3 Shows that Need a Netflix Style Revival
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What do Gilmore Girls, Arrested Development and Will & Grace have in common? They’ve all benefited from a Netflix revival, giving fans the opportunity to revisit their favourite characters from series we wish had never ended. With that in mind, let’s look at 3 other shows that we think deserve a Netflix style revival.
1. Freaks and Geeks
Why is it that good things never last? Freaks and Geeks ran for a mere one season, bridging the millennium from 1999-2000. Featuring early turns from soon to be stars James Franco, Seth Rogen, Linda Cardellini and Jason Segal, Freaks and Geeks looked at life as an outsider in a Middle American high school in a way that was equal parts honest, brutal and hilarious.
Produced by Judd Apatow, the show was more than happy to push the boundaries of high school television. Social status, politics, family relationships, idealism and love are all hot topics in Freaks and Geeks. Set in the early 80s, the retro aesthetic, great music and cult status only further the case for a revival. As does this video of Bill Havechuck dancing.
How a Freaks and Geeks reboot should be
Having lost most of his inheritance and his house in Hawaii in a bitter divorce with Amy, Ken Miller drops in to visit high school teachers Daniel and Kim. Together they hatch a plot to secure funding for the school by getting Sam Weir, now a famous comedy actor, to perform at a benefit.
Meanwhile, Lindsay Weir is an attorney doing pro-bono work when she runs into Nick. He’s been discharged from the military and is working in a bar, still holding onto dreams of drumming in a top tier band. Those dreams are put on hold when Daniel and Ken show up, looking for a way to contact Sam.
With the Freaks reunited, they set out to find Sam, Neal Schweiber and Bill Havechuck. Things go awry, however, when Neal’s feelings for Lindsay resurface, causing a rift between the groups.
Why we might not ever see it
To be honest, there’s just too much star power in the cast. Seth Rogen and James Franco are big name actors. Cardellini, Segal and Martin Starr (Bill Havechuck) also have pretty big careers of their own. And it wouldn’t be Freaks and Geeks without Apatow attached, though he seems content with churning out comedies about being 40 and depressed these days.
Still, it’s fun to dream about a return for this one season wonder that launched the careers of some of today’s biggest names.
“What if you found a portal to a parallel universe? What if you could slide into a thousand different worlds, where it’s the same year and you’re the same person, but everything else is different? And what if you can’t find your way home?”
Back in the mid 90s, a time before overpriced mini-burgers were popular, Sliders was a TV show about inter-dimensional travellers that fell somewhere between Quantum Leap, One Tree Hill and Doctor Who in tone.
Starring Jerry O’Connell, Cleavant Derricks and Sabrina Wade as the Sliders. The show lucked out with Lord of the Rings and Raiders of the Lost Ark actor John Rhys Davies lending his dulcet tones and bush whiskers as Professor Maximillan Arturo.
Sliders ran for 5 seasons, attracting a rabid fan base and its fair share of drama. Rhys-Davies was fired from the show as part of a shakeup and rumours of conflict between show creators Tracy Torme and Robert K. Weiss and the studio were rife. By the end of season 5, only Derricks remained of the original cast.
Still, visiting a new timeline every week, along with the big, campy action and ambitious special effects make Sliders a worthy nomination a reboot. So does this Funny or Die clip that kinda makes fun of the whole concept.
How the Sliders reboot should be
Fans of the show will remember that some of the main cast dropped out of the show before it ended. Jerry O’Connell, who portrayed maverick wunderkind Quinn Mallory was awkwardly merged with another Quinn played by Robert Floyd. Floyd has dropped off the acting scene, he’s now better known as a top class bartender and cocktail mixologist . Still, maybe he’ll step out of retirement for this one.
After a freak cocktail accident, the two-Quinns-in-one-body separate. Charlie O’Connell, who plays Quinn’s brother in the show (and is Jerry’s brother in real life) must choose where their allegiances lie.
Beckett (Kari Wuhrer) is working at a jazz club where Rembrandt Brown (Cleavant Derricks) frequently performs when a portal opens and inter-dimensional duplicates of Wade and Arturo appear.
The Professor explains the world they’ve been living is really an illusion created by the Kromaggs. The quartet must reunite with the Mallory brothers and save the world. Beckett is revealed to be the niece of Sam Beckett from Quantum Leap. Scott Bakula guest stars.
Why it might never happen
Look, the amount of people who loves Sliders and the amount of people who admit to loving it are vastly different. We don’t think it would be hard to reunite the gang, but questions remain whether some things should remain buried.
That doesn’t count for reboot number 3 though…
3. Six Feet Under
Another 5 season hit, Six Feet Under ran from 2001-2005 starring Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy and Lauren Ambrose as the Fisher family. Owners of a funeral home in California. For Hall, it was the breakout performance that led to a starring role in Dexter, while Aussie Rachel Griffiths steals the show as the complex Brenda Chenowith.
The Six Feet Under Reboot Pitch
Rebooting Six Feet Under wouldn’t actually be that hard. The ultimate fates of many of the characters were shown in the final episodes of the show as well as the HBO website, so the writers have something to aim at.
David and Keith, who are married now, continue to run Fisher & Sons, teaching Durrell the tricks of the trade. Claire returns from New York, sparking tension between her and Ruth. Brenda and Billy’s strange relationship continues, while Federico’s Diaz Family Mortuary poses a threat to the livelihood of the entire family.
Why there probably won’t be a Six Feet Under Revival
The biggest hurdle standing in the way of bringing Six Feet Under back is that ***Spoiler Alert*** Nate is dead. While it’s an ensemble cast, Nate (played by Peter Krause) was the defacto central character of the show. Without him, it probably wouldn’t feel like Six Feet Under.