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8 Childhood Shows We’d Like Rebooted

We want to see the modern version of VICI.

| January 10, 2017

ALF

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Replace VICI with a half-adorable, half-annoying alien life form and you get ALF, a science fiction sitcom that ran for four seasons in the mid-80s. ALF–which stands for Alien Life Form, duh–became a TV icon of the era and appeared in video games, shirts, trading cards, and even in other shows. ALF is everywhere, but sadly not on his own show, which abruptly ended in 1990.

For the reboot, let’s pretend the atrocious TV movie Project ALF didn’t happen, and pick up from the cliffhanger finale: Was ALF captured? How long before ALF actually eats a cat? Why the name Gordon Shumway? All these need to be addressed.

 

Saved by the Bell

Saved by the Bell was huge in the early 90s thanks to its colorful cast of characters, some of whom remained relevant long after the original show was cancelled in 1993. Because of the show’s popularity, several spin-offs were released to follow the Bayside High School gang outside the campus halls. Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas came out in 1994, while Saved by the Bell: The New Class ran until 2000. Why stop there? We want to know what happens to Zack, Kelly, Slater, Mr. Belding, and Screech when they face the struggles of being 40.

 

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

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Are You Afraid of the Dark? has all the elements of an awesome teen show: a group of friends with a cool name to call themselves (The Midnight Society); a secret meeting place in the middle of the woods; horror stories; and a valuable lesson of some kind at the end. It’s like The Twilight Zone minus the nightmares. It needs a reboot because The Midnight Society members are all grown up now, which means their stories are darker and more horrific. Who wouldn’t want to watch The Tale of the 9 to 5 Job  or  The Tale of the Vanishing Internet Service?

 

Crystal Maze

If there was a TV experience in the 90s that masterfully evoked feelings of joy and anger in a span of just three minutes, it was the British game show The Crystal Maze. The objective of the game was to collect glass crystals by solving physical and mental challenges within a three-minute window. Sounds simple enough, but The Crystal Maze banked on smart puzzles and a snarky host (Richard O’Brien) who made fun of the contestants. He also randomly played the harmonica during tense moments. The Crystal Maze was TV gold and we want it back.

 

What other TV shows from our childhood do you think deserve a reboot? Let us know below!