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TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival 

Donn Saylor
Updated July 28, 2020 18.4k votes 2.2k voters 20k views 51 items

List Rules Vote up the shows you'd most like to see come back.

It's never easy to say goodbye to a beloved television show. Whether it was on the air for years and got a grand sendoff, or it only lasted a few months and received no official finale, there are countless TV series canceled before their time. Fortunately, many TV shows that deserve a revival have been generating considerable interest among studios and showrunners. Twin Peaks, Will & Grace, Roseanne, and Curb Your Enthusiasm are just a few of the series undergoing revivals on major networks.

But there are still a number of shows that should be brought back. Some of the best TV shows to renew are cult favorites, and it's almost criminal they aren't being discussed in an era full of revivals. From Buffy and the rest of the Scooby Gang to Jerri Blank and the crew at Flatpoint High, from time-jumping Sam Beckett to the eternally warring Al and Peggy Bundy, there is no shortage of TV shows networks should revive. What show would you like to see receive a second greenlighting?

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Firefly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Space Western, Space opera, Drama, Comedy-drama, Science Fiction

Firefly is an American space western science fiction drama television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon, under his Mutant Enemy Productions label. Whedon served as an executive ...more
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Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt

Premiered: 1989

Genres (Tv): Procedural drama, Drama, Science Fiction

Quantum Leap is an American television series that originally aired on NBC for five seasons, from March 1989 through May 1993. Created by Donald P. Bellisario, it starred Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam ...more
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Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Comedy-drama

Freaks and Geeks (NBC, 1999) is an American teen comedy-drama television series created by Paul Feig. A gifted high schooler (Linda Cardellini) starts hanging out with a group of burnouts, while ...more
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Horror, Comedy-drama, Teen drama, Action, + more

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB, 1997) is an American supernatural drama television series created by Joss Whedon, based on the 1992 film. Destined to slay vampires, a young woman (Sarah ...more
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Futurama is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Animation, Sitcom, Comedy, Science Fiction

Futurama is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening and developed by Groening and David X. Cohen for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series follows the ...more
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Married... with Children... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

Premiered: 1987

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Married... with Children is an American sitcom that aired for 11 seasons. It featured a dysfunctional family living in a fictional Chicago suburb. The series, notable for being the first ...more
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Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

Premiered: 2001

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Medical drama

Scrubs (NBC, 2001) is an American medical comedy-drama television series created by Bill Lawrence. In the unreal world of Sacred Heart Hospital, intern John "J.D." Dorian (Zach Braff) ...more
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My Name Is Earl is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

My Name Is Earl is an American television comedy series created by Greg Garcia that aired on the NBC television network from September 20, 2005, to May 14, 2009, in the United States. It was ...more
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Angel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
CristianJorgeSantana added David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Supernatural, Action/Adventure, Drama, Horror Film, + more

Angel (The WB, 1999) is an American supernatural television series created by Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt, and a spin-off from the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Angel (David ...more
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Jericho is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
MuddyWolfe added Hans Matheson, Clarke Peters, Jessica Raine

Premiered: 2006

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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King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
Ranker Anime added Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon

Premiered: 1997

Genres (Tv): Cartoon, Animation, Television comedy, Sitcom, Satire, + more

King of the Hill is an American adult animated sitcom created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels that ran from January 12, 1997, to May 6, 2010 on Fox. It centers on the Hills, a middle-class ...more
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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble

Premiered: 2008

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Supernatural drama

Fringe (Fox, 2008) is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. An F.B.I. agent (Anna Torv) is forced to work with an ...more
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Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Western, Period drama

Deadwood (HBO, 2004) is an American Western television series created by David Milch. In 1870s South Dakota, residents of Deadwood are involved in all sorts of corruption, crime, and secrets.
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Northern Exposure is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
Michelle Tonini added Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, Barry Corbin

Premiered: 1990

Genres (Tv): Medical drama, Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy, Medical fiction

Northern Exposure is an American television series that ran on CBS from 1990 to 1995, with a total of 110 episodes. It dealt with a New York City physician, Dr. Joel Fleischman, who is sent to ...more
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Pushing Daisies is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride

Premiered: 2007

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Fantasy, Mystery, Comedy-drama

Pushing Daisies (ABC, 2007) is an American fantasy comedy-drama television series created by Bryan Fuller. A pie-maker (Lee Pace) with the ability to reanimate the dead teams up with his ...more
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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

Premiered: 1972

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Medical drama, Sitcom, Satire, Military, + more

M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970 feature film MASH. The series, which was produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ...more
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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Space opera, Military science fiction

Battlestar Galactica (Sc-Fi, 2004) is an American military science fiction television series developed by Ronald D Moore, and a re-imagining of the 1978 series of the same name. After a ...more
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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

Premiered: 1985

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

The Golden Girls is an American sitcom, created by Susan Harris, that originally aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, to May 9, 1992. Starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and ...more
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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
Heidi Skinner added David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, Fantasy

Grimm (NBC, 2011) is an American fantasy police procedural drama television series created by Stephen Carpenter, Jim Kouf, and David Greenwalt, inspired by stories from The Brothers Grimm. ...more
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Dollhouse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
Eliza Dushku, Harry Lennix, Fran Kranz

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Drama, Psychological thriller, Thriller, Adventure film, + more

Dollhouse is an American science fiction television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon under Mutant Enemy Productions. It premiered on February 13, 2009, on the Fox network and ...more
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Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Teddy Dunn

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Mystery, Neo-noir

Veronica Mars (UPN, 2004) is an American teen noir mystery drama television series created by Rob Thomas. After her best friend (Amanda Seyfried) is murdered, and her father (Enrico Colantoni) ...more
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Dead Like Me is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
Heidi Skinner added Ellen Muth, Callum Blue, Jasmine Guy

Premiered: 2003

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy, Fantasy

Dead Like Me (Showtime, 2003) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Bryan Fuller. After being hit on the head by a toilet seat, Georgia "George" Lass (Ellen Muth), a ...more
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The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Political drama, Drama, Serial drama

The West Wing is an American serial political drama television series created by Aaron Sorkin that was originally broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1999, to May 14, 2006. The series is set ...more
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Forever is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
Hayden the Monster Man added Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza, Joel David Moore

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Drama, Crime Fiction, Fantasy

Forever is an American drama television series about Dr. Henry Morgan, an immortal medical examiner in New York City. The series aired on ABC as part of the 2014–15 fall television season. The ...more
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Frasier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
starwarssuperfan added Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

Premiered: 1993

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Frasier (NBC, 1993) is an American sitcom television series created by David Angell, Peter Casey, and David Lee, and a spinoff of Cheers. After his divorce, psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane ...more