TV Trivia 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 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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Whose Line Is It Anyway? is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
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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Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
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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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
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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Reba is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
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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Sister, Sister is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
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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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
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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Dallas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy
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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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the L... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
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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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
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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Timeless is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
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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Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Grant Show, Nathalie Kelley, Elizabeth Gillies
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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Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Leonard Freeman, Alex Kurtzman, Peter M. Lenkov
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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Drop Dead Diva is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
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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Jericho is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
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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Southland is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King
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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JAG is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
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
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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell
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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Prison Break is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
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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One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez
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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Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Revivals Starring Original Casts
Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Ignacio Serricchio
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