No Fun Reruns: The 10 Worst Remakes In Television History


TV Remakes

TV season is upon us yet again, which means that it’s time for some exciting new programs…and some rehashes of old favorites. Yes, reboots and remakes are about as familiar as commercials on television these days. Some like 90210, Hawaii Five-O, and Dallas have met with fairly hefty success, whereas others were gone in about as long as it takes to change the channel! This year we’re welcoming a revamped version of the long running ’60s detective drama Ironside to the small screen. We have high hopes for the program, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that it doesn’t go the way of these 10 failed remakes. Read on to see how these short-lived shows rank by number of episodes that actually made it to air!

10. The Love Boat: The Next Wave

Beloved Original Series: 1977-1986 (9 seasons/249 episodes)

Cringe-Worthy Remake: 1998-1999 (2 seasons/22 episodes)

Few shows have been such a glorious time capsule as The Love Boat. The funky music, white polyester and guest stars galore seem to define the “yacht rock” age of the late ’70s and early ’80s. So it goes without saying that the ’90s remake sank without a trace.


9. L.A. Dragnet

Beloved Original Series: 1952-1959, 1967-1970 (12 seasons/374)

Cringe-Worthy Remake: 2003-2004 (2 seasons/22 episodes)

Just the facts, ma’am: Jack Webb starred as Joe Friday -the quintessential non-nonsense stone-faced cop- in two separate series of the long running procedural. We were able to forgive a goofy Hollywood comedy staring Dan Aykroyd in the ’80s, but producers were pushing their luck when they decided to make a remake of the remake, sans Webb. Casting former Married With Children funnyman Ed O’Neill pretty much sealed the show’s fate as a criminally bad cop show.

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