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Netflix execs who green-lit the "Full House" remake, "Fuller House," must be wondering if the number of viewers will have them cheering, "Have mercy!" or mumbling, "How rude!"
Perhaps inspired by Disney Channel's August decision to renew "Girl Meets World," Netflix hopes nostalgia attached to ABC's "T.G.I.F." prime-time lineups of the late '80s and early '90s will translate into continuous streams and, more importantly, a spike in monthly subscriptions.
But while rebooting beloved TV franchises might look good on paper, they don't have the best track record. For every "Hawaii Five-0," there are three or four "Charlie's Angels." (Angelses? Angeles? Moving on....) And only time will tell whether revamped versions of "The X-Files," "Coach" and "The Muppet Show" will connect with today's audiences.
In honor of "Fuller House," whose Netflix residency beyond one season is an unknown, let's take a look at five hit TV reboots — and five more that quickly got the boot.
Five TV reboots that thrived
Original series run: 1990-2000 (as "Beverly Hills, 90210"). It aired nearly 300 episodes and gave us the rallying cry, "Donna Martin graduates!" And, hey, if you have 13 minutes to kill, absolutely watch the above video that strings together every single season's opening credits. Joe E. Tata, your dramatic turn to the camera inspires us all.
Rebooted series run: 2008-2013. A five-season run might not break any records, but reboots rarely succeed to that extent, and the "90210" remake held its own among audiences. Plus, it meant Tristan Wilds got more camera time, which is a win for every last fan of "The Wire."
4. "Hawaii Five-0"
Original series run: 1968-1980 (as "Hawaii Five-O," with the letter "O" instead of a zero). That's a dozen straight years of Danno, booking 'em.
Rebooted series run: 2010-present. These beach-happy heroes are a bit more heralded than those who appeared on "Baywatch Nights," which flamed out after 44 episodes.
Original series run: 1990-1991. Based on the 1989 hit movie of the same name, the first TV series to go by that title only aired 12 episodes. But don't blame the ensemble, whose lower-billed cast members included Thora Birch, David Arquette and some dude named Leonardo DiCaprio.
Rebooted series run: 2010-2015. A looser interpretation of the original film and TV series, the remake starring Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, Monica Potter, Craig T. Nelson and many, many more people is a rare example of a TV reboot outperforming the original. The critical darling aired more than 100 episodes during its celebrated run.
2. "House of Cards"
Original series run: 1990, followed by sequels "To Play the King" (1993) and "The Final Cut" (1995). The BBC was first to adapt Michael Dobbs' political novel for television, with Ian Richardson starring as the delightfully devious political upstart Francis Urquhart.
Rebooted series run: 2013-present. Years before "Fuller House" came to fruition, Netflix already knew how successful a TV reboot could be. Kevin Spacey has added a Golden Globe to his trophy case for playing Machiavellian senator-turned-[spoiler] Frank Underwood, as has Robin Wright, who seems to revel in playing Underwood's equally power-hungry wife, Claire.
1. "Battlestar Galactica"
Original series run: 1978-1979. Lasting just one season, the Richard Hatch-led vehicle would be eclipsed by its successor.
Rebooted series run: 2004-2009. Other TV reboots may have had better ratings and passionate fan bases, but none has quite matched this sci-fi series' cult-like following and consistent critical acclaim (series finale notwithstanding).
Five TV reboots that didn't survive
5. "Melrose Place"
Original series run: 1992-1999. Fans flocked to the original nighttime soap, which was a campy, grown-up version of "Beverly Hills, 90210."
Rebooted series run: 2009-2010. Even the return of the original series' perennial "special guest star" Heather Locklear couldn't save the reboot, which only lasted 18 episodes.
Original series run: 1967-1975. Over the course of nearly 200 episodes, Raymond Burr was nominated for six Emmys and two Golden Globes for his portrayal of paralyzed detective Robert T. Ironside.
Rebooted series run: 2013. Despite Blair Underwood's charms, the remake only lasted nine episodes.
3. "Bionic Woman"
Original series run: 1976-1978 as "The Bionic Woman." Lindsay Wagner starred as justice-seeking protagonist Jaime Sommers, a hero who benefited from surgical implants. (Wait, was this show pitched by plastic surgeons?)
Rebooted series run: 2007. The remake, starring Michelle Ryan, was anything but bionic, lasting just eight episodes.
2. "Charlie's Angels"
Original series run: 1976-1981. The original series that made Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith household names also spawned a successful movie franchise starring Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore. So, what could possibly go wrong with a TV remake?
Rebooted series run: 2011. Be honest: You forgot this even happened. And no one would blame you, as it only aired eight episodes.
1. "Get Smart"
Original series run: 1965-1970. An early and brilliant creative collaboration between Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, the original comedy played to the strengths of Don Adams, who won three Emmy Awards for playing bumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart.
Rebooted series run: Adams returned in 1995 for the remake that also starred Andy Dick, but would you believe it only lasted seven episodes? (You would.) However, the 2008 movie adaptation, starring Steve Carell as Smart and Anne Hathaway and Agent 99, fared far better, making almost a quarter-billion worldwide.
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