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, television movies and sequels.
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, as opposed to a sequel that may introduce a new storyline with some of the same characters after the previous series' story ended. Revivals usually take place at some point after the original series ends. By contrast, reboots and remakes may feature many of the original characters differently, but are usually played by new cast members and without taking into account events or continuity that occurred during the original series.
A related concept is retooling, used to describe a series that substantially changes its premise while keeping some of the core characters while the series is still running, usually in an effort to forestall cancellation.
For the sake of simplicity, game shows, due to the large number of international franchisings and the much greater rate of cancellation and revival among them, are largely absent from this list. Anthology series revivals, though they may include episodes that are remakes of ones from the earlier series, are generally included.
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/Streaming service||References|
|12 oz. Mouse||2005||2007||12 oz. Mouse||2018; 2020||2020||United States|
|24||2001||2010||24: Live Another Day||2014||2014||United States|||
|24: Legacy||2017||2017||United States|
|Absolutely Fabulous||1992||1996||Absolutely Fabulous||2001||2004||United Kingdom|||
|Adventure Time||2010||2018||Adventure Time: Distant Lands||2020||present||United States|
|Agony||1979||1981||Agony Again||1996||1996||United Kingdom|||
|Alfred Hitchcock Presents||1955||1965||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||1985||1989||United States|
|All Creatures Great and Small||1978||1980||All Creatures Great and Small||2020||present||United Kingdom|||
|All That||1994||2005||All That||2019||present||United States|
|American Idol||2002||2016||—||2018||present||United States|
|Angelina Ballerina (TV series)||2002||2006||Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps||2009||2010||United States|
|Arrested Development||2003||2006||Arrested Development||2013||2019||United States|
|Are You Afraid of the Dark||1990||2000||Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Carnival of Doom||2019||present||United States|
|Bakugan: Battle Brawlers||2007||2012||Bakugan: Battle Planet||2018||present||United States|
|Beavis and Butt-Head||1993||1997||Beavis and Butt-Head||2011||2011||United States|
|Ben 10||2005||2008||Ben 10||2016||2021||United States|
|Beverly Hills, 90210||1990||2000||90210||2008||2013||United States|
|Blue's Clues||1996||2006||Blue's Clues & You!||2019||present||United States|
|Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law||2000||2018||Birdgirl||2021||present||United States|
|Bob the Builder||1998||2011||Bob the Builder||2015||2018||United Kingdom|
|Untitled Bob the Builder revival||TBA||TBA|
|Boy Meets World||1993||2000||Girl Meets World||2014||2017||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|||
|Caillou||1997||2010||Caillou's New Adventures||2016||present||Canada|
|Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?||1994||1999||Carmen Sandiego||2019||2021||United States|
|The Carol Burnett Show||1967||1978||—||1991||1991||United States|
|Cash Cab||2005||2012||—||2017||present||United States|
|Chuggington||2008||2015||Chuggington: Tales from the Rails||2020||present||United States|
|Clifford the Big Red Dog||2000||2003||Clifford the Big Red Dog||2019||present||United States|
|Code Lyoko||2004||2007||Code Lyoko: Evolution||2013||2013||United States|
|The Comeback||2005||2005||—||2014||2014||United States|||
|Danger Mouse (1981 TV series)||1981||1992||Danger Mouse||2015||2016||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|
|Full House||1987||1995||Fuller House||2016||2020||United States|
|Fraggle Rock||1983||1987||Fraggle Rock: Rock On!||2021||present||United States|
|Franklin||1997||2004||Franklin and Friends||2010||2014||United States|
|Get Smart||1965||1970||Get Smart||1995||1995||United States|
|Gilmore Girls||2000||2007||Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life||2016||2016||United States|||
|Ghost Hunters||2004||2016||—||2019||present||United States|||
|Heroes||2006||2010||Heroes Reborn||2015||2016||United States|
|ICarly||2007||2012||ICarly (2021 TV series)||2021||present||United States|
|Johnny Test||2005||2014||—||2021||TBA||United States|
|Lab Rats||2012||2016||Lab Rats: Elite Force||2016||2016||United States|
|Legends of the Hidden Temple||1993||1995||—||2021||present||United States|
|Leave It to Beaver||1957||1963||The New Leave It to Beaver||1983||1989||United States|
|The Liver Birds||1969||1979||—||1996||1996||United Kingdom|
|Lost in Space||1965||1968||Lost in Space||2018||2021||United States|
|Mad About You||1992||1999||—||2019||2019||United States|
|Melrose Place||1992||1999||Melrose Place||2009||2010||United States|
|Mission: Impossible||1966||1973||Mission: Impossible||1988||1990||United States|||
|Murphy Brown||1988||1998||—||2018||2018||United States|||
|My Super Sweet 16||2005||2011||—||2017||2017||United States|
|Mystery Science Theater 3000||1988||1999||—||2017||2019||United States|
|Make Way for Noddy||2003||2005||Noddy, Toyland Detective||2016||2020||United States|
|Make Room for Daddy||1953||1964||Make Room for Granddaddy||1970||1971||United States|
|The Outer Limits||1963||1965||The Outer Limits||1995||2002||United States|
|Prison Break||2005||2009||—||2017||2017||United States|||
|Pound Puppies||1986||1987||Pound Puppies||2010||2013||United States|
|Pingu||2006||Pingu in the City||2019||present||United Kingdom|
|Punky Brewster||1984||1988||Punky Brewster||2021||present||United States|
|ReBoot||1994||2001||ReBoot: The Guardian Code||2018||2018||United States|
|Reno 911!||2003||2009||—||2020||2020||United States|||
|Rugrats||1991||2004||Rugrats (2021 TV series)||2021||TBA||United States|||
|Samurai Jack||2001||2004||—||2017||2017||United States|||
|Sanford and Son||1972||1977||Sanford||1981||1981||United States|
|Star Wars: The Clone Wars||2008||2013||—||2020||2020||United States|||
|Saved by the Bell||1989||1993||Saved by the Bell||2020||present||United States|
|S.W.A.T. (1975 TV series)||1975||1976||S.W.A.T. (2017 TV series)||2017||Present||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|||
|Transformers: Rescue Bots||2012||2016||Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy||2019||present||United States|
|That's So Raven||2003||2007||Raven's Home||2017||present||United States|
|The Demon Headmaster (1996 TV series)||1996||1998||The Demon Headmaster (2019 TV series)||2019||present||United Kingdom|
|The Golden Girls||1985||1992||The Golden Palace||1992||1993||United States|
|The Magic School Bus||1994||1997||The Magic School Bus Rides Again||2017||present||United States|
|The Proud Family||2001||2005||The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder||2021||present||United States|
|ThunderCats Roar||2020||2020||United States|
|Tiny Toons Adventures||1990||1992||Tiny Toons Looniversity||2021||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 Powerpuff Girls||1998||2005||The Powerpuff Girls||2015||2019||Germany|
|The X-Files||1993||2002||—||2016||2018||United States|||
|Thomas & Friends||1984||2021||Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go!||2021||present||United States|
|Teen Titans||2003||2006||Teen Titans Go!||2013||present||United States|||
|Twin Peaks||1990||1991||Twin Peaks: The Return||2017||2017||United States|||
|Veronica Mars||2004||2007||—||2019||2019||United States|||
|Wacky Races||1968||1969||Wacky Races||2017||2019||United States|
|What's Happening||1976||1979||What's Happening Now!!||1985||1988||United States|
|Whose Line Is It Anyway?||1998||2007||Whose Line Is It Anyway?||2013||present||United States|||
|Will & Grace||1998||2006||Will & Grace||2017||2020||United States|||
|WKRP in Cincinnati||1978||1982||The New WKRP in Cincinnati||1991||1993||United States|
|Xiaolin Showdown||2003||2006||Xiaolin Chronicles||2013||2015||United States|
Upcoming planned revivals
At this time, these shows have been announced to arriving on the air again:
Did not move forward
These are few proposed revivals that did not move forward after a pilot or script commitment:
- 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.
- VanDerWerff, Emily Todd (February 12, 2014). "How the second season of Newhart proves sitcoms need time to learn". The A.V. Club. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
Newhart is that rare beast in the TV world: a show where all of the retooling paid off because the producers were keenly attuned to what was and wasn’t working on their show.
- 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.
- "Agony". British Classic Comedy. Retrieved 30 April 2021.
- 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. ISBN 9780313295508. Retrieved 1 February 2019 – via Google Books.
In 1988 it was decided to revive the series [All Creatures Great and Small][...]
- "Animaniacs' Reboot Sets Hulu Premiere Date". 7 August 2020. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
- Brooks and Marsh (2003), p. 604. "The Burke's Law revival looked a bit like a land-locked Love Boat."
- "HBO confirms November 9 Premieres for 'The Newsroom', 'The Comeback' & 'Getting On' - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers.Zap2it.com". 10 September 2014. Archived from the original on 10 September 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2020.
- 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.
- 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". Star Wars. July 19, 2018. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
- 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 2018-04-05. 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.
- Teen Titans Returning With New Full Length Episodes - IGN, retrieved 2020-11-27
- 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.
- Iannucci, Rebecca (12 April 2019). "Veronica Mars Revival Set for July Premiere at Hulu — Watch Teaser". TVLine. Retrieved 26 February 2020.
- 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.
- Ausiello, Michael (August 5, 2019). "NYPD Blue: ABC's Revival Pilot Failed Because 'The Bar Was So High'". TVLine. Retrieved April 24, 2021.
- Andreeva, Nellie (August 31, 2015). "Coach" Reboot Not Going Forward At NBC, Will Be Shopped Elsewhere". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
- Iannucci, Rebecca (June 29, 2020). "thirtysomething Sequel, Brides Pilot Not Moving Forward at ABC". TVLine. Retrieved June 29, 2020.