5 TV Comebacks That Absolutely Need To Happen In 2016

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As the years fly by, more and more television channels have resorted to comebacks of old classics. Shows like Girl Meets World, Fuller House, and Twin Peaks increase our desire for some throwbacks to bring us back to the good old times. Yeah, American Horror Story: Hotel may be revolutionary for TV, and sure, Greys Anatomy makes about 8.3 million viewers ugly cry every week, but man, do we miss the old TV shows that we used to obsess over. Major media conglomerates out there, take note: 90s kids everywhere are begging for revivals of these classics.

Drake and Josh

No one can deny that Drake and Josh was one of the best Nickelodeon programs ever created. This is the kind of show that you can enjoy at any age. Two stepbrothers who are polar opposites, forced to share the same living quarters—unbelievably entertaining. The absurd issues that Drake and Josh overcome together are absolutely, knee-slappingly hysterical. I could watch the opening credits that go back and forth between the two for days. Great memories. Drake and Josh should be brought back regularly not only because of the humor, but also because of the life lessons the show teaches. It showed me so much about growing up and adapting to tough situations. Drake and Josh go from hating each other’s guts to being absolute best friends. It was an incredible journey and I miss watching their relationship grow.


Some of you may know Emma Roberts as Chanel, the president of Kappa Kappa Tau on Fox’s Scream Queens, or as the bitchy Madison Montgomery from American Horror Story: Coven. To me she will never not be Addie Singer from Unfabulous. The pre-teen drama aired on Nickelodeon in 2004, and it’s literally about a quirky, less-than-fabulous middle school girl named Addie. She writes songs about her life, performing them in her room while strumming her guitar. She often sings about her crush and major heartthrob Jake Behari. Addie Singer needs to return to our living room screens ASAP. I don’t know about you, but I find the problems and encounters Addie undergoes hilarious, to say the least. For example, one episode is entirely dedicated to her deciding between two cheerleading outfits—a major dilemma. I’m laughing just writing this. For the love of teen angst, bring this show back.

Suite Life of Zach and Cody

Nowadays, Dylan Sprouse is known for his nudes and Cole Sprouse is known for his comedic tweets. I personally remember them as the two blonde twins with bowl-cut hairdos who enraged Mr. Mosby constantly. Who doesn’t miss the predicaments the twins would get into every single episode? Whether they got stuck in an elevator with a pregnant woman or slept in a supposedly haunted hotel room, the show always kept me entertained after school. I need me some blonde twins in my life again. All in favor of a Suite Life of Zach and Cody reunion, say I.

What I Like About You

Before Amanda Bynes went bat-shit crazy, she was on this really great sitcom called What I Like About You. Let me tell you, I did not appreciate this show enough when it was on TV. It followed the lives of two sisters, Holly and Val, who lived together because their dad took a job in Japan. Holly, Bynes’ character, had a habit of getting tied up in dramatic romantic relationships, ditching school, messing up jobs, and doing anything else you could imagine. Each episode brought forth an absurd issue that compromised the two sisters’ relationship. When it was on air, I was too young to fully understand some of the problems that Holly and Val faced. Looking back, the awesome one-liners really captured the love/hate between sisters. 14 years later, I’m calling for a revival of this sister duo. If nothing else, it will remind everyone that Amanda Bynes actually functioned normally at one point in her life.

Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide

As a sophomore at ‘Cuse, I can attest that a survival guide is more than just a desire—it’s a necessity. Yo, Ned, could you make a college version? No, but seriously. This show was genius. Throughout the series, Ned Bigby creates a variety of tips for his guide to surviving middle school. He and his friends use these pro tips to get through the struggles of girls, bullies, and homework. The advice ranges from, “Make a semester to-do list,” and “Try to do better than your last semester,” to “Bring money for snacks,” and “Make Monday fun-day.” Show me someone who couldn’t use a reminder to bring snack money to an 8 a.m. and I’ll show you a liar.

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