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Good and Bad TV remakes.

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by lwilli201, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. lwilli201

    lwilli201 Hall Of Fame

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    The demise of Mockingbird Lane before it even got started got me to wondering what makes or breaks a remake of old TV series. Most just do not make it.

    A notable exception is Hawaii Five-0. All I have to hear is the theme music and I am there. I loved the original. I am old enough to remember it :lol: and I love this remake. Some how it did not miss a beat from the original series.

    "Chicago Fire" is basically a remake or "Emergency' which was a very good series. It has a little more personal drama than I believe is necessary but that seems to be the norm these days.
     
  2. MysteryMan

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    My vote for the worse remakes are Dragnet and The Fugitive.
     
  3. djlong

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    To be honest, I rather liked the "Ed O'Neill" Dragnet. But, of course, taste is subjective.

    To me, though, the worst ever remake, and I'm taking a small liberty with the definition, was the Sci Fi Channel's remake of Flash Gordon. It's the very dictionary definition of dreadful.
     
  4. HinterXGames

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    I have found almost all the remakes of 80's cartoons are absolutely terrible. :( It seems the only one's that ever survived remakes is TMNT. The original was good, the 1st remake series was good, and even the new one on Nick now isn't bad.
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    The GI Joe remakes, Transformer remakes, He-Man remakes were all terrible in my opinion though.
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    I haven't watched all of the Thundercats remakes, but the first couple episodes seemed okay. I'd have to watch further to give it a proper eval.
     
  5. fluffybear

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    I don't know if I would call Chicago Fire a remake of Emergency. There has been a number of shows which highlighted fire fighters since then.

    As for remakes, I personally have not found a single remake worth watching..
     
  6. Henry

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    "V"
     
  7. dpeters11

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    What about Battlestar Galactica? That was good and successful.
     
  8. The Merg

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    I liked where "V" was going, however, the winter hiatus just killed it.

    - Merg
     
  9. spartanstew

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    Really? You didn't like Harry Morgan in Dragnet?

    I'll agree with you on the Tim Daly version of The Fugitive, although it did last a full season.
     
  10. MysteryMan

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    I was refering to the 2003-2004 series staring Ed O'Neill.
     
  11. navy8ball

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    its about time for tv remake of mission impossible
     
  12. MysteryMan

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    There was a TV remake of Mission Impossible. It ran from 1988-1990.
     
  13. Drucifer

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    There are so few fresh storyline ideas, that most shows can generally be traced to a previous program, if you look hard enough.
     
  14. Henry

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    Yeah, but what killed it for me was the horror aspect well into the season. When Anna turned into a jagged-toothed monster, I tuned out. It seemed a gratuitous use of CG that cheapened an otherwise promising series.

    Other, I'm sure, liked it ... not my cup o' tea though.
     
  15. Henry

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    Yes it was. It had a huge following and was considered by some to be better than the original.

    Not sure I can say the same for Caprica, although I don't think it was given time to develop. I put it in the same category as Stargate Universe - promising, but no banana.
     
  16. Henry

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    Don't really matter, but I'm a Trekkie. ;)
     
  17. Steve

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    Ya. I too think it was the best of all the STs, but I pulled my post after thinking about a "remake" in the pure sense, where the original characters are portrayed by new actors.
     
  18. Henry

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    Unfortunately, I am hopelessly compromised. If you were to put a Star Trek title on Gilligan's Island, I'd be honor-bound to watch it. :p

    I think I agree with you. The original cast characters were mentioned at times, but for the most part, it was more of a "continuation" than a remake - probably could say the same for Deep Space Nine and Voyager, with the prequel Enterprise bringing up the rear (front?).
     
  19. fluffybear

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    Where would you place the 1989 version?
     
  20. MysteryMan

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    That version had different characters than the original making it a spinoff rather than a remake.
     

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