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6 TV Shows That Need a Reboot

Married With Children

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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.


Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…