The news that Netflix is planning to revive Gilmore Girls with its original cast and creator was met with jubilant cries across the Internet from GG fans… as well as cries of “Hey, what about my favorite show?” from many others. With recent resurrections of shows like Full House, Arrested Development and Coach (well, almost for that last one), TV fans have more hope than ever that their long-cancelled shows come back for seconds. But which ones do we really want to see?
Check out the Fuse staff’s wish list of recent television shows worth a reboot, on Netflix or otherwise!
Essentially the show that defined the mid-‘00s generation, a reboot of The O.C. could focus on what happens to Ryan, Seth and Summer as adults (no Marissa because she's dead, sorry Mischa Barton). Fans loved Seth and Summer's unexpectedly adorable relationship, and watching them as adults (or maybe parents!?) would keep us glued to Netflix. Plus, seeing what Sandy and Kirsten Cohen — or, of course, the sinster Julie Cooper — are dealing with today could be brilliantly done, too. - Jeff Benjamin
It's widely agreed upon that Freaks and Geeks being canceled in 2000, after a single 18-episode season, was a heinous crime. The show explored the confusing territory of high school identities and survival-via-friendship in a way that made the early-'80s setting incidental while also letting it sweeten the whole deal.
Now that Paul Feig and Judd Apatow are two of the most powerful people in Hollywood, how about they rally that amazing cast (James Franco, Seth Rogen, Linda Cardellini, Jason Segel, Martin Starr, so many more) and either follow them into 1990s adulthood, or even give ’em their own kids? It would be thrilling to see how the freaks/geeks/jocks/etc. dynamic has and hasn't changed. - Zach Dionne
My So-Called Life was the teen drama that should've ended all teen dramas. The beloved '90s show dealt with all things teenage and taboo: Drinking, drugs, sex...even depression and mental health issues, years before those became commonplace to discuss. At its best, the program was relatable—at its worst, frighteningly relatable because it was so anxiety-inducing. Oh, and who could forget Jordan Catalano's piercing baby blues? Sign us up...again. - Maria Sherman
Happy Endings aired for three amazing seasons from 2011 to 2013, and the Chicago-set sitcom was often compared to Friends due to a similar premise–a group of pals entering adulthood while living in a major city–but the tone was completely different. The ensemble cast possessed the type of chemistry and comedic timing that made viewers believe that these people really had been friends for years.
Despite the show’s second season being met with critical praise and steadily rising ratings, season 3 dipped, and ABC decided to pull the plug. Two years later, loyal fans are still fervent on social media, hoping for a reboot or reunion of some kind. - Mark Sundstrom
On the one hand, a poorly-rated but fiercely beloved drama lasting five full seasons — with perhaps the greatest series finale of all time — is cause for celebration. On the other hand… come on, what Friday Night Lights fan wouldn’t want to head back to Dillon? Even if a sixth season featured a new cast of high schoolers and their various troubles, it’d be worth it just to reunite Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton as the beautifully unflappable Eric and Tammy Taylor. Clear eyes, full hearts, a Friday Night Lights revival can’t lose. - Jason Lipshutz
Fun fact: The creators of this beloved WB drama actually filmed an alternate ending to their Season 4 finale, in case they got renewed for a fifth. The show that gave us Chris Pratt and Emily Van Camp never shied away from heavy topics for family-viewing hour (teen sex, adultery, depression, homosexuality, surrogacies… relatively risque topics for television in 2002) and we wonder the range of topics Ephram, Amy and Dr. Brown could deal with and shed light on in 2015. - Jeff Benjamin
There are few things that define the early-aughts quite like Lizzie McGuire. The fashion alone gives traumatizing flashbacks to the days of Limited Too and Lisa Frank, and the glorious days where we truly believed Hilary Duff and Aaron Carter were going to make it. The show also made sure to track the highs and lows of tweenagerdom (buying training bras, all the other non-training-bra iconic moments), but did it in a loving way that still resonates today. Here's hoping all kids 12-15 get their own Lizzie. - Maria Sherman
The fact that we even got four seasons of an hourlong comedy about a hopeless romantic who owns a bowling alley and runs his law practice out of it—wow. The series starred Tom Cavanaugh, Michael Ian Black (in a rare lovable turn), a very young Justin Long, Modern Family's Julie Bowen and Mad Men's John Slattery; its heart was as gooey as its comedy chops were sharp. A return to Stuckeyville would work perfectly, as Ed and Carol’s dynamic would wear well through any of life’s later stages. Hell, we'd even watch a series exclusively about Mike and Ed’s outrageous $10 bets. As long as we can keep the Foo Fighters’ “Next Year" on the title credits. - Zach Dionne
Yes, Girlfriends had a successful 8-season run from 2000 to 2008, but fans are still disappointed in the series’ abrupt ending. Like many shows at the time, the 2007-08 writers' strike really messed things up for the Mara Brock Akil-created dramedy. On Feb. 11, 2008, the CW randomly aired two episodes (filmed prior to the strike) back-to-back. Fans (and the show’s stars) wouldn’t find out until two days later that the CW had decided to cancel the series. To add insult to injury, the network also announced there would be no proper series finale. Fans who had come to love these characters over eight years were understandably perturbed to learn they wouldn’t get some kind of resolution.
To this day, fans still tweet the show’s stars (including Black-ish standout Tracee Ellis Ross) and creator, asking for a TV movie or special to tie up loose ends. Since Girlfriends ended, creator Brock Akil has kept busy, creating and producing hit series like the Girlfriends spinoff The Game (just ended in August after 9 seasons) and Being Mary Jane (starting its third season tonight). - Mark Sundstrom
Years before Adam Scott’s comedic breakthrough on Parks & Recreation, the lovably mousy character actor established himself as the heart of Party Down, a hilarious ensemble comedy on Starz. Playing the jaded sane member of a collection of Los Angeles catering wackos, Scott led a spirited crew that included Apatow regulars Ken Marino, Ken Jeong and Martin Starr, as well as Lizzy Caplan, breaking free from her Mean Girls chains years before owning Masters of Sex. From Steve Guttenberg’s unhinged guest spot to the episode titled “Nick DiCintio's Orgy Night,” Party Down was a lightly cynical comedy with a cast that radiated warmth. Two seasons were not enough. - Jason Lipshutz