7 Black Shows I'd Like To Reboot
Not long ago, during an interview, Queen Latifah revealed that there was an ongoing dialogue about the revival of one of the greatest sitcoms of all time, Living Single. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’d be great to see characters like Overton and Kyle hit the screen again, along with Khadijah and Regine, yet, it got me wondering, if I could reboot some of the greatest in black TV, what would I reboot? Below are the 7 answers to that particular question, check it out.
1. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Who didn’t see this one coming? It’s easily one of the greatest sitcoms of all time, whether talking about black sitcoms only, or about all sitcoms to ever grace a television screen, it most certainly measures up. The show that helped propel Will Smith to international stardom, and simultaneously create the “Carlton Dance” craze. Fresh Prince was extraordinary because it handled every element of the human experience with deft creativity. One Fresh Prince episode could transport its viewers to mindless laughter, while the very next could make grown men water up. Will Smith recently shot down the possibility of a reboot, but I can still dream.
2. Chappelle’s Show
There are shows that are funny, and then there’s Chappelle’s Show. It was, quite frankly, one of the funniest things to ever be shown on a screen, whether on TV or in the movies. The show was brimming with originality and never shied away from spinning the most controversial of controversial topics into laugh bait.
Chappelle’s Show featured some of the most memorable characters like, “Clayton Bigsby” the black, white supremacist, or “Tyrone Biggums” the crack addict, and also possessed hilarious skits where any celebrity was fair game for a parody, like Rick James, R. Kelly, and Prince.
This particular reboot could be the most feasible, as Chappelle has indicated that he would love to do his show again, however, with the inclusion of a a few conditions. He currently has his own special on Netflix.
3. The Jamie Foxx Show
The Jamie Foxx Show was absolutely hilarious; Foxx was able to put on full display his amazing acting and singing ability. However, a good part of the reason guys watched this show, me being one, was because Fancy (played by Garcelle Beauvais) was so beautiful.
This reboot, like Fresh Prince is hiiiighly unlikely to ever happen, considering the level of star Jamie Foxx has risen to since this show first aired in the mid 90’s to early 2000’s Still, considering Foxx’s ridiculous talent as an actor, writer, musician, and comedian, it would very likely be a great reboot. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see Braxton put on the MJ glove and do the moonwalk or Jamie put his hand in someone’s face again while saying “skrrrrrr”? Good times.
4. The Proud Family
Yes, I still watch cartoons, don’t judge me. The Proud Family, was one of those children's cartoons that you could watch as an adult. My mom and grandma definitely did, and I guess I’m no different in that respect, now.
The Proud Family aired from 2001 to 2005, and followed the life of Penny Proud and her friends as they dealt with the usual adolescent ordeals. It would be interesting to see a reboot of these characters in an older setting like college; here’s to hoping that someone resumes the show, sooner or later.
5. A Different World
Four words: Dwayne Wayne's flip sunglasses. That is all, I'm done.
6. The Boondocks
Once again, yes, I still watch cartoons, don’t judge me.
A pair of brothers from Chicago, as different as peanut butter and jelly, lose their parents and end up moving in with their lonely, strict, and yet perversely buck wild grandpa in the whitest of suburbs. What could ever go wrong?
The show mainly follows the adventures of the brothers in the completely new setting, as their personalities (one is something of a wannabe gangsta, completely immersed in stererotypical tropes of hip hop culture and the other a hybrid son of Huey P Newton, Malcolm X, Jim Kelly, and James Baldwin) conflict with many characters in their new surroundings. However, in similar fashion to Family Guy, the show also successfully weaves past or present news from pop culture into its story lines.
Similar to my thoughts on the The Proud Family, it would be interesting to see the main characters in an older setting, like high school. It would also be interesting to see how the show’s creator Aaron McGruder would use the flood of current material available to him, like Trump’s election to the presidency, issues with Russia, or the resurgence of race and racism at the forefront of national discussion, instead of just mainly in black barbershops and dinner tables.
One of the 90’s greatest sitcoms. Unlike many of the other shows on this list, it actually had a good ending that wrapped up most loose ends. The only one of note that didn’t get thoroughly wrapped up, was the relationship between Tommy and Pam. I’m sure most fans wanted to see that go somewhere. However, with the recent and sad passing of Tommy Ford, this will, of course, never happen.
If Martin ever did get a reboot it could follow Gina and Martin’s son or daughter, and their day to day lives together. This will probably never happen, but I’m sure plenty of people would tune in to watch, even if just for the overwhelming nostalgia.