Is there anything better than the news that your favorite show is returning to television? From “Gilmore Girls” to “Twin Peaks” to “The X-Files,” some of the best TV shows from yesteryear are back and better than ever. Click through our photo gallery above to see our picks for the top 11 best TV show revivals, and then tell us your favorite down in the comments section.
“Gilmore Girls” ran for a total of seven seasons, first on WB then moving over to CW. On November 25, 2016 Netflix brought back the show for four 90-minute episodes titled “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.” There has been no confirmation by Netflix if the show will continue.
The 1990s cult classic “Twin Peaks” aired on ABC for only two seasons from April 8, 1990 to June 10, 1991. Due to popular demand, Showtime revived the show for 18 all-new episodes beginning May 21, 2017. Read our season premiere recap.
The sci-fi drama “The X-Files” aired on Fox for a total of nine seasons from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002. Fox brought back the show for a 10th season on January 24, 2016 with a promise for an upcoming 11th season to air in 2018.
In 2018 “American Idol” will make its triumphant return to television on ABC. America’s former #1 show originally aired on Fox, premiering on June 11, 2002 and ending on April 7, 2016. See the “American Idol” winners list.
The quirky comedy “Arrested Development” originally played for three seasons on Fox from November 2, 2003 to February 10, 2006. On May 26, 2013 Netflix brought the show back for a fourth season of 15 episodes. And Season 5 is coming soon, too — likely in 2018.
“Dallas” was a primetime soap opera that ran on CBS for an impressive 14 seasons from April 2, 1978, to May 3, 1991. The next generation of Ewings, along with some former stars, came to TNT for another three seasons airing from June 13, 2012 to September 22, 2014.
“Family Guy” is the only animated production that makes our list, and for good reason. It never should have been cancelled in the first place! The comedy was originally broadcast for only three seasons on Fox from January 31, 1999 to November 9, 2003. Thanks to DVD sales and high-rated reruns on Cartoon Network, Fox revived “Family Guy” on May 1, 2005 and it continues to air to this day.
“Prison Break” debuted on Fox on August 29, 2005. The show came to an end after four seasons with the final episode airing on May 15, 2009. Following a TV movie in 2009, the show was brought back to life by Fox on April 4, 2017 for another round of prison-breaking.
An ABC household favorite, “Roseanne” took to the airwaves for an amazing nine seasons, running from October 18, 1988, to May 20, 1997. This is just one of the many shows that has been confirmed for a revival during the 2017-2018 TV season.
Kiefer Sutherland portrayed the infamous Jack Bauer on “24” for eight seasons on Fox beginning on November 6, 2001. After the show’s end on May 24, 2010 Jack was back in 2014 for another 12 episodes in “24: Live Another Day.” A spinoff series, “24: Legacy,” aired in 2017 though Sutherland did not return.
“Will and Grace” was one of the first successful shows with a gay lead character, airing on NBC for eight seasons from September 21, 1998 to May 18, 2006. The Emmy champ will return to NBC for 10 episodes in Fall 2017.
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