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The 10 Worst TV Reboots

CBR 11/13/2022 Mayra Garcia
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Modern audiences reel on nostalgia. Remakes, revivals, and reboots get greenlighted every day in an attempt to remind older fans of previous, romanticized decades. Sometimes these reboots are welcomed by the fans with arms wide open, like DuckTales, which managed to maintain its charm while also becoming current. ​​​​​However, not all reboots stick the landing.

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Some of the best shows out there got hideous reboots that fans would like to forget. It's not just a matter of quality writing and proper acting skills; these shows also need to adapt to the needs of modern society. Without this, any reboot is bound to fail catastrophically.

Thundercats Didn't Make Fans Feel Nostalgic

A remake of the 1985 successful animation, ThunderCats follows a group of Thunderians living on Third Earth as they attempt to defeat Mumm-Ra. Led by Lion-O, the heir to the throne in Thundera, they try to find the three stones of power before Mumm-Ra does.

Contrary to the original series, the ThunderCats reboot is way darker, and it attempts to make more complex characters. However, this wasn't enough for fans. They likely wanted a show that gave the same '80s vibes as the previous cartoon, so it was canceled after one season.

The Odd Couple Had Obsolete Humor

Thomas Lennon and Matthew Perry star in The Odd Couple as Felix and Oscar, two radically different friends who end up as roommates when their wives leave them. This series is the seventh reboot of the 1974 homonym series, also based on Neil Simon's 1965 play.

The Odd Couple arrived too late to be successful. Although Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon are two comedy geniuses, the show's jokes constantly fall flat, which only makes the laugh track even more cringy. Additionally, some jokes felt too controversial, as if they came from a different decade.

Queer As Folk Didn't Stand Out Among Queer Shows

After a shooting in a queer nightclub, the lives of a sexually diverse group of friends change forever. Queer as Folk revolves around their struggle following this event, showing them as they deal with grief, toxic coping mechanisms, and social prejudice.

Contrary to the original show (which focused on three white gay men), the 2022 Queer as Folk made a valuable effort to be as diverse as possible. Unfortunately, in a time and age when great queer media shows are more and more common, this series didn't offer a compelling enough story, and it was canceled after the first season.

Kojak's Archetype Is Obsolete

In 2005, Anthony Piccirillo created a reboot of the '70s series, Kojak. This new version of the show followed Ving Rhames as Theo Kojak, a cliché detective working for the NYPD, solving different cases every episode. While the original show had five seasons, this remake only lasted one before its cancelation.

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When Kojak premiered in 1973, it was all the rage because street-level heroes were in fashion. The tough military man turned cop with catchphrases was a fan favorite of the time. Sadly for its reboot, this doesn't apply anymore for the 21st century, so neither Kojak nor his coworker was interesting enough to save the show.

Charmed Didn't Bring Anything New To The Table

When Mel, Maggie, and Macy, the three Vera sisters, reunite after years apart, they incidentally activate their magic, gaining different abilities. The three witches realize their fate is to be the Charmed Ones, the ones who will help people against all kinds of dark threats, like demons.

After the success of Aaron Spelling's original series, the CW underestimated the audience's interest in the show. The 2018 Charmed series did a great job with racial and queer representation, but this is the only thing it offered compared to the previous show. Since it never stood out from other shows, it eventually lost enough ratings to be canceled.

Charlie's Angels Had Nothing To Offer

In 2011, Alfred Gough and Miles Millar added a new project to the Charlie's Angels franchise with a series starring Annie Ilonzeh, Minka Kelly, and Rachael Taylor. The show follows Kate, Eve, and Abby, three women with exceptional abilities working for a spy company.

Like all other Charlie's Angels projects, this series follows the three women throughout different cases. Unfortunately, it didn't offer anything else. ABC canceled it after just its fourth episode, and the channel didn't even bother to air the last episode. Most critics agree that trusting an unknown cast to bring back such a beloved franchise is the real reason for its lack of success.

Bel-Air Was Not What Fans Wanted

A dramatic reboot of the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Bel-Air is mostly based on a short fan film by Morgan Cooper. The series, which follows a young version of Will Smith as he goes from the streets of West Philadelphia to Bel-Air's paradise, explores important topics like racism, unequal opportunities, and social pressure on Black people.

Bel-Air takes a more mature approach to this story, which adds extra layers to its characters. However, fans of the original show were expecting something with the same quirky vibe as the '90s sitcom but also as emotional as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was. This, combined with Bel-Air's poor writing, made the series something nobody wanted.

MacGyver Was Too Much Of A Cliché

Angus "Mac" MacGyver is an intelligent young man working for the government at the Phoenix Foundation, a covert agency. Like the original character, MacGyver is a resourceful agent and trained EOD technician who can use anything at his disposal to his advantage in dangerous situations.

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MacGyver was an excellent type of hero in the '80s when macho, resourceful guys were all the rage. However, in 2016 people had very different masculinity standards. What's more, these kinds of characters have been parodied ad nauseam, so they're mostly a joke by now. Not even Lucas Till's charisma saved MacGyver from being incredibly boring.

Nancy Drew Was All Over The Place

Based on Edward Stratemeyer's books, Nancy Drew centers on Nancy, a former teenage detective who resurrects her career in order to solve a mystery that involves her. Together with the Drew Crew, Nancy solves different mysteries in their town while also dealing with her teenage problems.

The main problem with Nancy Drew was its plot. Like most CW series, this show never decided its true genre, so it became a weird mix between a bad teen drama movie, a mystery show, and a supernatural story. Its many storylines eventually amounted to nothing, confusing and losing the audience.

Magnum P.I. Lacked Its Original Charm

Like the '80s series, 2018's Magnum P.I. follows Thomas Magnum (Jay Hernandez), a private investigator in Hawaii solving crimes while living in the house of famous author Robin Masters. Here, he meets Juliet Higgins, an ex-MI6 agent serving as Masters' majordomo, who also is Magnum's partner during investigations.

In the '80s, Magnum P.I. became a cultural phenomenon. This was in part thanks to Tom Selleck's appeal, but also because the laid-back detective archetype was in fashion. 21st-century audiences like their characters to be a little bit more complex, and Magnum's surf-boy vibes aren't enough to keep the show interesting. Unfortunately, the writing didn't help either.

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