Do you remember .....(old TV shows)


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Got into a talk about old TV shows people would like to see rebooted. Of course some of the obvious ones came up like Firefly, Farscape, Babylon 5, Buffy, Xena, Darkwing Duck etc...

but then the really old obscure stuff starts to show up; Things like Forever Knight, War of the Worlds and "Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future"

So I just figured I'd see what I can dig out of the minds of folks around here and what do you think is worth ressurecting

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Dragon Flyz is a show I only ever saw once, and even then it was rented from a family owned video store down the street.


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Reboot Reboot! Seriously, there's a cartoon called Reboot.


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Heather 540 wrote:
Reboot Reboot! Seriously, there's a cartoon called Reboot.

By Main Frame Entertainment IIRC, same company that did Transformers: Beast Wars.

There was that attempt to reboot "Lost in Space" last 90's that didn't go anywhere. There was talk of a "Space 1999" continuation, 2099 I think, but never saw much more on it. Knight Rider retries came and went, Viper was similar but good, Time Trax seemed unfinished, Invisible Man left off for a possible additional season that never happened.

Cliff Hangers was a good series that ran 3-4 short episodes of different series, Kolchak the Night Stalker was better than the reboot it got last decade.

Sadly, a lot of great classics I just can't see reboots of simple because of settings that don't exist any more.


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Max Headroom!

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Space Above and Beyond. G-Force.


Lexx

first wave

Star Gate Universe

Kids in the Hall

Upright Citizens Brigade

Shogun

Sledge Hammer!

Get a Life

Id say twin peaks but...


Lol..I loved Lexx and first wave.

I love that forever knight is defined as really old stuff..

Ok, here's a few:

Riptide
Sweating Bullets
The misadventures of Sheriff Lobo
Its you're move
Herman's Head
Wizards and Warriors


Space 1999... Hmmmnnnn... Maybe that wouldn't work as well as I thought.

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Oh, Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century. Also Wishbone.

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Marc Waschle wrote:
Space Above and Beyond.

Fantastic show. The johnny Cahs/Pancakes episode and the Angriest Angel episodes were awesome.

War of the Worlds TV show was weird before X-Files was a thing.

Anyone remember Brisco County Jr.?


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Skeld wrote:

Anyone remember Brisco County Jr.?

I almost added it to my list. I loved it as a kid, however, a number of years ago I got the DVDs from netflix and it wasn't so rosy. I do love the pilot, but I think its all down hill afterwards for ol Brisco.

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Don't laugh.

Oh, okay, you can laugh.

I'd love to see a new attempt at Cleopatra 2525.

The thing is, you'd have to do without Cleopatra. Or at least totally rewrite her.

Cleopatra 2525 was a whacky low-budget dystopic future sci-fi made in the year 2000 that involved an asskicking Gina Torres in ridiculously tight polyvinyl (Zoe from Firefly is a total ripoff of Hel in slightly more sensible clothing). It was made by the same folks who made Xena and Hercules and aired in the same hour as that Bruce Campbell show where he was someone back in a vague prior period of history. Jack of all Trades, I think it was called.

Cleopatra 2525 was cheesy as f#~$ with some fairly bad dialogue, but yet it also had a huge amount going for it. The world-build was really interesting--basically sort of a future where a Skynet-like machine entity won and the humans who survived dwelled in this vast underground city that went miles deep. It had this big cyberpunk feel. The main characters were a Birds-of-Prey-like trio of rebels who were guided by an Oracle-esque "Voice" whom they never met, who were out to save humanity. It had a ridiculously so-bad-it's-awesome theme song and did I mention Gina Torres?

The main problem with the show (aside from no budget and less marketing) was the main character, unfortunately. Cleopatra was accidentally brought from the past to the future in a weird Futurama-esque-like storyline; she was basically this nice but ditzy weirdo who was supposed to help these awesome utterly badass chicks save the world because of reasons that were never particularly apparent. The character was annoying, badly written, and sadly, very poorly acted. Moreover, there was no point to the character being from the past--save as an exposition convenience, which I don't think was necessary. I'm not sure why her name was Cleopatra as neither she nor the show was in any way a callback to the Egyptian queen. (Well except that it was the girl's stripper name, but I remember seeing the title and thinking it would be like ancient Egypt but the future, and it wasn't.)

I'd love to see a reboot that entirely eliminated the dumb-chick-from-the-past storyline and focused on a trio of badass possibly cyborg chicks trying to save humanity from the tyranny of machines in a dystopic underground cyber-dungeon-city. You could always rename "Voice" "Cleopatra" as a reason for the name of the show.

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I'd also dig a new "Pirates of Dark Water." Live action, even! That cartoon had an amazing world to it.


I definitely get wanting to change the Cleopatra character from Cleo2525 but for me that was always part of the charm. Some shows just need an element of "what the hell is going on here?" Reminds me of Stanley from Lexx.

Back to good pilots and crappy seasons, I guess I'd put Sledge Hammer! in the same boat as Brisco County Jr. I just thoroughly enjoyed the theme of Naked Gun meets Dirty Harry.

I'd love to see another Farscape run. I think the show suffered from constant re-direction of writing. Though it was one of the few Sci-Fi shows that made aliens feel alien. I was excited at first for Defiance, but it turned out to be much worse in the writing department than Farscape ever was.

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FREAKAZOID!


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Shows that I would like to see a reboot/revival...

Tiny Toons(animated series or movie)

Thundercats(2011 revival, new animated series, and/or animated movie)

Kidd Video(animated series reboot)

Dungeons and Dragons cartoon(live action movie trilogy)

Pirates of Dark Water(live action movie or new animated series)

Swat Kats(animated series revival)

Pole Position(animated series reboot)

Inhumanoids(live action movie, up to a trilogy)

Ulysses 31(animated series reboot)

Freakazoid(live action movie)

Reboot(animated series reboot)

He-Man(2002 series revival)

M.A.S.K.(live action movie, up to a trilogy)

Dinosaucers(animated series reboot)

Mighty Orbots(animated reboot or live action movie, up to a trilogy)

Jayce and Wheeled Warriors(animated series reboot or live action movie up to a trilogy)

Gummi Bears(animated series reboot)

Knight Rider(series reboot that is good)

Gargoyles(live action movie or more)

Thundarr the Barbarian(live action movie or animated series reboot)

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Dragon78 wrote:
Freakazoid(live action movie)

Or they could just, you know, reboot and continue the cartoon series the way it was.

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...What if they made Ecco the Dolphin into a movie???

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Witch Blade, Blake 7, the Young Ones.


Mr Terrific and Captain Nice.


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Greatest American Hero

Bionic Six

Visionaries

I'm feeling old.


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Black Dougal wrote:

Lol..I loved Lexx and first wave.

I love that forever knight is defined as really old stuff..

Ok, here's a few:

Riptide
Sweating Bullets
The misadventures of Sheriff Lobo
Its you're move
Herman's Head
Wizards and Warriors

Loved Wizards and Warriors, there was also Covington Cross, which sadly, never saw the last episodes aired in the states...

It's Your Move! Yes! "The Dregs of Humanity!" Remembered!

And I remember Sheriff Lobo, was a semi-villain on BJ and the Bear, but as a spin off, we got to see him as a hero instead.

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Oh! OH! OH!

Live-action "Beavis & Butthead" starring Neil Patrick Harris and Benedict Cumberbatch!!!

Idea ripped off from here.

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Rathendar wrote:

Greatest American Hero

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I'm feeling old.

Apparently ABC has a remake of Greatest American Hero in the works.

I was thinking about some of the other Irwin Allen TV shows besides Lost in Space, but have no particular interest in seeing them remade.


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Yeah Greatest American Hero is confirmed as being remade, with a gender swap from what I've heard


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...

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...What if they made Ecco the Dolphin into a movie???

LOLWUT?


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Greylurker wrote:
Yeah Greatest American Hero is confirmed as being remade, with a gender swap from what I've heard

meh.


little house on the prairie

Highway to Heaven

What about the "wanted for a crime they didnt commit" genre.

A-Team
Renegade
Rising Sun
First Wave
The fugitive
Prison Break


Should they risk rebooting Animaniacs or leave that classic alone? Sometimes you just can't recapture the magic that made a show great.

But I would love to see a new Swat Kats. Can you imagine what the Metallicats would look like now?

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Tales of the Gold Monkey? Anybody?


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Heather 540 wrote:

Should they risk rebooting Animaniacs or leave that classic alone? Sometimes you just can't recapture the magic that made a show great.

But I would love to see a new Swat Kats. Can you imagine what the Metallicats would look like now?

I gather new Animaniacs is incoming along with Pinky and the Brain. Unfortunately it'll be a WB subscription Streaming service


I don't actually want a remake of it, but I wish Shadowchasers would come out on DVD.

And that TVLand, or MeTV, or some similar channel would dig up The Second Hundred Years.

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CAPTAIN PLAAAAAAAAAAANEEEEEEEEEETTTT!!!


But who do we get to voice Captain planet? Don Cheadle or Ted Turner?

Shadow Lodge

Why not both? Just have them say the same lines and then merge the voices together... Or have the five people voicing the Planeteers do that. >.>


See I'm going to go for ted getting kicked in the groin sucks but I don't want to get turned into a tree.

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Only two I can think of, that haven't been mentioned yet.
Captain Future
A Science fiction anime show that seems to be known mostly in Japan, Germany and France. It is actually a pretty good show, even by todays standards. As far as I know a couple of German filmmakers who have done a cool low budget science fiction movie before got the rights for a llife action Captain future but are still looking for a studio.

The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers which I try to rewatch, but I am not sure I can handle the level of 80's involved.

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I was introduced to TORG RPG sometime around 2012 (give or take a couple years), and since then I've thought it would make a great TV show - particularly because of the "reality wars" theme that I've come to view as a prescient allegory.

Anyways if they made it, it would be cool if it were done in the artistic styles one would associate with the higher-concept cartoons of the late-80s/early-90s, since that was when TORG was published (yes, I know about the current "reboot", and would love to get in on it). Here's what would be really ingenious, though: Make that style just for the Core Earth cosm, and all the different "invader" cosms, and everyone and everything in them, done in a different, theme-fitting art/animation style - like Drawn Together (back near the beginning when it was good):

Orrorsh: something similar to the style of Edward Gorey
The Living Land: faux-cave paintings
The Nile Empire: 1930s pulp comics (naturally), but specifically with a nod to Ancient Egyptian art
Cyperpapacy: 80s/90s CGI, influenced by High Medieval European art
Aysle: something akin to the late-70s Tolkien movies
Nippon Tech: anime (duh)
Tharkold: something evocative of H.R. Giger
Starsphere: a much more polished version of pre-Columbian Mesoamerican art


old cartoon shows I would not want to see remade

Brave star
silver hawks.
pa-pa bears.
go-bots.
the robonic stooges.
The impossibles... well maybe...


The Impossibles? The Hanna-Barbara cartoon? I loved watching that.


It was cheesy as all get out... but I still kind of changed my mind on it.

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Ohwait...how could I possibly forget...?

SPAAAAAACE GHOOOOOOOOOOSSSST!!!

The original cartoon that had been cut tragically short by moral crusaders, AND the talk show!


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Ohwait...how could I possibly forget...?

SPAAAAAACE GHOOOOOOOOOOSSSST!!!

The original cartoon that had been cut tragically short by moral crusaders, AND the talk show!

I still catch him in comic books from time to time.


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Alf(series reboot)

Silver Hawks(animated series reboot or live action movie)

The Jetsons(live action movie)

Jonny Quest(animated series reboot or live action movie)

A-Team(series reboot)

The Tick(animated series revival)

Rainbow Brite(an actual good animated series version)

She-Ra(I heard we are getting a new animated series, hope it is good)

Jem and the Holograms(A new animated series or an actually good live action movie)

The Munsters(live action movie)


Silver hawks BOO! Half-machine half-real?!? also an ENTIRE planet of Mimes!?!?!

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World's most interesting Pan wrote:
Some shows just need an element of "what the hell is going on here?"
DeathQuaker wrote:
-save as an exposition convenience, which I don't think was necessary.

Honestly, the theme song explained everything you needed to know. It's the year 2525. Bad robots, people live underground, it's the year 2525, badass chicks trying to save the world in the year 2525.

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Dragon78 wrote:
Alf(series reboot)

I.... strongly disagree and will leave it at that.

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Silver Hawks(animated series reboot or live action movie)

This one I agree with (sorry, Vidmaster).

Speaking of awesome theme songs ("Wings of silver, wills of steel, SILVER-HAWWWWWWWKS, partly metal, partly real, SILVER-HAWWWWWWWWWKS"). And this one I think could be remade into either something really gritty or really campy and either would be awesome. What's not to love about winged cyborgs in space? It was a hideously written show and the concept deserves another chance.

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The Jetsons(live action movie)

Didn't they already do that a little while ago? I have a vague memory of the actress with the chin being Judy Jetson.

ETA: No, I apparently imagined that, but looks like a TV show might be in the works

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Jonny Quest(animated series reboot or live action movie)

It's called "Venture Brothers" and it's wonderful.

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A-Team(series reboot)

The movie from 10-15 or so years back I think showed that wasn't going to quite work, unfortunately. Good memories from the show tho.

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The Tick(animated series revival)

I'm seriously digging on the Amazon series (<3 Ms. Lint) and am good with that. If you didn't like the first episode, give it a couple more.

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Rainbow Brite(an actual good animated series version)

Huh.

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She-Ra(I heard we are getting a new animated series, hope it is good)

A good new animated She-Ra would be awesome. I will share that hope.

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Jem and the Holograms(A new animated series or an actually good live action movie)

The new comic was... decent. It started off strong but went off the rails (they made the Misfits waaaaaaaaaay too nice, and the author tended to just let the status quo return to itself rather than truly deal with any real conflict with lasting consequences). I think a show or movie that was built off the reboot concept used in the comics but plotted by someone who is willing to make things higher stakes would be good.

An actually good live action movie that builds on the sci-fi-ness and... I don't know, starred adults and had a budget, would have been amazing.

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The Munsters(live action movie)

Could work, but the 1995 movie doesn't give me hope.

From further upthread.... I heartily endorse a Greatest American Hero reboot.


I could have SWORN GAC was already in the works.

I am still mad we are not getting Legion of Superheroes on dvd.

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Over on the Tor Books site, James Nicoll has written about something tangentially related to this--not reboots, but the creation of new works based on the original concept behind something that wasn't executed well the first time. It's mostly written F&SF, but he includes "The Starlost" as an example.


I'm just gonna keep referencing an entire planet of Mimes. If they experienced a natural disaster would it be real or mimed? maybe they do both? mime it as practice. No one can call out for help and half the population would be stuck in invisible boxes.


Ugh, not the Tick. That show weirded me out as a kid.

And The Venture Brothers is not really a family friendly show.

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