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Should Studios Really Rely On Revivals?

Team Stardust
February 2, 2021

We’re increasingly aware of the big bowl of nostalgia studios have been feeding us with the recent plethora of film & TV reboots. From Disney’s live-action remakes, to the dizzying pattern of TV shows jumping on the nostalgia train—revivals are everywhere. Saved by the Bell, iCarly, Fuller House, Punky Brewster…the list goes on. Each of these shows were iconic in their time and are currently being remade for a modern audience, but are modern twists on classic shows really what audiences want?

Many of the jokes in the original Saved by the Bell are outdated. Trends have changed since iCarly was popular. Will these modern revivals able to retain the same spark that made the original shows, well, original? Disney has found some success with its film remakes, but only time will tell if sitcom revivals will gain the same level of popularity in a new era.

The trailer for the new Punky Brewster revival dropped today and the comments have been mixed. While some are excited to watch more of that classic Punky attitude, now with their own families, others wonder if the show will end up being a disservice to one of their favorite childhood characters. See the trailer for yourself here.

What do you think about dated TV shows being revived for modern audiences?

Before you share your opinion in the comments, consider the positives and negatives:


  1. Fans get to see how their favorite childhood characters have grown up and matured.
  2. Nostalgia sells. If the shows make money, studios will have more cash to spend on other (potentially more risky) projects.
  3. Adds a new dimension to the original series that you can always accept or deny.
  4. Introduces beloved characters to new audiences.


  1. Lack of originality. Why not put effort into creating something new?
  2. The revivals could totally flop. Sometimes it’s best to leave a good thing alone.
  3. Revivals can feel like a shameless cash grab. While studios need to make money, audiences may not enjoy being blatantly sold nostalgia.

What do you think about the trend of reboots and revivals becoming more prevalent in the film and TV industry? Do the positives outweigh the negatives? Did we miss anything? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


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I pretty much agree with the idea of creating something NEW instead of remaking something that has been done before. Look no further than the Disney Remakes. They are not as awesome as the originals. Why can't Disney put their billions of dollars in creating something new?
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Honestly, I think it depends on how you handle the reboot/revival. Nickelodeon, for one, has produced countless great reboots and revivals since 2016. Legends of the Hidden Temple: The Movie, the Double Dare reboot, the All That revival, Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling, the Are You Afraid of the Dark? miniseries and Blue’s Clues & You!, to name a few. Nickelodeon knows how to produce great reboots and revivals that don’t feel like soulless cash grabs with no effort put into them, unlike Cartoon Network’ reboots, which many of them are garbage. But I digress. Now, I definitely don’t think Nickelodeon should only rely on reboots and revivals. They should make more original content. But here’s the thing, they already are. Some of the great shows that are airing on Nickelodeon right now that are neither reboots nor revivals are PAW Patrol, The Loud House, Lego City Adventures, The Adventures of Paddington, It’s Pony and The Astronauts. And they have tons of more great content coming soon, both original and reboot/revival. So, my point is is that, if you’re going to do a reboot or a revival of a classic show, be more like Nickelodeon and be less like Cartoon Network. Thank you for coming to my TED Talk.
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