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The Best '80s TV Reboots  

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List Rules Only television shows that based on films or series that originally aired in the 1980s.

The 1980s were truly something special, which is probably why there's been quite a few 80s TV reboots. From hilarious comedies to serious dramas, the best shows from this eclectic era ended all too soon for most fans. They do say all good things must come to an end, after all. However, such is not necessarily the case for some of these greatly missed 80s TV shows. Whether you were a fan of Murphy Brown or Magnum, P.I. (both are returning in 2018), some of us are lucky to see our favorite shows live again. But which shows take the title for the best 80s TV reboots?

Of all the 1980s TV show revivals, V has got to be one of the best yet. The 80s sci-fi series got its reboot in 2009, running for two years. It may have been a short rerun, but plenty of fans were satisfied. Other notable 80s remakes include MacGyver, Dynasty, and Charlie's Angels. What's been your favorite reboot?

Check out the list of 80s TV show remakes below and vote up the ones you think captured the original series best.

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Wentworth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s TV Reboots
Danielle Cormack, Nicole da Silva, Kate Atkinson

Based on: Prisoner (1979-1986, series)

Wentworth is an Australian television drama series. It was first broadcast on SoHo on 1 May 2013. The series serves as a contemporary reimagining of Prisoner, which ran on Network Ten from 1979 ...more
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MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '80s TV Reboots
Lucas Till, George Eads, Tristin Mays

Based on: MacGyver (985–1992, series)

MacGyver (CBS, 2016) is an American action-adventure television series developed by Peter M. Lenkov. It is a reboot of the ABC series of the same name created by Lee David Zlotoff, which aired ...more
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DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s TV Reboots
Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz, David Tennant

Based on: DuckTales (1987-1990, series)

DuckTales (Disney Channel, 2017) is an American comedy-adventure animated television series developed by Matt Youngberg and Francisco Angones. The series is a reboot of the original 1987 series ...more
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He-Man and the Masters of the ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s TV Reboots
Christopher Judge, Cam Clarke, Kathleen Barr

Based on: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983-1985, series)

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is an American animated television series. Developed for television by Michael Halperin, who created the original series, it was animated by Mike Young ...more
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The Conners is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s TV Reboots
John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert

Based on: Roseanne (1988-1997 & 2018, series)

The Conners (ABC, 2018) is an American television sitcom, and a spinoff continuation of Roseanne, created by Matt Williams. After the death of Roseanne Conner, the Conner family is forced to ...more
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Danger Mouse is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '80s TV Reboots
Alexander Armstrong, Kevin Eldon, Stephen Fry

Based on: Danger Mouse (1981-1992, series)

Danger Mouse (CBBC, 2015) is a British animated television series, and a reboot of the 1981 series. Danger Mouse, the "world's greatest secret agent", and his hamster sidekick Penfold, ...more
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Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s TV Reboots
Jay Hernandez, Perdita Weeks, Zachary Knighton

Based on: Magnum P.I.  (1980-1988, series)

Magnum, P.I. (CBS, 2018) is an American crime drama series, and a remake of the 1980 series. An ex-Navy SEAL (Jay Hernandez) returns home from Afghanistan and uses his military skills to become ...more
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Muppet Babies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s TV Reboots
Dee Bradley Baker, Eric Bauza, Matt Danner

Based on: Muppet Babies (1984-1991, series)

Muppet Babies (Disney Channel, 2018) is an American computer-animated television series featuring toddler versions of the Muppets characters and a reboot of the original 1984–1991 animated ...more
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Knight Rider is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s TV Reboots
Val Kilmer, Deanna Russo, Bruce Davison

Based on: Knight Rider (1982-1986, series)

Knight Rider is a 2008 series that follows the 1982 TV series of the same title created by Glen A. Larson and the 2008 television movie. The series stars Justin Bruening as Mike Traceur, the ...more
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She-Ra and the Princesses of P... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s TV Reboots
Aimee Carrero, Karen Fukuhara, AJ Michalka

Based on: She-Ra: Princess of Power (1985-1986)

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (Netflix, 2018) is an American animated web television series developed by Noelle Stevenson. A reboot of the 1985 Filmation series She-Ra: Princess of Power, ...more
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Voltron: Legendary Defender is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s TV Reboots
Josh Keaton, Steven Yeun, Jeremy Shada

Based on: Voltron: Defender of the Universe (1983-1985, series)

Voltron: Legendary Defender is a 2016 American animated web television series. The series follows the adventures of the Paladins of Voltron who must learn to form the giant robot Voltron to ...more
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Uncle Buck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s TV Reboots
Uncle Buck Mike Epps, Nia Long, James Lesure

Based on: Uncle Buck  (1989, film)

Uncle Buck (ABC, 2015) is an American single-camera comedy television series based on the 1989 John Hughes movie of the same name.
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ThunderCats is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s TV Reboots
Emmanuelle Chriqui, Clancy Brown, Michael McKean

Based on: ThunderCats (1985-1989, series)

ThunderCats is an American/Japanese animated television series, produced by Ethan Spaulding and Michael Jelenic. A reboot of the original 1980s TV series of the same name, ThunderCats was ...more
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Dallas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s TV Reboots
Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy

Based on: Dallas (1978-1991, series)

Dallas is an American television drama series developed by Cynthia Cidre and produced by Warner Horizon Television that aired on TNT from June 13, 2012 to September 22, 2014. The series was a ...more
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s TV Reboots
Sean Schemmel, Eric Stuart, Michael Sinterniklaas

Based on: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987-1996, series)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an American animated television series, mainly set in New York City. It first aired on February 8, 2003 and ended on February 28, 2009. The series marked the ...more
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V is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '80s TV Reboots
Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch

Based on: V (1983, miniseries)

V is an American science fiction television series that ran for two seasons on ABC, from November 3, 2009 to March 15, 2011. A remake of the 1983 miniseries created by Kenneth Johnson, the new ...more
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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '80s TV Reboots
Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan, Nina Lisandrello

Based on: Beauty and the Beast (1987-1990, series)

Beauty & the Beast is an American television series, very loosely inspired by the 1987 CBS series of the same name, created by Sherri Cooper-Landsman and Jennifer Levin that premiered ...more
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Fuller House is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s TV Reboots
Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweeten, Andrea Barber

Based on: Full House (1987–1995, series)

Fuller House (Netflix, 2016) is an American family sitcom and sequel to the 1987–1995 television series Full House. It centers around D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure), a veterinarian ...more
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Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s TV Reboots
Grant Show, Nathalie Kelley, Elizabeth Gillies

Based on: Dynasty (1981-1989, series)

Dynasty (The CW, 2017) is an American soap opera reboot of the 1980s series of the same name. It follows oil tycoon and family patriarch Blake Carrington (Grant Show), his daughter Fallon ...more
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Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '80s TV Reboots
Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor, Robert Wagner

Based on: Charlie's Angels (1976-1981, series)

Charlie's Angels is a remake developed by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar for ABC, based upon the 1976 series of the same name created by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts. The series ran on ABC from ...more
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Heathers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s TV Reboots
Grace Victoria Cox, James Scully, Melanie Field

Based on: Heathers (1988, film)

Heathers (Paramount Network, 2018) is a 2018 black comedy anthology TV show based on the 1988 film of the same name by Daniel Waters. Set in the present day, Veronica Sawyer (Grace Victoria Cox) ...more
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One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '80s TV Reboots
Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez

Based on: One Day at a Time (1975-1984, series)

One Day at a Time (Netflix) is a 2017 sitcom loosely based on the 1975 Norman Lear series of the same name. Penelope Alvarez (Justina Machado) is a newly-single Army Nursing Corps veteran ...more