Back in the 1980s and 1990s and 2000s — before the world of reboots — there were simply things called “television shows.” These fossils were creations, based on nothing that previously existed, that were put on the air and loved by viewers. People laughed, people cried — people watched.
Those days no longer exist. Bye-bye, those days. Because this is how we live in 2015.
1990s: Boy Meets World
Adolescent Cory Matthews and his best friend Shawn, and Cory’s girlfriend Topanga attempt to survive the trials of high school, along with the help of the [sic] George Feeny, the high-school principal and Cory’s next-door neighbor.
2015: Girl Meets World
Cory and Topanga Matthews are married and have two children. Their daughter, Riley, faces life lessons through her family, friends, and school — where her father is her history teacher — as her parents did when they were younger.
The formula is easy. You just take something from the old show, fast-forward as many years as you need, and then, BOOM, you have a show and can do whatever you want. It’s genius, mainly because it doesn’t have to make any sense.
As we learned last night from John Stamos on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, this trend shows no signs of slowing down.
The news of a Full House reboot has been in the air for weeks now. But now that Stamos has dropped the bomb, we know what it will be called.
Fuller House. Yes, you’re reading that right, a reboot about a more full house.
The premise of Fuller House:
The revival series will focus on Candace Cameron Bure’s character, D.J. Tanner, who is a recently widowed and pregnant veterinarian. Her younger sister and aspiring musician Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) and her childhood best friend, Kimmy Gibbler, (Andrea Barber), along with Gibbler’s feisty teenage daughter Ramona, move in to help D.J. raise her two sons — rebellious 12-year-old J.D. and neurotic 7-year-old Max — and soon-to-arrive baby.
It’s so easy. It’s like applying the principles of an anagram to television creation. Just switch around a few things and voilà, new television. So of course this will happen to more of our favorite shows from the pre-reboot era of television.
The Fresher Prince of Bel-Air (Yahoo! Screen)
Nicholas Andrew Michael Shawn Nathan Wanyá Banks, a.k.a. Nicky Banks, the son of Vivian and the late Philip Banks, is now 22. After a year at Harvard Law, following four years at Yale, he drops out and decides to head back to California. With his mother (Aunt Viv Three, played by Laverne Cox) furious that he’s abandoned his academic pursuits, he stays with the only person that will take him in — for who he is — his older cousin Will (Will Smith). The forcibly straight-edged Nicky moves in, sharing a house with single-dad Will and his two children, Willow (Willow Smith) and Jaden (Jaden Smith). Siblings Ashley, Hilary, and Carlton all worry that living with Will and his free-spirited children could have irreversible effects on Nicky’s elite future. And it does, as Nicky begins to go by Yung Niché, starts putting rap songs on Soundcloud, and embeds himself with an arts collective, all while attempting to hide the fact that he grew up with a butler in a mansion in Bel Air.
Sisters Sisters (Snapchat)
Fifteen years have gone by, and now the Landry twins (Tia and Tamera Mowry) have both left their husbands. As expected, they got divorced on the same day, at the same time, in the same restaurant. Depressed, but eager to get back out there, they begin going to bars — separately — looking for a second shot at love. On the same day, each meets someone and can’t wait to tell the other, and meet the other’s mate. So they arrange a double date. On this double date, they discover what they never could have expected: Their new suitors are TWINS (played by Rondé and Tiki Barber). And to make it crazier, EACH MAN IS A SINGLE DAD. WITH TWINS. GIRL TWINS. AND THEY ALL LIVE IN THE SAME HOUSE, A HOUSE INTO WHICH TIA AND TAMERA WILL SOON MOVE.
TWO MOMS, TWO DADS, THREE SETS OF SISTERS, FOUR TWINS, JACKEÉ IS IN EVERY EPISODE — LET’S GO.
Homier Improvements (Grantland Network)
Tool Time hosts Tim Taylor (Tim Allen) and Al Borland (Richard Karn) are dead, from a terrible accident involving tools. Determined to continue the legacy of his father, middle child Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) reboots Tool Time — yes, this is a reboot within a reboot — as a podcast with the same name, but about tech gadgets. Internet tools. Hardware and software. You want to know about Chromecast? Listen to Tool Time. The show, Car Talk for Generation Q, becomes a hit, ultimately finding its way onto the Grantland podcast network, regularly recording on Mondays after Andy Greenwald’s weekly TV podcast about Sabrina the Middle-Aged Former Witch.