Entertainment The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts  

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List Rules Only TV revivals with original casts.

It's always exciting to see a beloved television show come back to the airwaves, especially in the case of revivals with original cast members. When the actors and actresses that brought your favorite characters to life sign on for a reboot, it really helps preserve the integrity of the original program. In addition to bringing back the cast, the best revivals stay true to the show's roots in terms of plot and dialogue. 

Some critically acclaimed TV series saw revivals recently. Roseanne - known for tackling issues faced by middle class Americans - returned to television in 2018 and addressed the political differences that cause strife in many American families. Will and Grace also saw a reboot with original cast members, and dealt with the Trump presidency directly in its first episode. However, not every reboot deals with topical themes. When Gilmore Girls saw its 2016 reboot, it largely stayed away from addressing any controversial topics and instead stuck to its comedic roots. Other Tv good series that were revived after cancellation include The X-Files, Prison Break, Arrested Development, and Family Guy.

Vote up the best TV series revivals, and vote down the shows that should have never returned. 

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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Roseanne Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf Roseanne is an American sitcom that was broadcast on ABC from October 18, 1988, to May 20, 1997. Starring Roseanne Barr, the show revolved around the Conners, an Illinois working-class family. ...more

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox, spanning nine ...more

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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Arrested Development Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi Arrested Development is an American television sitcom created by Mitchell Hurwitz, which originally aired on Fox for three seasons from November 2, 2003 to February 10, 2006. A fourth season of ...more

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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the L... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (Netflix, 2016) is an American web television series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino. Set nearly a decade after the finale of the original series, this revival ...more

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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Family Guy Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter and Lois; ...more

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Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Will & Grace Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally Will & Grace is an American sitcom, based on the relationship between Will Truman and Grace Adler, and is set in New York City. It was broadcast on NBC from September 21, 1998 to May 18, ...more

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Sister, Sister is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Sister, Sister Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jackée Harry Sister, Sister is an American television sitcom starring identical twins Tia and Tamera Mowry. It aired from 1994 to 1999. The premise of the show was that the girls were separated and adopted ...more

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Whose Line Is It Anyway? is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Whose Line Is It Anyway? Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW, 1998) is an American improvisational comedy show adapted from the British show. Hosted by Aisha Tyler, the show features Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles, Wayne ...more

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Reba is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Reba Reba McEntire, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Steve Howey Reba is an American sitcom starring Reba McEntire, which ran from 2001 to 2007. For the show's first five seasons, it aired on The WB, and crossed over to The CW for its final season. It is one ...more

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Southland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Southland Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King Southland is an American television crime drama series created by writer Ann Biderman and produced by Warner Bros. Television. It originally aired on NBC for one season from April 9 to May 21, ...more

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Timeless is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Timeless Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Starring Abigail Spencer Matt Lanter Malcolm Barrett Timeless (NBC, 2016) tollows the adventures of an unusual trio—a history professor (Abigail Spencer), a scientist (Malcolm Barrett), and a soldier (Matt Lanter)—as they attempt to stop Garcia ...more

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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn Twin Peaks (Showtime, 2017) is a miniseries that follows FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) in a continuation of the original 1990 series, created by David Lynch.

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The Mindy Project is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
The Mindy Project Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ike Barinholtz The Mindy Project is an American romantic comedy television series that premiered on Fox on September 25, 2012, and airs on Tuesday nights. The series, created by Mindy Kaling, is co-produced by ...more

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Jericho is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Jericho Hans Matheson, Clarke Peters, Jessica Raine Jericho is an American post-apocalyptic action-drama series that centers on the residents of the fictionalized post-apocalyptic town of Jericho, Kansas, in the aftermath of a limited nuclear ...more

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American Dad! is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
American Dad! Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Dee Bradley Baker American Dad! is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker, and Matt Weitzman for the "Animation Domination" lineup on Fox. American Dad! is the first ...more

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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
The Killing Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell The Killing is an American crime drama television series that premiered on April 3, 2011, on AMC, based on the Danish television series Forbrydelsen. The American version was developed by Veena ...more

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The Game is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
The Game Hosea Chanchez, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Coby Bell The Game is an American comedy-drama television series created by Mara Brock Akil. Premiering on October 1, 2006, the series debuted as the only new comedy series chosen for The CW's primetime ...more

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Drop Dead Diva is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Drop Dead Diva Brandy Norwood, April Bowlby, Margaret Cho Drop Dead Diva is an American legal comedy-drama/fantasy television series that aired on Lifetime from July 12, 2009 to June 22, 2014. The series was created by Josh Berman and produced by Sony ...more

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Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Remington Steele Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan, Doris Roberts Remington Steele is an American television series co-created by Robert Butler and Michael Gleason. The series, starring Stephanie Zimbalist and Pierce Brosnan, was produced by MTM Enterprises ...more

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Prison Break is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Prison Break Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco Prison Break is an American television serial drama created by Paul Scheuring, that was broadcast on Fox for four seasons, from 2005 until 2009. The series revolves around two brothers; one has ...more

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Nashville is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Nashville Connie Britton, Clare Bowen, Hayden Panettiere Nashville is an American musical drama television series. It was created by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri and produced by R.J. Cutler, Khouri, Dee Johnson, Steve Buchanan, and Connie ...more

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Community is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Community Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover Community is an American television sitcom created by Dan Harmon that premiered on NBC on September 17, 2009. The single-camera series follows an ensemble cast of students at a community college ...more

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Medium is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Medium Patricia Arquette, Miguel Sandoval, Jake Weber Medium is an American television drama series that premiered on NBC on January 3, 2005, ending its run on that network on June 1, 2009. The series then moved to CBS on September 25, 2009, airing ...more

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Unforgettable is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Unforgettable Poppy Montgomery, Dylan Walsh, James Hiroyuki Liao Unforgettable is an American police procedural drama television series that premiered on CBS on September 20, 2011. The series was developed by Ed Redlich and John Bellucci, and stars Poppy ...more

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JAG is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
JAG David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux JAG is an American legal drama television show with a distinct U.S. Navy theme, created by Donald P. Bellisario, and produced by Belisarius Productions in association with Paramount Network ...more