Reboots and remakes are more often than not completely unnecessary and annoying, but there are those rare cases when they make a lot of sense. This usually happens when something is rebooted not for a quick money grab, but because the format or idea somehow makes a lot of sense when layered onto a contemporary story. In a perfect world, a reboot or remake actually makes more sense now that it did before. Here are five shows from the 1970s that actually make a lot of sense when it comes to a comeback.
1. All in the Family
All in the Family was nearing a reboot several years ago before creator Norman Lear eventually put it on the shelf. A landmark series that ran from 1971 to 1979 (with a followup series Archie Bunker’s Place running an additional four years), All in the Family revolves around working class bigot Archie Bunker and his family’s opposing, liberal views. The sitcom changed the game when it came to what could be explored on network television as it dealt with issues like racism, homosexuality, rape, abortion, cancer, and many other topics that would seem unimaginable in a modern comedy series. The cultural impact of All in the Family has been written about at length and the series holds an important place in television history as a show that was not only funny, but helped spark positive change.
So why spoil a classic by rebooting it? Aside from the fact that the basic structure of the show is easily translated to contemporary audiences, an All in the Family reboot could take on modern social issues the same way that the original series did.