Reviving/rebooting old intellectual properties has been all the rage ever since the beginning of pop culture, but now more than ever, everything old is new again, especially when the 1980s are involved. Even if traditional TV/film studios don’t want to revive an old project, there’s always other outlets like crowd sourcing (Kickstarter, Indiegogo) or even streaming services like Netflix or Hulu that can bring your favorite old project back to life, one way or another.
This week’s latest 80s TV craze to get the green light is the sitcom Fuller House, a “sequel” to the original series Full House, which Netflix has picked up for an all-new 13-episode season. The series will focus on the now-grown children, D.J. (Candace Cameron-Bure) and Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) and Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber), as they deal with adult life.
Since 80s reboots are all the rage these days, here are a few more TV shows that could stand to be taken out of mothballs.
This furry little alien from the planet Melmac crash-landed into a San Frenando Valley garage and into the hearts of millions of Americans back in 1986. Even though this was after my generation, I always considered ALF (short for Alien Life Form) to be a diasporic story that could translate well in a modern context.
Hannibal, Face, “Howling Mad” Murdock, and B.A. Baracus were the baddest team of downtrodden army retirees back in their day, and especially with the movie turning out as good as it did, I think it’s time for these soldiers of fortune to make a comeback.
Silver Spoons is a show that seems like it was unstuck in time: a show about a young boy who finds out that his father is a billionaire man child who spends recklessly with no regard for anyone but himself who’s in serious need of growing up? That’s ripped straight from today’s headlines. Audiences could use a new rich guy figure to love to hate.
A Different World
This HBCU college sitcom, a spinoff of The Cosby Show, was also ahead of its time back in the day, and especially given that the series has found new life on Netflix, a new crop of students could do some good for a new generation desperate for identifying figures. Honestly, I just want more of it, but I’m cool either way.
This and Hawaii Five-O were about as 80s as it comes: neon-colored police capers. Michael Mann (the show’s creator) actually directed a grittier cinematic remake of this back in 2006, but I think the more light-hearted and psychotic version would do TV good.