High school teen dramas have been around for the longest time. For decades, viewers have been captivated by what happens in the high school hallways of various shows. The drama, romance, suspense, and attractive casts are what keep people coming back for more. The love of these shows is passed down from generation to generation; with each decade, there is always a set of teen dramas that take over the media world and set the trend for that generation. This is why there isn’t a surprise that reboots of these fantastic and popular shows tend to take place.
One of the most classic teen dramas would be the one that took place in America’s favorite zip code — Beverly Hills, 90210. The show that ran for ten seasons follows when Brandon and Brenda Walsh, twins, move from Minnesota to Beverly hills. Soon enough they have to get used to their new culture as they navigate high school. It became a TV hit at which it launched the careers of Luke Perry, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, and more! It was even noted as one of the best tv series in the last 25 years by Entertainment Weekly.
It inspired the reboot, 90210, that premiered in 2008. There was a similar theme of two siblings moving from a small town to an admired and popular zip code. It had some differentiating factors but kept some classics like the Brenda, Dylan, and Kelly love triangle to the Ethan, Naomi, and Annie love triangle. There were many guest appearances as Jennie Garth, Shannen Doherty, and Tori Spelling picked up their roles once again during the early seasons.
One of the most groundbreaking teen shows was Gossip Girl. The addicted lives of “Manhattan’s Elite” took over the TV industry during the 2010s. The teen drama became so addictive “it was consistently the No. 1 most downloaded show on iTunes, and eventually became the most illegally downloaded show in China”. During promotions for the show, the tag line was “Every Parent’s Nightmare” which the showrunners took as “a badge of honor”. It isn’t surprising that one of the most iconic shows will be getting its own reboot which will premiere on July 8th through HBO Max. However, there will be some changes made, “No slut-shaming. No catfights. Those are not things I believe need to be in this show for it to be fun,” one of the showrunners tweeted. Additionally, Kristen Bell will even be returning as the narrator.
Next is Pretty Little Liars (PLL), another teen show that defined the early 2010s; a show that wasn’t just about high school drama but about murder and blackmail. The show followed four friends who recently lost their fifth friend due to a murder, which leads them to start getting mysterious messages from a person named A who knows all their secrets. Besides regular teen drama, the suspense and intrigue of finding out who was A, kept viewers captivated for years. The show’s success granted two spin-off series, Pretty Little Liars: Perfectionist and Ravenswood. Unfortunately, both were canceled but a reboot was ordered by HBO Max. Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin will be run by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa who is known for his TV hit, Riverdale. “Now, in the present day, a group of disparate teen girls — a brand-new set of Little Liars — find themselves tormented by an unknown assailant and made to pay for the secret sin their parents committed two decades ago … as well as their own” is the set summary for the show. No news about casting or release dates have been made but PLL fans must be excited about this new edition!
Reboots are becoming a part of most TV watchers’ daily routines these days. These are just a few reboots coming soon but possibly other teen TV classics like One Tree Hill or The O.C could be next!