'Fresh Prince,' 'Melrose Place' and more virtual cast reunions worth watching

Some of the casts of our favorite TV shows have been gathering virtually for very special reunions.

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By Randee Dawn

You've been at home for weeks. Maybe you've watched all your favorite TV shows and movies over and over, and listened to your favorite boy bands a little too much. But what if those actors — or musicians —could visit you for once?

Some of the casts of our favorite TV shows and movies have been gathering virtually for very special reunions. Here's our roundup, in case you missed them!

"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"

Will Smith took the lead in gathering his old family from "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" over a reunion that aired for two days on his Snapchat show, "Will From Home."

Smith, along with Alfonso Ribeiro, Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Daphne Maxwell Reid, Joseph Marcell and DJ Jazzy Jeff, all dialed in remotely. They also spoke of the late actor James Avery, who played Uncle Phil. And this wasn't the only "reunion" from the show: In early April, Smith and Tyra Banks re-created a classic scene from the comedy, which aired from 1990 to 1996.

"Melrose Place"

It was the '90s all over again as several members of "Melrose Place" gathered virtually as part of the “Stars in the House” YouTube series, which raises money for The Actors Fund.

Marcia Cross (Kimberly Shaw), Heather Locklear (Amanda Woodward), Courtney Thorne-Smith (Alison Parker), Andrew Shue (Billy Campbell), Laura Leighton (Sydney Andrews), Grant Show (Jake Hanson), Josie Bissett (Jane Mancini), Thomas Calabro (Michael Mancini), Doug Savant (Matt Fielding), and Daphne Zuniga (Jo Reynolds) all came together to look back at the show, which ran from 1992 to 1999.

"The Goonies"

Thirty-five years after the classic adventure film from 1985 "The Goonies" was first released, the original cast assembled again for a virtual reunion hosted by Josh Gad on his YouTube series "Reunited Apart."

The tribute raised funds for The Center For Disaster Philanthropy and featured Sean Astin (Mikey) Josh Brolin (Brand), Corey Feldman (Mouth), Kerri Green (Andy), Jonathan Ke Quan (Data), Martha Plimpton (Stef), Jeff Cohen (Chunk), Robert Davi (Jake Fratelli) and Joe Pantoliano (Francis Fratelli). Also dropping by were director Richard Donner, writer Chris Columbus, producer Steven Spielberg and singer Cyndi Lauper, who sang "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough" theme song.

"Desperate Housewives"

Eva Longoria (Gabrielle), Marcia Cross (Bree), Vanessa Williams (Renee), Dana Delany (Katherine)and Brenda Strong (Mary Alice) all came together on the web series "Stars in the House" to raise money for The Actors Fund during the pandemic — and talk about their show, "Desperate Housewives," which ran from 2004 to 2012. Alas, Teri Hatcher (Susan), Felicity Huffman (Lynette) or Nicollette Sheridan (Edie) were not on hand, but the other ladies were delighted to talk about the show, and had loads of praise for Huffman, who had a tough 2019, due to her role in the college admissions scandal. (Note: The video will play, despite the thumbnail above.)

"The Nanny"

The cast of the Fran Drescher-starring sitcom convened to do a reading of the show's 1993 pilot. "The Nanny Episode 1: Pandemic Table Read" featured Drescher (as fashionable Queens native Fran), Charles Shaughnessy (Maxwell), Daniel Davis (Niles), Lauren Lane (C.C.), Nicholle Tom (Maggie), Benjamin Salisbury (Brighton), Alex Sternin (Eddie), Renee Taylor (Sylvia), Madeline Zima (Grace), DeeDee Rescher (Dottie) Rachel Chagall (Val) and Jonathan Penner (Danny). The series co-creator, and Drescher’s ex-husband, Peter Marc Jacobson, was also on hand, as was Ann Hampton Callaway, who performed the show’s theme song.

"The Office"

During his new web show "Some Good News," "The Office" star John Krasinski (Jim) celebrated the show's 15th anniversary with his co-star Steve Carell (Michael), who noted, "It’s such a happy surprise that after all these years people are still tuning in and finding it even today. It’s pretty cool."

"Frasier"

The stars of the '90s "Cheers" spinoff stopped by "Stars in the House" for a discussion of what made the show, which ran from 1993 to 2004, so much fun. Cast members Kelsey Grammer (Frasier), Jane Leeves (Daphne), Peri Gilpin (Roz) and David Hyde Pierce (Niles) joined "Stars" hosts Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley for their online reunion, which was set to raise money for out-of-work actors during the pandemic.

"Hamilton"

Never underestimate the power of a disappointed 9-year-old: Aubrey, a big fan of "Hamilton," missed out on getting to see the show in New York when Broadway shut down over the pandemic. That led "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to pair up with Krasinski on his "Some Good News" YouTube show by gathering several members of the original cast (including Leslie Odom, Jr. and Anthony Ramos)! And since Aubrey loves "Mary Poppins Returns," Krasinksi's wife Emily Blunt (who starred in that 2018 film) made a cameo as well.

"Harry Potter"

OK, this wasn't a full "Harry Potter" reunion, but seeing Jason Isaacs and Tom Felton, who played father-son duo Lucius and Draco Malfoy in the films, come together on a video call in support of the British Red Cross was wickedly delightful. The two talked about staying busy, charity and, of course, "Tiger King."

"Hannah Montana"

Miley Cyrus and Emily Osment (Hannah and Lilly) staged a "reunion of the decade" on Cyrus' "Bright Minded" Instagram Live show, sharing behind-the-scenes memories about the Disney Channel series. (We particularly liked the amusing story of how Cyrus lost all her baby teeth before a photo shoot and had to get some fake ones.)

'N Sync

N'Syncers Chris Kirkpatrick, JustinTimberlake, JC Chasez, Lance Bass and Joey Fatone aren't saying "bye, bye, bye" despite the quarantine.Bob Berg / Getty Images

The former boy band members (Justin Timberlake, Joey Fatone, JC Chasez, Lance Bass and Chris Kirkpatrick) have been gathering online to catch up and keep in touch with virtual happy hours that we all wish we could get an invite to. Bass revealed that they were having good times together again during a recording of Andy Cohen's "Watch What Happens Live" recently, noting that they'd been inspired to assemble after doing individual interviews for his podcast "The Daily Popcast."

"My So-Called Life"

There was nothing so-called about the reunion of the "My So-Called Life" cast, who met recently on Zoom, as actor Wilson Cruz (Rickie) revealed on Twitter.

"Most of the #MySoCalledLife cast was available for what turned out to be a very comforting, sweet, heartfelt and overdue reunion," he wrote. "We all have such love for each other, even 26 years later. It was overwhelming to see all of those faces together."

On hand were cast members from the show, which ran from 1994 to 1995, Claire Danes (Angela), Bess Armstrong (Patty), Devon Odessa (Sharon), Tom Irwin (Graham), Mary Kay Place (Camille), Devon Gummersall (Brian), A.J. Langer (Rayanne) plus creator Winnie Holzman with her husband Paul Dooley (Chuck). MIA? Jared Leto (Jordan). Well, nothing's perfect!

"That Thing You Do!"

While the man who wrote the unforgettable (and Oscar-nominated) song "That Thing You Do!" for the 1996 film by the same name, Adam Schlesinger, is still being mourned by his fans (he died of complications from COVID-19 on April 1), the actors who played the band The Wonders in the film are reuniting for a special live stream on April 17 at 7 p.m. on their YouTube Channel.

Johnathon Schaech (Jimmy), Tom Everett Scott (Guy Patterson), Steve Zahn (Lenny Haise) and Ethan Embry (T.B.) joined Rolling Stone on Zoom ahead of the livestream and discussed their plans to watch the film on Friday from their homes in quarantine. Funds raised during the live stream will go to MusiCares' COVID-19 Relief Fund, and additional film actors like Liv Tyler and Giovanni Ribisi — and a possible cameo from star/director Tom Hanks may also be in the offing.