When the news broke from the Friends writer and producer, David Crane, saying that an official reunion will never happen, so did my heart. I wanted an actual reunion, not just some late night talk show sketch where they get a few cast members together. I wanted the real deal! When asked if he would be interested in an exclusive interview with Metro, Crane said:
'No. Absolutely not. Definitely, definitely not...It’s not like we’re not on television. We did everything we wanted to do. We finished it right and put a perfect bow on it. There’s no reason to go back and revisit them."
And with that, I shed a small tear. Not just for the untapped potential of a Friends reunion, but for all of the lost shows out there. Whether they be cut before their time, or if we could have watched a million more seasons regardless of how many years it had been on the air, there are some shows where the futures of our favorite characters are left to our imaginations.
Here are a few shows that still haven't had an onscreen reunion, and may not ever, but the door still hasn't been completely closed! While prospects might be grim for some, there hasn't been a definite "no" yet, thankfully.
Freaks and Geeks
Why was Judd Apatow and Paul Feig's brilliant show canceled after just one season? We may never know. And if we do know, the answer won't be good enough for us. There is just no excuse! Look at that cast. Look at it! Of course, the network could never have predicted that nearly all of these actors would be the successes that they became, but still...shame to whoever gave this one the axe. Shame I say!
Prospects aren't great, but it's still not ridiculous to say it's a possibility. In a 2012 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Feig said:
"I mean it could be great, but if it’s anything less than great, then it just waters down the memory of the rest of the show. For some reason that becomes the last thing you’ve done, and I always feel like if you don’t get it right it erases the memory of what came before it. But I don’t know. If we came up with a great idea, who knows?"
And Apatow expanded a bit...
"I love the question mark at the end of the series, so I never want to know more than that. It is the reason why you don’t want to find out what happened, like when they got off the bus in The Graduate...That’s the main reason why it doesn’t feel interesting to do. But whenever we see any of the actors together, they have just such ridiculous chemistry that you could tell you could put them in any situation and they would be really interesting to watch, and sparks would fly. So there’s a chance I’m just completely wrong."
While Apatow makes a great point, especially because the chemistry of the cast has been tested time and time again in his films, all of these people have moved on with their lives. Many of them are doing bigger and better things! Is it really worth the risk of diluting the awesomeness of the only season of Freaks and Geeks for a reunion? On the other hand, seeing this cast grown up together would be incredible.
Whether or not the cast will ever reunite onscreen is somewhat up in the air. Lucky for us, Vanity Fair did a photo shoot of the entire cast together. So that's pretty great.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer ran for 7 seasons between 1997 to 2003. These teens made my high school experience look like a total breeze, which, of course, I loved. While we were lucky enough to hang out with Buffy and the gang for 144 episodes worth of shenanigans and world-saving, I'm crazy selfish so I would like to see some more.
Again, not too shabby. When discussing her show with the late Robin Williams, The Crazy Ones, with E! in 2013, she said:
"Joss (Whedon) and I always talk about (a movie), But the thing with Buffy is that Buffy was a movie, and it ultimately didn't work as a film. And I mean, we had such miles to overcome when we were trying to do a TV show based on a movie. And one of the reasons is that the story works better over time...If there was ever the right story, we would do it."
So it sounds like a Kickstarter campaign might be in order. If Veronica Mars could do it, surely Buffy could too. Is there one already? Does anyone have a story for a Buffy movie? Let's get this ball rolling, people!
She then joked:
"At this point, the stake would be my walker and I would be hobbling in."
Much like the cast of Freaks and Geeks and Friends, many of the cast members still hang out...
Isn't it great to see everyone hanging out over 10 years after the show ended?
Sadly, Sarah Michelle is right. Even though she's only 36, maybe playing Buffy Summers wouldn't suit her anymore. Despite our many "Where Are They Now?" posts, I find myself struggling with the fact that celebrities from TV series age beyond their characters. I still see Mary-Kate and Ashley and think, "Weren't they just playing Michelle on Full House?" And they're older than I am!
As much as I hate to say it... it might not be fair to these actors, and to ourselves as viewers, to push for these shows to come back if it's not in the interest of the cast. But this fandom is so strong, I think we would want to see the Scooby Gang together even if they were pushing 90. If they're game, I'm game!
That '70s Show
From 1998 to 2006, the cast of That '70s Show were some of the raddest teens on the air. Or, if you look at it from the show's timeline, from 1976 to 1979. As was the case with Buffy, we are in no short supply of episodes. The series boasts 8 seasons and 200 episodes. At a running time of 22 minutes per episode, that's like 3 whole days worth of TV. Do we really need the basement smoke sessions to run through to the '80s? Perhaps not. But I still want to see it.
I feel like it's somewhere in between Freaks and Geeks and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. That is totally just speculation on my part, but as far as I know, no one from the cast or crew has shut this down as a possibility.
In a 2011 interview with E!, Wilmer Valderrama, who played Fez on the show, discussed the possibility of a reunion. He stated:
"We've talked about it...You know, I retired the Fez voice after the last episode...I've never done it again, and I kind of miss being that silly. I'm not gonna lie."
Talking about it might only be one step, but it's the first step on the journey to reunion-dom! Also, we know that some of the cast members are still close as was seen in this Instagram posted by Hyde...I mean, Danny Masterson.
Also, two of the stars, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, are currently engaged and very close to having a little bundle of That '70s Show joy! I don't know if that makes a reunion more or less likely, but it's still great news. Oh, how I would love to see Kelso and Jackie together in the show and in real life.
Of the many, many shows out there that should have on screen reunions. These are just three of my personal favorites. After Arrested Development aired their fourth season on Netflix a whole 7 years after the series ended, thinking that a new special, season, or movie is not entirely out of the question. You know, maybe all shows should have reunions. And then the reunions can have reunions. So meta.
What TV shows would you want to see a reunion special, season, or movie of? Let me know in the comments!