Did you know that there has already been a failed revival of “That 70s show?”.
If you blinked, you would have missed “That 80s show” which ran for about five minutes. And deservingly so. It was bad.
Now, as television executives over at Netflix continue their cycle of imagine-less show development, they’re blowing the dust off of one of our favorite syndicated comfort programs again with “That 90s Show”.
The trailer dropped today, and my approval both soared and plummeted during it’s 2:24 running time.
I was happy to see Red and Kitty back! One of the best TV parents of the modern era.
Then I saw this group of impostors get led into the basement to pull off a dreadful stoner scene.
Next we had Fez! Valderama still has the timing down.
Then a montage of this next generation that Netflix is so desperately trying to get me to like, doing sitcom things.
And then Eric, Donna, Jackie, everybody! Yay!
Then the trailer was over. And, yeah, I’ll check it out.
The thing is that NetFlix has been so hit and miss with beloved material. For every “Cobra Kai” (technically it was on YouTube first), there is a “He’s All That”. When you give us a “Wednesday” we also get a “Fuller House”.
It wasn’t Netflix, but “How I Met Your Father” also dumped on a beloved TV franchise. Shame on Hulu for that.
Now, I don’t want to jeer the young cast completely. Callie Haverda, who plays Leia, does capture the Topher Grace energy very well.
The rest? I don’t know.
But I’ll check it out and let you know. And for what it’s worth, I’ll be rooting for it.
You can watch the trailer below.