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A television revival is an attempt to revive a defunct series by producing new episodes created for broadcast. Network executives may decide to attempt to revive a television program when they feel that a market once again exists for it.
Revival is one of several programming strategies television networks employ to capitalize further on successful programs; among the other methods are spin-offs, cast reunions, and television movies based on the original program.
Unlike spin-offs—in which a television network creates a new program around one or more familiar, popular characters from a different program—a revival involves the reintroduction of most, or at least many of the original program's storyline, characters, and locales. Revivals should also be differentiated from remakes and continuity reboots where the characters and/or central concepts are retained, but the story starts over from the beginning again. Revivals differ in that they pick up either from where the older show left off, or at some time after that point.
A notable example of an unsuccessful U.S. revival is the 1968 CBS series Blondie (a remake of the 1957 NBC series), which only lasted for half of a season (13 episodes), despite being based on an extremely popular and durable comic strip, and a marketing tie-in with a series of paperback reprints of Blondie strips starting with the 1930s originals. The 1957 series only lasted one complete season (26 episodes).
List of television series revivals
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- 24 (2001–10); see: 24: Live Another Day (2014)
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–65); see: Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985–89)
- Barney & Friends (1992–2009)
- Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–2000); see: 90210 (2008–13)
- Boy Meets World (1993–2000); see: Girl Meets World (2014–17)
- The Brady Bunch (1969–74); see: The Brady Brides (1981) and The Bradys (1990)
- Burke's Law (1963–66); see: Burke's Law (1994–95)
- The Carol Burnett Show (1967–78); see The Carol Burnett Show (1991)
- Dallas (1978–91); see: Dallas (2012–14)
- Doctor Who (1963–89); see: Doctor Who (2005–present)
- Full House (1987–95); see: Fuller House (2016)
- Get Smart (1965–70); see: Get Smart (1995)
- Gilmore Girls (2000–07); see: Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (2016)
- Heroes (2006–10); see: Heroes Reborn (2016)
- Leave It to Beaver (1957–63); see: The New Leave It to Beaver (1983–89)
- The Likely Lads (1964–66); see: Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973–74)
- The Liver Birds (1969–79); see: The Liver Birds (1996)
- Melrose Place (1992–99); see: Melrose Place (2009–10)
- Mission: Impossible (1966–73); see: Mission: Impossible (1988–90)
- The Munsters (1964–66); see: The Munsters Today (1988–91)
- The Outer Limits (1963–65); see: The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
- Sanford and Son (1972–77); see: Sanford Arms (1977) and Sanford (1980–81)
- The Twilight Zone (1959–64); see: The Twilight Zone (1985–89) and The Twilight Zone (2002–03) (see also: The Twilight Zone)
- The X-Files (1993–2002); see: The X-Files (2016)
- Teletubbies (1997-2001); see: Teletubbies (2015-present)
- WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–82); see: The New WKRP in Cincinnati (1991–93)
- ZOOM (1972–78); see: ZOOM (1999–2005)
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- "Dr Who scores TV awards hat-trick". BBC News. BBC. 31 October 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-12.
- "Doctor Who takes three TV awards". BBC News. BBC. 25 October 2005. Retrieved 2007-01-12.
- Young, Chic (1968). Blondie #1. Signet.
- Sher, Lauren (7 June 2013). "'Boy Meets World' Stars Reunite". ABC News.
- Fallon, Kevin (26 June 2014). "'Boy Meets World' Fans Will Hate 'Girl Meets World'". The Daily Beast.