These days, it seems like every movie and television show is either getting re-made or re-booted to bring back the nostalgia of the original. Some remakes do really well with new generations, while others just don’t cut it. Sometimes, the original series or film is just better left alone to age naturally and that’s okay. There’s a lot of aspects that go into what makes a good remake and it could be the cast, the crew and the generational they’re trying to capture to binge-watch the show.
Sometimes shows just don’t age well and it’s hard to foresee it tanking on IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes. Other times, the directors want to spin the original story so many fans loved into something else that fits with the era now and that is an idea for destruction.
The Twilight Zone
Looking back into the fantasy and horror genres, it’s safe to say The Twilight Zone paved the way for a lot of television shows viewers know today. From 1959 to 1964, it indulged viewers with American anthology episodes that ranged from comedic to tragic to dark. It was a blend of genres that had a huge fan base and will go down in history as one of the best and most recognizable.
When creator Jordan Peele rebooted it in 2019, fans held their breath and wondered how this would do in today’s era. The storylines are all over the place and the electric energy that was in the original, didn’t quite translate to this one.
When Melrose Place debuted in 1992, it had a long run on Fox from 1992 to 1999. It was created by Aaron Spelling, Tori Spelling’s father that was also the creator of 90210. It was a hit with teens in that era and followed a group of young adults living in an apartment in Los Angeles. It was dramatic, scandalous and everything a young person would love in a show; so when The CW tried to bring it back to the masses, it was a dud.
After one season, the series was cancelled and hopefully, fans will forget that ever happened and stick with the original in the 1990s.
When 90210 ran from 1990 to 2000, it was a pivotal moment for teen dramas that were on television. A lot of the actors and actresses started their careers on this show and had their own personal love lives and drama with their co-stars. The CW thought that since the show did so well in the 1990s, that it would do well in the mid-2000s, as well.
When it premiered, the beautiful cast that depicted rich teens was there, but the original story was bland and it didn’t really work in the mid-2000s era. It ran for five season somehow, but it didn’t stick as well as the original.
Dynasty was one of those shows that became iconic after it ran its course from 1981 to 1989 and starred legends such as John Forsythe and Joan Evans. It showed the trials and tribulations of two feuding families: the Carringtons and the Colbys, two extremely wealthy families from oil money in Colorado.
The remake took a lot of aspects from the original, but changed some things to remain viable to the time period. It’s gotten mixed reviews and it isn’t an much of a soap drama as it is a cheap drama that appeared on The CW. It also has had a revolving door of cast members, which makes it hard to latch on to the story.
When Charmed first premiered, it was instantly iconic with the star-studded female cast and the storyline. The original ran from 1998 to 2006 and starred Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs and eventually, Rose McGowan. It was a fun drama, mixed with fantasy and mystery, so it would seem that it made sense to remake this.
When The CW decided to remake it in 2018, fans quickly realized that it didn’t really follow the original story. Sometimes it’s best to stray from the initial plot to make it relevant with the times, but this one just didn’t cut it.
When a comedy is redone for a different generation, it’s an even more rebellious attempt, as the show might’ve not aged well. When the original MADtv aired, it was on television from 1995 to 2005 on Fox. The series also paved the way for comedians fans know today such as Keegan Michael-Key and Aries Spears.
When The CW decided to revive it in 2016, it basically fizzled out before it even began. The storyline was dry and it just wasn’t the same as when the original cast was present.
The original MacGyver ran from 1985 to 1992, so it was on television for a good chunk of time. Fans loved the action-adventure series that starred Richard Dean Anders as secret agent, Angus MacGyver. His ambition and skills to create anything out of nothing was interesting to fans and it because of the storyline, it became a cult classic.
When a reboot of MacGyver premiered in 2016, it pretty much fell flat. Angus MacGyver’s character wasn’t anything to write home about and the storyline just wasn’t as interesting as the original.
The Odd Couple
The premise of The Odd Couple was brilliant, as it told the story about two middle-aged men sharing an apartment, with differences between them that were like night and day. It ran for five seasons, between 1970 and 1975 and was really successful. When CBS tried bringing it back with Friends, Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon, it just didn’t work out.
It ran for three seasons which is a bit of a shocker, because the storyline and acting was dull and not as entertaining as the original.
When the original television show of Charlie’s Angels came out, it was just what the 1970s needed. It revolved around female empowerment and the strength of friendship and of course, it starred Farrah Fawcett. It was an extremely successful show and it went on to spin into movies with Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore; but when ABC decided to attempt a hand at a television show reboot in 2011, it didn’t work out.
The new show only lasted for a few episodes that left fans confused about the plot and the storylines.
In the 1960s, The Munsters was a loved showed by all and has remained iconic to this day. They lived on 1313 Mockingbird Lane, which is the name of the remake in 2012. NBC was behind the remake that revamped the Munster clan and starred Jerry O’Connell as Herman and Portia de Rossi as Lilly. The pilot was $10 million alone, which is extremely expensive; even more so since the show was quickly shut down and cancelled