Five great 80s and 90s shows that should be remade immediatelyThe ’80s and ’90s were great decades for TV – and now is the perfect time to revisit some of those classic shows
Lots of people say that we’re experiencing a golden age of television – with the advent of streaming and so much TV content that we don’t know where to start – but what about all those forgotten gems from previous golden ages?
The ’80s and ’90s, for instance, were crammed full of great TV. Yes, we can still watch those shows, but how about revamping them for a modern age?
1. Magnum PI (1980 – 1988)
The moustache. The chiselled jaw. The open Hawaiian shirts and hairy chest. And let’s not forget the Ferrari 308 GTS. ’80s television was dominated by one private detective: Magnum PI ran for eight years and starred Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum.
It was made up of one part action, one part comedy and one part crazy ’80s cheesiness, and was all the better for it. This show’s now ripe for a 21st-century reworking – we just need a suitably suave action man to take on the part – and a new Ferrari.
2. CHiPs (1977 – 1983)
No, not a British sitcom set in a chip shop, but a long-running US TV cop show set in the Golden State. Frank “Ponch” Poncherello and Jon Baker were partners and officers with the California Highway Patrol, riding their huge motorbikes on vast roads, helping a few damsels in distress along the way. A new version of CHiPs could be much more gritty, with suitably moody stars – think The Wire meets True Detective.
3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 – 2003)
The stuff of dreams (mainly of young men), but also the stuff of nightmares, as our teenage heroine beat ten bells out of vampires, demons, witches and werewolves. Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, this show predated a lot of the scenarios and themes seen in the Twilight series – particularly as Buffy falls in love with a vampire – but did them with a lot more humour. How about a reworked version, scripted and directed by Quentin Tarantino?
4. Cheers (1982 – 1993)
On the subject of long-running shows, this ’80s comedy gem ran for a staggering 11 years. Cheers was set almost entirely in the bar of the show’s title, rarely going outside. Starring Ted Danson as Sam Malone, a former sports star who put his money into the location, it introduced Woody Harrelson to audiences, as well as a certain character named Frasier Crane – whatever happened to him? A new version could have Mike Tyson opening a Wetherspoon, perhaps.
5. Knight Rider (1982 – 1986)
With all today’s talk of driverless cars and artificial intelligence, now is the perfect moment for a Knight Rider revamp. What’s more, it starred the great David Hasselhoff, who could easily feature once again in the remake. His car was called KITT and was essentially a pumped-up Trans Am. But that doesn’t begin to describe it.
This car could talk and drive itself. Which meant that this was essentially a buddy show, albeit with one half of the bromance technically a machine. A newer version was made in 2008, but it only lasted for one season. In today’s TV world, the scale of such a project could be eye-popping. Perhaps they could even build a real driverless car – oh, they already have? Time for another go then.