4 TV Shows From The 80s That Should Be Relaunched For Today’s TV
Forty Years Later These ’80s TV Shows Could Work In Today’s Landscape
Networks are always on the lookout for the next big hit, and reboots and relaunches have, for the most part, been successful. Take a look at Hawaii 5-0, Magnum PI, and Mac Gyver, including two hit dramas in the ’80s. Enough time had passed for the rebooted shows to find new viewers, and the same could happen for more’ 80s TV shows.
The following series got good marks in its first races, and only one lasted less than five seasons. With mystery, sci-fi, drama, intrigue, and danger, these TV shows were addicting, and to this day most of us older viewers still miss them.
Scarecrow and Mrs. King
A spy puts himself in danger and ends up asking a stay-at-home mom for help. What follows is a unique partnership that Bruce Boxleitner (who played Lee Stetson) and Kate Jackson (who played Amanda King) brought to life. With plenty of humor, danger, romance and thrill, this series, which ran from 1983 to 1987, remained high in audiences until its final season was moved to Friday night. That, coupled with Kate Jackson’s breast cancer diagnosis, which meant she was appearing in fewer episodes, led to the series being canceled.
When Scarecrow and Mrs. King finished, there were a lot of untold stories, and there is nothing quite like this series on tv today, which is why this show could work with the right Scarecrow and Mrs. King.
The murder she wrote
Angela Lansbury played Jessica Fletcher, a former English teacher turned mystery writer, who solves the mysterious riddles of the crime in Cabot Cove, Maine. The series, which ran from 1984 to 1996, was so popular that it spanned 12 seasons and spawned four TV movies.
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channels have proven that female-led mystery shows are extremely popular, especially when the main character is not in law enforcement. The mysteries of the Aurora tea garden, a 13-film series to date, revolves around a librarian and super-detective who solves crimes in her small town.
Another series of films, The mysteries of the garage sale, which included 15 films, was equally popular with an antiquarian, Jennifer Shannon, who solved murders. So now is the perfect time to relive The murder she wrote. In 2017, Angela Lansbury was still interested by reprising the character at least for a special.
Los Angeles Law
A lawyer-drama ensemble that excelled from 1986 to 1994, Los Angeles Law had his problems that would not be tolerated today. Arnie Becker comes to mind. Other than those issues, it was a great series with lawyers working to solve criminal and civil cases.
Many hot topics, applicable today, were discussed, including capital punishment, racism and domestic violence. Of course, office politics and romance were added, but the superb cast (Harry Hamlin, Jimmy Smits, Alan Rachins, and Jill Eisenberry, to name a few) kept this show on their toes.
Television isn’t too crowded with attorney shows these days, leaving plenty of room for the law firm of McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney, and Kuzak to come back. With 15 Emmy wins to its name, this series had many benefits and a revival could be just as popular today.
Any sci-fi fan knows Quantum leap, the gripping series that ran from 1989 to 1993 and starred Scott Bakula as Sam Beckett who, due to an experience gone awry, jumps through time and into different bodies to help people in various ways. The humorous situations Sam often finds himself in were one of the highlights of the show.
Aided by his holographic advisor, Sam often has to make his way on his own, and the results were unique and engaging, which is why a series like this might work today. There are legions of sci-fi fans who would love to see the return of Quantum leap. Even Scott Bakula admitted there would be “a lot to do” if the series was restarted.
With so many great TVs in our past, there’s a lot to restart, especially since those ’80s TV shows are such a strong series.
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