A revival of Gilmore Girls, the WB show which developed a cult following in the early aughts, is officially coming to Netflix as four 90-minute movies that are meant to serve as the farewell season the original series was never afforded. This is welcome news for the innumerable fans of the show—which centered on the intimate mother-daughter relationship of Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel) Gilmore in the fictional and idyllic town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut—and the internet is abuzz with excitement. It’s also proof that the revival trend, which has so far birthed reimaginings of old programs like Full House, The X-Files and Wet Hot American Summer, is here to stay. Even the newest Star Wars was basically just a revival of the original trilogy.
While we’re as excited about the new Gilmore Girls as the rest of our generation, we’re starting to wonder if this revival trend is getting out of hand. After all, if we want to watch our favorite shows, shouldn’t we just…watch our favorite shows, in their original form? In anticipation of the inevitable implosion of the revival trend, here are five shows that, if revived, will be proof positive that this nostalgia craze has finally jumped the shark.
This 1990 show attempted to marry police procedural with musical theatre, and it did not succeed. Or, maybe it did?
Beauty and the Beast
This show somehow ran for three years, from 1987 to 1990, with a tagline that says it all: "The adventures and romance of a sensitive and cultured lion-man and a crusading assistant district attorney in Manhattan, New York City."
My Mother The Car
This 1965 series was about a man whose mother is reincarnated as his car. Just, no.
Homeboys in Outer Space
The title is probably all the information you need here, but if not, just know there was a 'space hoopty' involved.
Are You Hot? The Search for America's Hottest People
Let's leave this 'talent' show in 2003 where it belongs, please. Ditto The Swan, a 2004 show that involved sad women subjecting themselves to plastic surgery, which was then followed by a pageant in which their surgery was judged. Come to think of it, these early reality shows make our current Instagram culture look healthy. Kudos, TV execs from the early 2000s.