“Hawaii Five-O” is a recent television remake that’s always being talked about. “Nikita” is also a recent remake that makes some noise, and recently it was announced that Bryan Fuller would be working on a “Munsters” remake that Kristen Bell may or may not be a part of. Remakes seem to becoming all the rage in television, but these are shows that were remakes that should remind Hollywood that not everything beloved can be done again.
5. “Bionic Woman” (2007)
It’s only been three years since this remake of the 1976 series debuted on NBC. “Bionic Woman” was supposed to be darker and edgier than the original. However, 2007 was the year of the Writer’s Strike, and “Bionic Woman” fell victim. If NBC had decided to renew the show, it would have come back in Fall 2008, but ultimately it was canceled after only 9 episodes were produced.
4. “The New Addams Family” (1998)
This remake of “The Addams Family” of the 1960s was pretty much a straight remake – there are only two episodes that were not based on the original series. It wasn’t even the first remake – there were two animated series in the 1970s and the 1990s. This remake took the original series and populated it with the way the characters were portrayed in the movies. One episode even had a twisted reference to Pubert. The series only lasted one season, but at 65 episodes, it lasted one episode longer than the original series.
3. “Eerie, Indiana: The Other Dimension” (1998)
“Eerie, Indiana” was a flop when it aired prime time on NBC in 1991, but eventually it found itself on the Fox Kids lineup, where it was a success. The decision was made to bring the show back, but after seven years, the original cast was much too old to return. The show was remade as “Eerie, Indiana: The Other Dimension” where it was explained that all the weirdness was sucked into an Eerie in another dimension, that was close but wasn’t quite the same. That was the result of the show – it was close, but was a flat clone of the original. The show was canceled after 15 episodes – four less than the original series.
2. “The Twilight Zone” (2002)
“The Twilight Zone” was a remake of the 1959 series, even having sequels or putting a modern twist on episodes from the original series. The show never found much of an audience, though, and was canceled after only one season. This was not the first time “The Twilight Zone” had been remade, either – the series had been remade in 1985, following the release of the movie.
1. “The Munsters Today” (1988)
That’s right – the planned “Munsters” remake would not even be the first one. “The Munsters Today” at one point was more or less a sequel to the original series – the plot was that in the 1960s Grandpa invented a napping device that was supposed to be set for 20 minutes but somehow got stuck for much longer, and the Munsters wake up 20 years later. Later episodes forgot this concept and it became a modern day version of the 1960s show. At 73 episodes, it lasted one episode longer than the original series.
Sometimes, a TV show remake can be awesome. It can breathe fresh life into a beloved franchise. However, these examples show that sometimes, just because a show is great and can be remade, doesn’t mean that it should be.