2016 Brought Back Beloved ‘90s & ‘00s Shows, Proving That Nostalgia Will Always Be In

Programming heads are apparently a nostalgic bunch, because reboots and revivals have been ruling television all year. Everything from ‘70s mini-series Roots to horror classic The Exorcist got a second chance on screen, and shows like Star Trek, The X-Files, and Dirty Dancing are already gearing up for 2017 premieres. Most surprising, however, were all of the ‘90s and ‘00s shows that came back in 2016.

There were only five in total, but that doesn’t include the handful of film-to-TV adaptations and the projects that are still coming together behind scenes. It's crazy that the 2000s feel like not even that long ago, but yet they're already being brought back. Does this mean Parks and Rec could live again? Will Supernatural ever die? And where the hell is the Freaks and Geeks revival? I don’t care if it’s been 16 years, I would be the first to watch James Franco, Jason Segel, and Seth Rogen pretend they’re still in high school or college or anything. Seriously, someone please make that happen.

Jokes aside, the reboot/revival craze has actually been pretty incredible. I grew up in the ‘90s and ‘00s, so revisiting the characters that populated my childhood has been a welcome escape from that whole trying to be an adult thing. Before I veer into a sentimental meltdown, here's what 2016 brought back from the dead.

The X-Files


After 14 years off-air and an ill-received 2008 movie, this ‘90s cult favorite was one of the first to make a comeback. Its 10th season premiered in January, putting Mulder and Scully right back on the case.

Fuller House


Almost all of the Tanner family reunited for this family sitcom’s second wind. The original starred Bob Saget as a widower who teams with his best friend and brother-in-law to raise his three kids, and the reboot finds his daughter, D.J., in a similar position: She moves in with her sister Stephanie and BFF Kimmy with her own three kids after her husband dies during his firefighting duties. Season 1 premiered on Netflix in February and Season 2 hit in December.

The Powerpuff Girls


Sugar, spice, and everything nice brought animated favorite The Powerpuff Girls back to screen in April.



Lucas Till reimagined the role of Macgyver’s titular secret agent when the reboot premiered in September. It originally starred Richard Dean Anderson and ran from 1985 to 1992.

Gilmore Girls


Almost a decade after fans bid a final goodbye to Stars Hollow, Gilmore Girls returned on Netflix in late November. The much-beloved mother-daughter dramedy unfolded in four movie-length episodes — and boy, did those famous last four words cause a stir.

Will 2017 bring even more favorites back to life? Here's hoping.

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