TV Show Reboots You Need to Know About (2021)

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If there’s one great thing about having multiple streaming services, it’s the possibility of having your favorite show rebooted. While we may never get a second season of Firefly, there are plenty of popular TV series being rebooted in the near future!

The variety of genres on this list doesn’t surprise us, in fact, it’s exciting to know that no one genre is deemed more important than the other. It’s also interesting to note how many new shows are being signed to HBO Max and Paramount+ in the coming year. Keep your eyes open for them!

Bonus: Read below to find out which reboots were DOA (aka announced and then canceled)!

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tv show reboot ally mcbeal calista flockhart

Original Release: 1997

Original Network: Fox

New Release: Unannounced

New Network: Unconfirmed

Status: In development

With five seasons under its belt, it's no wonder Ally McBeal is in development to be rebooted! Originally airing from 1997-2002, this show was one of the few dramedies of its time that didn’t take itself too seriously. While no streaming service or network has been officially claimed to the limited series revival, many speculate that since Disney’s acquisition of Fox, it most likely will be streamable on Hulu (since it doesn’t fit the family-friendly branding of Disney+).

tv show reboot avatar the last airbender

Original Release: 2005

Original Network: Nickelodeon

New Release: Unannounced

New Network: Nickelodeon/Paramount+

Status: Pre-production

The reboot for Avatar will be different from most reboots on this list. Originally in 2018, Netflix announced they were creating a live-action remake. However, creative differences with showrunners stalled the project. In February 2021, Nickelodeon announced they created a special division that will focus solely on the Avatar universe. Aptly named, Avatar Studios will be producing animated series and films to be distributed to Paramount+, theaters, and various other platforms.

tv show reboot battlestar galactica

Original Release: 1978

Original Network: ABC

New Release: Unannounced

New Network: Peacock

Status: In development

Battlestar Galactica is familiar with reboots. It was revived in a 2003 miniseries and then turned into a four-season show in 2004, both on Syfy (formerly known as Sci-Fi). Even since the show’s ending, the fandom surrounding Battlestar Galactica is still going strong. Executive producer Sam Esmail, a long-time fan of BSG, is taking an experimental approach to the release. Not only will the show not be a direct reboot, instead inspired by the original, but Esmail states he wants an open-ended release schedule. He claims, “We may dump three episodes in a row because it’s a three-episode long battle sequence...” This could inspire more shows having different styles of release schedules, but more importantly, more content available for Battlestar Galactica fans.

tv show reboot behind the music vh1 mtv

Original Release: 1997

Original Network: VH1

New Release: July 29, 2021

New Network: Paramount+

Status: Post-production

In a time when popular musicians are opening up in candid movie documentaries, there’s no debate that the demand for more is present. Behind the Music was the docuseries to watch if a fan wanted to view behind the scenes of famous artists like Pat Benatar, Snoop Dogg, Celine Dion and Britney Spears. Paramount+ will also be the home of previous aired episodes that have been remastered and updated for current audiences.

tv show reboot the boondocks

Original Release: 2005

Original Network: Adult Swim/Cartoon Network

New Release: 2022

New Network: HBO Max

Status: In production

Adult animated sitcoms have become incredibly popular in recent years and adding a reboot of The Boondocks onto the roster is a smart move for HBO Max. The reboot will include the same main characters of Riley, Huey, and Granddad, and most changes will be updating the stereotypes, cultures, and viewpoints to be appropriate for the modern era. The original release was meant to be Fall 2020, but has been pushed to 2022. The launch will include a 50-minute special on HBO Max.

tv show reboot conan the barbarian netflix

Original Release: 1997

Original Network: Syndication

New Release: Unannounced

New Network: Netflix

Status: In development

Reminiscent of the popular show Merlin, Conan is making a comeback with a Netflix live-action adaption. Announced in Fall 2020, there’s not a lot of news available. It has been speculated that through the deal between Netflix and Conan Properties International, future Conan projects can also include animated movies and shows. For now, the most we know is that Fredrik Malmberg and Mark Wheeler are set to be executive producers on the project.

tv show reboot cowboy bebop netflix

Original Release: 1998

Original US Network: Adult Swim/Cartoon Network

New Release: Summer 2021

New Network: Netflix

Status: Post-production

As the most popular Japanese anime, Cowboy Bebop is one of many being turned into a live-action series. While it’s had many setbacks (a global pandemic being one of them), the Cowboy Bebop reboot is the most anticipated series coming to Netflix. It appears that the plot won’t vary much from the original and the cast has both seasoned and fresh faces, including John Cho, Tamara Tunie, Daniella Pineda, and an unknown corgi dog actor!

tv show reboot criminal minds

Original Release: 2005

Original Network: CBS

New Release: Unannounced (speculated 2022)

New Network: Paramount+

Status: In development

Criminal Minds is one of my personal favorite shows, and I will admit to feeling uneasy about how they ended the series, as well as the decision to be bringing it back so soon. The series has had multiple spin-offs over the years, but none really stuck around. Still, ViacomCBS and Paramount+ already have a two-year plan in mind for the series. While the original Criminal Minds series focused generally on one case per episode, the reboot will have the team of FBI agents focus on a single case over a span of ten episodes. There’s no official announcement on casting, especially on whether original members will be returning.

Along with the reboot, Paramount+ will be offering The Real Criminal Minds, a show featuring a former FBI profiler going through Criminal Minds cases as if they really happened!

tv show reboot csi vegas

Original Release: 2000

Original Network: CBS

New Release: Fall 2021

New Network: CBS

Status: In production

That’s right, a crime show that had three spin-offs is making a comeback! CSI: Vegas will be the sequel and revival of the beloved forensics crime drama. It will pick up six years after the original CSI series ended, including the beloved characters Gil and Sara. CBS hopes for CSI: Vegas to be an ongoing series instead of a limited one. While quite a few cast members will be returning to the Las Vegas set series, there are a handful of new cast members including Mandeep Dhillon, Matt Lauria, Paula Newson, and Mel Rodriguez.

tv show reboot dexter

Original Release: 2006

Original Network: Showtime

New Release: Fall 2021

New Network: Showtime

Status: In production

In the middle of a pandemic, Showtime surprised everyone by announcing a limited-series reboot of Dexter. The reboot will not include most of the original cast, instead we’ll be seeing actors Jamie Chung, Jack Alcott, Alano Miller, and more. The cast and crew have shared that this will be darker than the original, which says something considering the main character is a serial killer. Many are hoping for closure from the Dexter story, as the ten-episode series will focus on Dexter going back to his roots.

tv show reboot doogie howser md kamealoha

Original Release: 1989

Original Network: ABC

New Release: Unannounced

New Network: Disney+

Status: In production

Disney is known for creating series and movies that are believably unbelievable. A teenage physician, for example, who deals with everyday teenage issues as well as performing surgeries. Though what made this series special from most like it is the real-life social problems it addressed. The reboot called Doogie Kamealoha, M.D., will be gender-swapped with Peyton Elizabeth Lee taking on the role of ‘Doogie’. Much like the original, the reboot will address the wider social issues from the perspective of a young woman growing up in a mixed-race modern household.

tv show reboot fairly oddparents

Original Release: 2021

Original Network: Nickelodeon

New Release: Unannounced

New Network: Paramount+

Status: In production

Upon airing, The Fairly Oddparents quickly became a popular kids cartoon that surpassed even SpongeBob SquarePants! The show went on for over a decade and still has enough following for Paramount+ to take on a live-action reboot. Filming begins in June 2021, with original executive producer Butch Hartman on board. The setting will be the same, but the plot will be freshened up to include new characters and new backstories for old ones. No news yet on who will be starring in the series.

tv show reboot fixer upper welcome home

Original Release: 2013

Original Network: HGTV

New Release: January 2021

New Network: Magnolia Network/discovery+

Status: Released

The love of Chip and Joanna Gaines certainly surpassed the series finale in 2018. While the show doesn’t stray far from the original, it is exclusively airing on discovery+. Much like the original Fixer Upper, you’ll see the antics and inspiring designs brought by both Chip and Joanna in Fixer Upper: Welcome Home now available on discovery+!

tv show reboot flintstones bedrock

Original Release: 1960

Original Network: ABC

New Release: 2022

New Network: Fox

Status: In development

While the animated reboot was originally announced in 2019, Bedrock is finally in development to be released on Fox network. Elizabeth Banks is among those spearheading the project. Bedrock will follow the Flintstone family two decades after the original. With Fred on the brink of retirement, 20-something Pebbles must embark on her own career. It will also feature the transition from the Stone Age to the shiny new Bronze Age!

tv show reboot frasier

Original Release: 1993

Original Network: NBC

New Release: Unannounced

New Network: Paramount+

Status: In development

Talks of a Frasier reboot have been speculated since 2016, but it wasn’t until February 2021 that the project was greenlit. While Kelsey Grammer is the only original cast member confirmed, it can be assumed that more of the original will be included. Grammar has hinted many things about the Frasier revival, including a new setting for Frasier to find love, information on the youngest Crane brother’s life, and addressing Martin’s absence due to John Mahoney’s passing.

Fun Fact: In case you didn't know, Frasier is a spin-off of the sitcom Cheers.

tv show reboot fresh prince bel-air

Original Release: 1990

Original Network: NBC

New Release: 2021

New Network: Peacock

Status: In production

Bel-Air, a new imagining of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, is hesitantly called a reboot. Instead of featuring the original cast and plot, Bel-Air is based on the theme song more than the plot of the six-season show. Instead of a comedic sitcom, the reboot will take the tone of a dark modern drama that’s credited to the short fan film written and directed by Morgan Cooper. As an added bonus, Peacock has ordered two seasons of the show, which is rare for networks to do.

tv show reboot goosebumps rl stine

Original Release: 1995

Original Network: Fox Kids

New Release: Unannounced

New Network: Unannounced

Status: In development

While there’s not much news in the past year since the announcement, Goosebumps will be returning in a live-action series! Sony Pictures Television, Scholastic Entertainment, and Neal H. Moritz are working together to bring back the still-popular children's series. In March 2021, it was announced that there is a director and producer signed to work on the Goosebumps reboot. Aside from that, there’s sadly very little news to share.

tv show reboot gossip girl

Original Release: 2007

Original Network: The CW

New Release: July 2021

New Network: HBO Max

Status: Post-production

I’ll be honest in saying the upcoming release of the Gossip Girl reboot is what inspired this list! The reboot plot picks up eight years after the original website went offline and introduces a new generation of New York elite teens. There will be ten hour-long episodes of the new version and the series will focus on online privacy, social media, and how both affect teenagers in the modern era. What will also change from the original is the problematic tropes often seen in the early 2000s teen dramas. While the cast is brand new, there is the possibility of original characters to guest appear, and it has been confirmed that the original characters will be at least mentioned.

The one character from the original that will be included? Kristen Bell is confirmed to return as the Gossip Girl narrator!

tv show reboot grease rise of the pink ladies

Original Release: 1978

Original Production Company: Paramount Pictures

New Release: Unannounced

New Network: Paramount+

Status: In development

I know it wasn't originally a show, but it was too iconic to leave out! One of the most popular movies out there, Grease, is being reimagined through a TV show reboot called Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies. As you can expect by the name, the show will be set in the 1950s at Rydell High (music numbers included). The show will explore common teenage issues such as peer pressure and puberty. Originally it was set to release on HBO Max, however, it was dropped and picked up by Paramount+.

tv show reboot how i met your father how i met your mother

Original Release: 2005

Original Network: CBS

New Release: Unannounced

New Network: Hulu

Status: In development

How I Met Your Mother is another show getting a gender-swapped revival with How I Met Your Father! Staring Hillary Duff, the series will focus on Sophie recounting to her son how she met his father. Set in the beginning of 2021, it will follow the original in its focus on a group of friends figuring out their goals and lives. The difference this time, aside from gender, will include dating apps and modern ways of meeting partners.

tv show reboot icarly

Original Release: 2007

Original Network: Nickelodeon

New Release: June 17, 2021

New Network: Paramount+

Status: Post-production

iCarly is the show I’d consider the less musical version of another popular Nickelodeon show, Victorious. The fact that it’s returning is no surprise, since fans didn’t really get closure from the iCarly universe courtesy of an abrupt ending to its spin-off Sam & Cat. What’s most exciting about the reboot is that it’s not a retelling of the same story, but a continuation of it ten years after the original. Expect to see Carly, Harper (now played by Laci Mosley), and Freddie make their way through their 20s while addressing modern issues that it’s now older audience are dealing with.

Bonus Fact: Harper is part of the LGBTQ+ community with dreams of becoming a fashion stylist after her wealthy family goes broke and Freddie has a step-daughter obsessed with social media.

tv show reboot little house on the prairie

Original Release: 1974

Original Network: NBC

New Release: Unannounced

New Network: Paramount+

Status: In development

There isn’t much known about the reboot for Little House on the Prairie, but there’s no denying those involved in the development are passionate about bringing back a franchise that was so successful. Currently, no casting or storyline has been confirmed, so we’ll have to wait and see!

tv show reboot mighty ducks game changers

Original Release: 1992

Original Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures

New Release: March 26, 2021

New Network: Disney+

Status: Released

Many millennials remember The Mighty Ducks fondly, even inspiring a 200 episode podcast called The Quack Attack. Much like Netflix’s Cobra Kai, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers series turns things around making the Ducks the antagonists of the story. Evan Morrow, a former Mighty Duck, forms a team of underdogs along with the help of the original Ducks Coach. As of writing this, the show is still ongoing, so there’s no announcement to confirm if the show has been canceled or a second season ordered.

tv show reboot pll pretty little liars original sin perfectionists

Original Release: 2010

Original Network: Freeform

New Release: Unannounced

New Network: HBO Max

Status: In development

The Pretty Little Liars franchise is not a stranger to reboots and spin-offs. Personally, I found that the spin-offs didn’t live up to the original, which is why many are hesitant about the upcoming Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin. The reboot will serve as a new story within the PLL universe and will follow a new group of liars in the town of Millwood. It will be a reimagining of the original series but still include the mysterious ‘A’.

Fully expect me, to be a critic of any spin-off after begrudgingly watching The Perfectionists spin-off.

tv show reboot proud family louder and prouder

Original Release: 2001

Original Network: Disney Channel

New Release: 2022

New Network: Disney+

Status: In development

The Proud Family was the first original Disney Channel animated series and paved the way for shows like Kim Possible and Phineas and Ferb. What makes this reboot most exciting for fans is that all the original voice actors have been cast for The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder. While the plot is only speculated, there’s no doubt that it’ll have the same social commentary and themes it had before.

tv show reboot rugrats

Original Release: 1991

Original Network: Nickelodeon

New Release: May 27, 2021

New Network: Paramount+

Status: Released

To think, a show about talking babies was described by Steven Spielberg as “a TV Peanuts of our time." With praise like that, it's no surprise that a reboot was created. CGI made, the Rugrats reboot has the full original voice acting cast for the babies and a brand-new cast for the adults. The plot and premise is no different from the original, so fans, don't expect many changes.

tv show reboot sex and the city

Original Release: 1998

Original Network: HBO

New Release: Unannounced

New Network: HBO Max

Status: In production

Sex and the City was a show that captured fans throughout multiple generations. The And Just Like That… titled reboot is welcomed by most fans of the original. While it won’t be a next season of the show, it is the next chapter for the characters. Kim Cattrall, who played the iconic Samantha Jones, will not be returning, and her character will be written out logically. You can also expect to see at least three new main characters, all of whom are people of color!

tv show reboot true blood

Original Release: 2008

Original Network: HBO

New Release: Unannounced

New Network: HBO

Status: In development

The rebooting of True Blood is the one on this list that’s surprising. Even its own fans and former cast members were shocked by HBO’s announcement that a reboot was in development. While it’s still in the early stages, so far none of the original True Blood cast members are involved in the reboot. Casey Bloys, an HBO official, says it’ll be some time before they are ready to release more information.

tv show reboot wonder years

Original Release: 1988

Original Network: ABC

New Release: Unannounced

New Network: ABC

Status: In production

That’s right, The Wonder Years are back (with a twist)! The original was so beloved that even after its first season of only six episodes, it won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. The reboot’s pilot will be written by Saladin Patterson, known for The Big Bang Theory, Psych, and Two and a Half Men. The Wonder Years will focus on a middle-class family living in Montgomery, Alabama during the 1960s. Taking Kevin Arnold’s place, we’ll watch Dean Williams whose described as being insecure and awkward, but determined to make a mark on the world. No news yet on a release date since filming began early Spring 2021.

tv show reboot clueless dionne

Original Release: 1996

Original Network: ABC

Set to feature on Peacock, the reason why the Clueless reboot was canceled is unknown (but can be speculated). It was meant to be a mystery series focused on Dionne dealing with the disappearance of queen bee Cher and becoming the new “it” girl. CBS Studios is still looking into new approaches to Clueless, though nothing has been confirmed.

tv show reboot lizzie mcquire hilary duff

Original Release: 2001

Original Network: Disney Channel

The Lizzie McGuire reboot was canceled after filming two episodes due to creative differences. Set to stream on Disney+, it recently came out that the direction the show was meant to go didn’t fit with the family-friendly audience of Disney+. Creators and even Hilary Duff herself said they wanted to see Lizzie navigate through her 30s in the modern-day, covering topics that wouldn’t fit with their other original series on the streaming platform. We can all still hold out hope for the reboot to be picked up by one of Disney’s many networks though!

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