Legions of 1980s babies relieved their childhoods in recent days with reports that Boy Meets World will receive a Disney Channel spinoff, Girl Meets World. As nice as it is to know that Cory Matthews and Topanga Lawrence are still together and have procreated, I couldn’t help but wonder whether some of my other favorite shows from the 1990s could give fans an update if not a full revamp for this decade.
Living Single: While there was a 2008 special on TV One offering an introspective look on the FOX comedy, it was without the show’s star, Queen Latifah. Still, I need to know the following: Did Synclaire James become a big star in Hollywood? Is Régine somewhere living like a Real Housewife of Wherever? Did Khadijah James burn down her building in a fit of rage over blogging toppling the print world or was she smart enough to get a Web site early on? Are Max and Kyle are a combative couple? I need answers, or at the very least, season two, three, and four on DVD finally. I don’t want season five. Y’all should know why.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Last year Will Smith uploaded an image of his old sitcom family (minus Geoffrey and Aunt Viv 2.0), making me wish the family could get together if at least for some kind of anniversary special. However, leave original Aunt Viv, Janet Hubert-Whitten, at home.
She told TMZ a while back: “There will never be a reunion … as I will never do anything with an as*hole like Will Smith. He is still an egomaniac and has not grown up. This constant reunion thing will never ever happen in my lifetime unless there is an apology, which he doesn’t know the word.”
Ma’am, move on. Clearly, the show’s casting director did.
Moesha: This show lost me once Brandy’s real brother became her half-brother on the show, but I hated the way it ended. Obviously, with the losses Lamont Bentley and Yvette Wilson a full-fledged reunion wouldn’t feel right. Still, they never told us whether or not Moesha was pregnant. If she is, can we please get a show based on her life as some sexy single mom? Stop laughing. That would totally work. Dare to dream, and in the meantime, buy Two Eleven.
The Chris Rock Show: For all of those looking for a funny late night talk show that can infuse political and social commentary into its comedy starring a face of color, this is the template and remains very much missed.
I need to know whether or not Dwayne and Whitley ever made their way back to the states and if Freddie snuck up and left #teamnatural.
Roseanne: While this isn’t a Black family comedy, lots of Blacks got their kicks laughing at Roseanne and her working class struggles. That is, until that God awful last season. Last I heard, Roseanne Barr was working on a show with NBC that never made it to air. That’s unfortunate, but you know, it certainly gives her more time to go back and right the wrongs of Roseanne’s remarkably terrible final season.
Out All Night: First off, the theme song for this Patti LaBelle show still goes. Unfortunately, the short-lived sitcom, which also featured Vivica Fox and Morris Chestnut, didn’t make it past 20 episodes, but c’mon, the nightclub premise is worth revisiting for a situational comedy. Granted, these days the talent pooled from the show – Mary J. Blige, Bobby Brown, TLC, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross – won’t be the same, but that’s cool. I’ve already planned episodes in my head for a Crime Mob reunion. Hire me.
New York Undercover: Like Roseanne, I have no idea what producers were thinking in the show’s final season. No one wanted to see Tommy from Martin be a hard ass, especially when fans were still grieving the loss of Torres. But really, if Law & Order: SVU can go on for 100 seasons without interruptions, there’s no reason why this one couldn’t get a reboot. Oh, and stop playing and re-release New York Undercover: A Night At Natalies.
Martin: Forever Sheneneh…and that’s shade, Madea.
Chappelle’s Show: It’s not going to happen, but you can’t blame me at all for putting it out there. Besides, they tried to bring In Living Color back, but we haven’t heard anything since the initial announcement. Please, Dave?
A Different World: If there’s any show from the past that could easily find its place in today’s world of television, it’s this forward-thinking series birthed by Bill Cosby and shaped in excellence by way of Debbie Allen’s genius. Now more than ever could use a sitcom that smartly addresses the issues of today. Plus, I need to know whether or not Dwayne and Whitley ever made their way back to the states and if Freddie snuck up and left #teamnatural.
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