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9 kids' shows that also deserve a 'Full House'-type revival

Between Disney bringing back DuckTales and the recent news about Netflix possibly rebooting Full House (Gibbler included!), it sure is a great time to be a ’90s kid—or just a fan of quality children’s entertainment. After all, the shows we watch (and love) as kids become an important part of our childhood memories.

And while some of our beloved shows are getting another shot at life, we can’t help but think of a few other childhood favorites that also deserve to grace our screens a second time. With that in mind, we’d like to submit our top choices for a present-day revival:

Captain Planet (1990–1996)
Unfortunately for Gaia, things haven’t improved much for the earth since the show ended its six-season run 19 years ago. Luckily, summoning Captain Planet (and rebooting the show) is simply a matter of recruiting a new team of just-as-diverse teenagers to serve as Planeteers. Gooo Planet!

Eerie, Indiana (1991–1993)
Marshall Teller might have been a distant relative of Fox Mulder, for all his insistence that there was more to this small town than met the eye. Full of pop-culture references and David Lynch-ian visuals, this show was prone to going meta before it became cool: One episode saw Marshall find a script for Eerie, Indiana before being transported “behind the scenes.” Though the show ended after only 19 episodes, we’re convinced that there’s enough weird left in Eerie to warrant another series.

So Weird (1999–2001)
Long before the Winchester brothers were hunting down demons, 14-year-old Fiona “Fi” Philips travelled around America seeking out the weird, supernatural, and just plain spooky. And over the course of two seasons—she left in the third—Fi encountered everything from Bigfoot to banshees as she tried to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance. But even though the second-season finale saw her face a three-headed demon before eventually encountering her father’s ghost, So Weird had plenty of other overarching mythology in play, which left Fi’s ending feeling a little rushed. Perhaps a reboot can visit a much older Fiona as she attempts to investigate another family member’s disappearance—say, her brother Jack’s?

Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996–2003)
Sabrina Spellman may have gotten her happily ever after when she rode off into the sunset on the back of Harvey’s scooter, but that doesn’t mean we still don’t want to know what she’s up to! An update to the series, or even a sequel (à la Girl Meets World) would be much appreciated. After all, any kid of Harvey and Sabrina would also have to deal with a mortal father and a witch for a mother. Who better to explain than everyone’s favorite half-witch? Not to mention, now that Melissa Joan Hart has been freed up, this series seems especially ripe for the rebooting.

In a Heartbeat (2000–2001)
In a television landscape that often has teenagers simply attending school, this Disney show was a breath of fresh air, as it focused on four high schoolers participating in a volunteer EMT program (which is an actual thing). Episodes usually revolved around how they balanced their personal lives with their educational and professional responsibilities. Though a new series might need a little updating, it would be nice to see teenagers save the day in the most normal way imaginable.

The Brothers Garcia (2000–2003)
With its focus on family and an older version of its protagonist (Larry Garcia) narrating each episode, this old Nickelodeon series was not unlike The Goldbergs. However, any update or sequel to this show would need to focus on one of Larry’s kids, and of course his or her siblings, while also allowing us to catch up with Larry’s own siblings. An additional bonus would be getting John Leguizamo to actually play the role of an older Larry.

The Proud Family (2001–2005)
It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 10 years since we bid the Prouds goodbye. That means it’s about time that they returned to our screens. Only this time, we could follow Bebe and CeCe as they go through their teen years—with updates of what’s going with Penny, of course.

Class of 3000 (2006–2008)
A few years before glee clubs became all the rage, music teacher Sunny Bridges (voiced by none other than Andre 3000) had his students work out their problems to music. But instead of covering hit songs and putting together medleys, these students came up with their own original songs—often to different styles of music. One listen to the show’s extremely catchy soundtrack proves that this is one class that needs to be back in session ASAP!

Young Justice (2011–2013)
When Robin, Kid Flash, and a few other superhero protégés get sick of being treated like sidekicks, they decide to band together and form their own version of the Justice League. However, this series was about more than just saving the world—it also dealt with the emotional and physical toll that took on these teenage heroes. In its two-year run, this show showcased its characters abusing their powers, losing limbs, and dealing with their rage issues, all the while proving that it’s not easy to be a hero. This series doesn’t need a reboot as much as it needs a third season—or at the very least, a movie—to give its fans some much-needed closure.

What about you? Are there any kids’ shows you want to see brought back from the dead? Let us know!

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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