All the Nostalgic TV Shows & Movies Being Rebooted in 2018

by Allie Gemmill
Apr 26, 2018 at 11:20 a.m. ET
Still from 'Less Than Zero'
Image: Twentieth Century Fox

In 2018, we're getting tons of good news about the TV shows we can expect to see in our summer and fall TV lineups, and reboot fever is still going strong. Some might say this is to be expected, considering how many reboots are being lined up at the movies. But in the case of TV, one nostalgic reboot announcement seems to lead to at least a half-dozen more. Since the beginning of 2018, we've already had confirmation of a ton of beloved shows' reboots getting the green light and it doesn't look like there's any signs of stopping.

Whether it's family dramas, buddy cop comedies or maybe something on the supernatural side, what's old is suddenly new again and viable enough for a reboot. For fans of the originals, it's lucky that major networks are not too choosy when it comes to figuring out what to reboot, either. A show from the '70s is just as viable a candidate as one from the early '00s, which means we get treated to a variety of TV shows that could take on a fresh and exciting new context and meaning in 2018.

So, which nostalgic TV shows and movies are coming back to TV in 2018? Keep clicking and see for yourself.

A version of this article was originally published in January 2018.

1 /33: 'Less Than Zero'

1/33 :'Less Than Zero'

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed in late April that a reboot of the '80s drama Less Than Zero was in the works over at Hulu. The film, which starred Andrew McCarthy, Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Gertz, was originally adapted from a Bret Easton Ellis novel of the same and followed a college freshman who comes home for Christmas break only to find that his best friend is struggling with a serious drug addiction. THR's report notes that Hulu reboot will stay faithful to the source material and adapt the storyline for modern audiences.   

2 /33: 'Double Dare'

2/33 :'Double Dare'

Millennials will love this news: popular '90s Nickelodeon game show Double Dare is getting rebooted for modern audiences. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news that the game show would be returning to Nickelodeon with 40 new episodes set to premiere during the summer of 2018.

3 /33: 'Mad About You'

3/33 :'Mad About You'

Whispers of a Mad About You reboot have been making the rounds recently, with interest in whether or not it's actually happening slowly increasing as more and more classic TV shows and movies get the green light. On April 12, Deadline stated that the Mad About You reboot was all but confirmed after reporting that the show's original leads, Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser, had secured deals with Sony Pictures TV. Hunt and Reiser have been in talks for several months, apparently, with Deadline quoting Hunt from an interview with Ellen DeGeneres recently that shows just how interested she and Reiser are in the revival: "I will say, Paul Reiser is in my kitchen a good amount because we’re talking about how to make it and not wreck it, because we’re proud of what we did, so...I hope so."

4 /33: 'First Wives Club'

4/33 :'First Wives Club'

While rumors of the reboot surfaced some time ago, it was officially confirmed in April that the planned TV reboot of the First Wives Club would be going ahead at Paramount Network, the same network in charge of the Heathers TV reboot. The reboot will be penned by Girls Trip scribe Tracy Oliver and, according to Deadline, will be a half-hour comedy. Deadline additionally confirms the plot will be very similar to the original ("[T]he series will be based in New York City. It will follow a group of women who band together after their marriages fall apart, and who find strength in their sisterhood — and of course a little revenge") but there will surely be updates made to make it fit in with 2018.

5 /33: 'The Terminator'

5/33 :'The Terminator'

In April, there was exciting new casting news ahead of the planned Terminator reboot going into production. In addition to Halt and Catch Fire star MacKenzie Davis' casting, Scream Queens star Diego Boneta was also announced as one of the leads of the reboot. Additionally, The Hollywood Reporter notes that original Terminator stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton will be appearing in some capacity while Davis will play another version of the Terminator. Additional plot details are being kept under wraps.

6 /33: 'High Fidelity'

'High Fidelity'
Image: Touchstone Pictures

6/33 :'High Fidelity'

Nick Horby's 1995 novel that led to the 2000 feature film High Fidelity is now reportedly getting the TV treatment, thanks to Disney. While Deadline reports that the revival is still in early development, the series will allegedly be a "gender-swapped take on the classic title" that captures the "romantic comedy and authentic spirit of the original source materials."

No news yet on casting or who's being considered to play the female version of Rob Gordon but we can think of a few suggestions: Vanessa Hudgens? Allison Williams? Oh, maybe Zoë Kravitz?!

7 /33: 'The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina'

7/33 :'The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina'

Sabrina the Teenage Witch is getting the reboot treatment at Netflix, titled The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and it'll be very different from the original show. So far Melissa Joan Hart doesn't have a role (although she's open to finding her own "fit" in the series). Instead, Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka has been cast as Sabrina and a slew of new faces fill out the rest of the cast. Execs behind the reboot confirmed that the new version "is a darker, more macabre version of Sabrina." It'll be interesting to see where this reboot goes. A premiere date has yet to be announced. 

8 /33: 'The Continental'

8/33 :'The Continental'

Fans of the John Wick films series will be pleased to learn that a spinoff TV series is in the works, currently titled The Continental. Based on the hotel of the same name introduced in John Wick, the series will be a "'cool, Wick-ian, magical, and mysterious world' (as described by Indiewire) built around the Continental, a hotel chain for assassins. They're places where assassins can get the tools they need and hide out, and no 'business' is allowed to be carried out," according to TV Guide's reportback in June 2017.

9 /33: 'Muppet Babies'

9/33 :'Muppet Babies'

In February, we learned that production on the animated Muppet Babies reboot was picking up steam when Jenny Slate was confirmed to be joining the cast as the voice of Miss Nanny. According to a statement released by Disney Junior, Miss Nanny's role and look was described as such: "As in the original Emmy Award-winning series, Miss Nanny will only be visible from the torso down. Adding a new touch to the reimagined series, the pattern of Miss Nanny’s tights will change in each episode to reveal the story’s theme."

The Muppet Babies reboot was first announced in 2016 but will premiere some time in 2018.

10 /33: 'Rocko's Modern Life'

10/33 :'Rocko's Modern Life'

In July 2017, fans got their first look at footage from the Rocko's Modern Life reboot planned at Nickelodeon. The reboot, set to premiere some time in 2018, will be called Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling and will be a one-off TV movie. As Entertainment Weekly reported when the first footage emerged, the plot of the reboot is a pretty fun one: "After having been blasted into outer space with Heffer and Filburt in 1996, Rocko returns to Earth and struggles to fit into the world that the 21st century has long since accepted. Food trucks, iPhones, energy drinks, 3-D printers, and social media are all ripe for skewering by the gang."

11 /33: 'She-Ra'

11/33 :'She-Ra'

We learned back in December 2017 that a reboot of She-Ra had been ordered at Netflix. According to TV Line, the show will be updated slightly for a younger generation while still retaining the classic images '80s kids remember and love. This new She-Ra will reportedly be "a modern take on the ’80s girl-power icon for a new generation of young fans" and, better still, it will be "led by a warrior princess tailor-made for today."

12 /33: 'A League of Their Own'

12/33 :'A League of Their Own'

The Rockford Peaches are getting a new life on television with the announcement that one-half of Broad City's iconic duo, Abbi Jacobson, would help pen a TV series based on A League of Their Own for Amazon. According to TVLine, this new version would "be a half-hour comedy that puts a modern spin on the true story of women playing professional baseball while men were off fighting World War II." That sounds pretty darn great to us!

13 /33: 'Clarissa Explains It All'

13/33 :'Clarissa Explains It All'

In March, it was announced the Melissa Joan Hart, who originally starred in Clarissa Explains It All, would be returning for a reboot of the hit Nickelodeon show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hart will return as Clarissa Darling, but this time around the show will follow Clarissa as a mother raising her family in 2018. 

14 /33: 'Gone Baby Gone'

14/33 :'Gone Baby Gone'

Fox picked up a pilot based on author Dennis Lehane's 1998 book Gone Baby Gone and the subsequent 2007 feature filmstarring Casey Affleck, that followed two private investigators hunting for a little girl who was abducted from a Boston neighborhood.

15 /33: 'Roswell'

15/33 :'Roswell'

The CW officially ordered a pilot for a Roswell reboot. The pilot will be written by Originals scribe Carina Adly MacKenzie and will pick up after the daughter of undocumented immigrants reluctantly returns to her hometown of Rosewell, New Mexico and "discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer: he’s an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. She protects his secret as the two reconnect and begin to investigate his origins, but when a violent attack and long-standing government cover-up point to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him and destroy their deepening romance."

16 /33: 'In Search Of'

16/33 :'In Search Of'

The History Channel will be bringing back the popular series from the '70s, In Search Of. Executive produced and narrated by Star Trek star Zachary Quinto, the show is described by Deadline thusly: "From the mythical to the scientific, each episode will follow Quinto as he investigates a different subject within a dynamic theme – such as alien encounters, mysterious creatures, UFO sightings, time travel and artificial intelligence – and searches for the truth to some of the world’s greatest mysteries. In Search Of will explore enigmas told through the eyes of witnesses and scholars with a personal connection to the phenomenon and include immersive demonstrations and experiments that contextualize each episode’s theme."

17 /33: 'The Greatest American Hero'

17/33 :'The Greatest American Hero'

This fun, cult TV show from the early 1980s, which followed a teacher wearing a specialized alien spacesuit and donning it to save the day, it's getting an ultra-feminist make-over and, luckily, got a 5-episode order from ABC in late January. According to Deadline, the reboot will focus on a woman of color, Meera, "a 30-year-old woman who loves tequila and karaoke and has spent her life searching and failing to find meaning, much to the chagrin of her traditional Indian-American family. An inexplicable event occurs that will change the course of Meera’s life forever: she is entrusted with a super suit to protect the planet. Meera may have finally found purpose, but the world has never been in more unreliable hands."

18 /33: 'Cagney & Lacey'

18/33 :'Cagney & Lacey'

Hot on the heels of approving a Murphy Brown reboot, CBS went ahead and gave the green light to a Cagney & Lacey reboot in January 2018.

For those not boppin' around in the 1980s, here's the 411 on the original Cagney & Lacey. It was a "series about two female police detectives and friends who keep the streets of Los Angeles safe," as The Hollywood Reporter recalls it. Originally starring iconic TV actors Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless, there's no word yet on who will be stepping into their shoes in the reboot, but there's no doubt that TV (and CBS in particular) could use more female-led programs.

19 /33: 'Magnum P.I.'

19/33 :'Magnum P.I.'

Reported at the same time as the Cagney & Lacey reboot, we learned in late January 2018 that a Magnum P.I. reboot was also ordered as CBS. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the reboot is "an update of the classic TV series and is set in Hawaii. It follows Thomas Magnum, a decorated ex-Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator."

While the original star of Magnum P.I., Tom Selleck, is currently not attached to the reboot, since he is currently in the CBS family with his starring role on Blue BloodsTHR notes that means he could pop up for a cameo if he wanted to. We certainly wouldn't mind.

20 /33: 'Charmed'

20/33 :'Charmed'

After a very public "Will they or won't they?"-style discussion between the stars of Charmed and the fans who love the show, it looks like the Charmed reboot is indeed happening, and it's going to have a very feminist edge to it. 

According to Deadline, The CW has ordered a Charmed reboot pilot that will reportedly be set in the present day and is being described as a "fierce, funny, feminist reboot of the original series [that] centers on three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches. Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy, and maintaining familial bonds, a witch’s work is never done." While a previous attempt to reboot Charmed would have set the series in the mid-'70s and would have been focused on an entirely new trio of witches, this new plan for Charmed sounds just as fun. 

There's no word on whether or not the original Charmed cast will be coming back for the reboot, but chances are it will be a serious feat to secure them to appear for any length of time in any way, shape or form.

21 /33: 'Murphy Brown'

21/33 :'Murphy Brown'

Candice Bergen is coming back to TV, y'all. 

In late January 2018, it was confirmed that a Murphy Brown revival would be coming to CBS with Bergen set to play her award-winning, star-making role, the titular Murphy Brown. Deadline reports, "Bergen will reprise her role as the famous investigative journalist and TV anchor at the FYI network, as Murphy Brown returns to a world of cable news, social media, fake news and a very different political and cultural climate," and that apparently some of the original cast members are in talks to come back for the revival. 

What could be more exciting than having a little Murphy back in our lives, people? Nothing, I tell you. Nothing.

22 /33: 'Get Christie Love!'

22/33 :'Get Christie Love!'

It may have only lasted one season back in 1974, but it looks like Get Christie Love! is getting a second chance at becoming a TV mainstay. 

The Hollywood Reporter wrote on Jan. 23 that ABC has picked up a pilot for the Get Christie Love! reboot and that Pitch star Kylie Bunbury is set to play Christie Love. Christie is described by THR as "an African-American female CIA agent who leads a highly trained elite ops unit. Christie transforms into whomever she needs to be in order to get the job done — especially when it's down to the wire and the stakes are life and death. The high-adrenaline missions of the action-packed, music-driven drama are anchored by an emotional mystery about Christie’s first love — unearthing the truth about this relationship will be the biggest mission impossible of her life."

23 /33: 'The Mighty Ducks'

23/33 :'The Mighty Ducks'

While it's still early days for this reboot, there is a major effort being made to bring The Mighty Ducks to TV. Although a network isn't attached to the reboot yet, according to The Hollywood Reporter, it looks like ABC Signature Studios is involved, which means there is a chance ABC could pick it up (neither ABC nor ABC Signature Studios have confirmed that). The film trilogy's original screenwriter, Steven Brill, is attached to write a pilot, and if things go well, then the show would theoretically be shopped around. There's no word yet on what kind of show it will be (Comedy? Drama? A half-hour? A full hour?) or whether anyone from the original cast will return.

Best to keep an eye on this one, folks. 

24 /33: 'Sister, Sister'

24/33 :'Sister, Sister'

After much whispering and wondering about whether or not this show would get picked up, it was confirmed in January 2018 that Sister, Sister would truly be getting the reboot treatment. 

While appearing on the Steve Harvey Show, Sister, Sister star Jackée Harry confirmed that the reboot was going forward. As she joked with Harvey, "Yeah, it’s happening. I’m excited. Tia [Mowry-Hardrict] and Tamera [Mowry] are my babies. They won’t leave me alone. I can’t get rid of none of these women!"

Mowry-Hardrict told Us Weekly that darn near everything has fallen into place when it comes to getting the show on its feet, save for one hurdle. It sounds like once things get 100 percent secured, Sister, Sister will roll on into production. "There’s a hurdle that we have to jump. There’s only one other hurdle and once we jump this hurdle, it’s on and cracking. We just have to wait until that kind of fleshes itself out. [...] We have the writers. We have everything. Everything is in place, so we’re going to be taking meetings in the next few months, so we’ll see."

25 /33: 'Bad Boys'

25/33 :'Bad Boys'

The Bad Boys are back — well, sorta.

Gabrielle Union is set to reprise her Bad Boys role as former DEA agent (and the sister of Martin Lawrence's character) Syd Burnett in a Bad Boys reboot that will head to NBC. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the plot will focus on Syd's "fresh start in her new job as an LAPD detective. She is partnered with Nancy McKenna, a working mom who can't help but look at Syd's freedom with some grass-is-greener envy. These two have totally different lifestyles and approaches, but they both are at the top of their fields in this action-packed, character-driven procedural."

26 /33: 'Party of Five'

26/33 :'Party of Five'

The hit '90s show is getting a super-modern makeover for 2018. 

According to Deadline, the Party of Five reboot is heading to Freeform and will look and feel different from the original. "The reboot will follow the five Buendias children as they navigate daily life struggles to survive as a family unit after their parents are suddenly deported back to Mexico," Deadline reports. This new twist to the show's plot structure, especially with the focus on immigration in America in 2018 being front and center, feels like a timely and necessary twist that will help bring in new viewers while giving fans of the original something new to think about. 

27 /33: 'Roseanne'

27/33 :'Roseanne'

The Roseanne reboot premiered on Mar. 27 on ABC and was a huge, massive hit. Actually, that's an understatement. Raking in 25 million viewersfor the pilot, the reboot was green-lit for a second season just 3 short days after the premiere. Roseanne is back, and she's not going anywhere any time soon. 

28 /33: 'Heathers'

28/33 :'Heathers'

The Heathers reboot was supposed to premiere on Mar. 7, 2018 but was postponed after the Parland shooting. A new air date has yet to be announced but Paramount Network insists they still intend to release the show saying, "Paramount Network’s original series Heathers is a satirical comedy that takes creative risks in dealing with many of society’s most challenging subjects ranging from personal identity to race and socio-economic status to gun violence. While we stand firmly behind the show, in light of the recent tragic events in Florida and out of respect for the victims, their families and loved ones, we feel the right thing to do is delay the premiere until later this year."

29 /33: 'American Idol'

29/33 :'American Idol'

After airing on Fox for 15 seasons, ABC decided to reboot American Idol only 2 years after it went off the air. But it may have not been the best idea. The premiere was only watched by 10.2 million viewers, which was the lowest ratings of any American Idol premiere – ever. Even worse, ABC sunk a lot of money into the reboot, reportedly paying Katy Perry $25 million alone. Well, they can't all be winners, right?

30 /33: 'Queer Eye'

30/33 :'Queer Eye'

The new Fab Five made their Netflix debut on Feb. 7. Having aired on Bravo for 5 seasons between 2003 and 2007, Queer Eye 2.0 – which takes place in Atlanta, Georgia – was met with praise from old and new fans. In fact, it did so well, Netflix already renewed it for a second season.

31 /33: 'Trading Spaces'

31/33 :'Trading Spaces'

It's been 10 years since Trading Spaces graced our TVs, but TLC's bringing it back! And of course, they didn't forget the original cast. Host Paige Davis and designers Vern Yip, Genevieve Gorder, Doug Wilson, and even carpenter Ty Pennington are confirmed to return.

32 /33: 'Jersey Shore'

32/33 :'Jersey Shore'

The original cast of Jersey Shore (minus Ronnie and Sammie) reunited in 2018 for Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, which sees the group taking a vacation down to sunny Miami to whoop it up like the good old days.

33 /33: 'Little Women'

33/33 :'Little Women'

Louisa May Alcott's classic novel once again was adapted for the screen, only this time is was adapted for television. Airing on PBS back in December 2017 and starring Big Little Lies' Kathryn Newton and Maya Hawke (daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman), the latest Little Women brought to life the joys and sorrows of the March family for a new generation.