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Every One of the Zillion Reboots and Revivals on TV, Ranked

And there are so many more coming

Malcolm Venable

So maybe there aren't a zillion reboots and revivals on TV, but it sure does feel like it. Every week word arrives that somebody's dusting off another beloved childhood favorite to cash in on nostalgia and our primal fear of the unknown to create a (not) new series. Alf is potentially coming back, for God's sake. Apart from the rare disaster like Roseanne, most reboots and revivals bring back happy memories and feelings of comfort, although some real true winners are beginning to emerge from this ever-expanding genre unto itself. Here are the 19 reboots and revivals on air (and coming soon) ranked in order of awesomeness.

19. Charmed(Sunday, Oct. 14 at 9/8c on The CW)

Sarah Jeffery, Madeleine Mantock and Melonie Diaz, Charmed

Sarah Jeffery, Madeleine Mantock and Melonie Diaz, Charmed

Jordon Nuttall, Jordon Nuttall/The CW

Based on the trailer, this one doesn't look too promising, and disapproving comments from Holly Marie Combs and the rest of the cast might be fair warnings as much as they are sour grapes. Here's hoping it shakes out to be decent.

18. Fuller House (Netflix)

Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber and Candace Cameron Bure, Fuller House

Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber and Candace Cameron Bure, Fuller House

Mike Yarish / Netflix

The second season of this revival was borderline terrible, and Season 3 improved only slightly. But Fuller House fired its showrunner in March after complaints about his behavior, which could mean an improved fourth season. It's the macaroni and cheese of reboots -- pure comfort, zero guilt -- so hey, if you enjoy it, don't overthink it. Not that you could.

17.Trading Spaces (returning to TLC in 2019)

TLC's Trading Spaces

TLC's Trading Spaces

Bob Riha Jr, WireImage

Gosh. This is painful to say, but this beloved and addictive home makeover series that practically helped define the early 2000s hasn't changed much -- and not in a good way. What once felt electric and spontaneous now seems like one long chore ironically renovating something that maybe should've been left as is.

CBS' 2018-19 Fall TV Schedule: Reboots and Revivals Galore

16. Dynasty(Friday, Oct. 12 at 8/9c on The CW)

Elizabeth Gillies and James Mackay, Dynasty

Elizabeth Gillies and James Mackay, Dynasty

Mark Hill, Mark Hill/The CW

Dolly Parton has an infamous line: "It costs a lot of money to look this cheap." The CW's Dynasty reboot got some of that that right; it spent a lot of money on something that's supposed to be trashy, but it's neither ritzy or gauche enough to live up to the original.

15.MacGyver(Friday, Sept. 28 at 8/7c on CBS)

Lucas Till, MacGyver​

Lucas Till, MacGyver

Jace Downs, CBS

A solid and satisfying carnival of action and stupefying stunts -- some of them incredibly dangerous -- even if there's not too much else to chew on.

14. Last Man Standing(Friday, Sept. 8 at 8/7c on Fox)

Tim Allen, Last Man Standing​

Tim Allen, Last Man Standing

Craig Sjodin, ABC via Getty Images

It's the same show with just a few cast switcheroos and, you'd better believe, some more pointed jabs at media and liberal culture. This one's going to be a hit more for what it stands for in 2018 rather than being an amazing comedy, but it'll certainly make fans happy. Isn't that all that matters?

13. Lost in Space (Netflix)

Max Jenkins, Lost in Space​

Max Jenkins, Lost in Space

Courtesy of Netflix

Reviews of the series have been mixed, but it's got really neat special effects and a really cool robot, so that counts for something. Right?

12. Murphy Brown(Thursday, Sept. 27 at 9:30/8:30c on CBS)

Nik Dodani as Pat Patel, Grant Shaud as Miles Silverberg and Jake McDorman as Avery Brown; Pictured Bottom Row, L-R: Tyne Daly as Phyllis, Faith Ford as Corky Sherwood, Candice Bergen as Murphy Brown and Joe Regalbuto as Frank Fontana
Robert Tractenberg, CBS

The revival that promises to be Donald Trump's worst nightmare was specifically designed to address what's happening in politics and the world at large today, and it's promising at least one super-high profile guest star that'll break the internet when it airs. Murphy Brown has experience in that regard; long before the White House commenting on TV shows was a thing, Murphy Brown knew how to provoke elected officials and get the entire country talking about the show in the process. We have high hopes for this one.

11. Strike Back(returning to Cinemax TBD)


Warren Brown and Daniel MacPherson, Strike Back

Liam Daniel/Cinemax

Alhough it has yet to reach the same heights as its previous iteration, it keeps its legacy intact with film-level action sequences unrivaled by anything else on TV.

10. Magnum P.I.(Monday Sept. 24 at 9/8c on CBS)

​Jay Hernandez, Magnum P.I.

Jay Hernandez, Magnum P.I.

Karen Neal, CBS

Nothing will ever match the intoxicating blend of mustache, short shorts and luscious chest hair O.G. Magnum Tom Selleck oozed from the screen, but Jay Hernandez does a very fine job at coming close. Plus, there's a lot of stuff blowing up, which is cool.

9. DuckTales(returns in late 2018 on Disney Channel)



Disney Channel

Packed with up-to-the-minute cultural references, snark and hip celebrities (Bobby Moynihan voices Louie and Lin-Manuel Miranda has guest-starred), the new DuckTales is hooking a whole new generation of kids (and their parents), and with good reason.

8. The Tick(returns to Amazon Prime in 2019)


The Tick

Amazon Studios

This one's actually quite good.

7. Hawaii Five-0(Friday, Sept. 28 at 9/8c on CBS)

Hawaii 5-0

Hawaii 5-0

Karen Neal/CBS

Despite being besieged by behind-the-scenes drama and major cast departures, Hawaii Five-0 still has its merits -- and plenty of high-stakes action and gorgeous scenery to keep it compelling going into its ninth season.

6. American Idol(expected to return in the 2018-19 season on ABC)

​Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, American Idol

Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, American Idol

Eric McCandless, ABC

Look, American Idol will still get a lot of people to watch -- it ranked No. 1 on Sunday night in April and drew more than 6 million viewers -- but in its current iteration, it's more likely to hit lows for the franchise. It's also not that interesting, even with the occasional controversy, like last season's Katy Perry Smoochgate, just more of the same people stopped checking for the first time in 2016. Can you name who won last season? Exactly.

5. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return(Netflix)


Mystery Science Theater 3000

Darren Michaels, SMPSP

Fanboys are a notoriously fickle bunch, prone to rioting and looting if someone dares sully the sanctity of a beloved property like this one. But it's never a bad idea to have Patton Oswalt on board a geeky comedy, and he's one reason why the reboot works so well -- and why it's got a 92 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

4. Star Trek: Discovery(returns in January 2019 on CBS All Access)

Sonequa Martin-Green, Star Trek: Discovery​

Sonequa Martin-Green, Star Trek: Discovery

Jan Thijs, CBS

Granted, we've never had a Discovery before -- nor, for that matter, one with openly gay characters and women of color as leads. But CBS All Access' latest iteration of the classic series has been a hit with fans and critics, despite a few missteps in plot here and there, continuing Star Trek's tradition of exploring the issues surrounding man vs. science and war vs. diplomacy. Plus, it looks amazing. And when Discovery brings Ethan Peck's Spock to screen when it returns in 2019, Star Trek: Discovery could lift off to become one of the greatest "reboots" ever.

3. Will & Grace (Thursday Oct. 4 at 9/8c on NBC)

Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Will & Grace

Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Will & Grace

NBC, Chris Haston/NBC

Sitcoms and gay representation on TV have come a long way since Will & Grace ended some 10 years ago; NBC's revival could've easily been a multi-cam dinosaur in a single-cam world relying on dated tropes. Instead, it's still funny, remains relevant without being preachy and is still ever-so-slightly edgy, even if its principal characters are too tired to get into the same type of mischief they used to.

2. One Day At A Time(Netflix)

One Day At A Time

One Day At A Time

Adam Rose/Netflix

One Day at a Time isn't just the one of the best reboots, it's one of the best shows on TV, with Norman Lear's late '70s-mid '80s sitcom re-contextualized to show a Latinx family going through lots of drama with lots of laughs and heart. There's plenty to love, but one of its most phenomenal attributes can be boiled down to two thunderous words: Rita Moreno.

1. Queer Eye(Netflix)

Antoni Porowski, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness and Tan France, Queer Eye

Antoni Porowski, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness and Tan France, Queer Eye

Courtesy of Netflix

Netflix's Queer Eye, with a whole new crop of fab dudes doing the Lord's work, has captured viewers hearts in a way the first one didn't -- in part because of sweeping changes in culture that have made gay people and culture more mainstream since Queer Eye for the Straight Guy ended in 2007. Now expanded to all walks of life (as long as they live in Georgia, it seems), the new Queer Eye widens its scope in this go-round, and brings all.the.tears. in surprisingly addictive episodes.

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