The best and most popular shows of the '80s are exactly the right age for a reboot. The 1980s have been a favorite decade to reboot from for some time, but now there’s a whole generation of people who have never seen some of the most popular shows of that decade – even on syndication. Luckily, we'll soon see quite a few reboots of 1980s television series. Some '80s TV reboots are returning as movies, while others are remaining on TV. Wherever they premiere, the '80s shows, and sitcoms we're excited to have back come with a built-in audience of folks who can't wait to return to the comfort of their favorite old shows.
Some show revivals are passing the torch to literally the next generation, as with Night Court now being led by the daughter of Honorable Judge Harry T. Stone. Others are keeping original cast members in the cast, or continuing a fan-favorite format such as Yo! MTV Raps. A few shows are fully reimagining the original, from the modernized setup for the new Perfect Strangers.
Whether they're updating the story for the modern world or staying on the well-worn path of the original show, the best reboots of '80s TV will be on screens, big and small, soon.
If this list is pinging your nostalgia, see what shows from the 1990s are getting a reboot and what 2000s shows are somehow old enough for revivals.
Coming back as: a sequel series on Amazon Freevee.
Premiere date: TBA
Although the newest iteration of Who's The Boss did not have a network attached when it was revealed to be in development in August 2020, but the story will be set 30 years later and continue exploring the generational differences between Tony and Samantha Micelli, as well as the next generation of Micellis. In late June 2022, the series found a home at Amazon Freevee.
Coming back as: a sequel series on NBC.
Premiere date: 2022-2023
In December 2020, news of a developing sequel series to the legal sitcom was revealed, with the series being ordered after a pilot in September 2021. With many of the original cast returning, the sequel series continues sharing the charming stories of the characters in the titular night court, now presided over by the daughter of Harry Stone.
Coming back as: undefined "new content."
Premiere date: TBA
The first stirrings of an ALF revival happened in August 2018, although no further news came of it. When Shout! Factory took hold of the ALF rights in February 2022, there again were no clearly defined next steps in expanding the modern footprint of the titular Alien Life Form, but were quoted as saying they would be developing "new ALF-related content."
- Photo: American Gladiators
Coming back as: a WWE & MGM reboot series.
Premiere date: TBA
Thirteen years since the last revival of the sports competition series, MGM and WWE began pitching a fresh reboot in September 2021. Now considered one of the first reality competition series, the show has had 12 international adaptations in the over three decades since it first aired.
- Photo: Yo! MTV Raps
Coming back as: a return series at Paramount+.
Premiere date: May 24, 2022
As part of a suite of revivals, a return of the very '80s MTV series was announced in February 2021. The new series will include hosted segments, live performances, cyphers, and lifestyle content, as hosted by battle rapper Conceited and deejay DJ Diamond Kuts. With the announcement of the premiere date for the return was the news that 50 archival episodes of the original series would be available on Paramount+.
Coming back as: A new season.
Premiere date: May 13, 2022
In March 2020 Amazon was set to bring back the Canadian sketch comedy series, which had originally run from 1988 to 1995. A little over two years later, the date for the sixth season of the "the first Canadian Amazon Original series" was set for May 2022.