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10 unnecessary sequels and relaunches of series and 5 more that are simply necessary
10 unnecessary sequels and relaunches of series and 5 more that are simply necessary

For the release of the remakes of "Charmed" and "Sabrina," Lifehacker recalls other classic films that have recently found new life.

10 unnecessary sequels and relaunches of series and 5 more that are simply necessary
10 unnecessary sequels and relaunches of series and 5 more that are simply necessary

In recent years, TV producers seem to have set about relaunching every possible series. Dozens of projects are released on the screens, which many remember from childhood. However, some of them were simply not worth reshooting: the classic version turns out to be much more interesting than the remake, and the authors have no new ideas. Although there are still very successful exceptions.

Remakes That Were Not Needed

Strange couple

  • USA, 2015.
  • Comedy.
  • Duration: 3 seasons.
  • IMDb: 6, 4.

The number of versions of this comedy series is hard to count. The Broadway production of the same name was first turned into a film, and in the early seventies the first series was filmed. Since then, remakes, cartoons and versions have been repeatedly released, where the gender of the characters was changed. However, the basis of the story has always remained the same: two friends live in the apartment, one of whom is a lazy and slob, and the other is a pedant. Each of them teaches the other to look at the world more broadly.

In 2015, the project once again decided to restart Matthew Perry. He produced a new series and played one of the main roles himself. But the critics did not immediately like the work. Most of them felt that the authors were in vain trying to retell the same story once again. In addition, apart from the two main characters, there are few interesting actors in the series. As a result, in the middle of the third season, "Strange Couple" was decided to close.

New Agent MacGyver

  • USA, 2016.
  • Action, drama, adventure.
  • Duration: 3 seasons.
  • IMDb: 5, 2.

It all started when producer and screenwriter Peter Lenkov relaunched Hawaii 5.0. The start was successful, and he decided to take on other classic projects as well. But with "MacGyver" there was a mistake. The original story about a witty secret agent fell in love with viewers for two reasons. Firstly, thanks to the charm of the protagonist. Secondly, because of the unusual inventions shown in the series. For example, toothpick bombs or bamboo bombs.

But modern technology and dynamic filming did not help, but only damaged the restart. The series came out faceless and got lost against the background of many other spy projects. Even the crossover with the more successful Hawaii did not save him.

Secret materials

  • USA, 1993.
  • Science fiction, drama.
  • Duration: 11 seasons.
  • IMDb: 8, 7.

The ninth season of the legendary "" ended in 2002. After that, two full-length films were released, and only in 2016 the project was resumed. The tenth season of the adventures of agents Mulder and Scully was received very well: the authors successfully played the best moves of the classics, adding a lot of self-irony to them. But then they decided to extend the story further. As a result, season 11 came out very strange, with an incomprehensible mixture of global ideas in the cyberpunk style and overly melodramatic stories of the heroes themselves.

After filming this season, Gillian Anderson announced that she was leaving the series, after which it was completely closed.

Special Forces of the City of Angels

  • USA, 2017.
  • Crime drama, action.
  • Duration: 2 seasons.
  • IMDb: 6, 6.

Original series S. W. A. T. appeared in the mid-seventies as a spin-off of the Recruits procedure. He talked about a special police unit that uses military equipment and takes on the most difficult and dangerous cases. In 2003, a film of the same name with Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell was shown on the big screens.

And in 2016, a new version of the "Special Forces of the City of Angels" was launched on the CBS channel. Considering that technology has changed over the years, and the filming process, and the very topics that are touched on in the plot, it is strange to call it a remake and give the name of the original. Any other series about special forces units can also be called a restart of S. W. A. T.


  • USA, 2017.
  • Soap opera.
  • Duration: 2 seasons.
  • IMDb: 7, 2.

The classic Dynasty series is considered one of the greatest soap operas of all time on television. The story of the confrontation between two wealthy families attracted more and more viewers every year. And they staged a massacre at the wedding long before the authors of "".

In 2017, under the command of legendary producer Aaron Spelling (Beverly Hills 90210), the series was re-launched. In general, the plot has not changed, except that the emphasis has shifted to the conflicts of female characters. The series is gradually gaining popularity, but it is still unclear why tell about the same stories that will surely interest only viewers nostalgic for the classics.

Private detective Magnum

  • USA, 2018.
  • Detective.
  • Duration: 1 season.
  • IMDb: 4, 9.

All the same Peter Lenkov, who is in charge of MacGyver, decided not to stop and reshoot the classic series that once made actor Tom Selleck famous. In the new version, the detective investigates cases in the same way, driving around in an expensive car. But Jay Hernandez, who now has the lead role, falls short of the charisma of the classic Magnum. And first of all, he lacks fluffy and bright Hawaiian shirts.


  • USA, 2018.
  • Fantasy, drama.
  • Duration: 1 season.

The plans for a relaunch of the three witch sisters battling demons have been talked about for a long time. And so, finally, it started on small screens. The authors promised a "brutal yet fun feminist reboot." But in fact, the remake did not offer anything new, but only replaced the actresses with darker-skinned ones. Even one of the members of the original cast spoke out against the new "Charmed", but this cannot be stopped by the TV producers.

Unnecessary plans

There are five of us

Drama, family

This series once glorified several young actors at once. Neve Campbell, Matthew Fox and Jennifer Love Hewitt played their first roles in it. The audience was touched by the story of five children, whose parents were hit by a drunk driver. The eldest of the heroes is only 16, but they themselves must learn to survive in a complex world.

In the planned relaunch, which will be released on the Freeform streaming platform, they decided to add immigrant overtones to the tragedy. The plot will also focus on five children, but this time they will be from Mexico, whose parents were deported to their homeland. Such a change will obviously affect the very atmosphere of the series, replacing the bitterness of loss with social problems.

My wife bewitched me

Fantasy, comedy

In the sixties, the American public absolutely loved Bewitched. A light comedy story about a witch who, against the wishes of her mother, married a mortal and now tries not to use her magic with him, lasted eight seasons on the screens and went down in history. In 2005, they even released a full-length remake starring Nicole Kidman. Moreover, the authors approached this version unexpectedly: according to the plot, the main character of the film is filmed in the restart of the series, and at the same time she is a real witch.

Now the ABC channel has planned to return the cute witch to television screens. But now they want to make her a dark-skinned single mother who has to work hard. And on top of that, she's marrying a white bum. Why such a social restart was needed is unclear.

Greatest American Hero


A similar story unfolds with yet another comedy. The original of America's Greatest Hero featured a replacement teacher. He got an alien suit that had almost unlimited possibilities and would have made it. But the character lost the instruction from him, and therefore all functions were turned on by accident and always at the wrong time.

According to the plan, in the remake, the main character should be a woman of Indian-American origin, Mira, who loves tequila and karaoke. After the filming of the pilot episode, the project was frozen so far, so whether it will be released on screens is unknown. Interestingly, in 1986 they already tried to launch a version of the series with a female character, but the case stopped in the same way with the pilot.

Remakes and sequels that pleased

Twin Peaks

  • USA, 1990.
  • Detective, fantasy, drama, horror.
  • Duration: 3 seasons.
  • IMDb: 8, 8.

“See you in 25 years,” said Laura Palmer in the classic series second season finale. Since then, fans have been waiting for any news from the authors and eagerly read all the books released around the world of the series. The sequel was a year late - the third season "" was released 26 years later. 18 episodes, filmed by Lynch himself, with the involvement of almost all the classic cast and dozens of popular actors, delighted viewers and critics. Everyone to this day argues about the meaning of the finale and inundates the director with questions about plans for a fourth season. Lynch is silent.

Lost in space

  • USA, 2018.
  • Science fiction.
  • Duration: 1 season.
  • IMDb: 7, 2.

A remake of the classic sci-fi series has been awaited with great care. The thing is, it was already restarted as a full-length film, and it failed. All versions tell roughly the same story: a starship with the Robinson family on board is lost in and wrecked due to the machinations of Dr. Smith. But once on a distant planet, Smith has to cooperate with his enemies, otherwise it is impossible to survive.

The first episodes of the series were greeted with coolness. Some were embarrassed that Smith was a woman in the new version. But gradually it became clear that the modern effects were good for this story, and the relationship in the family did not become less touching. In addition, the communication of the youngest son of the Robinsons with the accompanying robot is shown very interesting.


  • USA, 2017.
  • Adventure, Comedy, Family.
  • Duration: 1 season.
  • IMDb: 8, 3.

When the first episodes of the new version of the animated series were released, the audience was divided into two camps. But even those who scolded the new cartoon had claims only to the simplified picture, especially to the square heads of some characters. But the plot of "Duck Tales" has become much more interesting. They introduced humor for both children and adults, and the twins Billy, Willie and Dilly began to differ in character.

Mystery theater 3000

  • USA, 2017.
  • Humorous fiction.
  • Duration: 1 season.
  • IMDb: 8, 5.

Initially, this series can be called the progenitor of all kinds of reviews in style, and even with insanely fantastic overtones. According to the plot, alien scientists want to seize the earth and try to understand how the human way of thinking works. To do this, they put the subject to watch the worst films of humanity in the company of two robots. And he constantly sarcastically comments on what is happening on the screen.

The original series ended in the late nineties. And in 2017, Netflix released the first season of the sequel. There are even more bad films in the world, and the authors have not lost their wit. So the new version is no less interesting and fun to watch than the classics.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

  • USA, 2018.
  • Mysticism, horror, fantasy.
  • Duration: 1 season.

The witch Sabrina Spellman is familiar to most viewers from the cute sitcom of the late nineties. But the world of this heroine is not limited only to funny situations and witticisms of Salem the cat. The authors of the new version decided to show a more serious story from the comics of the same name about how the heroine is torn between the essence of a witch and the human world of her friends. An excellent cast and interesting visuals do not evoke any associations with the classics, but create the feeling of a completely new story.

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