After finishing the final episode of a TV series, it can be hard to find something to look forward to. Especially in this binge-watching era, when you can watch an entire series in a day. This condition has been dubbed Post-Series Depression. The cure, according to many production companies, reboots. After a series has ended, it is often added to Hulu, Netflix or Amazon, where it gains further popularity. Recently, the next step in production has been the airing of a new series influenced by the original. Reviews vary show by show, and it can be tricky to figure out which TV reboots are worth the watch. To help with your selection process, here is a list of some of the most popular reboots.
1. Fuller House. 2016
Catch up with your favorite, unconventional family on Fuller House. Full House continues to be an extremely popular show despite ending in the late 1990s. Needless to say, fans of all ages were thrilled when they heard a continuation would be airing on Netflix. However, after the first season was released it became apparent that Fuller House may never live up to the original show. Governor Livingston High School sophomores Loretta Fuentes and Sarah Hagen described Fuller House as, “An all around disappointment. It is painful to watch and we feel the acting has gotten even worse with time.” Fuentes specified, “DJ was cute in Full House but not so much anymore.” However, Fuller House continues to release annual seasons via Netflix so there must be an audience somewhere.
2. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 2018
Sabrina Spellman, the titular character of the 90s hit Sabrina the Teenage Witch, gets a dark twist in this spooky series. Both shows feature teenage Sabrina, her zany aunts Hilda and Zelda, and Sabrina’s beloved cat Salem. Sabrina the Teenage Witch was a light-hearted comedy focusing on Sabrina growing into her powers while going through high school. On the other hand, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina focuses on satanic rituals and the nature of good versus evil. Sabrina is still a teenager but instead of living happily between both worlds, she must choose whether to harness her powers by undergoing a satanic ritual or fear the Dark Lord’s wrath on her sixteenth birthday. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a shocking, thrilling twist on the original comics that is the perfect watch for any lover of the supernatural.
3. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life 2016
This iconic mother-daughter duo deals with grief, love and more coffee in the four-part miniseries that continues Gilmore Girls. The final episode of the original series shows mother Lorelai and diner owner Luke finally together and daughter Rory beginning her career as a journalist following her Yale graduation. Fast forward ten years later and not much has changed. Rory is traveling between New York City and London where she writes freelance pieces and works on a biography and having an affair with one of her past love interests. Lorelai is still running a hotel and living a satisfied life with Luke. However, the family patriarch, Richard, has past away, leaving his family to cope with the unfamiliar dynamic. Filled with creator Amy Sherman Palladino’s brilliantly witty writing and all three ladies quirky personalities, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is not one to miss.
Although T.V. Series reboots tend to gain a larger audience, movies are also remade to garner more money and press.
4. Mean Girls 2 2011
Mean Girls first arrived on the scene in 2004 and became a widely known film. It was laugh out loud funny with a true, warm-hearted message at its core. Mean Girls 2, in spite of its highly rated successor, has been labeled “cringe-worthy” and “corny.” The first film followed new girl, Cady Heron, who was struggling to find her place between the popular girls and the genuine yet eccentric best friend duo, Janis and Damian. Lead Jo decides to enact revenge on her school’s version of the plastics after they continually mess with her. The original sardonic humor is missing, leaving cliches in its place. GL sophomore Nicole Emma has strong opinions, “Mean Girls 2 is an insult to the original, they took what was a great movie and turned it into a Disney type cliche movie which trashes the name of Mean Girls.” It is safe to say Mean Girls 2 did not live up to its predecessor and should have been left to the comedic genius of Tina Fey.
5. Spider-Man: Homecoming 2017
Spider-Man has appeared on the big screen in three different stories, totaling six standalone films with a seventh coming this Spring. Tobey Maguire first starred as Peter Parker in a three movie Blockbuster in the early 2000s. These films were eagerly watched, earning $821.7 million dollars as well as critical claim. Andrew Garfield came next in arguably the weakest of the three. Peter has a different love interest than the first but still begins his two movie arc with turning into Spider-Man for the first time and dealing with the consequences. The newest adaptation premiered recently, during the summer of 2017, featuring ingenue Tom Holland in the leading role. Spider-Man: Homecoming is a fan favorite with the harshest of movie critics, die-hard superhero fanatics and everyone in between. The film begins with Peter already having used his abilities as Iron Man’s protege. Contrasting the prior series, there is an effective use of comedy and high school movie cliches. Holland as a lovably sweet yet strong Spider-Man accompanied by a great group of co-stars and script makes this film a definite a hit.
The optimistic point of view would be to believe the showrunners or movie creators have a genuine passion for continuing their stories for viewers. The pessimistic version, they only produce reboots for the money. Either way, as long as viewership is there they will continue to release so it is always essential to know which can be sufficiently remembered by their original media.
Editor's Note: The Highlander is the student newspaper of Gov. Livingston High School featuring articles written by staff and guest writers covering a variety of topics of interest to the students.