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TV revivals, X-Files and Full House

There are and have been a handful of television shows that I have absolutely adored and wasn’t quite ready to see go.

I look back on my viewing experience of HBO’s The Sopranos, for example, and how I relished every Sunday evening it was on. From the alluring opening credits to the close, watching the show was a ritual for my family as we would head up to the family room each week to watch Tony and his loveable group of thugs. When the series concluded and cut to black, I ached for just another minute. I would do anything to find out if Tony really died.

But that never happened and I was forced to make my speculation – he did die, I believe. That said. I still consider the ending today. This is a testament to the power of story told by the masterful actors and David Chase.

The X-Files is just one of many shows priming for a comeback.
The X-Files is just one of many shows priming for a comeback.

My appreciation of the television series does not end with The Sopranos. In fact, it pained me to have to wait for season three of Rectify or to sit through the untimely and rushed ending of Carnivale.

TV shows should end. We don’t need unnecessary story arcs.

The end of a monumental show (or film or book for that matter) is like the parting of a best friend. But it’s a separation that should happen as it allows for appreciation and closure.

I’ve been reading a lot of hubbub about TV revivals, shows from the past coming back. Coach, Twin Peaks and The X-Files, for instance, are rumored to return or are on the verge of being remade. Not to mention Full House (which we could all have done without to begin with). Some of these shows were brilliant, others just okay. Either way, they should be left alone.

This trend of TV revivals makes me dubious for a few reasons. The obvious being that we should leave a good thing alone.

Even Netflix is in the TV revival game.

Beyond this, seeing all these revivals just sends the feeling that the networks are out of ideas and are grasping at straws.

Last week I wrote about the power of Netflix and HBO but even Netflix is in this revival game, having already brought back Arrested Development and the streaming service is the one bringing back Full House.

My suggestion to the networks considering bringing back a show from the old days: Let’s avoid trying to fix what isn’t broken.

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