By Nate Millado
Queen Latifah as Robyn McCall.
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Queen Latifah reimagined The Equalizer's Robert McCall (1985) as Robyn McCall, a former CIA operative and single mom turned badass vigilante! She's a bonafide Robyn Hood who throws a lifeline to desperate folks at the end of their rope. Whether she's revving up her motorcycle, rapping along to Digital Underground, knocking out bad guys—or rocking out emerald green wrap dresses—Latifah is a Queen on the screen!
The Twilight Zone
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!").
Roswell, New Mexico
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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