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All your favourite nostalgic TV shows getting a reboot in 2022

Image: ABC Family
Image: ABC Family

We may be barely a fortnight into 2022, but we've already got a whole host of new TV show reboots to look forward to – and many of them have a certain, let's say, deja vu quality…

If it seemed like last year had many-a-revival (with the new Sex and the City aka And Just Like That and Gossip Girl) returning, this year is giving it a run for its money.

Everything from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to How I Met Your Mother is coming back for round two, with fun new names like the shortened Bel-Air and How I Met Your Father (we're sure you can guess where that spin-off is going…).

Then there's the ones we'd almost forgotten about, like True Blood and our favourite childhood cartoon The Flintstones, that we're ready to create like forgotten friends as they make a comeback to our small screens later this year.

Buckle up. Here are the best TV reboots for 2022 you need to know about…

True Blood

It was the American vampire series that rocked our worlds from 2008 to 2014 – and was especially important as, together with being great television, it was a show celebrating for its LGBT representation. Which is why we celebrated reports of a reboot last year. Back in February 2021, HBO confirmed it was in the development stage for a True Blood reboot, working together with Riverdale writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Original show producer Alan Ball is also said to be on board. However, it’s believed that original cast members Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer will not be involved.

Where to watch: Date TBC, expected 2022.

Bel-Air

So, rumours have been circulating about a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot since 2019 – so forgive us if we haven’t been exactly holding our breath this year – just silently repeating that theme tune back to ourselves, still word-perfect. That is, until now – as a trailer (and launch month) has finally been revealed. Bel-Air, the reboot of the cult 1990s show, will be out in the UK at a currently undisclosed date in February. Jabari Banks will play main character Will (the role famously played by Will Smith), who leaves his home in west Philadelphia to live with his Uncle Phil and Aunt Vivian. In the original, this was merely because Will had a fight with his mum – but the new version has a grittier premise, with Will rocking up at Phil & Vivian’s because he is fleeing a criminal in Philadelphia (yes really) after a basketball spat. We’ll be tuning in!

Where to watch: Sky & Now TV, date tbc.

Bedrock

The Flintstones was the fun but slightly bonkers Stone Age animated series that punctuated our childhoods. It originated in 1960 (who knew?) and spanned six seasons, 166 episodes and three decades. It was at one point the longest-running animated TV series until it was beaten by The Simpsons. So we were all sorts of nostalgic when a revival was announced back in 2019 (although you'd be forgiven if the new show title makes you think of the Young Money song – ”Call me Mr Flintstone, I can make your bed rock…” – at this point). Bedrock is set two decades after the original series ended: Pebbles – voiced by actress Elizabeth Banks – is now a twenty-something, which frankly makes us feel old, and Fred’s about to enter retirement – while the family navigate the transition from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age.

Where to watch: Date TBC, expected 2022.

Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin

Pretty Little Liars was the gripping high school drama we basically ran home to watch every week from 2010 to 2017, and now it’s coming back. Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin will star a whole new cast, with the same elements of suspense and horror that the franchise is celebrated for (according to show writers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Calhoon Bring).

Where to watch: Date TBC, expected 2022.

Frasier

American sitcom Frasier, which ran from 1993 to 2004, was a spin-off series from Cheers which reached a whole new level of popularity of its own, becoming one of the most popular comedy series of all time (oft-compared to, and competing with, Friends). Seventeen years after it finished, a Frasier reboot, written by How I Met Your Mother’s Chris Harris, is said to be in the works. The original release date was spring 2022, but no news yet… so watch this space. As for the cast – the reboot is set to be starring Kelsey Grammer, who played title character Dr Frasier Crane, with others still to be announced.

Where to watch: Date and channel TBC.

How I Met Your Father

As hardcore fans of How I Met Your Mother will already know, the show is back for a spin-off series from US channel Hulu. As if that wasn’t enough nostalgia for you, can we just take a moment to appreciate the casting? The show stars none other than “no-longer-playing-Samantha-Jones” Kim Cattrall and Hilary Duff aka the Lizzie McGuire star. Much like its forerunner, How I Met Your Father will feature a title character – played by Cattrall – telling her kids the story of getting together with their father, using a “flashback” storytelling device. Duff will play the younger version of Cattrall’s character, and (according to the Hulu trailer) will be navigating the world of app dating, giving the show a fresh modern spin.

Where to watch: Out in the US on Hulu from 18 January 2022. UK release date tbc.

Jodie

There was nothing quite like Daria, MTV’s adult animated series starring the ever-dry and sarcastic Daria (voiced by Daria Morgendorffer from Beavis and Butt-Head). And we can 100% see how the show’s trademark satirical humour would translate as a reboot – which is why we were thrilled when Comedy Central announced the series’ return back in 2020. Jodie, a spin-off of Daria, will centre around the life of Daria’s friend Jodie Landan, as she begins her first full-time job out of university, working at a tech company. Jodie will be voiced by none other than Tracee Ellis Ross (rather than Jessica Cydnee Jackson, who did the voiceover role for the original series). Tracee also serves as an executive producer on the show. “​​The series will satirise workplace culture, Gen Z struggles, the artifice of social media and more. With themes of empowerment along gender and racial lines, explorations of privilege, and a wicked sense of humor, Jodie will shine a light on the personal and professional issues young Black women face today,” according to Deadline.

Where to watch: Date TBC, expected 2022.

This article was originally published on Glamour UK.

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