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TV shows we’d love to make a return
DHR News, Featured | 20th July 2015

Here at DHR Communications, we have been reminiscing about the TV shows we used to love. The current television line-up just isn’t as good as it once was during the ‘90s and ‘00s! Therefore, we thought it would be a good idea to compile a list of some shows that we’d love to see back on our screens.

  • Blind Date – The most iconic dating show, we think it’s fair to say, that ran from 1985 – 2003. It was as much about the contestants looking for love as it was about Cilla Black. During its run, the show resulted in three weddings, all of which were attended by Ms. Black herself. While a one-off special aired two years ago to mark Cilla’s 50 years in showbiz, there are no plans to bring the show back to life – much to our dismay. TV3 acquired the rights to the television show earlier this year, with Lucy Kennedy marked as the new matchmaker. However, those plans were later scrapped. We can only hope ITV sees the light and decides to breathe some new life into the series so we can hear, “What’s your name and where d’ya come from?”, once again.
  • Saved by the Bell – You would be pressed to find somebody between the ages of 20 and 40 today who wasn’t in love with one of the characters from Saved by the Bell. From Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and his boyish good looks and bleach blonde hair, to Kelly Kapowski (Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) with her girl-next-door beauty, you wanted to be them, to date them or to be their friend. Based in the fictional Bayside High School, the show followed a group of friends as they made their way through their formative years and onto college. The show only ran for four years, with a college season following suit, but daring storylines, witty humour and relatable characters has meant the show has become a permanent fixture in the world of pop culture.
  • Celebrity Farm – The RTÉ / Tyrone Productions series ran for only one week back in 2003 but ingrained itself in the mind of its viewers forever. The premise was simple; eight C-list celebrities were to live and work on a farm for one week, undertaking typical farming tasks. Each night, one celebrity was “turfed out” as RTÉ called it, with the winner awarded €50,000 for a charity of their choice at the end. Now, don’t get us wrong, we know it wasn’t an EMMY award-winning series, not even an IFTA award-winning one, but just imagine how amazing it would be to see Panti Bliss, Anne Doyle and George Hook milking cows and mucking out a pigsty. If anything, I don’t think one week would be enough time to enjoy all the expected hilarity but it’s a start.
  • Home Improvement – The television show that assured families all across the world that somewhere out there, there was another family just as weird and dysfunctional as theirs. Airing from 1991 – 1999 and producing 204 episodes, the television show was a hit with adults and children alike. From Tim Allen’s goofy yet well-intentioned antics to the thought-provoking words from the mysterious next-door-neighbour Wilson, the show resonated with each viewer. A much-loved classic that holds a place in its viewers hearts to this day.
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark? – The horror-fantasy anthology series scared children (and parents) for a decade. Premiering on Nickelodeon in 1990, the show was a game-changer of a genre which was often shied away from. The show revolved around a group of children, who called themselves “The Midnight Society”, telling stories around a campfire in the woods. The stories would revolve around different types of paranormal beings such as – demons, ghosts, witches, vampires and monsters. Anything that would scare you. While the story-telling was dark, they usually resulted in a happy ending. However, this wasn’t always the case… Its return would be much welcomed to a silver-screen that is saturated with sitcoms and superheroes.
  • Dinosaurs – Dinosaurs is quite a random and niche choice for this list, we are aware. However, that doesn’t deter away from how great of a television show it was. Running from 1991 – 1994 and produced by the genius at Jim Henson productions, the show revolved around the Sinclair family, a family of dinosaurs living in the present day. (Well, present day for the 1990s). It was both zany and heartfelt. It also gave us the ever-so-catchy catchphrase, “Honey, I’m home!” and multiple stand out moments from Baby Sinclair.
  • Sabrina, the Teenage Witch – The envy of teenage girls all around the world, Sabrina is a staple of the 90s. She welcomed us into her wacky world of mishaps and magic and often broke down the 4th wall by speaking to us directly, making us feel as though we actually knew her. One of the components that made Sabrina work so well was that it developed in real-world terms. Sabrina finished high school, she attended college, she got a job and got engaged. A real-life timeline of events that was relatable to the audience. Unlike many other shows that didn’t progress, or only did at the end of its run, Sabrina was going through what the audience was going through. And they were going through it together. There hasn’t been a show quite like it since. Introducing a new generation to Hilda, Zelda and Salem would be great, we believe.

Another classic that was going to be added to this list was The Crystal Maze. However, there’s no need to long for it to return to our screens anymore, as it’s returning in autumn 2015! While there isn’t much information yet, we do know its comeback will be a “live immersive experience” in London. We are itching to enter the dome here at DHR Communications!

All images via Wikipedia

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