Your Favorite Childhood Television Shows, Movies Make a Comeback

By Samantha Rosen
Staff writer

There is no worse feeling than when your favorite television show series comes to end, and all you have to remember of the good times are reruns.

But recently, a new trend in media production has been the revival of TV shows and movie franchises and reunion of the iconic casts that bring back the nostalgia for a time back when. Series making a comeback include “Fuller House,” “Gilmore Girls” and “Girl Meets World.”

The first spinoff of note was from the the Disney Channel show “Boy Meets World,” which wrapped in 2000. “Girl Meets World” premiered in June 2014 and follows the life of the daughter of the two main characters from “Boy Meets World,” Cory and Topanga. It has already survived three seasons among the fickle tween set with IMDb giving it a 7.1/10 rating.

More old favorites began to reappear this past summer with the prequel of “Wet Hot American Summer,” making its debut on Netflix. The 2001  movie “Wet Hot American Summer” was set on the last day of camp during the summer of 1981. The movie follows a group of counselors who are each trying to complete their unfinished business before the day ends, including pent-up sexual frustrations and the end of summer talent show. Portraying even younger versions of themselves, Netflix brought back many of the same actors for a prequel to the movie with their original series “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.”

The eight episodes of the series have received extremely mixed reviews. According to The New York Times, the show is funny regardless of whether one has seen the movie or not but “gains significantly in entertainment value. Not as a serialized comedy — it is what it is, a goofball, sketch-style show whose absurdist jokes work about half the time — but as an elaborate, slowly unspooling parlor game.” On the other hand, Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 92 percent rating on the rotten scale.

“I liked the concept of remaking the movie but there were some weird aspects to the show,” Martina Dragoytchev, a freshman enrolled in letters and sciences, said. “I wouldn’t say it disappointed me but I also wouldn’t say it exceeded my expectations.”

This February, Netflix revived the hit 80s and 90s sitcom “Full House.” Rumors started circulating in August 2014 that Warner Bros. Television was considering a series reboot, and on April 20, 2015, John Stamos confirmed the production of “Fuller House” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and his role as a producer of the show.  The 13 episode series is now on Netflix and has already been renewed for a second season.

Unlike the beloved “Full House,” “Fuller House” received extremely critical reviews, which John Stamos confronted on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” The Hollywood Reporter said “It’s doubtful that there will be a more painful 2016 TV episode than the ‘Fuller House’ pilot, which takes an inexcusable 35 minutes to establish a plot that is just an inversion of the original ‘Full House’ premise.”

Stamos replied saying “he was being mauled by a bear when he was watching.”

“As a big ‘Full House’ fan when I was younger, I expected a lot out of the show and for it to bring back a lot of old memories,”  freshman journalism major Morgan Caplan explained. “Unfortunately, the acting is extremely subpar but it still manages to make me feel like a kid again.”

Next up, ABCFamily favorite “Gilmore Girls” will also soon see a revival, which was announced January 29 after months of speculation. “Gilmore Girls” ended in 2007 after seven seasons, but Netflix will be bringing it back later this year. The creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, will write and direct the new series with a majority of the original cast. Four 90-minute episodes will be released titled “Winter,” “Spring,” “Summer” and “Fall.”

Ten years ago, “High School Musical” aired, and now, casting is underway as producers work on a fourth movie. With a whole new cast, original fans are skeptical as to how the movie will turn out.

According to the site We Got This Covered, Disney Channel President Gary Marsh said “‘High School Musical’ is part of Disney Channel’s DNA. It embodies all that we stand for. As a way of continuing to embrace that heritage, we’re excited to announce ‘the start of something new’ as we launch a search for a new class of East High Wildcats to star in a fourth installment of the ‘High School Musical’ franchise.”

While some revivals do live up to the hype and others do not, fans cannot help but immerse themselves in their favorite characters and take a trip down memory lane. The trend of reviving old classics does not seem to be ending anytime soon, regardless of some negative reviews.

“I love the first episodes of all these shows, it brings back all my old memories,” freshman journalism Joseph Catapano said,“but they never amount to the original. It’s always a letdown, but I know I’ll keep watching.”

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