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7 TV shows from the '90s in need of an 'X-Files'-style reboot

The 1990s are having an excellent 2015, am I right? Twin Peaks and The X-Files have been slated for shortened reboots—revivals of the series that will give longtime fans something besides reruns to be excited about. It’s a testament to the power of television, and by power of television, I mean Laura Palmer, Mulder, and Scully.

With all these reboots coming down the television highway, it makes us wonder: What other ’90s shows deserve a second look? There are some obvious choices here: Dawson’s Creek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Blossom were all overwhelmingly popular shows that are clear favorites for a possible reboot one day. But for a minute, what if television got a little more creative and gave life to a series that might not automatically float to the top?

Here, in reverse order, are our seven (not always obvious) ’90s choices for modern reboots.

7. Baywatch (1989–1999)

How it ended: The “actual” end of Baywatch finishes with David Hasselhoff’s character, Mitch, trying to stop an old Navy SEAL who wants to blow up the beach with a bomb. Mitch is supposedly bombed at the end of the episode and dies. But he doesn’t really die, because Baywatch Nights happens for two years after that. But for all intents and purposes, Baywatch ends with Mitch dying.
How to bring it back: I’m 100 percent kidding—Baywatch should not come back. Sometimes you have to let things go, albeit in slow-motion.

6. Roseanne (1988–1997)

Roseanne cast

How it ended: In a super-controversial finale, Roseanne’s family continues to live richly after winning the lottery. Darlene and David have a baby, and Becky and Mark are expecting. Roseanne’s character takes the second half of the episode to explain that a great deal of the series was a lie, as she took the liberty as a mother to write the ending she wanted—the story she believed was best for her family.
How to bring it back: Tell the story that actually happened in an eight-episode miniseries. Set it in the modern day and tell the Connors’ story as it would have played out in Roseanne’s actual life. Also, bring back both Sarah Chalke and Lecy Goranson to fight for the role of Becky, once and for all.

5. Dinosaurs (1991–1994)

How it ended: In a rather serious turn for the dramatic, Dinosaurs ended in an ice age because they did not take care of the earth. It can be assumed that everyone, including Baby Sinclair, died. Not fun at all. I mean, Al Gore was right, but MAJOR buzzkill.
How to bring it back: How great would it be if they survived the ice age? The first suggestion would be simply that, and name it How to Get Away with Murdering the Earth. The second, more realistic option would be a prequel, which could keep all the same characters and just give us some fun time with the Dinosaurs again, even if there’s nothing to be wrapped up.

4. Touched by an Angel (1994–2003)

Touched By an Angel cast

How it ended: The angel duties of Tess and Monica come to an end as Monica is tested by the case of Zac—who, in a totally surprising turn of events, is Jesus Christ himself. The Devil is the prosecutor. Monica, after nine seasons, passes her final test, cries while telling her supervisor angel Tess goodbye, and drives off in her Cadillac convertible. I’m not even kidding you.
How to bring it back: Valerie Bertinelli played an angel-in-training named Gloria. No one should have to explain this, but this is Valerie’s chance to come back, do the entire series over, and give the world a chance to see a 21st-century show that puts Jesus Christ on trial for murder, with Satan as the prosecutor. It might just be bold enough to work twice.

3. Murder, She Wrote (1985–1996)

How it ended: Angela Lansbury must have been EXHAUSTED, because this show happened for 12 seasons. But all in all, the show ended on a typical murder, like most of the other episodes. The show was moved from its normal Sunday night prime position to Thursday nights, where it eventually drowned in the flood of popular Thursday-night programming. There were a couple of movies, but ultimately, Murder, She Wrote was murdered itself. As much as we’d love to see Jessica Fletcher again, this reboot would be justice for Angela Lansbury.
How to bring it back: Little known fact—there was almost a reboot with Octavia Spencer in the title role, but here’s how the show should actually be brought back: Just bring back Angela Lansbury. Yes, she’s 90 years old, and she can probably tell a good murder mystery better than anybody else there is. The woman got approximately 94,000 nominations as Jessica Fletcher. The best way to bring back this show is to simply bring back Angela.

2. Homicide: Life on the Street (19931999)

How it ended: By the time Homicide: Life of the Street got to its seventh season, it was standing on its last leg. NBC considered canceling the little police procedural that could, but it made it into the 1999 season. After that season, it was granted a TV movie, because that’s how you ended things in the ’90s. Lieutenant Giardello, now a mayoral candidate, ends the series in the afterlife with two former characters from the show. They hint that the next death in the police unit will join them, but viewers never find out who it is.
How to bring it back: Lieutenant Giardello’s son, Mike, comes to take over the unit and puts Homicide: Back to the Streets into motion for one more time around.

1. Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993–1998)

Jane Seymour and Joe Lando

How it ended: Jane Seymour did not know what she was getting herself into with #DQMW. To be honest, DQMW tackled sexism, racism, homophobia, and even featured a mastectomy—and it was 1867, y’all. Honestly, who even knows how this show existed in 1993 on a Saturday night? After quite the difficult road, Michaela and Sully end up together, Colleen graduates from medical school (!!), and Brian gets a job at The Boston Globe. Everything is good, mostly, and Dr. Quinn and Sully live happily ever after.
How to bring it back: Similar to the second-best option for a reboot (Murder, She Wrote), all that needs to be done to bring back DQMW is to simply bring it back. After some extensive research, it’s clear that the cast isn’t too busy, save Jane Seymour and her Open Hearts collection for Kay Jewelers … but those campaigns practically run themselves. Put on that bonnet again, Dr. Mike! We need you back in the saddle, girl—both literally and figuratively.


What ’90s show needs to be rebooted next? Did something you love not make the list? Or maybe you just agree that Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman is the supreme ’90s reboot to end them all. If so, join me in my campaign to bring Mike and the gang back to life through Dr. Quinn Medicine Mondays—when we start recapping the show from scratch. In the meantime, we can all just live in the past and relish the characters that were taken away too soon.

Except Mitch from Baywatch, who just needs to stop.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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