Acceptable in the 90s: the shows TV should reboot – and some to avoid
For some reason – maybe it’s age, maybe it’s nostalgia, maybe it’s a complete lack of imagination – we are about to be inundated with brand-new versions of shows from the 1990s. Before the end of the year, the US streaming service Peacock will unveil its Saved By the Bell reboot. Last week, Will Smith announced that the same service has picked up Bel-Air, a gritty reboot of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Not to be outdone, today Disney+ has announced a new series called Doogie Kameāloha MD which, for want of a better description, is Doogie Howser MD – but Hawaiian.
This means two things. First, that this is television’s death spiral. Second, it means that every other kid-friendly TV show from the 1990s is suddenly hot property. More are undoubtedly to come, so here are five that are ripe for revival and five that should probably stay dead.
Saved By the Bell has already been snapped up. But the good news is that, so far, the same cannot be said for its legion of imitators. The most notable of these was Hang Time, which was essentially Saved By the Bell but with basketball. Want a borderline hysterical drug episode? You got it. Want something that heavily features the inclusion of pizza as an aspirational food? You got it. Want Dustin Diamond to blunder in and generally stink up the place as Screech? You got it. This has the potential to be a classic reboot for the three people who remember it ...
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