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6 TV Shows That Need a Reboot

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In case you were under a rock and missed the news, Full House is coming back to TV, this time as a Netflix show called Fuller House. This is just the latest in a string of shows that’s been brought back from extinction, like Girl Meets World (the reboot of Boy Meets World), The X-Files, and the troubled Twin Peaks reboot.

Since 2015 is looking like the year of the TV comebacks, we sifted through the archives of television to come up with a few shows we think deserve another go. If any of the shows original stars want to start up a Kickstarter to get these projects off the ground, let us know. We’ll totally give you a dollar towards it.

6. Bosom Buddies

I will never not be 100% down for this. I don’t care that Tom Hanks is an A-Lister, or that the entire premise is nowhere near plausible. (Two guys dress in drag to live in a women’s only apartment complex because the rent is cheap.) Bosom Buddies needs to come back if only because, as his roles on Girls and Gotham have shown a new generation, Peter Scolari is awesome and needs his own show again.

Maybe this time around, the guys ended up turning their penchant for dressing as women into a successful drag act and are a popular draw at a cabaret in South Beach. Bosom Buddies meets The Birdcage. I’m just spitballing here, people, but don’t act like seeing Hanks and Scolari twerking to a Miley song in full blown drag wouldn’t be a riot.


5. My Two Dads

This show never made any kind of sense (why would a judge grant custody of a child to her mom’s ex-boyfriends?), but that really wasn’t ever a prerequisite for pretty much anything that happened in the ’80s.

However it DID end with Joey (aka the cool dad) moving to San Francisco with an old girlfriend and her daughter. Maybe something changed in San Fran. Maybe Joey finally realized he was living a lie and was really in love with neurotic Michael all along. Greg Evigan and Paul Reiser always had chemistry, I just don’t think anyone had the balls to call it what it was at the time.

My Two Dads can come back with a limited episode order. Make it a mini-series showing Joey and Michael’s eventual wedding. Maybe even have them adopt another kid together and give Nicole a younger sibling. It’s high time we all stop denying them the love those two men deserve with each other.


4. ALF

ALF was way ahead of its time, and considering that genre shows are dominating the airwaves, it only makes sense that the most famous alien life form (from the ’80s who isn’t E.T.) make a comeback. But there needs to be some modern twist.

Maybe this time around ALF stars in a reality show and helps the Kardashians take some city hostage or whatever it is they do. Or have him be the new Rob Kardashian. That family member obviously needs to be recast.

Or maybe add him to the cast of Grey’s Anatomy since rumor is McDreamy maybe McOuttie soon. I think ALF and Meredith Grey would make a stunning couple, no?


3. MTV’s Rock N’ Jock

I’m not even slightly kidding when I say Rock N’ Jock softball was hands down one of the greatest masterpieces to ever come out of MTV. I have been pining for the day that they bring this back. I know that there’s a rumor OG hosts Dan Cortese and Bill Bellamy are trying to make it so. Fingers crossed.

Sure, the other Rock N’ Jocks were ok, but softball took the cake. Probably because it was the one that required the least amount of skill and lent itself to the most amount of ridiculous shenanigans.

Roger McDowell was the MVP of every game because he was out of his damn mind and it was amazing. Plus anything that has Keanu Reeves on a team that Sam Kinison is the captain of is already the greatest thing ever.


2. Welcome Back, Kotter

This show used to be my favorite thing to watch when I was drunk at 3am and it was on Nick at Nite. I’m going to assume it’s just as good viewing while sober.

What isn’t to love about a cast of juvenile delinquents terrorizing the NYC public school system? But this time around, make it Welcome Back, Barbarino. John Travolta can reprise his role and take over as the ex-Sweathog-turned-teacher that returns to educate the next generation of misfits at his alma mater. Maybe then he’ll finally tell the story of the French Fry Phantom.


1. Married…With Children

Here’s the pitch: Kelly Bundy is married with kids, but her husband is in jail or something because of course Kelly would date a criminal. Bud lives in her basement, and still never gets laid, which may or may not be eerily similar to David Faustino’s life nowadays. Peggy and Al can occasionally guest star. Maybe have them babysit every once in a while when Kelly has to work the night shift at the strip club or something. Word is a Married… reboot is in the works. Let’s hope we see the return of Bud’s hip hop altar ego, Grandmaster B.

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Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.