Sister Sister is coming back, as is Sabrina The Teenage Witch. So what could be next? We picked out the best mid-90s shows and looked into our TV-shaped crystal ball
At this stage, it’s facile to point out that television has a problem with new ideas, especially since the past year was riddled with all manner of reboots and returns and revivals. And this isn’t letting up. Two weeks ago, Netflix announced its intention to make a dark reboot of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, starring Kiernan Shipka. Last week, Sister Sister was magically resuscitated. Will & Grace and the X-Files are again with us, and there will be more. But what will they be? Using a highly scientific formula (basically just looking at shows that started about 20 years ago, since that appears to be the yardstick) I am about to predict the biggest television revivals yet to be announced. Be warned: I will refer to this piece victoriously when they all come true.
Why is Mad Men’s second season the most important? How come Buffy’s fourth outing was its best? We asked our critics to define TV’s best seasons
- This article contains opinions some may find offensive … and spoilers for every show mentioned
Long before it became fashionable for a TV show to change setting and storyline between seasons, Richard Curtis and Ben Elton’s historical sitcom visited the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Then, in the cunningly titled Blackadder Goes Forth, they settled in 1917 in the French trenches of the first world war. With Rowan Atkinson’s Captain Edmund Blackadder awaiting orders from Stephen Fry’s insane General Melchett to run towards German gunfire with Private Baldrick (Tony Robinson) and the stupidly patriotic Lieutenant George (Hugh Laurie), the series is the best of the Blackadder quartet. Its last episode is the single greatest achievement of TV Britcom. Watching the final 29 minutes again before writing this (probably the sixth time I’ve seen it) still delivered the astonishment of a half-hour comedy in which it is no plot-spoiler to say that every major character except one (Fry’s, secure in his chateau) is doomed to die horribly. ML