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The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts 

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Updated December 8, 2018 723 votes 100 voters 1k views 21 items

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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Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 228

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 222

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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) 3 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 202

Genres (Tv): Cryptozoology, Supernatural, Crime Fiction, Drama, Live action, + more

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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Whose Line Is It Anyway?... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 9

Genres (Tv): Improvisational theatre, Television comedy

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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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn

Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 48

Genres (Tv): Drama, Crime, Mystery

Twin Peaks (ABC, 1990) is an American mystery horror drama television series created by Mark Frost and David Lynch and, despite being canceled after two seasons, sparked a cult following that ...more

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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 68

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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Reba is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Reba McEntire, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Steve Howey

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 126

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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Sister, Sister is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jackée Harry

Premiered: 1994

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 119

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Teen situation comedy, Comedy

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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Gilmore Girls: A Year in... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

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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Timeless is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Timeless Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Starring Abigail Spencer Matt Lanter Malcolm Barrett

Genres (Tv): Drama, Science Fiction, Action

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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Dallas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 25

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Drama

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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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 28

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Drama, Adventure film, + more

This show is an American 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 Sud and ...more

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Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Grant Show, Nathalie Kelley, Elizabeth Gillies

Genres (Tv): Soap opera

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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JAG is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 227

Genres (Tv): Drama, Military, Mystery, Thriller, Adventure film, + more

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

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Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Leonard Freeman, Alex Kurtzman, Peter M. Lenkov

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 71

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Drama, Adventure film, + more

Hawaii Five-0 is an American police procedural drama television series and a remake of the original 1968–80 television series. The series is produced by K/O Paper Products and 101st Street ...more

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Southland is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 42

Genres (Tv): Police procedural, Drama

Southland is an American television 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, 2009, ...more

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Jericho is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Hans Matheson, Clarke Peters, Jessica Raine

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 29

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Drama, Adventure film, Action, + more

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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Drop Dead Diva is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Brandy Norwood, April Bowlby, Margaret Cho

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 54

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Sitcom, Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy, + more

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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Prison Break is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 81

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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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Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Ignacio Serricchio

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi

Lost in Space (Netflix, 2018) is an American science fiction web television series created by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, and a reboot of the 1965 series. After encountering a rip in ...more

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One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

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

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