6 TV Shows I Want to See Revived
The new X-Files revival kicked off this past weekend to mild reviews, and the two episodes were OK. The Heroes revival has come and gone, and won’t be getting a second season. Fuller House continues to loom on the horizon, an implied threat to everything we hold dear. Suffice to say, revivals of recent, popular TV shows with all or some of their original casts are all the rage these days.
What old, memorable shows would I like to see revived?
I love TV. I’ve been watching it since I was a little boy. I devoured all the glorious 1980s cartoons/glorified toy commercials, I watched TGIF with my family every Friday night, I grew up on the Golden Age of The Simpsons, and I graduated to smarter, better fare in college. I avoided reality TV like the plague, and now I’m enjoying all the great prestige TV that has erupted this decade.
But there are definitely shows out there I’d love to see come back. Join me after the jump for my ideas!
Firefly is one of the greatest TV shows of all time, and I think we all know this. Even though it had a truncated season more than a decade ago, which was aired out of order, Firefly remains incredibly popular to this day. Fans still talk about the glory days. The actors are still popular guests at comic and pop culture conventions. This is a show that defines cult classic, in part because it was cut off at the knees when it should have soared.
Firefly is amazing television. It has a glorious ensemble, all of whom have moments to shine over the course of their few short episodes. The humor is spot on. The action is rough, tumble and very personal. The whole concept, and each individual episode plots, are all highly imaginative. The first time I watched Firefly, which was after buying the DVDs, it was the only time I’ve watched a show and felt actual sorrow that there wouldn’t be any more. Firefly needs to come back.
Seriously, why isn’t the Firefly revival already announced? How the hell does the world even organize this whole TV show revival concept and not include Firefly in the lineup? Where did this even come from? I know that movies sometimes come back after several years, but TV shows? With the original casts returning? X-Files, Full House, Arrested Development, Heroes, Twin Peaks, Boy Meets World; the list goes on. How did this even start? And why wasn’t Firefly first on the list? This whole concept is tailor made to be what finally brings Firefly back to our TV screens!
There has to be someone at Netflix whose sole job is arranging a Firefly revival. Day in and day out, that person has to be on the phone to call the actors’ agents and Joss Whedon himself to make this happen. It’s the sort of news that would break the Internet. This is exactly the sort of thing Netflix became an entertainment powerhouse to do! They’re bringing back Full freakin’ House, they can bring back Firefly!
All of the actors would be on board, right? What are they doing otherwise? Nathan Fillion is still starring on Castle, but who the hell cares about Castle? He and Alan Tudyk started that Con Man web series specifically because they’re such pals and get so much attention at Comic-Cons. Morena Baccarin is starring in Gotham, but that’s not a big deal, right? And I suppose she’s in the new Deadpool movie too, but come on! This is a Firefly reunion, people! Make time in your damn schedules! Or maybe Inara would only make a couple of appearances. There are ways to make this work.
And c’mon, Joss Whedon’s got the time, right? What better way to do something small and personal after Age of Ultron than revive Firefly for a 6 episode mini-series or something.
I loved Carnivale on HBO. It was insane and stupendous, with a mythology that really sank its teeth into you. The imagery was unlike anything else on TV. Set at a traveling carnival in the Dust Bowl, it told the story of an avatar of good facing off against an avatar of evil. It was rich material, with fun characters, great moments; and it was cut down after only two seasons. The creators had six seasons planned, even if it’s hard to imagine what else they might have in mind for Carnivale. But they could just pick right back up where they left off. Maybe let a year or two pass in the show itself, and let’s see where they can really take it!
All y’all shouldn’t even be surprised at this point. It’s the only choice that makes any sense. You can’t bring back Freaks and Geeks, because all of those actors are big time Hollywood stars now, and they definitely can’t play high schoolers anymore. But the premise of Firefly would fit perfectly with checking in on the crew of the Serenity 10 years later. You know that Mal would still be flying, and I’m sure he’d still have most of the crew with him. Or at the very least, they could come up with a reason to get everybody back together in the first episode.
If Han Solo can return to the Millennium Falcon, then Malcolm Reynolds can return to Serenity.