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TV shows we wish would come back

Lately, we’ve seen some incredible (and awful) TV revivals announced and enacted: “Gilmore Girls,” “The X-Files,” “Doctor Who,” “Heroes,” “Boy Meets World,” “Full House,” and more.

And in an age of on-demand streaming from platforms like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, it’s all too easy to get hooked on an old show only to lament its cancellation when there’s no more to come.

Of course, movie reboots can be great, but there’s just something about the small screen and 18-episode seasons that make for incredible storytelling.

Read on for some shows we wish could see the light of day once more.


You wouldn't think that vigilantes and serial killers
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You wouldn't think that vigilantes and serial killers could work together, but Dexter Morgan was both. A man driven by a need to kill but with a strict moral code instilled in him by an adoptive father, Dexter makes for an interesting study. He works as a blood spatter analyst in Miami with his adoptive sister, a detective and former vice cop. For several seasons, the show absolutely worked, but for many viewers the eighth and final season made very little sense. A reboot remaking that season and extending the story line would certainly be welcomed by fans.

'Battlestar Galactica'

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"Battlestar Galactica" is already a reboot of a 1970s show of the same name. But if you've watched that one "Portlandia" episode about binge watching -- "One Moore Episode" -- you've seen the drive for even just one more episode of the sci-fi saga. In its four seasons, the show dives into complex philosophical issues, explores the origins of religions and offers up a version of genesis for the modern world. Its gender-neutrality is unparalleled, the character development stunning and its twists and turns truly amazing. Watch just a few episodes (or binge for days on end) and you'll get on board with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein and their quest to have Edward James Olmos in the role of William Adama once more.

'The West Wing'

The wit, the banter, the walk-and-talks -- Aaron
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The wit, the banter, the walk-and-talks -- Aaron Sorkin's "The West Wing" was a delicacy. Created in a post-Monica Lewinsky America, the show offers up a vision of a more perfect union, led by none other than President Jed Bartlet. Lofty idealism reigned supreme -- even a Republican could work in the West Wing alongside Democrats for the greater good. The Josh and Donna will-they-or-won't-they was tantalizing; assassination attempts and kidnappings were devastating. Ideas like "Big Block of Cheese Day" have even made their way into the real world of the White House. How would C.J. Cregg, Josh Lyman and Toby Zeigler handle the upcoming election cycle? A "West Wing" reboot just might bring some new light into modern politics once more, alongside some of the more extravagant depictions of D.C. life like in "Scandal" and "Veep."

'The Good Wife'

The Chicago-based political and legal procedural saw a
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The Chicago-based political and legal procedural saw a woman scorned through power struggles, affairs and family drama - but bolstered by impeccably tailored suits. In a May 2016 TVGuide interview, "Good Wife" costume designer Daniel Lawson said, "I feel like 'The Good Wife' said it's OK to be feminine and look strong ... I feel like that 'The Good Wife' made people go, 'Oh, I'm going to dress for work again.'" The show considered the grey areas of morality and justice both inside and out of the courtroom, with Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) rising above her position as a political wife to pursue her own interests. Girl power, anyone?

'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'

Though the classic family sitcom still lives on
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Though the classic family sitcom still lives on in the late hours of Nick at Nite and patriarch James Avery passed away in 2013, a revival of the show would be incredible. The sitcom skyrocketed Will Smith to fame, and though he has gone on to receive Oscar nominations for "Ali" and "The Pursuit of Happyness," he admitted in a 2012 appearance on the "Graham Norton Show" that he is still known as the "Fresh Prince." A revival, however, seems unlikely, as Smith said in an August 2016 interview with E!, "I don't think ever, like pretty close to when hell freezes over. Like we're going to leave that one alone."

'The Office'

The U.S. edition of the show already followed
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The U.S. edition of the show already followed the Ricky Gervais-led U.K. version of "The Office," but can we have more? Steve Carell led the show as the kooky and misguided Michael Scott, with Rainn Wilson as oddball Dwight Schrute and John Krasinski as the lovable and mischievous Jim Halpert. Comedy careers were launched from this juggernaut, including the likes of Mindy Kaling, B.J. Novak and Ellie Kemper. Somehow the world came together and agreed that a mostly gray and brown show about a paper manufacturing company would work and was proven right; the dull background certainly served as a springboard for some inspired comedy. Still, there's hope here: a movie spinoff of the U.K. version, "David Brent: Life on the Road", might hit U.S. shores soon.


Though you might know him best from
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Though you might know him best from "24" as Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer, in "Touch" Kiefer Sutherland played the father of an autistic boy who was drawn to numbers and patterns. The show jumps into a plot line involving the golden ratio, mystical Judaism, nefarious corporations and conspiracy theories. "Touch" was headed down a path that could have done so much more if it were given more than two seasons. It sprawled wide as it began to world-build but was cut short before reaching a satisfying end.

‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’

Everyone loves watching families get good things. This
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Everyone loves watching families get good things. This show combined two great concepts into one -- home renovation and helping deserving people who've come on hard times. The reality show lasted for nine full seasons, remaking around 200 homes and sending hundreds of families for weeklong vacations to Disney World. This show made people feel good, both from the couch and behind the cameras. Even if it was sensationalist at times, the reality television world could always do with a little more generosity and hope.


This slapstick medical comedy had a solidly long
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This slapstick medical comedy had a solidly long run, but near the end it took an odd turn as its setting moved to a medical school, changing out series regulars. Zach Braff starred as J.D. Dorian, who narrated the show through daydreams, internships, residency and romantic drama galore, with an incredible bromance with Donald Faison's Turk. When rumors circulated that "Scrubs" would be leaving Netflix, "Breaking Bad" actor Aaron Paul led a Twitter frenzy, but Netflix reassured fans that the series was there to stay. Calls for revivals have come and gone, but for now, reruns will have to be enough.


This show's premise: If you discovered you could
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This show's premise: If you discovered you could live forever, what good could you do? While the series protagonist, Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), was reluctantly immortal, he used his time to uncover the mysteries of death, making him into one of the best medical examiners around. After all, if you'd attempted to die for hundreds of years, you'd get quite good at recognizing signs and patterns. The show's first and only season culminated in a standoff with another immortal called Adam, who had allegedly lived for nearly two millennia, with tragic romance and complicated family histories thrown in along the way. Unresolved sexual tension! Mysterious immortality! Missing wives! There was so much promise here: It definitely deserved another several seasons at the least.

'Freaks and Geeks'

There's only one season of this show, but
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There's only one season of this show, but it launched the careers of several of today's greats. Ever heard of Seth Rogen? Or maybe Jason Segel? James Franco? Even the guest appearances on the show were amazing -- Ben Stiller, Shia LaBeouf, Rashida Jones and Matt Czuchry were among them. A reunion of this cast for a revival would be as incredible as it would be unlikely, but in the meantime you can rewatch the 18-episode season and dream on.

'My So-Called Life'

Everyone loves a good high school drama, and
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Everyone loves a good high school drama, and this one featuring Claire Danes and Jared Leto came to a close much too soon. The 1994 "My So-Called Life" dealt with more issues for teenagers, like homophobia, drug use, child abuse and homelessness, among others. Its cancellation after one season sparked one of the first internet campaigns for a TV revival, but low ratings and Claire Danes' reluctance to continue didn't help its cause. If you're still itching for more, Vanity Fair published an interview in 2014 with actress Bess Armstrong about what might have happened in a second season.

'30 Rock'

How would Liz Lemon tackle Trump? What's Jenna
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How would Liz Lemon tackle Trump? What's Jenna doing now? Is Kenneth still immortal? "30 Rock" built an incredible world of comedy centered in NBC's 30 Rockefeller Plaza, and its end in 2013 even after seven seasons came too soon. Show runner Tina Fey of course has moved onto new projects like "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," but doesn't the world deserve more witty, bespectacled women who just really love ham?

'Penny Dreadful'

Who doesn't love a good twist on a
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Who doesn't love a good twist on a classic tale? "Penny Dreadful" took horror and science-fiction favorites and combined them into a thriller TV show set in Victorian-era London. Eva Green, Rory Kinnear (pictured), Harry Treadaway, Billie Piper and Josh Hartnett shine as a team finding itself entrenched in a horrifying and fantastical underworld. Though series creator John Logan told Deadline he elected to end the show after season three, saying that the main story had reached its conclusion, there's so much more that could be spun into the world of "Penny Dreadful." Already, the likes of "Frankenstein," "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and "The Wolf Man" had been pulled into the show, but even more could have been added in or expanded upon in further seasons.


Joss Whedon's sci-fi western only lived for a
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Joss Whedon's sci-fi western only lived for a single season but deserved so much more. The show brought Nathan Fillion (pre-"Castle") into view as captain Mal Reynolds and featured deep and complex plot lines that could have gone on for years, were it not for its untimely cancellation. It was given a miniature revival in the 2005 movie "Serenity," but that was nothing compared to what the show could have explored given its intended medium. Whedon has brought big-time successes like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "The Avengers" to life, but in a 2012 interview with the LA Times, he said, "You know, I love all my raggedy children, but if I could be anywhere, I'd be on board Serenity."

'Veronica Mars'

The mystery drama saw a fan-funded 2014 movie
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The mystery drama saw a fan-funded 2014 movie reboot, but the "Veronica Mars" story shone in its original TV series. Less naive than Nancy Drew but less official than "Law & Order: SVU" lead Olivia Benson, Veronica worked as a high school (then college) private eye, solving crimes in each episode with a larger mystery in each of the three seasons. Kristen Bell has gone on to play Anna in Disney's "Frozen," Elle in "Heroes" and is currently starring in "The Good Place," set to premiere on NBC in fall 2016, so a TV reboot is unlikely.

'Marvel's Agent Carter'

After first appearing onscreen in Marvel's
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After first appearing onscreen in Marvel's "Captain America," Peggy Carter won the hearts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's fan base. She was strong, daring and bold -- and somehow the stars aligned and a miniseries was born, and then given a second season. In the show, we see Carter shortly after the disappearance of Steve Rogers at the end of "Captain America," a little heartbroken but determined to make her mark. She is just beginning her work as an agent in the SSR, a precursor to the modern Marvel organization S.H.I.E.L.D., which she later founds. Carter fights against the patriarchy in the office and Russian spies in the field with the help of Iron Man's father, Howard Stark, and his butler Jarvis.

‘Mad Men’

Is it too soon to ask for a
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Is it too soon to ask for a "Mad Men" revival? Never. This show, which ended in 2015, was valiant in its quest to capture the essence of an era. It was dark, daring, wonderful. Maybe Don Draper's story is done, but what about Sally Draper, Joan or Peggy? The show came to a close with the end of the '60s, but spinoffs and expansions would be easily devoured; "Mad Men" won 16 Emmy awards and five Golden Globes. The advertising world of today might be wildly different than that of Madison Avenue in the '60s, but Don Draper's monologues are timeless.


This sci-fi show ended with quite the cliffhanger
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This sci-fi show ended with quite the cliffhanger after just one season, with the entire human population collapsing (but not dying, according to an interview with the series creator). What? While it may have been aimed at a pretty specific niche with its Shakespearean teenage romance subplot paired with an alien invasion, the show had plenty of potential cut short by its early cancellation.

‘Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23’

Several worlds collide in this short-lived show: James
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Several worlds collide in this short-lived show: James Van Der Beek plays a caricature of himself, the former star of "Dawson's Creek"; Kristin Ritter of "Marvel's Jessica Jones" stars as Chloe, an off-kilter party girl con artist and star of graphic novel "Tall Slut, No Panties"; and Dreama Walker, who played Becca in "The Good Wife," is a naive young woman fresh from Indiana. Somehow, the ridiculousness of the show just works. "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" only survived for two seasons, but these playful characters deserved at least a few more seasons to wreak havoc on the streets of New York.


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