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27 TV reboots and revivals, ranked from worst to best


Reboots. Revivals. Returns.

It's hard to classify the craze of TV shows being brought back to life. Some return with all-new casts and storylines, and others pick up exactly where the original show left off as if nothing happened.

But as the new "Roseanne" and other reboots before it have proven, they can be a hit with audiences and critics alike. Even though "Roseanne" was canceled last May after star Roseanne Barr tweeted a racist remark, it premiered that April to over 18 million viewers.

Reboots can also be duds, though.

Business Insider looked at 27 notable TV reboots and ranked them worst to best, based on how well they did with critics (using critic scores from review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes).

We based the ranking on the average of the reboot's available season critic scores on Rotten Tomatoes — most only had one season. We also included the average critic score for the original series, when available, for comparison. In the case of ties, the reboot with the higher audience score came out on top.

Below are 27 notable TV reboots, ranked worst to best by critics:

27. "MacGyver" (2016-present on CBS)

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Critic score of reboot: 25%

Original series run: 1985-1992 on ABC

What critics said: "It is trying very, very hard to fit in. It has the right elements; what it hasn't yet quite figured out yet, though, is how to combine them into something that will be truly explosive." — Megan Garber, The Atlantic

26. "Arrested Development" (2013 and 2018 on Netflix)

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Critic score of reboot: 41%

Critic score of original: 98%

Difference: -57%

Original series run: 2003-2005 on Fox

What critics said: "It's really hard to go back to something that's been gone a long time and make it feel fresh and original. Arrested Development season four doesn't pull it off, in any iteration." — Vulture

25. "Fuller House" (2016-2019 on Netflix)


Critic score of reboot: 42%

Original series run ("Full House"): 1987-1995 on ABC

What critics said: "By lazily throwing everything at the wall without a single element sticking, Fuller House stands as a threat to memories of an older generation and future memories of a younger one. How rude, indeed." — Ben Travers, Indiewire

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