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By Nate Millado

Can't wait to see Queen Latifah step into the role of The Equalizer? Neither can we! In the meantime, check out these seven other reboots that re-imagine classics while still paying homage to the originals.

The Twilight Zone

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Gretchen Mol as Mrs. Warren in the CBS All Access series The Twilight Zone.

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Rod Serling's allegorical anthology ran on CBS from 1959 through 1964, and Oscar-winning writer-director Jordan Peele—the mastermind behind socially conscious horror flicks Get Out and Us—is the perfect heir to the Narrator's throne. Like Serling's sci-fi series, Peele's The Twilight Zone is chock-full of shocking twists and make-you-think moments, with occasional Easter eggs for longtime fans. Season 1's "Nightmare at 30,000 Feet" is a nod to the classic "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" episode, while Season 2's "You Might Also Like" is essentially a sequel to the all-time great "To Serve Man" ("It's a cookbook!").

Stream every episode of The Twilight Zone and The Twilight Zone Classic on CBS All Access.

Roswell, New Mexico

\u200bJeanine Mason as Liz Ortecho and Nathan Dean Parsons as Max Evans

Jeanine Mason as Liz Ortecho and Nathan Dean Parsons as Max Evans on Roswell, New Mexico.

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Melinda Metz's Roswell High books spawned the 1999 TV series Roswell. And while the re-imagined Roswell, New Mexico still centers on the bond between alien Max (Nathan Dean Parsons) and human Liz (Jeanine Mason), The CW hit ages the beloved characters into 20-somethings and weaves in timely political issues.

Stream Roswell, New Mexico free only on The CW.

Magnum P.I.

\u200bJay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum in front of a red Ferrari

Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum in Magnum P.I.

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The signature 'stache is gone, but the new Magnum P.I. (Jay Hernandez) retains the former Navy SEAL-turned-detective's charismatic charm. (You can catch the OG Thomas Magnum, Tom Selleck, in CBS' Blue Bloods.) We'd venture to say Magnum 2.0 bests the '80s model with more special effects, more action-packed sequences—and even more totaled Ferraris.

Stream full episodes of Magnum P.I. on CBS All Access.


Elaine Hendrix as Alexis in front of reporters on courthouse steps

Elaine Hendrix as Alexis on Dynasty.

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Catfights and shoulder pads will always hold a special place in our heart, but Dynasty needed a millennial makeover—and The CW delivered! First, Cristal with a C (Nathalie Kelley)—not to be confused with Linda Evans' iconic Krystal with a K—is Latina. In fact, the cast as a whole is more diverse, including rebranding Sammy Jo (Rafael de La Fuente) as LGBTQ. New Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies) is a badass and more bent on her dad's business than his approval ("I'm Fallon Carrington. I run this town, I make the rules and I always win.") One thing remains: Alexis (Elaine Hendrix) will always be the villain you love to hate.

Stream Dynasty free only on The CW.


Lucas Till as Angus Mac MacGyver

Lucas Till as Angus "Mac" MacGyver.

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Old MacGyver got himself out of sticky situations using a paper clip, duct tape, and other everyday objects. New MacGyver (Lucas Till) is still a problem-solver but less of a lone wolf and more of a team player. Helping Angus out with his nearly impossible missions included CSI alum George Eads as Jack Dalton, and now Henry Ian Cusick from The 100 as Russ Taylor. (Thankfully) missing in action: MacGyver's mullet!

Stream all seasons of MacGyver and MacGyver Classic on CBS All Access.


The three stars of The CW reboot of Charmed

Madeleine Mantock as Macy, Melonie Diaz as Mel, and Sarah Jeffery as Maggie on Charmed.

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Everything you loved about the original Charmed is here: sisterhood, spells, the Book of Shadows, Whitelighters. But the CW reboot now features a Puerto Rican Power of Three with "M" names—Macy (Madeleine Mantock), Maggie (Sarah Jeffery), and Mel (Melonie Diaz). The bewitching trio will return for Season 3 in 2021.

Stream Charmed free only on The CW.

Hawaii Five-0

Alex OLoughlin as McGarrett stands next to Scott Caan as Danno

Alex O'Loughlin as Detective Steve McGarrett and Scott Caan as Danny "Danno" Williams on Hawaii 5-0.

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We bid aloha (goodbye) to Detective Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) and the Hawaii Five-0 gang back in April. But for 10 seasons and 240 episodes, this modern take on the classic cop series kept us riveted with high-stakes drama, high-speed car chases, and hilarious banter between Steve and Danno (Scott Caan)—not to mention a breathtaking backdrop. So if you missed it the first time around, well, say aloha (hello) to your next binge.

Stream every episode of Hawaii Five-0 and Hawaii Five-0 Classic on CBS All Access.

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Archie Bunker's Chair

The beat-up thrift store purchased iconic chair from "All in the Family"

Chair used by Archie Bunker in TV show All in the Family.

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The blue-collar bigot on All in the Family held court from this upholstered wing chair. The CBS props department bought this TV relic from a thrift store—for $8! Mike (Rob Reiner) prophetically predicted that the chair "might even end up in a museum"—it's now part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Starship Enterprise

The Starship Enterprise swoops past an alien planet in a clip form the opening credits of the 1960's Star Trek.

The U.S.S Enterprise or the Starship Enterprise.

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"Space...the final frontier," narrated William Shatner during the original's opening credit sequence, as the Starship Enterprise whizzed by in warp speed. Although the fictional ship measured 947 feet, the prop used in the intro was only 11 feet and donated to the National Air and Space Museum in 1974.

Stream full episodes of classic Star Trek on CBS All Access.

Mary Richards' "M"

A cast photo from the Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Betty White, Valerie Harper, Ed Asner, Mary Tyler Moore, Gavin MacLeod, Cloris Leachman, and Georgia Engel from The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Everett Collection.

TV's OG working woman proudly displayed her independent sense of self with her initial on her wall—a design element mid-century modern interior decorators have incorporated since.

M*A*S*H Signpost

A signpost with arrows pointing to hometwons and major cities from the television show MASH.

Signpost prop from television show "M*A*S*H".

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The Army hospital staff used humor to cope with the harsh reality of war—and this post pointing to "anyplace but here" perfectly encapsulated that.

The 60 Minutes Stopwatch

The iconic ticking stopwatch from the television news show 60 Minutes.

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Is there a more iconic image—and sound—than the tick-tick-tick intro to America's most watched news program? The stopwatch was used until the late 90s, when it was replaced by a CGI version.

60 Minutes airs Sundays at 7/6c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, July-August 2020.

Fantastic finales and where to find them? We think these are among the best ever to grace a television screen.

Nurse Jackie

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Edie Falco in Nurse Jackie.

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The titular anti-heroine (Edie Falco, above) snorts one last hit of heroin (presumably her last) as she collapses at her farewell party. Zoey's final lines—"You're good, Jackie... you're good"—poetically bookends Jackie's plea from the pilot, "Make me good, Lord...but not yet."


Alan Alda\u200b as Hawkeye sits in the passenger seat of a helicopter as it leaves the MASH unit in the final episode of M*A*S*H.

Alan Alda in M*A*S*H.

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The Korean War-set dramedy lasted longer than the war itself—and a record 106 million viewers tuned in to bid "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen" to the army docs of the 4077th.

The finale's iconic shot: Hawkeye (Alan Alda) sees BJ's "GOODBYE," spelled in stone, as a chopper whisks him away.


Bob Newhart sits on a red stool while on the phone in a publicity image from The Bob Newhart Show.

Bob Newhart as Chicago psychologist, Bob Hartley, circa 1972.

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At worst, it's a cop-out trope (see Bobby Ewing in Dallas). At best, it's an ingenious series-ender: in the aptly titled "The Last Newhart," Bob Newhart wakes up next to his first TV wife (Suzanne Pleshette) from The Bob Newhart Show.

That's right, all eight seasons of Newhart were an elaborate dream.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

The cast of The Mary Tyler Moore Show gathers for one ast group hug during the finale.

The cast of the The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

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Lights out at WJM-TV, as Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore) and the news team—save for the bumbling Ted, inexplicably—are axed. But not until Mary tells Lou how much he means to her, and the cast does one final (and funny) group hug. Rest assured: Mary's still gonna make it, after all.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

A top down look at actor Rebecca Bloom surrounded by a watch-face's worth of dresses on mannequins.

Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Bunch in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

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Theater fans know that the 11 o'clock number is usually the penultimate song of the show, to give one final showcase to the show's star. And the musical-minded Ex-Girlfriend features its own "Eleven O'Clock," where Rebecca Bunch belts out a four-year recap in 4 minutes.

So, who does Rebecca end up with: Nathaniel, Greg, or Josh? The answer is none of them, as Rebecca instead chooses herself.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, July-August 2020.

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Under The Dome

Rachelle Lefevre and Mike Vogel in Under The Dome

Rachelle Lefevre as Julia Shumway and Mike Vogel as Dale "Barbie" Barbara in Under The Dome.

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Residents of a fictional small town find themselves trapped under a massive, transparent, and indestructible dome, forced to deal with dwindling resources and rising tensions. The sci-fi saga, based on Stephen King's best-selling book, unfolded across three summers (2013-15).

Stream full episodes of Under The Dome on CBS All Access.

Blood & Treasure

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Sofia Pernas as Lexi Vaziri and Matt Barr as Danny McNamara in the CBS series Blood & Treasure.

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The globe-trotting action/adventure offers escapist fun, exotic locales, and crackling chemistry between Matt Barr (as an antiquities expert) and Sofia Pernas (as an art thief). The unlikely duo teams up to track down a terrorist who funds his attacks through stolen treasure.

Stream full episodes of Blood & Treasure on CBS All Access.


Halle Berry on a space flight

Halle Berry as astronaut Molly Woods in CBS mystery thriller Extant.

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How did Halle Berry's infertile astronaut, Molly, return from a 13-month solo space mission—pregnant? (Dun-dun-dun!) Steven Spielberg's sci-fi series ran for two gripping seasons (2014-15).

Stream full episodes of Extant on CBS All Access.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, July-August 2020.

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