10 Old TV Shows That Should Come Back

July 6, 2011

in Entertainment,Lifestyle

10. 21 Jump Street

And we all fell in love with Johnny Depp.

9. American Dreams

Will Estes is hot. Put him in dress blues and you have the perfect show. Oh and American Bandstand. I love hearing all that music! This show was hitting on major historical revolutions in the 70s. It was cut off without an end. Maybe the public wasn't ready to relive the Vietnam War on television.

8. Perfect Strangers

Larry was sarcastic. Balki was clueless. They made for a great pair! I would be so happy if this show came back I would do the dance of joy! Don't be ridiculous.

7. Saved by the Bell: The Original

Its the amazingly stereotypical high school show. In reality, these people would never be friends. On TV, it made for great comedy. But a principal who really needed to focus more on running the school and less on the social hijinks. I wonder what that show would have been like with Facebook?

6. Punky Brewster

I wanted to BE Punky Brewster. She single handedly made bandanas cool outside of motorcycle gangs. And she had the coolest tree house in the universe.

5. Bosom Buddies

Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari have to dress like women to live in their apartment. I never did understand why they didn't just find a different apartment. I also didn't get how anyone believed they were women. They made the worst lipstick choices.

4. Doogie Howser

Who doesn't love a genius kid with his sarcastic trouble causing BFF Vinny? Plus there were those great journal entries on his Comodore 64 at the end of the show, which of course Jerry Springer later stole and used on his show.

3. My So Called Life

The nervous hair-flip, semi-requited love and existential confusion of Claire Danes’ Angela Chase made the world less-lonely for the sort of artsy grunge-era high school kids who would go on to rule the world—or at least work at indie magazines. Or record stores. Or be 34 years old and still wishing she had started a band, or learned to dance, or paint. Ahem. I mean, the dudes were hot and the teen angst flowed like the rain in Seattle.

2. Monty Python's Flying Circus

And now for something completely different….

1. Dead Like Me

The grim reaper is an 18-year-old directionless college drop-out named Georgia Lass whose post-life boss is a bank robber who died in the 1920s played by Mandy Patinkin. Sass. Sarcasm. And death notices are given on post-it-notes at a coffee house. Two seasons was NOT enough.

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The Drama Mama July 7, 2011 at 1:36 am

You've named some goodies here too. I'd forgotten about Perfect Strangers. I am a Monty Python lover too. Benny Hill isn't on your list, but his English humor (and I was completely too young for it!!) got me late at night.

Simone @Greatfun4kids July 7, 2011 at 1:52 am

Doogie Howser! That show gave me hopes of getting out of school early if only I could be a genius of some kind…
Too bad that never happened;
Great list!I loved this writing prompt; fun!

Lex July 7, 2011 at 2:04 am

I loved Dead Like ME!  I didn't even think of that one!  Maybe because it was so short lived & we no longer subbed to Showtime, so I lost the ability to watch the new episodes.  I also forgot about Perfect Strangers.  That was such a funny show!  "Dahn't be reedicoolous!"
Great post with some great TV memories!

Lindsey July 7, 2011 at 9:11 am

All of the Dead Like Me episodes are on Netflix now!

Paulette (MsPDrama) July 7, 2011 at 2:51 am

Awww Perfect Strangers, Bosom Buddies, and Punky!  Hard to narrow it to 10. There were lots of really great shows.

Karen and Gerard July 7, 2011 at 4:48 am

Out of your list, the only one I'd like to see brought back is Doogie Howser. 

dumb mom July 7, 2011 at 7:11 am

Funny story about 21 Jump Street.  I lived in Germany in the early 90s and one of the only shows that came on German TV in English was 21 Jump Street.  I seriously watched it every week and NEVER missed an episode.  It was my only TV show so I was commited!

B July 7, 2011 at 7:47 am

I toyed with putting a few of those on my list….Punky Brewster, Saved By the Bell, Perfect Strangers.  I just want some TV I can sit down and watch with my kids!  The Disney channel is rotting my brain and the mainstream channels are not appropriate for them. 

Lindsey July 7, 2011 at 11:58 am

There are so many shows out now that drive me bonkers like I’m in the Band and Big Time Rush.

Georgia Girls July 7, 2011 at 8:42 am

I love it! Did you know you can/could watch My So Called Life for a little while on NBC.com now you could watch Charles in Charge. Remember that one? Awesome. 

Lindsey July 7, 2011 at 11:57 am

My So Called Life is on Netflix now. So is Monty Python and Dead Like Me. I need to look up the rest of these!

Jessica July 7, 2011 at 10:10 am

Some of these shows I have heard of before but I do kind of wish Saved by the Bell would come back. I used to watch that all the time.

Jennifer@ The Mommy Mambo July 7, 2011 at 10:19 am

Punky Brewster! What a sweetie she was!  Good list 🙂

Joe Jackson July 7, 2011 at 11:03 am

I gotta disagree with most of your choices. The only shows on your list I would like to see come back are  #6. Punky Brewster, # 5. Bosom Buddies  and  # 4. Doogie Howser… now what would I add to the list?
how about
" Pushing Daisies " with Oklahoma's own Kristin Chenoweth ( for my wife)
"The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne" it was on sci-fi and I loved it, but it only ran for one season
" Arrested Development"  This show was just too good for TV
" Deadwood" a great western and I loved how they talked. HBO at it's finest
"Firefly" totally underrated.
"Heros" Maybe they ran out of ideas, but this show had so much promise the first season… they could of made this great and instead just let it die.
I am sure if I gave it more thought I could come up with over a dozen shows they should bring back. But for now this is my list.

Lindsey July 7, 2011 at 11:56 am

I actually never watched any of those shows you mentioned so they couldn’t make my list. Sorry Joe!

MommyLisa July 7, 2011 at 11:05 am

Ha aha!  I told Mama Kat that she missed picking "Perfect Strangers" love it.  Also totally forgot about Bosom Buddies.  Excellent.

Dianna July 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Visiting from Mama Kat's, where I also chose this prompt. Obviously I'm a little older than you: my list of shows proves it!
The main thread I'm seeing in all these posts today is that we want decent tv shows. Why can't we make our voices heard? Let's start a revolt for wholesome family-friendly tv shows!!

Lindsey July 7, 2011 at 4:22 pm

I should have put Wonder Years on this list!

Cam July 7, 2011 at 5:13 pm

bosom buddies, punky brewster and perfect strangers just narrowly missed my list!!!

MamaSpaghetti July 7, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Oh young Johnny Depp!  *swoon*
I totally miss Saved by the Bell.

Ms Sharealot July 9, 2011 at 8:17 am

Oh Doogie Howser!  And how cute was Neill Patrick Harris back in the day?  (Yeah, I said “back in the day”, don’t hate me!)

JimmyFJames July 13, 2011 at 2:02 am

This is a great list! I watched all of these shows between 10-13 years old. I LOVED doogie Howser! Every time I saw Neil Patrick Harris in a different role I always thought back to Doogie and my wife is always like, what's doogie howser! LOL

Very Bloggy Beth August 18, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Haha, Bosom Buddies was a favorite of mine. I did always wonder how the women they dated never figured out that they were those weird looking girls they lived with. But, I was really young and just figured it was something only grown ups knew LOL 

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