Unpopular Opinion: Enough with the reboots


Sean Reed

“Fuller House”, a reboot based of the 1987 sitcom “Full House”, on Netflix. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

By Angelina Padilla-Tompkins, Opinion Editor

In recent years, the originality of TV shows has been going downhill with constant remakes of old ones. 

Many shows from the 90s and early 2000s have been getting spinoff shows, but only some of them are actually able to measure up to the originals. 

The iconic sitcom, “Full House” which first aired in 1987, received its reboot “Fuller House” in 2016. The reboot was met with some success as it went on to have five seasons before its end in 2020. 

Many of the original cast members returned in “Fuller House” such as John Stamos, Bob Saget, Andrea Barber, Candace Cameron Bure and Scott Weinger.  While there were many levels of nostalgia embedded in the show, it was not great. 

Much of the plotline was disappointing. For example, the force love triangle between D.J. Tanner, Steve and Matt. 

The beloved couple was still together when “Full House” ended, there was no reason for the writers to break them up for the reboot. 

Additionally, the popular Nickelodeon show, “iCarly” (2007)  has a reboot under the same name that aired in 2021 on Paramount+. 

While audiences were able to see many similar faces in “iCarly” (2021) the reboot once again did not measure up to the standard of “iCarly’ (2007). 

The characters are now older and have adult problems. Part of the magic of “iCarly’ (2007) was the fact that Carly, Sam, and Freddie were all kids just having fun creating videos during a time when technology was still new. 

“iCarly” (2021) still has a similar type of humor and its own essence of nostalgia, it doesn’t feel the same. 

There are some revivals that have been better than expected, for example, “Charmed” (2018) and “Gilmore Girls: A year in the life” (2016).

However, it is best to just leave original shows alone. Don’t go back and try to use some of the most beloved shows as a grab for money. 

Why can’t producers just create something new instead of picking at the past?