If You Could Have Any Classic TV Show Redone…

…which would you pick?

Assume, for the sake of the argument, that the show would be approved by a network, and that it would be redone well, by someone of Rob Long’s ability, as opposed to some of the remake flops we’ve seen.

Also, no re-imaginings. Continuations of the existing story are OK, though.

My top 3:

  1. Hogan’s Heroes – Shows our armed forces in a good light, beating the Nazis with cleverness and humor.

  2. Mission: Impossible – I…
  1. Joseph Stanko

    Twin Peaks!  I want to know how the story ends, dagnabbit!

  2. Joe Flaherty
    Richard Fulmer

    isthatmothra: An old show that I had a small hand in creating…SCTV. 

    Okay, don’t leave us hanging.  We want details.  · 2 hours ago

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0280886/

  3. CoolHand

    I’m gonna really fly my nerd flag here, but an older anime series that ended abruptly without resolution that I would very much like to see finished is Berserk.

    Horribly violent and bloody, but so well drawn that it’s addictive.

    I was terribly saddened when it was cancelled without a proper ending.  The story just stops abruptly, mid-arc.

    Nobody does “Force of Will” stories like the Japanese.

  4. Colin B Lane
    ConservativeWanderer: …which would you pick?

    1. M*A*S*H. Just get rid of the preachy episodes and the leftist slant …

    You mean eliminate the last several seasons??

  5. ConservativeWanderer
    Colin B Lane

    ConservativeWanderer: …which would you pick?

    1. M*A*S*H. Just get rid of the preachy episodes and the leftist slant …

    You mean eliminate the last several seasons?? · 1 minute ago

    There were some fun episodes in the later seasons… like the one where they went through all four seasons with the camp, including the baseball playoffs (which Charles lost a lot of money on).

  6. kylez

    and Colonel Potter was such a wonderful character.

  7. kylez

    it seems a remake of a good/popular show from the past would need to be something of a re-imagining, otherwise what’s the point?

  8. ConservativeWanderer
    kylez: it seems a remake of a good/popular show from the past would need to be something of a re-imagining, otherwise what’s the point? · in 0 minutes

    Well, a little re-imagining is okay, but I don’t like what they did to Battlestar Galactica.

  9. Mendel

    Seasons 2-9 of the Simpsons – everything they have produced in the last 8 years is dead to me, so I consider this ripe to bring back.

    And beautifully, there is no need to re-imagine anything.  Just bring back the old people and spirit and let it unfold by itself (of course, it is precisely that magical wit that can’t be brought back, so oh well).

  10. Misthiocracy

    I think it’s almost always a mistake to bring back a popular classic tv show.

    I think it’s a MUCH better idea to bring back classic shows that weren’t so popular, or if they were popular they look ridiculous in hindsight.

    Example: Battlestar Galactica

    In that vein, I submit that the following shows could be redone very well with the right writers and actors:

  11. Misthiocracy
    ConservativeWanderer

    kylez: it seems a remake of a good/popular show from the past would need to be something of a re-imagining, otherwise what’s the point? 

    Well, a little re-imagining is okay, but I don’t like what they did to Battlestar Galactica. 

    You’re … just … wrong …

    I … I just don’t know how to talk to you!!!

  12. thelonious

    Diffrent Strokes.  Except this time 2 poor yet incredibly adorable redneck kids are adopted by an affluent black man with a hot daughter.   

    I think a remake of Family Ties would still be relevent.   This time you could have a progressive lesbian couple with a conservative son and 2 daughters.  One Daughter’s smokin hot and the other that leaves you wondering why she’s even on there and why they haven’t written her out of the show. 

  13. Valiuth

    Mendel: Indeed the early Simpsons was probably the height of funny. I also loved Futurama, and as I watched it I thought it was getting only better and better. It’s final episode is probably one of my favorite 30 minutes of television ever. They brought back the old cast and I think many of the writers, but the new seasons just are not the same. You can’t restart the funny, it just has to flow.  

    As for shows that could use a reboot in modern times. 

    I think the A-Team would be awesome. I really enjoyed the Movie. Sure it was dumb but it was fun…and that is what the A-Team is supposed to be. 

    I also think the Saint would be a great choice, too. Most people I think have forgotten about it and the movie from the 90′s was a flop.  

  14. Yudansha
    ConservativeWanderer

    kylez: it seems a remake of a good/popular show from the past would need to be something of a re-imagining, otherwise what’s the point? · in 0 minutes

    Well, a little re-imagining is okay, but I don’t like what they did to Battlestar Galactica. · 0 minutes ago

    I tried watching the older version of Battlestar Galactica recently – it was painful.  I don’t want to hijack this thread with the new BSG, but –so sorry–it was superior in every possible way.

    Now to address the pertinent question:

    1. The Beverly Hillbillies – Expertly skewers modern cultural pretentions

    2. Firefly – Best writers EVER

    3. Superman (as a 1930′s period piece)

     

  15. Valiuth
    Misthiocracy

    ConservativeWanderer

    kylez: it seems a remake of a good/popular show from the past would need to be something of a re-imagining, otherwise what’s the point? 

    Well, a little re-imagining is okay, but I don’t like what they did to Battlestar Galactica. 

    You’re … just … wrong …

    I … I just don’t know how to talk to you!!! · 3 minutes ago

    Sure Battlestar Galactica looked good, but it was such a let down to by the end. By the final episode I was convinced the writers had written themselves into a hole in the first 3 seasons. 

  16. Misthiocracy
    thelonious: Diffrent Strokes.  Except this time 2 poor yet incredibly adorable redneck kids are adopted by an affluent black man with a hot daughter.  

    Norman Lear tried something like that when he did his remake/sequel of All In The Family, called 704 Hauser.

    It was not received well.

  17. Johnny Dubya
    1. Hawaii Five-O.  Bryan Cranston as McGarrett.  The recent remake attempt was awful.

    2. Wild Wild West.  Jim Caviezel and Jack Black.  (Caviezel is currently starring in a series, Person Of Interest, which is essentially a remake of another of my favorite series, Search, starring Hugh O’Brian.)
    3. Laugh-In.  Don’t laugh.  With fast-paced, topical humor; cameos; and clever use of social media–without the slapstick and corn of the original–it could be a hit.
    4. The Time TunnelQuantum Leap was a semi-remake.
    5. The Twilight Zone.  Anthology series are great.  Why not remake the king of them all?  Wouldn’t every popular director, screenwriter, and actor love to take a crack at a half-hour of TZ?
  18. Misthiocracy
    Valiuth

    Misthiocracy

    ConservativeWanderer

    kylez: it seems a remake of a good/popular show from the past would need to be something of a re-imagining, otherwise what’s the point? 

    Well, a little re-imagining is okay, but I don’t like what they did to Battlestar Galactica. 

    You’re … just … wrong …

    I … I just don’t know how to talk to you!!! · 3 minutes ago

    Sure Battlestar Galactica looked good, but it was such a let down to by the end. By the final episode I was convinced the writers had written themselves into a hole in the first 3 seasons. 

    Yes, the way they finished the original series was clearly superior.

  19. Xennady

    I’d like to see the sci-fi channel remake of Battlestar Galactica redone by someone who understands what their job actually is- providing entertainment, not political commentary.

    Special note to Ron Moore: If you want to send a message call Western Union. Or use email. But don’t destroy a potentially huge franchise because you oppose the Iraq war, and sympathize with suicide bombers.

    What he did was a travesty. It was as if Gene Roddenberry had decided to ground the USS Enterprise and devote the crew to ending the Vietnam War through a series of hamheaded stories that had approximately nothing to do with the original premise of the show.

    THE Ron Moore THE.

    That’s a Simpsons joke from decades ago, which is when I last watched.

  20. Yeah...ok.

    Dobie Gillis

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