What do the following shows have in common? Gilmore Girls, American Idol, Boy Meets World, Full House, Roseanne and Will and Grace. They all are beloved shows that have been making a comeback, whether they be Netflix exclusive or on the television.
And, these shows are coming back in a big way. According to an article on Deadline entitled Roseanne Revivals Huge Debut Stuns Hollywood, Prompts Soul Searching, 18.2 million viewers tuned into the Roseanne premier on Tuesday.
Other shows, such as Will & Grace, saw similar results. According to an article on Deadline entitled Will & Grace Returns To Big Ratings; Grey’s Impressive, Orville Steady, the premier of the new season saw a grand total of 10 million viewers.
With that being said, are revival television shows the new ‘it’ thing of television?
Think about it for a minute. These shows were beloved and iconic shows — long after the series finale premiered. They managed to stand the test of time, despite all of the new shows that are entering the scene.
Furthermore, let me also add this. During the time between when the original series ended and the revival premiered, these sitcoms gained several new viewers thanks to a diet of reruns. Several channels, including Up! Tv, Freeform, Nick at Nite, and TV Land, show these shows throughout the day. Therefore, when the news of the revival breaks, they too are excited along with the original viewers.
With that being said, there’s also the nostalgia factor. After all, when these shows were on during their original run, people would crave the night they would be on television. Now, that same feeling ensues. We get to see our favorite characters again, and we get to see what happened to them all of these years later.
But, let me add this — does the revival stand up the original?
In some ways, yes. You get to see what happened to the characters you know and love. For example, in Fuller House, you learn that DJ Tanner became a veterinarian. And, in Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life, you see Rory’s career as a journalist, as well as Lorelei and Luke’s relationship.
Additionally, you also get to get some of your questions answered. For instance, you’ll get to see which guy Rory chose. Or, you’ll get to find out if Will and Vince stayed together.
However, I would like to point out that there’s one thing I don’t like about the revivals — and that is the fact that they seem to override the original. For instance, the Roseanne revival completely switched up the series finale, which revealed that the entire series was a story written by Roseanne Conner about her life. For instance, Dan was dead, and the Conner family didn’t win the lottery. In the revival, Dan is certainly alive, although we haven’t heard anything additional about the lottery. Personally, I didn’t like it simply because it didn’t make sense.
But, this isn’t the only show that does this. Will & Grace has a similar format, where Karen says: “I had a dream that you two were married,” which confirmed that they were married. As for their children that grew up and married each other? “Never happened.” I think that was a bit better than the Roseanne one, but it still doesn’t seem realistic.
I’m going to be honest here — I’m not a fan of this. Sure, these are great way to segway into new episodes in a way that makes sense. But, this still erases the series finale, which is a part of the show whether you like it or not. Therefore, making it seem obsolete just to create new episodes doesn’t make that much sense to me.
WIth that being said, I will say that I’m liking these shows’ return to television. I will be tuning into Roseanne tomorrow, and I’m binge-watching the latest season of Will & Grace as we speak. And, so I must ask: what shows will we be seeing next? Personally, I would love a Fraiser or a Sabrina The Teenage Witch revival, but that’s just my opinion.