The last of a dying breed.
“Isn’t there an incredibly over-simplistic nostalgia we could be wallowing in?”—Jon Stewart
That’s a quote from a Daily Show episode in January of 2011. It’s a lead-in to a field piece by Jon Oliver (welcome to the anchor chair, by the way) about a phrase pundits couldn’t stop throwing around because Big Gulps were becoming illegal somewhere, or something.
That phrase was “Remember the good old days?” and it was said by these pundits even when the good old days in question were terrible and oppressive for everyone else.
“It was a better, simpler time because they were all six years old,” says Oliver.
Still, a bunch of network executives get together almost every year, look back 15 years or so, and try to make better something that’s already great.
Sometimes you get “The Office.” It breathes life into your network and all of America tries to be Jim and Pam Halpert. Sometimes you get 2012’s “Charlie’s Angels” and consider that maybe it’d be better to see actual angels in actual heaven by actually throwing your TV in the tub while it’s still plugged in.
It’s almost an impossible question: Is it worth it to risk tainting a franchise by rebooting it out of nowhere?
We’re all obsessed with that question. We also have exactly 29 million rebooted television shows on Hulu. (We counted. That is the exact number. Our intern is dead.)
That’s why we’re dedicating this week on Hulu to reboots. We’re talking about the best shows with second lives, wonderful shows that were unfortunately dragged from the grave, and bringing up some shows that desperately need to be brought back to life.
We’ll be unveiling them on Hulu.com and our Tumblr all week. And we’ll be launching an exclusive British series that’s being remade into a show on network TV in the fall. Because why not?
But we’re starting with Buffy because it’d be hard to find a bigger success story than Buffy’s seven-season TV reincarnation. Yep, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” was a 1992 movie starring Kristy Swanson, Donald Sutherland, and a non-Pee-Wee Paul Reubens. (And Luke Perry, Hilary Swank, and David Arquette, but they’d rather you forget that.)
Then it became an icon in the early 2000s. It broke the mold for lost-women-in-the-woods-style horror movies and shows, just as the movie had aimed to do. It took itself just seriously enough to gain an audience, then it gave that audience everything it ever wanted. (Including a musical episode.)
We’re also starting with Buffy because she had a second life. And that is a wonderful pun.
We’re just trying to answer the question: Were there good old days of TV? If so, can we be a part of it?
Tell us about why about some great (or terrible) reboots. Hopefully they’re on Hulu. We’ll reblog your best odes to Buffy and the rest of them if you tag it with #hulu.
Let’s wallow in that delicious, over-simplistic nostalgia together.