Trends are fun until they get out of control. For movies, this arguably manifests itself through an industry's undying obsession to set up cinematic universes to match the successes of Marvel and DC. For television, we've seen a trend emerge where it become standard to revive, reboot or even create a sequel series to a beloved '90s or '00s TV show (see the recent hype around the Roswell reboot for proof). While some have been welcome additions to the small screen, others...not so much.
TV's latest obsession is working its way into total overload. With networks looking to cash in on the trend, more and more shows are being looked at for potential revivals. While this may seem like a good idea, given that every show has some sort of lasting fan base yearning for another another season to add the storylines they love so much, sometimes it's a good idea for a network to just say "No." Here are 10 shows that should definitely not fall prey to the trend of being rebooted, revived, or even being given a sequel series.
1. 'Dawson's Creek' (1998-2003)
Teen-centric shows were all the rage back in the late '90s. The WB most certainly cashed in on that trend by bringing Dawson's Creek to life. As much love as the show garnered over its six seasons on the air, grown adults playing far younger characters is just so cliché. Not to mention most of the core cast of actors on this show have worked hard to move on from the precocious teen image they were so often attributed to on the show.
2. 'Xena: Warrior Princess' (1995-2001)
Before Buffy, there was Xena. A badass warrior of television like audiences had never seen before — and one that audiences will likely never see again. TV has evolved and now it would be hard for a show like this to compete in an genre dominated by Game Of Thrones. Also, given #NBC's recent and failed attempt to revive the franchise without the involvement of stars Lucy Lawless and Renée O'Connor, it's best to leave this series with its heartbreaking yet powerful finale and thus, forever at peace.
3. 'Daria' (1997-2001)
For an animated series that originally broke out as a spinoff of Beavis and Butthead, #Daria did exceedingly well during its run, and maybe even better than its predecessor. It received acclaim from critics and audiences alike, but creator Glenn Eichler believed after the Season 5 finale of the series there just wasn't any more story to tell. Even though fans were given another look when Eichler brought the series back for two TV movies, one serving as a proper finale for the beloved animated sitcom. Though fans would love to see more, is it really worth taking a chance on ruining what already concluded with a fantastic finale?
4. '3rd Rock From The Sun' (1996-2001)
3rd Rock is another prime example of "It's too good to risk a reboot." This sitcom had it all in terms of writing, casting and audience appreciation. Better still, it was hilarious and fun. But that said, there's no need to bring this one back. It's great as is and any kind of revival could never hope to compare to the original run.
5. 'Sex And The City' (1998-2004)
Sex and the City as a series had a good run back in the day but it's definitely time to just let it go. A cancelled spinoff, one lackluster film, a terrible sequel to said lackluster film, and behind-the-scenes drama cancelling a third entry should put all the necessary nails in the coffin of this series so it can just go away forever. Let it go, HBO. Let it go.
6. 'Frasier' (1993-2004)
This was another acclaimed spinoff series that simply just ran its course. Granted, the show is considered one of the best to ever air on TV. The critics loved it, the network loved it and the fans showed up week after week. However, 11 seasons is a really long run for a sitcom. Any kind of revival might end up just wearing viewers out, even if it could survive amongst the current shows ruling television today.
7. 'Friends' (1994-2004)
I'm sorry fans, but this one should just never happen for so many reasons. The first being that many Friends cast members really do not want any part in a revival and they've been pretty open about that. Another is the actors don't just want to be attributed solely to #Friends their entire careers. And lastly, you can't just stick a bunch of bland white people in an apartment anymore. Diversity is important and it's here to stay.
8. 'Charmed' (1998-2006)
There's a reason these TV reboots and sequels keep dying: a show cannot work without the original cast because they made the show what it was back in the day. The series finale of #Charmed gave closure to the series as a whole and showcased a future where all the sisters were able to put aside fighting the endless swarms of darkness to find peace and happiness in marriages, as mothers, and in their careers. Why mess with a happy ending like that?
9. 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' (1997-2003)
With this series, there's this huge debate between want and need. Do fans want a revival? Most definitely. But do they need it? Depends on who you ask and what it'll take to do it again. A film reboot was attempted a few years ago and failed. #Netflix expressed interest in a revival, but that didn't even get past suggestion stage. Without all the major players, it just can't work. Sarah Michelle Gellar doesn't really want to do it again, so what's the point? Buffy ended on a good note and diehard fans of the series have found much needed comfort in the continuing comics from Dark Horse. Let's do the best we can to preserve the excellence of #BuffyTheVampireSlayer as long as possible, before the Hollywood greed machine decides on a total reboot instead.
10. 'Rugrats' (1990-2006)
In my opinion, this is the best animated series of the 90's, hands down. #Rugrats is a staple in every 90's childhood. It established a legacy no other cartoon can ever come close to achieving. A future-set spinoff of the iconic cartoon was already produced on Nickelodeon shortly after the original came to an end. Though I'd love to see Nickelodeon breathe life into this series again, almost all of the audience has totally aged out of the demographic. So, if the audience isn't there, what's the point of bringing it back?
These are just some of the shows that should definitely not be up for consideration when it comes to rebooting or reviving a TV show; the memories and the original storylines are just to embedded in the consciousness of the fandoms to risk tarnishing. Let's just hope this Roswell reboot is one of the final shows from this era to get this kind of treatment.
Do you agree with my list? Which shows that ran in the '90s and '00s do you think should be kept solely in the past? Let me know in the comments below!