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TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival

Updated July 28, 2020 18.2k votes 2.3k voters 20.1k views51 items

List RulesVote 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
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    Firefly

    Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres

    Premiered2002

    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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
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    Quantum Leap

    Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell

    Premiered1989

    Genres (Tv)Procedural drama, Drama, Science Fiction

    Quantum Leap is an American television series that originally aired on NBC for five seasons,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Freaks And Geeks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
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    Freaks And Geeks

    Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley

    Premiered1999

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Comedy-drama

    Freaks and Geeks (NBC, 1999) is an American teen comedy-drama television series created by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Buffy The Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
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    Buffy The Vampire Slayer

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan

    Premiered1997

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

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB, 1997) is an American supernatural drama television series... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Futurama is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
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    Futurama

    Billy West, John DiMaggio

    Premiered1999

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

    Futurama is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Married... With Children is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
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    Married... With Children

    Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate

    Premiered1987

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Married... with Children is an American sitcom that aired for 11 seasons. It featured a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 7
    Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
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    Scrubs

    Zach Braff, Donald Faison

    Premiered2001

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Medical drama

    Scrubs (NBC, 2001) is an American medical comedy-drama television series created by Bill... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 8
    My Name Is Earl is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
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    My Name Is Earl

    Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    My Name Is Earl is an American television comedy series created by Greg Garcia that aired on... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Jericho is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
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    Jericho

    Hans Matheson, Clarke Peters

    Premiered2006

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

    Jericho is an American post-apocalyptic action-drama series that centers on the residents of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 10
    Angel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
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    Angel

    David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter

    Premiered1999

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

    Angel (The WB, 1999) is an American supernatural television series created by Joss Whedon and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
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    M*A*S*H

    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers

    Premiered1972

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

    M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Fringe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
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    Fringe

    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Supernatural drama

    Fringe (Fox, 2008) is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Grimm is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
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    Grimm

    David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell

    Premiered2011

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

    Grimm (NBC, 2011) is an American fantasy police procedural drama television series created by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 14
    King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
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    King of the Hill

    Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy

    Premiered1997

    Genres (Tv)Cartoon, Animation, Television comedy, Sitcom, Satire

    King of the Hill is an American adult animated sitcom created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
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    The Golden Girls

    Bea Arthur, Betty White

    Premiered1985

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    The Golden Girls is an American sitcom, created by Susan Harris, that originally aired on NBC... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Dead Like Me is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
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    Dead Like Me

    Ellen Muth, Callum Blue

    Premiered2003

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

    Dead Like Me (Showtime, 2003) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Bryan... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 17
    Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
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    Deadwood

    Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane

    Premiered2004

    Genres (Tv)Western, Period drama

    Deadwood (HBO, 2004) is an American Western television series created by David Milch. In 1870s... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Northern Exposure is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
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    Northern Exposure

    Rob Morrow, Janine Turner

    Premiered1990

    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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Pushing Daisies is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
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    Pushing Daisies

    Lee Pace, Anna Friel

    Premiered2007

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

    Pushing Daisies (ABC, 2007) is an American fantasy comedy-drama television series created by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Dollhouse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
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    Dollhouse

    Eliza Dushku, Harry Lennix

    Premiered2009

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

    Dollhouse is an American science fiction television series created by writer and director Joss... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
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    Battlestar Galactica

    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell

    Premiered2004

    Genres (Tv)Space opera, Military science fiction

    Battlestar Galactica (Sc-Fi, 2004) is an American military science fiction television series... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
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    Veronica Mars

    Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III

    Premiered2004

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

    Veronica Mars (UPN, 2004) is an American teen noir mystery drama television series created by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
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    The West Wing

    Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe

    Premiered1999

    Genres (Tv)Political drama, Drama, Serial drama

    The West Wing is an American serial political drama television series created by Aaron Sorkin... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Forever is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
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    Forever

    Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Crime Fiction, Fantasy

    Forever is an American drama television series about Dr. Henry Morgan, an immortal medical... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Frasier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list TV Shows That Actually Deserve A Revival
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    Frasier

    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves

    Premiered1993

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Frasier (NBC, 1993) is an American sitcom television series created by David Angell, Peter... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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