MacGyver, Mad Max. Ghostbusters (this time with a killer all-woman cast). The Muppets as a gang of wisecracking TV producers. This year alone, it seems like pop culture has gotten seriously nostalgic. (Or lazy.)
Let’s be honest: most of these look like leftovers. But we can help fix the problem. Here are eight more properties we’d like to see brought into 2015 and beyond. Hollywood, your mission is clear.
Back to the Future
Marty McFly’s great great great grand daughter is sent back to the 2010s. She’s shocked to discover man buns weren’t on par with someone wearing a tribal headdress to a music festival, phones were occasionally used for talking into, and occasionally, there were still bars and restaurants that didn’t have Wi-Fi.
Wallace and Gromit
Wallace and Gromit never really went away. In 2005, they survived the Curse of the Were-Rabbit. But really, any time without our favorite British pals is too long.
Since the voice of Wallace has retired, how about a new series where we meet young Wallace and Gromit? Or maybe one set in an alternate universe Gromit makes all the wise cracks and Wallace shrugs and pulls faces? We’d love to here what our favorite silent dog makes of Wallace’s longstanding cheese obsession.
McGee and Me
The timeless young boy moves into a new town and learns important life lessons alongside his cartoon BFF. McGee and Me is ripe for another incarnation. First of all, animation has developed a lot since the early ’90s, so imagine how much fun Nicholas could have interacting with his 2-D pal. Don’t worry—with the invention of cyber bulling/Twitter/Instagram infamy/helicopter parenting, there’s plenty to explore since last we met our pals.
The original show about nothing, brought kicking and screaming into 2015. Instead of a standup comedian, Jerry Seinfield is now an editor at BuzzFeed. Instead of their iconic coffee shop, the gang now grabs a drink at Stumptown roasters.
It’s the 2000s, and ALF is a massive Instagram celebrity. However, his legions of fans make it difficult to indulge in his first love—eating cats. The alien life form (now naturalized and simply a “life form”) joins a support group to help curb his addiction—mere days before his big charity event with Lil Bub and Grumpy Cat.
If My Little Pony can come back, surely there’s room at that 1980s nostalgia table for Rainbow Brite. In the new series, Rainbow Brite has to bring color and life to one of the toughest places in the world: New York City.
Gospel Bill has got his work cut out for him. Since leaving behind Dry Gulch (and the late ’80s, early ’90s), the characters may have changed, but the crises are all the same. Will Gospel Bill find his place in the big city and remind its people of their biblical worth? And where exactly is the local store (local Walmart?) and river anyway?
Psalty the Singing Songbook
Do you honestly think we’re going to reboot our favorite blue hymnal? After over 30 years of tunes? Crank out the next generation, and don’t you dare change a thing.
Laura Studarus is a staff writer at RELEVANT. She likes catsup and pie. Now there's nothing left to discuss on the second date. Follow her on Twitter @Laura_Studarus.