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In television, a revival is a television series that returns to produce new episodes after being off the air for a certain amount of time, particularly due to cancellation.[1] Network executives may decide to attempt to revive a television program when they feel that a market once again exists for it. It is one of several programming strategies television networks employ to capitalize further on successful programs; among the other methods are spin-offs, reboots, remakes, cast reunions, and television movies.

Unlike spin-offs, in which a television network creates an entirely new series around an existing character, a revival reintroduces most or many of the original program's storylines, characters, and locales, and usually attempts to resolve story arcs that the original run failed to complete. Revivals usually take place at some point after the original series ends. By contrast, reboots and remakes may feature many of the original characters, but are usually played by new cast members and without taking into account events or continuity that occurred during the original series.[2]

For the sake of simplicity, game shows, due to the large number of international franchisings and the much greater rate of cancellation and revival among them, are largely absent from this list.

List of television series revivalsEdit

Legend: "—" = denotes shared name with original work.

List of television series revivals
Original work Start date End date Revival Revival start date Revival end date Country of origin References
12 oz. Mouse 2005 2007 2020 United States
24 2001 2010 24: Live Another Day 2014 2014 United States [1]
Absolutely Fabulous 1992 1996 2001 2004 United Kingdom [3][4]
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 1965 Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1985 1989 United States
All Creatures Great and Small 1978 1980 1988 1990 United Kingdom [5]
All That 1994 2005 2019 present United States
American Dad! 2005 2014 2014 present United States
Arrested Development 2003 2006 2013 present United States
Beavis and Butt-Head 1993 1997 2011 2011 United States
The Boondocks 2005 2014 2020 United States [6]
The Brady Bunch 1969 1974 The Bradys 1990 1990 United States
Burke's Law 1963 1966 Burke's Law 1994 1995 United States [7]
The Carol Burnett Show 1967 1978 1991 1991 United States
Columbo 1968 1978 1989 2003 United States
Cubeez 1999 2001 2020 United Kingdom
Dallas 1978 1991 Dallas 2012 2014 United States [8][9]
Doctor Who 1963 1989 2005 present United Kingdom
Fantasy Island 1977 1984 Fantasy Island 1998 1999 United States [10]
Family Guy 1999 2002 2005 present United States
Figure It Out 1997 2000 2012 2013 United States
Futurama 1999 2002 2010 2013 United States
Get Smart 1965 1970 Get Smart 1995 1995 United States
Gilmore Girls 2000 2007 2016 2016 United States [11]
Ghost Hunters 2004 2016 2019 United States [12]
Hi-5 1999 2011 2017 present Australia
The Liver Birds 1969 1979 1996 1996 United Kingdom
Mission: Impossible 1966 1973 Mission: Impossible 1988 1990 United States [13]
Murphy Brown 1988 1998 2018 2018 United States [14]
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1988 1999 2017 present United States
The Outer Limits 1963 1965 The Outer Limits 1995 2002 United States
Prison Break 2005 2009 2017 present United States [15][16]
Roseanne 1988 1997 The Conners[17] 2018 present United States [18]
Rugrats 1991 2004 2020 United States [19]
Samurai Jack 2001 2004 2017 2017 United States [20]
Sanford and Son 1972 1977 Sanford 1980 1981 United States
Star Wars: The Clone Wars 2008 2013 2020 United States [21]
Till Death Us Do Part 1966 1968 1972 1975 United Kingdom
Till Death... 1981 1981
In Sickness and in Health 1985 1992
Trading Spaces 2000 2008 2018 present United States [22]
The Twilight Zone 1959 1964 The Twilight Zone 1985 1989 United States [23]
The Twilight Zone 2002 2003 United States [23]
The Twilight Zone 2019 present United States [24]
The X-Files 1993 2002 2016 2018 United States [1]
Teletubbies 1997 2001 2015 present United Kingdom
Twin Peaks 1990 1991 2017 2017 United States [25]
Whose Line Is It Anyway? 1998 2007 2013 present United States [26]
Will & Grace 1998 2006 2017 present United States [27]
WKRP in Cincinnati 1978 1982 The New WKRP in Cincinnati 1991 1993 United States

See alsoEdit

BibliographyEdit

  • Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (2003). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946–Present (8th ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-0-345-45542-0.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Wagmeister, Elizabeth (15 June 2015). "TV Revivals Making a Comeback: 'Coach,' 'X-Files,' 'Fuller House' & More". Variety.
  2. ^ "What's driving the resurgence of reboots, remakes and revivals in TV and film". ABC News. 31 May 2017. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  3. ^ Coggan, Devan (23 February 2016). "Absolutely Fabulous movie gets July release date". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  4. ^ Kreps, Daniel (27 April 2016). "Watch Cameo-Filled First Trailer for Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  5. ^ Slide, Anthony (1996). "Christopher Timothy". Some Joe You Don't Know: An American Guide to 100 British Television Personalities. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. p. 241. Retrieved 1 February 2019 – via Google Books. In 1988 it was decided to revive the series [All Creatures Great and Small][...]
  6. ^ "The Boondocks Confirmed to Return for Season 5". TV Shows. Comicbook.com. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  7. ^ Brooks and Marsh (2003), p. 604. "The Burke's Law revival looked a bit like a land-locked Love Boat."
  8. ^ Weisman, Jon (8 July 2011). "TNT gives 'Dallas' revival a 10-episode order". Variety. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
  9. ^ O'Connell, Michael (14 June 2012). "TNT's 'Dallas' Premiere Scores Just South (Fork) of 7 Million Viewers". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-06-15. UPDATED: The revival of the two-decades-dead series scores the highest cable series opener of 2012...
  10. ^ Brooks and Marsh (2003), p. 396. "Here's one revival that looked very little like the original on which it was based."
  11. ^ Yahr, Emily (16 November 2016). "The 'Gilmore Girls' revival is far from perfect. Luckily for Netflix, fans won't care". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ Brooks and Marsh (2003), p. 783. "In the rather literal 1988 revival of the series, a now white-haired Jim Phelps returned to head up the IMF when his protégé and successor were killed."
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 24, 2018). "'Murphy Brown' Revival Set At CBS With Star Candice Bergen & Creator Diane English". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  15. ^ Ausiello, Michael (2 June 2015). "Prison Break Limited Series In Development at Fox". TVLine. Retrieved 2017-06-15. Prison Break may be getting sprung from television purgatory. Fox is developing a limited-series revival of its 2005-09 drama series that would re-team stars Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell, TVLine has learned exclusively.
  16. ^ Rose, Lacey (6 August 2015). "Fox Chiefs on 'Prison Break' Revival, 'Empire' Impact and Planned Turnaround". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-08-06.
  17. ^ The first season of the revival aired under the Roseanne name before Roseanne Barr, the show's namesake who portrayed the title character, was fired.
  18. ^ Stanhope, Kate (May 16, 2017). "'Roseanne' Revival Officially a Go at ABC". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  19. ^ "'Rugrats' return: Beloved Nickelodeon show to get new episodes and a movie". USA Today. Retrieved 2018-12-26.
  20. ^ Barsanti, Sam. "Samurai Jack will get a proper finale at the end of season 5". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2018-12-26.
  21. ^ "SDCC 2018: Star Wars: The Clone Wars to Return with New Episodes | StarWars.com". StarWars.com. 2018-07-19. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  22. ^ Justin, Neal (2018-04-04). "'Trading Spaces' is the latest TV show hoping to capitalize on the nostalgia wave". Star Tribune. Archived from the original on 2018-04-07. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  23. ^ a b Hibberd, James (19 December 2012). "New 'Twilight Zone' series in the works". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2017-06-15. Attempts to revive the series have largely struggled — there was a 1985 edition that ran for three seasons (two on CBS, one in syndication), and another in 2002 on UPN that lasted only one season.
  24. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (6 December 2017). "'The Twilight Zone': Jordan Peele, Simon Kinberg & Marco Ramirez Board Reboot On CBS All Access". Deadline. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  25. ^ Jensen, Jeff (19 May 2017). "How Twin Peaks fans are gearing up to watch the revival in the age of spoilers". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
  26. ^ Ng, Philiana. ""Whose Line is it Anyway?" Being Revived By The CW". The Hollywood Reporter.
  27. ^ Abrams, Natalie (18 January 2017). "It's official: NBC orders Will & Grace revival". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2017-06-15.