Classic Television Show Revivals

Magnum PI makes a comeback- Minus Selleck

Nostalgia is a powerful emotion. The fact that Pokémon is still going strong after decades is testimony to that fact. But in recent months it seems like television networks are likewise cashing in on the nostalgia buck, with varying degrees of success.

While some revival efforts have been met with praise, others have been frowned upon by disgruntled fans. When stopping to think about it, who wants to see a Magnum P.I. without Tom Selleck, who all but defined the series, in the lead role?

Arguments are that everything evolves, which is just the natural way in which things get better. After all, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy technological marvels like online blackjack without the process of evolution that created it. Either way, the trend of digging up old shows, dusting them off, and slapping a new coat of paint on them continues unabated. So let’s take a look at some of the television show revivals that are making waves around the world.

Magnum P.I.

We already mentioned the Magnum P.I. reboot, and here it is again. The original classic 80s series followed the adventures of a wisecracking, fun loving private investigator that landed up in all sorts of fun, if a bit far fetched, adventures. The reboot won’t have any of the original cast involved, which is a bit of a shame. Though Tom Selleck can be seen in the still-running series Blue Bloods on CBS.

In the reboot, Jay Hernandez takes the lead role of Thomas Magnum. Magnum is a decorated Navy SEAL, returning from service in Afghanistan. Seeking a new start on life, he decides to use previous military skill to be a private investigator. Hopes are high that the reboot will manage to capture the fun loving, light-hearted tone that the original was so loved for.


The original series of Charmed ran from 1998 to 2005, having an impressive episode count of 178. It told the story of three young women, played by Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs and Alyssa Milano, who discovered they were witches, and subsequently in possession of magical powers. After the discovery, they embarked on numerous exciting adventures, including battling powerful demons.

The reboot of the series has been announced, and once again will not have any of the original cast attached. The series is due to premier in October, and hopes are high, as with Magnum, that the reboot will capture the fun tone of the well-loved original series.

Murphy Brown returns

Murphy Brown

The original Murphy Brown ran for an unprecedented 10 seasons, airing from 1988 to 1998. This makes it one of the most successful sitcoms in television history. The show revolved around an investigative journalist, Murphy, who had much to say about political events that were current at the time. So notorious did the show become for poking fun at political figures that Dan Quayle, presidential hopeful in 1992, mentioned the show in a speech.

Of all the shows on this list, the Murphy Brown revival will be the only one that has managed to see the return of its entire original cast, including Candice Bergen, Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto and Grant Shaud. It was likewise announced that the show would maintain its original tone, style, and humour, but simply be tweaked to focus on current events of a new age.

Which is to say that this is not so much a reboot of Murphy Brown, as a continuation of the old series. So it comes as no surprise that when the new episodes air in late September, they are simply being referred to as season 11. If the classic show translates well for a new audience remains to be seen, but no doubt many will be tuning in to see if Brown remains as relevant as she ever was.