Social media collectively lost its mind when it was announced that Showtime is rebooting freaky cult favourite Twin Peaks (although with recent reports that David Lynch has dropped out of the project, there seems to be some mystery surrounding how exactly that will work). But it’s not just the gone-too-soon shows that are getting a fresh look: Mulder and Scully will be reuniting for The X-Files, Netflix is taking a second look at Full House, and even the Teletubbies are bringing their gibbering weirdness back with a more adult-friendly version of Tinky Winky and Co.
Here are 5 shows we think are ripe for the “where are they now” treatment:
My So-Called Life
In just one season, My So-Called Life became a cultural touchstone for teen drama, unrequited love and “I hate my life!” ’90s grunge. So what would a 20-year high-school reunion look like? Rayanne is sober and works as a chakra-advisor-to-the-stars, while Rickie is a backup dancer for Madonna. As for Angela and Jordan? He’s still in a rock band, and she works for the CIA. Brian, meanwhile, got hot.
Pre-Glee, Ryan Murphy and Gina Matthews’ dramedy Popular tackled the teenage years with biting satire and deadpan humour. Brooke is a popular cheerleader (is a “Brooke” ever anything else?), while Sam is the invisible school journalist; they’re cruelly thrust together after their respective parents meet and fall in love. Determined to not become stepsisters, Brooke and Sam plot to break up their parents, and then, realizing they share some common ground, work to reconcile their wrongs. The show was cancelled after season two, which ended with plenty of unresolved stories and one crazy life-or-death cliffhanger; we’ve been waiting for resolution for 14 years.
This show has developed a cult following since being cancelled after season four. Last time we saw loveable underdog Betty Suarez, she had moved to London to launch a new magazine, but what has become of her in the Internet age? We’d love to see a grown-up Betty living life as a famous fashion blogger and street-style star—maybe her former boss Daniel, whom we last saw giving her the “Let’s be more than friends” vibe, could be her personal photographer.
While Freaks and Geeks is mourned as Judd Apatow’s TV baby, Undeclared took the same style into college and starred Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel and fledgling hottie Charlie Hunnam (yup, that’s him, below) as a group of bumbling freshmen. On second thought, maybe we did get a redux of this in Knocked Up (the empty pool the boys used for a hangout was reportedly modelled after Charlie Hunnam’s backyard.)
Friday Night Lights
Even though FNL had pretty much the perfect ending, we can’t help but get our hopes up every time a possible movie is mentioned (and feel crushed when it’s quickly nixed by the producers and stars). So what would the townsfolk of Dillon, Texas, be up to now? Smash is an NFL star, Eric and Tami are back in town for a “Coach Taylor Way” dedication, Jason Street is a hot-shot sports agent, Landry is a VP at Tesla, Lyla is on Real Housewives of Houston, and as for Riggins? Still a babe.