geeks greatness lies in the cast: Linda Cardellini, Jason Segel, James Franco, Seth Rogen, Busy Phillips, etc. But it’s so awkward and so lovable and so great, that it could translate to a new cast of hooligans. Now that everyone’s on the Feig train, can someone please ask him to write this back. I wouldn’t even be mad if it still took place in the ’80s. (As a side note: If you haven’t seen this, go immediately to your own or someone else’s Netflix account and watch the first season. You’re welcome.)
2. Clarissa Explains It All
Will it be different if Sam doesn’t have to climb through the window via a ladder to the entrance music of a familiar guitar chord, but instead can send a warning text that he’ll soon be harmlessly breaking and entering in Clarissa’s bedroom with that bomb ass window seat? Sure. But if you keep the fantastic ’90s clothes and general optimistic spirit—plus, that ever-so-familiar feeling of having an annoying little brother—Clarissa rocked. And would continue to rock. She explained it all! Plus, Clarissa was the first show on Nickelodeon that featured a female lead (get it, girl!), so historic value and things. It’s also completely based on the premise that Clarissa spoke to us, the audience, directly, and everyone loves a good breaking of the fourth wall (amiright, Spacey?).
3. Party Down
At some point, we all have big dreams of Hollywood, forgetting that making it big also means being a cater waiter for awhile. This show—cancelled early due to low ratings (although the critics loved it!) and losing Jane Lynch and Adam Scott to bigger network shows—is a comedic look at the terrible, terrible jobs you take in order to just simply pay the bills, and how weird that job can make your life. There is nothing I love more than a TV show full of lovable misfits (see: Freaks and Geeks section, where the gif also features Martin Starr). Nothing. Also, I heard they may be making a Party Down movie, with the whole cast joining in on the fun—with maybe the exception of Jane Lynch, who is a Party Down pooper. (See what I did there?)
Joss Whedon, you wonderful, wonderful man. Where would we be without you? Lost. Firefly is everything you love about space, adventure, drama, and science-fiction, all wrapped up into one little masterpiece. It centers on a group of people who were on a losing side of civil war who now live on the fringe of society—like freakin’ space pioneers—in a spaceship called Serenity. Are. You. Kidding. Me. Why? Why is this not a thing anymore? Maybe it was just the series that we deserved in 2002, but not the one we needed. I think I speak for all of us when I say, we’re probably ready now—so let’s do it!
5. Three’s Company
You can make your own dream cast for this one, but I’m saying Anna Faris as Chrissy and Bill Hader as Mr. Stanley Roper. Okay, I totally get that the whole “You guys can only live together because Jack is gay,” plot line may or may not hold up, but think of all the crazy antics that would ensue! This show is so, so cute. John Ritter was everything in this show (seriously though, so wonderful) and it was classic comedy at it’s finest. Roommates are weird! Life is weird with roommates!
6. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Here we are again, Mr. Whedon. Everyone these days loves vampires and love triangles, right? RIGHT?! Bring back Buffy, so I can have hard opinions on who is better for her. I need something to believe in that passionately. This show, about a teen who must bear the responsibility of being the “chosen one… she alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness,” is great because it has the teen drama mixed with the supernatural vampire slaying, but not in a weird Twilight-y way. Dear Buffy, I more than kind of love you. Come back into my life.
7. Fraggle Rock
Come on, guys. Fraggle Rock? Amazing. This is all you need. #JimHensonForever
What’s better than dinosaurs themselves? Nothing—except a sitcom about dinosaurs. That’s right: a sitcom. Not a kids’ show, not a weird educational documentary that you sort of doze off during, but a sitcom. If you have never seen Dinosaurs, I am truly sorry. I cannot direct you to a place to find it. (BY THE WAY: If you do know somewhere I can watch Dinosaurs, tweet at me! I need that.) It has all the family, parenting, and workplace shenanigans you love about shows such as Roseanne and King of Queens. It also stars DINOSAURS. I literally cannot even.
Sound off in the comments and let me know what you want to see rebooted!