The one with the television revival is here.
Early on, 2016 is looking to be a promising step in the world of television. Not only does the year bring its own onslaught of new TV programs in every genre, but it also marks the return of several iconic television shows that premiered in the late 80s and 90s.
After a 13-plus year hiatus, the original cast members of the FOX drama “The X-Files” will be joined by additional new members for a six-episode miniseries. Also coming to Netflix is a 13-initial-episode revival to the popular ABC sitcom “Full House” that will feature most of the original cast members.
Situational comedies, in particular, have been the most successful and culturally significant. Since the premiere of “I Love Lucy” in 1951, sitcoms have evolved while maintaining several defining features; they primarily focus on depicting relatable characters in humorous situations as realistically as possible.
English teacher Amanda Bross said that the familial appeal of 90s sitcoms also contributes to their increasingly large and diverse fanbase.
“The 90s were just a time for family sitcoms like “Full House”, “Family Matters”, “Growing Pains”,” Bross said. “You just saw these families that had some of the same problems and dealt with some of the same things that people my age did. It’s kind of comforting to go back to them. Its real people dealing with semi-real situations, which is why people keep watching them.”
Also this year, director and producer James Burrows–arguably TV’s most accomplished comedy director–will be recognized for his 1,000th episode in comedy television with a two-hour tribute special. Titled “Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows”, the special is set to air on February 21. The cast of “Friends” will reunite at the special, as will cast members from other projects of Burrows’ like “Cheers”, “Will & Grace”, “Taxi”, “Wings”, and several other popular television comedies.
Junior Sharanya Vojjala, an avid fan of 90s sitcoms, especially “Friends”, said that there has been a noticeable change in television comedy over the years.
“Sitcoms today have a lot of inappropriate jokes.The level of maturity has gone down. When you watch shows today, the funny ones are always the dumb ones. But like Ross, from “Friends”, he was a doctor, but he could still be funny. Or Chandler, he was an accountant, he was the sarcastic one. It doesn’t necessarily have to be the dumb one who’s funny.”
With the tribute to James Burrows coming up, fans are gearing towards seeing their favorite characters on screen, together again. Sophomore Yana Artemov, also a dedicated fan of “Friends”, said this special will appeal to viewers and fans of several generations.
“This is targeting both people who are watching them on Netflix now, and the people that grew up watching them on TV,” Artemov said. “There’s a lot of pressure for them to be great. I hope they really put time into it and make sure it’s as good as it can be, and that it stays true to what it was back when it was on TV.”