Gilmore Girls returns! 5 television reunions we would wait forever to watch
Last Friday we received the news we thought we’d only ever hear in our dreams: our old favourite show Gilmore Girls was due to return. It wasn’t just the cast reuniting for a brief skit on an American chat show either, Netflix will making a whole new series starring our favourite television mother-daughter combo Lorelai and Rory once again. Dreams really do come true.
Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson and Kelly Bishop signed are all signed up to return as Lorelai, Rory, Luke and Emily in a new four-part Netflix series titled Gilmore Girls: Seasons. Original series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and executive producer producer Daniel Palladino will write and direct all episodes, which will be 90 minutes each and feature a different season of the same year. The series is set in the present day, eight years after the series conclusion.
We’re buzzing about the news, as Gilmore Girls is one of the few series returning we’re genuinely pleased to see make a return. Here are five other shows we’ll wait forever to grace our screens again.
I’ll just put it here so it’s out of the way. The world wants a Friends reunion to the point that if one former star appears in the same place as another star, journalists are overcome with questions about a “reunion”. Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey received a pretty fitting ending as Monica and Chandler moved to the suburbs, Ross and Rachel got back together, Phoebe married and Joey got some new birds (before moving to Los Angeles, if you choose to believe the Joey canon). Do we really want to tamper with that? Yes, please.
2. Saved by the Bell
We will probably have to content ourself with last year’s reunion on Jimmy Fallon, but for years we’ve wondered what happened to Zack, Slater, Kelly, Lisa, Jessie and Screech. Even seeing Mr. Belding would be a welcome flashback to the fantastic nineties. While it looks unlikely that the entire cast could return in the future, we’d love a full series catching up with the gang. Did Kelly and Zack stay together after their wedding at the end of Saved by the Bell: The College Years? Did Zack ever name his kids Zack Jr and Zackarina? Did the lovable Screech become as troubled as Dustin Diamond? (we hope not!)
Until the unlikely time we are blessed with a return, check out last year’s mini-reunion on Jimmy Fallon here:
3. Will & Grace
Will and Grace’s charming depiction of the former couple turned best friends Will and Grace as they navigated life in New York City was sitcom gold. It was repeatedly praised for bringing a gay character to mainstream American television audiences. The series finale of Will and Grace flashed forward so we haven’t been left wondering what happened to the pair, their partners and children – although it wasn’t the happiest of endings! We definitely think Will and Grace’s long estrangement could be retconned, or else explored further in a miniature reunion.
4. That 70s Show
It was funny portraying the 70s back in the 90s, and we’d wager Eric, Jackie, Michael, Steven, Donna and Fez would be even more hilarious in the 90s (which is what decade it would be if the show picked up again in 2016). Of course, we also really want to see Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis share a screen together again after their recent marriage. The series sort of fizzled out after Topher Grace and Kutcher left in the final series, so we think a reunion might erase those bad memories and restore this excellent show to its former glory.
5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
We know that vampire slayers typically have a short life expectancy, but the last season of Buffy saw a lot of the burden shared and left the story open to a return. The story has continued in the form of comic books, so a new series could just pick up from season 10 (the current place of the comics) – or invent a whole new story. We just need some reason for the Scoobies to reunite and protect us all from the world’s evil. With the CGI-skills television producers have nowadays, a new series of Buffy could be scarier and more immersive than ever before – while retaining the character drama and emotion we loved the original series for.