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Is the successor better than the original? Ten series you have to watch to find out

Not all revivals are equally successful, but there are certainly a few gems that stand out.

Reviving beloved franchises always involves risk, but some series rise brilliantly above their original works.

10. Night Court

1 season, 16 episodes (ongoing)

The original night court was a sitcom that produced close to 200 episodes in nine seasons.

The new series follows Abby Stone (Melissa Rauch), the daughter of the late Harry Stone (Harry Anderson) from the original series.

Abby follows in her father’s footsteps as a night shift judge, where she encounters many offbeat characters.

Night Court makes fun and compelling cases, but there’s also some excellent character development, including the return of Dan Fielding (John Larroquette), this time as a public defender.

9. Ducktales

3 seasons, 69 episodes

duck tales (2017) can be viewed and appreciated in its entirety without any prior knowledge of the original 1990s series.

He does an excellent job with his portrayal of Scrooge McDuck (voiced by none other than doctor whos David Tennant) and the new adventures of Huey, Dewey and Louie.

duck tales it’s full of playful mayhem like the original, but it also features a deeper story that goes beyond the story and the world we’re sucked into.

8. Samurai Jack

1 season, 10 episodes

Genndy Tartakovsky achieved success with series like dexter’s laboratory, Star Wars: Clone Wars in samurai jack. samurai jack it was canceled early after four seasons, but Tartakovsky got a chance to tie up the series’ loose ends in 2017.

The new series of Samurai Jack episodes can be watched separately, but they are being presented as the fifth and final season of the series.

samurai jackAdult Swim’s new home gives the series more freedom and a chance to explore more mature themes.

7. Dynasty

5 seasons, 108 episodes

Shows on the CW network are often criticized for having too many melodramatic moments.

These network melodramatic instincts actually lend themselves perfectly to reviving a primetime soap opera from the 1980s.

Dynasty The one from 2017 is on par with the original with the growing family feud between Fallon Carrington and her new stepmother, Cristal.

Elizabeth Gillies also gives an extreme performance as Fallon, which is always fun to watch.

6. Beavis and Butt-Head

2 seasons, 46 episodes, 1 movie (ongoing)

It’s easy to Beavis and Butthead underrated, but there is true art to the comedic talents of these two characters.

Beavis and Butthead it previously got a revival for an eighth season in 2011 on MTV, which was largely ignored.

Paramount+ has enthusiastically embraced the absurdist humor of Beavis and Butt-Head with the support it deserves, with a full feature film and two full seasons.

5. The Outer Limits (1995)

7 seasons, 152 episodes

outer limits is an anthology series that explores the content of the creepy genre, and is often cited as a contemporary counterpart to The Twilight Zone.

Not every story in The Outer Limits is a hit, but the series has a strong track record, and the 1995 revival even includes some sequels to iconic episodes of the original 1963 series.


3 seasons, 36 episodes

Animaniacs was a beloved cartoon series from the 90s that was equally enjoyable for adults and children.

Some of the characters from the original Animaniacs may be missing, but the humor and writing are just as sharp and even grittier than the original.


3 seasons, 33 episodes (ongoing)

Miranda Cosgrove returns as her iconic character, Carly Shay, nearly a decade after the events of the 2007 original series.

Carly is rebooting her titular web show iCarly, but the revival has a heavier tone. In addition to plenty of hilarity, the new series also has more serious moments.

Many old acquaintances are found in this new series, but there is one character that is conspicuously absent and that is Samantha “Sam” Puckett (played by Jennette McCurdy).

We see Nathan Kress as Freddy Benson and Jerry Trainor as Carly’s brother, Spencer.

2. With Bob and David

1 season, 5 episodes

Bob Odenkirk and David Cross both have illustrious careers, but their four-season sketch series from the 1990s, Mr. Show with Bob and Davidit continues to be hailed as some of the duo’s best work and as a groundbreaking sketch series.

Netflix Brings Mr. Show Unofficially Alive As With Bob and Davida sketch series that brings together much of the original cast and creative talent.

1. Reno 911!

2 seasons, 36 episodes, 1 movie

Reindeer 911! it ran for six seasons on Comedy Central as an effortless parody COPS and other unscripted police shows.

Reindeer 911! it would be a disaster in less able hands, and decades of history among the show’s cast perfectly help them pull off this semi-improv mayhem convincingly.

The revival is so strong that it surpasses the original series and proves that Reno 911! It’s still relevant and hilarious.

These are just a few examples of TV revivals that manage to surpass the original show.

While not all revivals are equally successful, there are certainly a few gems that stand out and are worth watching.

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