The past does not always come back to haunt you.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year or so, you’ve probably heard about the new trend emerging where old hit sitcoms are being brought back from the grave. From Fuller House to American Idol and the latest announcement being the revival of hit show Roseanne in 2018.
If I may sidetrack for a second, I am very skeptical about American Idol returning – not so much because it’s only been off the air for a year, but more so because I feel that the show is going to face the same issues it did as its popularity declined in the years prior to its cancellation in 2016. Unless you bring back the original gang of judges: Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and the one and only Simon Cowell, I do not think it stands a chance of restoring the popularity it once had in the shows earlier run. Ryan Seacrest makes a great host, but without the support of the Original Three, it just doesn’t cut if for me. And of course with other singing competition shows like The Voice and The X Factor remaining steady in popularity, it remains to be seen where the revived Idol will fit.
But overall, this is an interesting phenomenon taking place in a world increasingly marred by negativity in all different forms.
Is this a new channel for peace and positivity where we are essentially turning to our past for comfort? This by no means is a bad thing. Being an adult in its simplest form is a challenge in and of itself, so I find the concept of reliving your childhood and relishing in the nostalgia quite humbling. After all, some of the best television in recent history aired throughout the ’80s and ’90s.
If this trend continues, it would be great to see a revival of the hit ’90s sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air though it would be bittersweet with the absence of “Uncle Phil” played James Avery who sadly passed away in 2013.
What’s your take on this latest trend in TV? Should the great shows of our childhood be left in the past when they were ‘in their prime’, or is there comfort and joy in taking the free trip down memory lane and re-connecting with our favourite characters so many years later?