Fan-Favorite TV Shows Getting Rebooted In 2021

There will always be certain shows that will stay in fans’ hearts for years. While viewers thought the finales would be the last time they would see their favorite characters together, that is not the case for some shows. Recently, there has been a trend of popular TV shows getting rebooted. Classics such as Punky Brewster, Frasier, and The Powerpuff Girls are just a few shows coming back to TV in 2021. Read on to see the other shows getting reboots or spin-offs this year.

Michael C. Hall Couldn’t Say No To The Dexter Reboot

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The Golden Globe-winning crime drama, Dexter, is headed back to TV. The original series ran from 2006 to 2013, but Showtime announced that a 10-episode limited series will premiere in late 2021.

Michael C. Hall will be reprising his titular role and relayed to The Daily Beast that it’s important for the show to make a comeback. “Let’s be real: people found the way that show left things pretty unsatisfying,” said Hall. He shared that he’s excited to get back into character after eight years.

The iCarly Cast Is (Almost) Back Together

Nathan Kress, Miranda Cosgrove and Jerry Trainor attend Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards
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Millennials can rejoice because the Nickelodeon hit, iCarly, is being rebooted. It’s been nine years since their series finale, but Miranda Cosgrove (Carly), Nathan Kress (Freddie), and Jerry Trainor (Spencer) will be reprising their roles. Jennette McCurdy (Sam) and Noah Munck (Gibby) aren’t returning.

The iCarly reboot will be available to watch on Paramount+ starting summer 2021 and there are some new faces joining the cast. Freddie will have a stepdaughter played by Jaidyn Triplett and Carly will have a new best friend and roommate played by Laci Mosley.

The New Faces Of Gossip Girl

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Warner Bros. Television/HBO Max

The new Gossip Girl is considered a soft reboot because it will feature a new generation of cast members. Fans of the original will appreciate having Kristen Bell back as the narrator, also known as “Gossip Girl.”

The series will premiere on HBO Max later in 2021 with a relatively unknown cast including Emily Alyn Lind, Tavi Gevinson, Thomas Doherty, and Adam Chanler-Berat. Since it takes place in the present day, the new Gossip Girl will focus a lot more on social media against the landscape of New York City.

The Powerpuff Girls Reboot Is Live-Action

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KCruzer/Twitter

Those who grew up during the 2000s are likely to remember Cartoon Network’s hit show The Powerpuff Girls. While the show has rebooted once in the past, it’s now gearing up for a live-action reboot on the CW. The cast includes Dove Cameron as Bubbles, Chloe Bennet as Blossom, and Yana Perrault as Buttercup.

Diablo Cody, who wrote and directed Juno, has adapted the story for modern day. The girls are now disillusioned young adults who are resentful after spending their childhood fighting crime. They’re forced to reunite in order to save the world.

The Daria Reboot Will Focus On Jodie

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MTV Studios/MovieStillsDB

The upcoming animated series, Jodie, will be a spin-off of a spin-off. Daria was originally a spin-off of Beavis and Butt-Head and now it’s getting rebooted after almost two decades.

Jodie will follow one of Daria’s best friends after she graduates from college and starts her first full-time job at a tech company. The show will take place in the current day, so it will focus on Gen Z struggles, workplace culture, social media, and more. It will become available in 2021 on Comedy Central.

See Punky Brewster All Grown Up

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Universal Television/MovieStillsDB

Punky Brewster was an iconic part of 1980s culture. It starred a young Soleil Moon Frye navigating her life with a new caretaker after being abandoned by her parents.

The reboot of the same name picks up with Frye as a divorced mother of three living in the same childhood apartment. Now, a girl similar to Frye’s childhood character is taken in by Punky and her family after she sees their similarities. The show is available now on Peacock.

Kelsey Grammer Is The Driving Force Behind The Frasier Reboot

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Grub Street Productions/MovieStillsDB

While Frasier is a spin-off of the hit sitcom, Cheers, it has notoriety of its own. Frasier ran for 11 seasons and earned numerous Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. The show will be returning after 17 years with Kelsey Grammer reprising his iconic role.

It was Grammer who was the driving force of bringing the show back. It is set to debut on Paramount+ sometime this year, but it’s possible that it could get postponed until 2022.

The Original True Blood Cast Probably Won’t Be In The Reboot

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Your Face Goes Here Entertainment/MovieStillsDB

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the creator behind shows such as Riverdale and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, is rebooting the popular vampire series True Blood. Fans of the show may be upset that it likely won’t include the original cast.

When former cast member Anna Paquin found out there was going to be a reboot, she tweeted that she had no idea that it was actually happening. The True Blood reboot is set to premiere on HBO later in 2021.

What’s Different About The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air Reboot

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NBCUniversal/Peacock

Fans of the 90s sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, should know that a reboot called BEL-AIR is set to come out on Peacock very soon. Good Housekeeping says the reboot will give the show a modern twist and touch on current events as they relate to Will Smith’s character.

BEL-AIR will be a stark contrast to its predecessor because it will now be a one-hour drama series, instead of a half-hour sitcom. This will allow the storylines to go a lot deeper than before.

Battlestar Galactica Will Explore A New Story

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David Eick Productions/MovieStillsDB

The science fiction series Battlestar Galactica is gearing up for its second reboot. The show originally aired in 1978, but had a popular reboot from 2004-2009. The reboot is a reimagining of the show that will “explore a new story within the mythology while staying true to the spirit of Battlestar.”

Sam Esmail was tapped to be Battlestar Galactica’s showrunner after leading other successful series such as Homecoming and Mr. Robot. The new Battlestar Galactica will air on Peacock sometime in 2021.

The Pretty Little Liars Reboot Comes With A New Name And Cast

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Warner Horizon Television/MovieStillsDB

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the creator of Riverdale and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, is ready to bring Pretty Little Liars back to television. The reboot is called Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, but will feature a new cast.

The show will take place in present-day with a new group of teen girls. The girls are faced with an unknown assailant who is getting back at them for the sins their parents committed and for sins of their own. Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin will premiere on HBO Max later this year.

Cast Of Little House On The Prairie Reunited

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Hallmark Channel

It’s time for a reunion from the cast of Little House on the Prairie. The hit drama aired on NBC from 1974 to 1982 and will be returning as a one-hour drama on Paramount+ in 2021.

The show was adapted from the popular books by Laura Ingalls Wilder and follows the Ingalls family on their farm in Walnut Grove, Minnesota in the late 1800s. It isn’t confirmed who will be returning for the show, but Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson) told Entertainment Weekly that she’s now the right age to play her mother’s character.

Sex And The City Is Losing This Key Character

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HBO Films/MovieStillsDB

Sex and the City became so well-known that it helped HBO become a top TV network. Millions of people tuned in to watch Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda experience love, friendship, and more in New York City.

The series has been turned into a couple of feature films, but HBO Max shared that they will be releasing a 10-episode reboot in 2021. One of the biggest differences about the reboot is that Kim Cattrall (Samantha) will not be reprising her role.

Rugrats Might Look A Little Different

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Klasky Csupo/Paramount+

Those who watched Nickelodeon during the 1990s and early 2000s will most likely remember the hit cartoon show Rugrats. The series prompted blockbuster films and a couple spin-off series, but the reboot will look a lot different. The Rugrats reboot is set to premiere sometime in 2021 and is animated with CGI.

All of the familiar characters will be returning, and the voice actors for Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Angelica, and Susie will be the same. Famous actors such as Anna Chlumsky, Natalie Morales, Tony Hale, and Nicole Byer will step in for the adult roles.

The Fairly OddParents Will Get The Live-Action Treatment

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Frederator Studios/Nickelodeon

Totaling 172 episodes, The Fairly OddParents was one of the longest-running animated series on Nickelodeon. It followed 10-year-old Timmy Turner, who got to live a charmed life with two fairy godparents named Cosmo and Wanda.

The series inspired a few live-action movies that aired on Nickelodeon and will now be made into a live-action show on Paramount+. Those who can’t wait for the reboot can enjoy every episode of the original series now streaming on Paramount+.

Get Ready For Another Law & Order Show

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Wolf Entertainment/NBC

It doesn’t look like the Law & Order franchise will leave our screens anytime soon. Law & Order: Organized Crime is the seventh spin-off in the Law & Order world and is a direct spin-off of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Christopher Meloni is reprising his role as Eilliot Stabler and joins new cast members Dylan McDermott, Tamara Taylor, and Danielle Moné Truitt. Law & Order: Organized Crime is currently airing on NBC and can be streamed on Peacock.

The Ren & Stimpy Show’s Second Attempt At A Reboot

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Nickelodeon Animation Studio/MovieStillsDB

One of the most popular cartoons on Nickelodeon during the early 1990s was The Ren & Stimpy Show. It lasted for five seasons and focused on the adventures of an eccentric Chihuahua and cat during the 1950s and 1960s.

While the show had an unsuccessful reboot in 2003, it was announced that the series would try again in 2021. The Ren & Stimpy Show reboot will move to Comedy Central with the original voice actors signed on to reprise their roles.

Queer As Folk Reboot Gets Straight-To-Series Order

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Showtime Networks

Queer as Folk ran from 2000 to 2005 on Showtime and told the story of LGBTQ people living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The popularity of the series led Peacock to pick up a straight-to-series order for its reboot in 2021.

The reboot will draw inspiration from the original UK series that the American version was based on. It will center around a diverse group of friends living in current-day New Orleans, Louisiana after they face a disastrous tragedy.

Comedy Fans May Remember The Kids In The Hall

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Broadway Video/MovieStillsDB

Comedy fans may remember the sketch comedy series The Kids in the Hall that aired in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It starred Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson and aired on both HBO and CBS.

Amazon Prime announced that they have revived the series, which will include an eight-episode reboot with the entire cast returning. It will come out later in 2021. Also, this will be Canada’s first Amazon original series.

Good Times Is Going To Look A Lot Different

After tripping over J.J. (Jimmie Walker, left) on his wedding day, football player Keith Anderson (Ben Powers), Thelma's (BernNadette Stanis) new husband, is worried about his impending contract with the Chicago Bears in a scene from the television show
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Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Good Times was one of the most iconic sitcoms of the 20th century. Norman Lear created the groundbreaking ’70s series that was television’s first show to include a two-parent family in a household with people of color.

The show will get a unique reboot on Netflix in 2021 because it will now be animated. According to TV Web, Norman Lear is teaming up with Seth MacFarlane of Family Guy and the NBA’s Steph Curry to give the series a fresh makeover.

Doogie Howser, M.D. Reboot Will Focus On A Hawaiian Girl

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20th Century Fox Television/MovieStillsDB

The Emmy and People’s Choice Award-winning series, Doogie Howser, M.D., is coming back to television. The show starred a young Neil Patrick Harris as a teenage doctor who had to juggle the dichotomy of being a normal kid and working in the medical field.

The reboot will be called Doogie Kameāloha, M.D. and will follow a 16-year-old Hawaiian girl who has to deal with similar issues as Harris’s character but with a modern twist. The series received a 10-episode straight-to-series order and will air on Disney+.

Supernatural Fans May Recognize This Walker Star

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CBS Studios/MovieStillsDB

Jared Padalecki, best known for his starring role on the CW’s Supernatural, is part of the network’s next biggest reboot. He plays the titular role on Walker, which is a reboot of the popular series Walker, Texas Ranger.

Some new characters include Lindsey Morgan as Walker’s new partner in the Texas Rangers, Molly Hagan as Walker’s mother, and Keegan Allen as Walker’s brother and district attorney for the City of Austin. Walker is currently airing new episodes on the CW.

MacGruber Is Back On TV

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Broadway Video/Peacock

Fans of Saturday Night Live may remember the hilarious MacGruber sketches with Will Forte and Kristen Wiig. The popularity of the MacGuyver-esque sketches inspired a film version that was released in 2010, but audiences haven’t seen the character since.

Now, Forte is back with a new MacGruber series that is set to debut on Peacock sometime this year. He will not only star in the show, but will also write and executive produce. The show will follow MacGruber after his 10-year prison sentence as he is tasked to defeat an enemy from his past.

The Wonder Years Is Heading To The Deep South

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Lee Daniels Entertainment

Family-based sitcoms were a huge part of 20th century American culture. One of the top sitcoms of that time was The Wonder Years. The show centered on a boy (Fred Savage) coming-of-age in Vietnam-era America dealing with friendships, relationships, family, and more.

The show was nostalgic then because it was filmed during the ’80s and ’90s. Now, The Wonder Years will get a reboot focusing on the same time period, but with a new family from Montgomery, Alabama. The narrator for the protagonist was a key factor in the original and this version will have Don Cheadle in that role.

Beavis And Butt-Head Will Be Set In A Gen Z World

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MTV Animation/MovieStillsDB

There are certain things that can always be associated with the 1990s and one of those is the animated show Beavis and Butt-Head. The adult cartoon was acclaimed for its witty satire on current society.

Although Beavis and Butt-Head has been revived a couple of times in the past, another reboot for Comedy Central is set to premiere this year. Creator Mike Judge said that the upcoming episodes will be set in a “whole new Gen Z world” to appeal to both the audiences that grew up with the show and the teens of today.