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15 Most Disappointing TV Reboots

Charlie's Angels

Charlie's Angels

The original Charlie’s Angels of the late 70s was an instant classic. Years later, the reboot came along and did not live up to the original. Even though 13 episodes were originally ordered, the show couldn't make it past four before being canceled. The acting was horrible and the plotlines were confusing. The actresses had a serious lack of chemistry and that was what made the original so good.

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Knight Rider

Knight Rider

The original Knight Rider became a classic because it was full of heart and amusing quips, but the 2008 reboot failed catastrophically because the the characters were unbelievably superficial and the writing was not up to par.

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Ironside

Ironside

When Ironside first aired, having an imperfect detective in a wheelchair as the protagonist was groundbreaking. However, since then, the “damaged anti-hero” has become somewhat of a cliche, so the reboot in 2013 did not have much of an impact.

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The Bionic Woman

The Bionic Woman

The Bionic Woman succeeded initially because it was delightfully cheesy, but when producers decided to give the show another go in 2007, they scrapped the show’s quirkiness. Instead, they filled it with unnecessary drama, which did not appease viewers or critics.

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Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

Even though the original Wonder Woman was full of cheesiness (it was made in the 70s, so what do you expect?), it at least it felt progressive. However, the Wonder Woman reboot, which didn’t even make it on air, felt cliche and more out of date than the original.

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Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls

The much-hyped Gilmore Girls revival failed to meet the high expectations the series originally set with its touching mother/daughter tale. The reboot stripped away many of the character’s best features and reinforced their worst ones, which made viewers start to dislike them.
 

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Prime Suspect

Prime Suspect

Prime Suspect was beloved when Helen Mirren was at the helm. However, viewers did not care for the lead actress, Maria Bello, who was chosen for the 2006 reboot, and as a result, the show was cancelled after one season.

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The Rockford Files

The Rockford Files

The Rockford Files was a sweeping success in the 70s because of great directing, writing, and acting, but the reboot failed before it even made it to TV. Those working on the project say the failure was because of a lack of those very things that made the 70s series so great. 

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Dragnet

Dragnet

Dragnet had a near-cult following when it was first on television. However, when producers attempted to revive it in 2003, they made the mistake of casting Ed O’Neill, who was best known for portraying Al Bundy in Married With Children, in the lead role, which turned off a lot of viewers.

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Cupid

Cupid

The original Cupid series only lasted for one season because of a small viewership, but it was praised by almost everyone who watched it. The reboot did not receive that same level of praise, because the main onscreen actors lacked the necessary chemistry to make the story believable. 

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The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone

This show did a lot of things right in the reboot--a talented cast and crew, strong writing, and good production. Yet, it still didn’t catch on with viewers for some reason (perhaps due to the oversaturation of sci-fi shows at the time), so it got cancelled after one season.

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Melrose Place

Melrose Place

The original Melrose Place was pretty wild and dramatic, and viewers ate it up! Yet when they attempted to revive it, viewers were already over the whole “rich kids doing crazy things” bit from shows like Gossip Girl

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Heroes Reborn

Heroes Reborn

The original Heroes should have ended after the first season because they solved their main plot line! But it still somehow continued for a few more seasons, and got brought back for a miniseries that was equally as convoluted and pointless.

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Get Smart

Get Smart

Get Smart almost got their 1995 reboot right by having Don Adams and Barbara Feldon reprise their roles, but the show just couldn’t quite capture its original magic. Viewers did not care for the show, so it got cancelled after only seven episodes.

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The X-Files

The X-Files

The X-Files in its original run was a cult classic. Viewers were excited to see the show revived, but the reboot received mixed reviews from fans and critics alike. 

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