The 18 Best TV/Movie Reunions of 2013
When the people of the future look back at this generation, it'll be easy to sum it up in one word: nostalgia. Whether it's the fashion — crop tops, leggings, and baggy sweaters — the celebrities — Melissa Joan Hart, Robert Downey Jr., Betty White — or the TV shows — Mad Men, the Americans, The Goldbergs, all set in older times — this decade has spent a substantial amount of time revisiting the past and reveling in the idea of nostalgia.
And that's not even mentioning the reunions. Over the past few years, but without a doubt most prominently in 2013, seemingly every beloved but long-gone TV show, movie, and band has seen its cast or members reunited, thrilling fans and nostalgia-loving people across the country. Whether it was the Full House cast coming together to celebrate Uncle Jesse's birthday, The West Wing ensemble reuniting hilariously on Twitter, or the Backstreet Boys going on tour after a years-long hiatus, this past year was all about looking back. Out of all the amazing reunions that occurred this year, here are Bustle's picks for the 18 best reunions of 2013 — and believe us, there were plenty for us to choose from.
Technically, the biggest and best of the Full House cast's many reunions occurred in 2012, when the gang came together (minus the Olsen twins) to celebrate the show's 25th (!) anniversary. Yet this year, members of the cast reunited so many times that we'd like to think of 2013 as the Year of Full House Nostalgia. Between Jesse and the Rippers performing on Fallon (and John Stamos kissing Lori Loughlin), Candace Cameron Bure posting an adorable collage of her friendship with Andrea Barber, and much of the cast helping John Stamos celebrate his 50th birthday, it seemed the ensemble was just as eager to reunite as fans were to see them together again.
2'The West Wing'
It's been three years since the cast of The West Wing melted fans' hearts by reuniting for an Entertainment Weekly special, but it looks like the love between the show's ensemble is still alive and well. In May, a Funny or Die PSA was released featuring Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, Dulé Hill, Joshua Malina and Melissa Fitzgerald reunited, in character, made to spread the word about the benefits of walking. As if that wasn't good enough, in August, when Janney joined Twitter, castmate Richard Schiff tweeted his hello. Within hours, Molina, Hill, Mary McCormack and more had chimed in, and West Wing fans got another opportunity to rejoice over the cast's hilarious, perfect chemistry.
Image: Funny or Die
3'Will & Grace'
It's no secret that Will & Grace stars Debra Messing and Eric McCormack have stayed friends since the series went off the air in 2006, but in October, fans got to see the TV soulmates reunited. In honor of Will & Grace's 15th anniversary, Messing and McCormack appeared together on the Today show, where they discussed their show's legacy and their lifelong friendship.
4'The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants'
As part of their annual "Reunions" issue, Entertainment Weekly reunited the cast of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants , who adorably admitted to staying close friends long after the movie's release, even attending each other's weddings. Aww.
Image: Warner Bros.
5'Boy Meets World'
Also in the "Reunions" issue: the Boy Meets World cast, reunited 13 years after the show went off the air. Stars Danielle Fishel, Rider Strong, Ben Savage, Will Friedle, and William Daniels (Mr. Feeny!) got together to reminisce about the series, making '90s kids everywhere very, very happy.
For the Veronica Mars cast and crew, a reunion was too simple — so they decided to go one step further and make a movie. In 2014, fans of the cult show will be treated to Veronica Mars: the Movie, which will reunite Kristen Bell, Krysten Ritter, Christine Lakin, and many more members of the Mars ensemble.
7The Backstreet Boys
To celebrate their 20th anniversary (we don't want to believe it, either), The Backstreet Boys embarked on a reunion tour, their first as a complete group since 2006. And judging from the success of their 2013 album, In a World Like This , the boy band won't be going away anytime soon.
Speaking of boy bands... fellow '90s sensation 'NYSNC reunited at the VMAs in August, performing together for the first time since 2004. Unfortunately, their time together on stage was brief, and band member J.C. Chavez confirmed that the reunion was a one-time only thing.
9'School of Rock'
EW brought the School of Rock cast back together for a reunion that's bound to satisfy anyone who still says "to the band of Mr. Schneebly" after "I pledge allegiance..."
In October, X-Files stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny reunited at the Paley Center for Media in New York, right around the time that they posed together for the EW "Reunions" issue. The Paley Center event, honoring the show's 20th anniversary, was a treat for fans, as Anderson and Duchovny talked trivia and displayed nostalgia-inducing chemistry.
In November, Entourage cast member Adrian Grenier posted an Instagram photo of him and many of his former co-stars, thrilling fans of the now-cancelled show. To make things even better, the long-awaited movie version of the show was recently announced to be officially a go — Entourage fans, you have a lot to look forward to in the coming months.
Even if you've never seen Hocus Pocus, the 1993 cult "horror" movie (but seriously, how you have you not?), you have to admit that the film's 20th anniversary celebration was pretty great. Just look at these photos and tell us you aren't jealous of Thora Birch, Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz, Doug Jones, and, Vinessa Shaw, and the rest of the Hocus cast who got to attend.
Image: Buena Vista
13'Friday Night Lights'
While a full cast reunion is still yet to come (we're crossing our fingers), Friday Night Lights fans still had much to celebrate when five members of the beloved show's cast hung out together in October. FNL alums Scott Porter, Gaius Charles, Zach Gilford, Matt Lauria, and Kevin Rankin all reunited, making the hearts of the cult show's fans very, very full.
14'That '70s Show'
Seven years after That '70s Show went off the air, its cast members had an informal reunion that looked to be just as fun and dysfunctional as the show itself. We're thrilled to see that the ensemble looks to still be friends all these years later. Perhaps a movie is next?
15'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'
2013 didn't see any one major reunion of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer cast, but in July, stars Nicholas Brendon, Charisma Carpenter and Kristine Sutherland reunited at ComicCon Paris, We'd love to see the rest of the Scooby Gang get together, but this will certainly do for now.
In August, Empire Records actor Ethan Embry tweeted a photo of the cast's reunion, prompting rumors of a sequel and the excitement of fans everywhere. Sure, it would've been nice to see Renee Zellweger, Liv Tyler, and other members of the cult movie's cast in the photo, but we'll take what we can get when it comes to seeing our favorite record store workers reunited.
Well, it's not the reunion we hoped for, but we'll take it. On a May episode of The Ellen Show, Friends stars Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, and Courteney Cox co-starred in a video promoting Aniston's short-term gig as Ellen co-host. While we missed Joey, Ross, and Phoebe, it was certainly nice to see some of our Friends back together again.
Image: The Ellen Show
18'The Cosby Show'
In July, fans of The Cosby Show got a wonderful surprise when Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad reunited on the Today show. It was heartwarming to see the TV couple back together again, 21 years after the show went off the air.