We have witnessed a remake revolution on TV. Every time fans hear the news of legendary shows being remade, they groan and complain. It makes them wonder that there is an absence of new ideas. Fans have feared that the remake would just ruin the storyline of their favorite shows. Though that happens sometimes, there are examples of TV remakes that were actually good, if not the best. Here’s a list of some of the TV show remakes fans thought would royally suck but miraculously didn’t.
Ricky Gervais and Stephan Merchant’s version of The Office is one of the best TV series ever to be made. But the American remake is also quite a delightful series to watch. Though the series took a little longer to tell the entire story as the select cast kept coming or going. But the stellar performances by Steve Carrell, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, and the others, made the show primetime.
The first Battlestar Galactica was made in 1978. The sci-fi show was short-lived and inspired protests when it got canceled. It was remade in 2003 and lasted four seasons. People went crazy again when it ended even though it wasn’t canceled this time. It is a tale of Survivors fighting against Cyclons. The sci-fi fans were addicted to the show. This was because the remake had well-written plots and characters. The acting by the star cast was also praiseworthy.
House of Cards
Netflix along with David Fincher brought back the 1990s mini-series – House of Cards. This time the series is set in Washington D.C. Although the story is a little too ‘soapy’ at times, the U.S. House of Cards is one of the best political dramas. The excellent performance by Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, and Michael Kelly made the remake one of the best. We are yet to see how this remake will closely tie into the original series. But Frank’s monologue will keep us updated.
It seemed like a bad idea for the USA Network to adapt a John Hughes film into a TV show remake sounded like a bad idea. But the stars were in favor of the TV version of the 1994 Weird Science. And the series turned out to be incredibly enjoyable. To some, the TV remake was far more enjoyable than the film. The show had the chance to explore more possibilities that the movie couldn’t. With Tom Speczialy and Alan Cross and the acting of John Mallory Asher, Michael Manasseri, and Vanessa Angel – made it a fun-to-watch show.
The idea of making an adaptation of Fargo seemed like the most ill-informed one. The decision of FX and Noah Hawley to spin the Coen Brothers’ classic darkly comedic thriller into an unrelated anthology series seemed bad. But the remake show turned out to be one of the best shows on TV. It boasted a huge ensemble of casts in the first two seasons. The writing skills of the makers and unparalleled acting made the show at par with Coens’ version.