It seems as though more and more popular sitcoms are getting a reboot and usually all I think when I see this happen is, why? I mean don’t get me wrong of course I have fantasies of what could have been for a lot of old shows that I use to love. But in reality do these reboots such as Fuller House and Girl Meets World even come close to the originals? I don’t think so.
This article actually advocates to not reboot specific 90s sitcoms in part because the author does not want to relive certain aspects of that decade. The author Brian Moylan made a great point, however, that one reason we do not need a reboot of shows such as Home Improvement is because Tim Allen has been acting in essentially the same role for the past five season of CBS’s Last Man Standing, so in some ways it’s like the 90s never ended.
I know as a class we have discussed this topic, I even remember someone writing a similar blog post. I don’t know why I’m so passionate about maintaining eras in entertainment but I do think it is important for some things to remain sacred. Additionally, television networks should put more effort into creating innovate content (a point I know I’ve made before, forgive me).
I love the fact that we can pass down some of the most iconic sitcoms to the next generation but when I think about what shows children feel the same way about it’s hard to think of some. Although this is absolutely because I am not up to date on the most popular sitcoms that are geared toward a younger audience. But I can’t help but feel as though these sitcoms are popular for the moment and not an influential piece of popular culture like most sitcoms of the past decades.