Ramadan is fast approaching, which means you may soon find yourself with some spare time on your hands. This is a great time to catch up on your favorite shows – or better yet to discover some TV cult classics that are currently in phases of rebooting in order to double your binge value. In essence, by tuning in to both the original and the reboot, you can tap into the pop-culture undercurrent of the past and present and discover some majorly popular shows that you might have missed the first time around.
Read on for the TV shows we’re adding to our #bingewatch list for the month of June.
When news broke that the world’s favorite fast-talking mother-daughter duo, Lorelai and Rory of Gilmore Girls, was finally returning to television, millions of women everywhere rejoiced. This extremely popular show not only launched the acting careers of Alexis Bledel, Lauren Graham, and Melissa McCarthy, but it also offered insight into the way modern female relationships had evolved. After a decade of it being off air, we have so many questions: How have the characters changed? What new romantic entanglements are Lorelai and Rory involved in now? How has their style evolved? We’ll soon find out.
Until then, you can watch original episodes of Gilmore Girls on iTunes, while the new episodes will be released on Netflix.
The X-Files, one of the greatest paranormal thrillers of all time and the longest running sci-fi show in history (with no less than ten amazing original seasons to catch up on), has been issued a reboot. If you missed The X-Files the first time around, you have months’ worth of binge-ing material to dive into. The reboot features the show’s stars, David Duchovny as Agent Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson as Agent Margaret Scully, and offers plenty in the way of global government conspiracies, monsters, and maybe a few answers to the “will they, won’t they” scenario laid out by the original series.
You can watch the cult classic version of The X-Files on iTunes and the reboot on OSN First HD.
For those who pine for the nostalgic family sitcoms of the late 80s and early 90s – for a time when pants were acid wash and ponytails were worn on the side – Full House’s Tanner family could always be relied upon for wacky situations and light-hearted cheer. Back then, everything was simpler, and the punchlines ran at a kindergarten level, but the public never lost its fondness for the Tanners. That’s why Netflix chose to reboot the series with a new grown-up version called Fuller House, which sees all of the original cast returning, save for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
While Fuller House might be back in all its cheesy, catch-phrase-saturated glory, the interesting aspect of this modern version is that the script has been flipped. Now the three main women, DJ (Candace Cameron-Bure), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), and Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber), are essentially echoing the roles originally played by the three male leads, Danny (Bob Saget), Uncle Jesse (John Stamos), and Uncle Joey (Dave Coulier).
You can watch original episodes of Full House on iTunes, with Fuller House coming soon to Netflix.
Although David Lynch’s surrealist drama, Twin Peaks, only ran for two years, it revolutionized television watching as we knew it, and has been named one of the top television cult classics of all time. In 1990, when the show first appeared, the audience had no idea what to make of the disorienting script and strange happenings in Twin Peaks, Washington. The show ostensibly centered on the murder of Laura Palmer and the identity of her killer, but also deviated wildly into bizarre side plots. If you love artsy cinema, you’ll adore the odd, beautiful, dark, funny, and mind-bending nature of Twin Peaks.
In the show’s amazing and memorable finale – part of which was shot backwards – Laura Palmer sits in a room supposedly in another dimension and tells Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle McLachlan), “I’ll see you again in 25 years.” Fans of the show have pointed out the prophecy, as the show is set to return 25 years after the final episode aired. The reboot of Twin Peaks, which sees David Lynch’s return to the director’s seat, was fraught with false starts, but it is finally in production and expected to air on Showtime in 2017. In the mean time, click here to watch the original episodes of Twin Peaks.