We’re firmly in the age of reboots and remakes right now, and 2020 looks ready to continue that trend. This year will see several childhood favourites heading back to the small screen.
Your mileage may vary on whether or not this is a good thing. There’s that big pull of nostalgia when it comes to seeing some old classics getting remade, especially if the old cast are returning. At the same time though, there’s the feeling that it’s always difficult to improve on the original, or that the past shouldn’t be messed with.
It’s objectively less creative than coming up with a completely new project too, and can suffocate the room for fresh ideas. That said, it’s hard to shake the feeling that we ultimately want more of what we like.
It’s great when projects take risks and offer genuinely new ideas, but reboots are so cozy and inviting. When these twelve drop, there won’t be a shortage of people wanting to wrap themselves up in them.
12. Party Of Five
Party Of Five was a quintessential '90s show, and a bit of a whos who to boot. Starring Scream queen Neve Campbell alongside Matthew Fox, Lacey Chabert and Scott Wolf, it boasted an impressive cast, and offered something a bit more grounded than populist sitcoms like Friends or Seinfeld. The 2020 reboot is hoping to have a similar effect.
The original show was centred around the sudden death of the two parents, leaving the five siblings to essentially raise each other. The 2020 version though has something different up its sleeve.
Here, it's a Mexican family having to deal with the fact their parents have been deported. Scathing social commentary, a modern reframing of tragedy or a cheap storytelling device which feels too on the nose; that'll be up to audiences to decide.
Certainly, Party Of Five's original message of a family coming together to overcome a tragedy has a timeless quality, so there's potential there. Whether or not it survives the update remains to be seen.