In television, a revival is a television series that returns to produce new episodes after being off the air for a certain amount of time, particularly due to cancellation. Network executives may decide to attempt to revive a television program when they feel that a market once again exists for it. It is one of several programming strategies television networks employ to capitalize further on successful programs; among the other methods are spin-offs, reboots, remakes, cast reunions, and television movies.
Unlike spin-offs, in which a television network creates an entirely new series around an existing character, a revival reintroduces most or many of the original program's storylines, characters, and locales, and usually attempts to resolve story arcs that the original run failed to complete. Revivals usually take place at some point after the original series ends. By contrast, reboots and remakes may feature many of the original characters, but are usually played by new cast members and without taking into account events or continuity that occurred during the original series.
List of television series revivals
Legend: "—" = denotes shared name with original work.
|Original work||Start date||End date||Revival||Revival start date||Revival end date||Country of origin||References|
|12 oz. Mouse||2005||2007||—||2020||—||United States|
|24||2001||2010||24: Live Another Day||2014||2014||United States|||
|Absolutely Fabulous||1992||1996||—||2001||2004||United Kingdom|||
|Alfred Hitchcock Presents||1955||1965||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||1985||1989||United States|
|All Creatures Great and Small||1978||1980||—||1988||1990||United Kingdom|||
|All That||1994||2005||—||2019||present||United States|
|American Dad!||2005||2014||—||2014||present||United States|
|Arrested Development||2003||2006||—||2013||present||United States|
|Beavis and Butt-Head||1993||1997||—||2011||2011||United States|
|The Boondocks||2005||2014||—||2020||—||United States|||
|The Brady Bunch||1969||1974||The Bradys||1990||1990||United States|
|Burke's Law||1963||1966||Burke's Law||1994||1995||United States|||
|The Carol Burnett Show||1967||1978||—||1991||1991||United States|
|Doctor Who||1963||1989||—||2005||present||United Kingdom|
|Fantasy Island||1977||1984||Fantasy Island||1998||1999||United States|||
|Family Guy||1999||2002||—||2005||present||United States|
|Figure It Out||1997||2000||—||2012||2013||United States|
|Get Smart||1965||1970||Get Smart||1995||1995||United States|
|Gilmore Girls||2000||2007||—||2016||2016||United States|||
|Ghost Hunters||2004||2016||—||2019||—||United States|||
|The Liver Birds||1969||1979||—||1996||1996||United Kingdom|
|Mission: Impossible||1966||1973||Mission: Impossible||1988||1990||United States|||
|Murphy Brown||1988||1998||—||2018||2018||United States|||
|Mystery Science Theater 3000||1988||1999||—||2017||present||United States|
|The Outer Limits||1963||1965||The Outer Limits||1995||2002||United States|
|Prison Break||2005||2009||—||2017||present||United States|||
|Roseanne||1988||1997||The Conners||2018||present||United States|||
|Samurai Jack||2001||2004||—||2017||2017||United States|||
|Sanford and Son||1972||1977||Sanford||1980||1981||United States|
|Star Wars: The Clone Wars||2008||2013||—||2020||—||United States|||
|Till Death Us Do Part||1966||1968||—||1972||1975||United Kingdom|
|In Sickness and in Health||1985||1992|
|Trading Spaces||2000||2008||—||2018||present||United States|||
|The Twilight Zone||1959||1964||The Twilight Zone||1985||1989||United States|||
|The Twilight Zone||2002||2003||United States|||
|The Twilight Zone||2019||present||United States|||
|The X-Files||1993||2002||—||2016||2018||United States|||
|Twin Peaks||1990||1991||—||2017||2017||United States|||
|Whose Line Is It Anyway?||1998||2007||—||2013||present||United States|||
|Will & Grace||1998||2006||—||2017||present||United States|||
|WKRP in Cincinnati||1978||1982||The New WKRP in Cincinnati||1991||1993||United States|
- Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (2003). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946–Present (8th ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-0-345-45542-0.
- Wagmeister, Elizabeth (15 June 2015). "TV Revivals Making a Comeback: 'Coach,' 'X-Files,' 'Fuller House' & More". Variety.
- "What's driving the resurgence of reboots, remakes and revivals in TV and film". ABC News. 31 May 2017. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
- Coggan, Devan (23 February 2016). "Absolutely Fabulous movie gets July release date". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
- Kreps, Daniel (27 April 2016). "Watch Cameo-Filled First Trailer for Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
- Slide, Anthony (1996). "Christopher Timothy". Some Joe You Don't Know: An American Guide to 100 British Television Personalities. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. p. 241. Retrieved 1 February 2019 – via Google Books.
In 1988 it was decided to revive the series [All Creatures Great and Small][...]
- "The Boondocks Confirmed to Return for Season 5". TV Shows. Comicbook.com. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
- Brooks and Marsh (2003), p. 604. "The Burke's Law revival looked a bit like a land-locked Love Boat."
- Weisman, Jon (8 July 2011). "TNT gives 'Dallas' revival a 10-episode order". Variety. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
- O'Connell, Michael (14 June 2012). "TNT's 'Dallas' Premiere Scores Just South (Fork) of 7 Million Viewers". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
UPDATED: The revival of the two-decades-dead series scores the highest cable series opener of 2012...
- Brooks and Marsh (2003), p. 396. "Here's one revival that looked very little like the original on which it was based."
- Yahr, Emily (16 November 2016). "The 'Gilmore Girls' revival is far from perfect. Luckily for Netflix, fans won't care". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
- Brooks and Marsh (2003), p. 783. "In the rather literal 1988 revival of the series, a now white-haired Jim Phelps returned to head up the IMF when his protégé and successor were killed."
- Andreeva, Nellie (January 24, 2018). "'Murphy Brown' Revival Set At CBS With Star Candice Bergen & Creator Diane English". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
- Ausiello, Michael (2 June 2015). "Prison Break Limited Series In Development at Fox". TVLine. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
Prison Break may be getting sprung from television purgatory. Fox is developing a limited-series revival of its 2005-09 drama series that would re-team stars Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell, TVLine has learned exclusively.
- Rose, Lacey (6 August 2015). "Fox Chiefs on 'Prison Break' Revival, 'Empire' Impact and Planned Turnaround". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-08-06.
- The first season of the revival aired under the Roseanne name before Roseanne Barr, the show's namesake who portrayed the title character, was fired.
- Stanhope, Kate (May 16, 2017). "'Roseanne' Revival Officially a Go at ABC". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
- "'Rugrats' return: Beloved Nickelodeon show to get new episodes and a movie". USA Today. Retrieved 2018-12-26.
- Barsanti, Sam. "Samurai Jack will get a proper finale at the end of season 5". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2018-12-26.
- "SDCC 2018: Star Wars: The Clone Wars to Return with New Episodes | StarWars.com". StarWars.com. 2018-07-19. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
- Justin, Neal (2018-04-04). "'Trading Spaces' is the latest TV show hoping to capitalize on the nostalgia wave". Star Tribune. Archived from the original on 2018-04-07. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
- Hibberd, James (19 December 2012). "New 'Twilight Zone' series in the works". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
Attempts to revive the series have largely struggled — there was a 1985 edition that ran for three seasons (two on CBS, one in syndication), and another in 2002 on UPN that lasted only one season.
- Andreeva, Nellie (6 December 2017). "'The Twilight Zone': Jordan Peele, Simon Kinberg & Marco Ramirez Board Reboot On CBS All Access". Deadline. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
- Jensen, Jeff (19 May 2017). "How Twin Peaks fans are gearing up to watch the revival in the age of spoilers". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
- Ng, Philiana. ""Whose Line is it Anyway?" Being Revived By The CW". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Abrams, Natalie (18 January 2017). "It's official: NBC orders Will & Grace revival". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2017-06-15.