The Worst TV Reboots  

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List Rules Vote up the bad, most ill-conceived remakes or revivals of series that originally aired in the US.

This list contains information about the worst TV reboots, ranked from the very worst to the just semi-terrible by your votes. It is often tempting for TV producers to relive successful series of past television eras with modern reboots, but these attempts often end with cancellations. Some of these bad TV remakes are dramas, others are comedies, but they are all unfortunate.

Which shows appear on this worst TV revivals list? Get Smart was a hilarious sitcom that originally aired from 1965 – 1970, but its 1995 reboot was cancelled after only seven episodes. While this remake was a ratings dud, it had a talented cast that included Andy Dick, Elaine Hendrix, and Barbara Feldon. The 2003 reboot of Dragnet is another one of the worst TV revivals of all time.

Does Jerry O'Connell sound like a good casting choice for Herman Munster to you? This is just one of the many reasons that the 2012 reboot of The Munsters, called Mockingbird Lane, was an instant failure. Other terrible TV reboots include Kojak, Wonder Woman, and The Twilight Zone.

Which bad TV remake do you think is the worst? Give the most terrible reboots a thumbs up and please add any other bad remakes you want to warn others to stay away from.
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Teen Titans Go! is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst TV Reboots
Steven Gordon added Arnold Drake, George Pérez, Marv Wolfman
Teen Titans Go! is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics fictional superhero team, the Teen Titans. The series was announced following the popularity of DC Nation's New ...more
Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst TV Reboots
Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor, Robert Wagner
Reboot of Charlie's Angels (1976 - 1981). Charlie's Angels is a remake developed by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar for ABC, based upon the 1976 series of the same name created by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts. The series ran on ABC from ...more
Knight Rider is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst TV Reboots
Val Kilmer, Deanna Russo, Bruce Davison
Reboot of Knight Rider (1982 - 1986). Knight Rider is a 2008 series that follows the 1982 TV series of the same title created by Glen A. Larson and the 2008 television movie. The series stars Justin Bruening as Mike Traceur, the ...more
Bionic Woman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst TV Reboots
Michelle Ryan, Miguel Ferrer, Molly Price
Reboot of Bionic Woman (1976 - 1978). Bionic Woman is an American science fiction television drama that aired in 2007, which was created by David Eick, under NBC Universal Television Group, GEP Productions, and David Eick ...more
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst TV Reboots
Candace Kita, Pedro Pascal, Edward Herrmann
Reboot of Wonder Woman (1975 - 1979). David E. Kelley’s take has incorporated the superhero’s signature lasso, cuffs, and plane in the script, but it is a serious, non-campy take on the DC Comics character. THE SERIES The plot is ...more
Get Smart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst TV Reboots
Andy Dick, Barbara Feldon, Don Adams
Reboot of Get Smart (1965 - 1970). Get Smart is a short-lived American comedy television series that aired in 1995 on Fox. The series was a sequel to the original Get Smart television series that ran from 1965 to 1970. The series ...more
The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst TV Reboots
Matthew Perry, Thomas Lennon, Lindsay Sloane
Reboot of The Odd Couple (1970 - 1975). The Odd Couple is an American multi-camera television sitcom that premiered on February 19, 2015, on CBS. It is the sixth screen production based on the 1965 play written by Neil Simon, preceded ...more
Kojak is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst TV Reboots
Roselyn Sánchez, Ving Rhames, Chazz Palminteri
Reboot of Kojak (1973 - 1978). Kojak is an American television series starring Ving Rhames. It aired on the USA Network cable channel and on ITV4 in the United Kingdom. It was a remake of the 1973–1978 series starring Telly ...more
Melrose Place is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst TV Reboots
Heather Locklear, Andrew Shue, Courtney Thorne-Smith
Reboot of Melrose Place (1992 - 1999). Melrose Place is an American television drama series broadcast on The CW from September 8, 2009 to April 13, 2010. The series is a sequel/continuation of the 1992 FOX TV series of the same name ...more
MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst TV Reboots
MacGyver Lucas Till, Joshua Boone, Sandra Holt

Reboot of MacGyver (1985-1992).

Rockford Files is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst TV Reboots
Rockford Files
Reboot of The Rockford Files (1974 - 1980).
The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst TV Reboots
Forest Whitaker
Reboot of The Twilight Zone (1959 - 1964). The Twilight Zone is a 2002 revival of Rod Serling's 1950/60s television series, The Twilight Zone. It aired for one season on the UPN network, with actor Forest Whitaker assuming Serling's role ...more
Dragnet is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst TV Reboots
Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Olan Soule
Reboot of Dragnet (1951 - 1959). Dragnet 1967-1970 was the second run of the Dragnet series. It began in January of 1967, and ran to September of 1970. The lead character, Sgt. Joe Friday, was played by Jack Webb, who also ...more
Dallas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst TV Reboots
Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy
Reboot of Dallas (1978 - 1991). 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
Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst TV Reboots
starwarssuperfan added 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
Mockingbird Lane is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst TV Reboots
Portia de Rossi, Jerry O'Connell, Cheyenne Jackson
Reboot of The Munsters (1964 - 1966). Bryan Fuller, the quirky-macabre mastermind behind Pushing Daisies and Dead Like Me, will write and executive-produce the reboot as a one-hour drama with "spectacular" visuals. As ...more
American Idol is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst TV Reboots
John2019 added Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest
American Idol is an American singing competition series created by Simon Fuller and produced by 19 Entertainment, and is distributed by FremantleMedia North America. It began airing on Fox on ...more
Fuller House is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst TV Reboots
John2019 added Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweeten, Andrea Barber
Fuller House (Netflix, 2016) is an American family sitcom and sequel to the 1987–1995 television series Full House. It centers around D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure), a veterinarian ...more
Powerpuff Girls is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst TV Reboots
Archie Gibbons added Powerpuff Girls
90210 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst TV Reboots
John2019 added Shenae Grimes-Beech, Tristan Wilds, AnnaLynne McCord
90210 is an American teen drama television series, developed by Rob Thomas, Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, that aired on The CW from September 2, 2008 to May 13, 2013. It is the fourth series in the ...more
Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst TV Reboots
John2019 added John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins
Dynasty is an American prime time television soap opera that aired on ABC from January 12, 1981 to May 11, 1989. The series, created by Richard and Esther Shapiro and produced by Aaron Spelling, ...more
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst TV Reboots
MoonshadowRachel added Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan, Nina Lisandrello
Beauty & the Beast is an American television series, very loosely inspired by the 1987 CBS series of the same name, created by Sherri Cooper-Landsman and Jennifer Levin that premiered ...more
Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst TV Reboots
MoonshadowRachel added 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
Cupid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst TV Reboots
Sarah Paulson, Bobby Cannavale, Camille Guaty
Cupid is a television series that aired on ABC from March 31 to June 16, 2009 and was broadcast Tuesdays at 10:02 PM Eastern/9:02 PM Central. The series is a revival of sorts of the network's ...more
Girl Meets World is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst TV Reboots
MoonshadowRachel added Rowan Blanchard, Sabrina Carpenter, Ben Savage
A decade after "Boy Meets World," Cory and Topanga Matthews are married and have two children. The younger child, a daughter named Riley, faces life lessons through her family, ...more