Now that all our prayers have been answered and the madcap Sarabhai family has made a modern-day return to our screens, we’re beginning to realise that some things from the past were better than what we have today after all. Unfortunately, TV shows often have a limited shelf-life, so great shows have been retired over the years, much to the disappointment of fans. However, Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai Take 2 has proved that it’s possible to bring back an old show and place it in a modern context without losing what made the show so great in the first place.
In case you didn’t know already, Team Que loves their TV shows and the return of the Sarabhai family has given us all hope that, maybe someday, some of our favourite TV shows from the past will return to the silver screen.
“I used to enjoy watching this serial called Saans. It was written and directed by Neena Gupta, and starred her and Kanwaljit Singh as a married couple. It revolved around the husband’s affair and the quandary that follows. It was gripping stuff for us school girls – and I wonder what the show’s story line would evolve into in 2017. Plus, it was so much more progressive than the shows on-air on Indian TV right now!”
– Chelna Khatau, Culture and Lifestyle Editor
“I’d like to see Seinfeld make a return to television. Not just a spin-off featuring a secondary character, but the entire cast (including Newman) make a comeback. The Modern Seinfeld Twitter handle is the best reason why we need to see this show, about absolutely nothing, return to our screens.”
– S.George, Tech and Men’s Lifestyle Editor
“I want Firefly to come back because it was one of the best sci-fi shows ever and they just left it hanging mid-season. I want to see where those characters go and what they do. The movie, Serenity, which was supposed to give the fans some closure didn’t do it for me.”
– Neil Balthazar, Culture and Lifestyle Writer
Looks like Team QUE loves Joss Whedon TV shows
“I know there’s a Joss Whedon show on this list already, but I’d love it if Buffy the Vampire Slayer gets a reboot or takes off where it left. As an Anne Rice-reading, nerdy 13-year-old, I watched Buffy religiously. From choosing between Team Angel or Team Spike to watch Willow’s character develop over the years, this was a complex but well-rounded show. Plus, can we please discuss how strong and impressive the female characters in the show are? Although it got its fair share with 7 whole seasons (unlike Firefly), the series finale ends on a note that leaves the scope for a story arc open. I for one would like to know what happens to Buffy later in her life. Joss Whedon, if you’re reading this, please bring Buffy back to the screen!”
– Dyuti Mishra, Assistant Fashion Editor
“I remember watching Mind Your Language and absolutely loving it. It revolves around a language teacher trying his best to teach English to immigrants and it never really goes as planned. Light-hearted and super entertaining, this show was perfect to give you that daily dose of laughter that you’d never want to miss out on. If it does make a comeback, I would love to see how they make it as enthralling and hilarious as it was back then.”
– Nicole Fernandes, Fashion Writer
“Seems like no one can get enough of medieval drama these day with Game of Thrones and Vikings being such popular shows. But long before there was a show called Xena: Warrior Princess. This was my first introduction to medieval drama even though I was really young when I began watching it. The story was about Xena, the great warrior princess, who journeys through one adventure after another, fighting evil warlords and gods. She was super badass but the show ends with her dying! They left it a little open-ended where her sidekick Gabrielle could bring her back to life but Xena stops her from doing it, so Gabrielle travels further to another adventure with Xena’s ashes. This clearly leaves hope for Xena to be brought back with another twisted plot.”
– Vanessa Luis, Tech and Men’s Lifestyle Writer
“Seeing how American TV shows dominate this list, I’ll desist and point you in the direction of a gem of a fictional detective series Byomkesh Bakshi based on Bengali literature created by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay. Airing for the first time in 1993, this by far was for me the Indian equivalent of Sherlock Holmes albeit a Graham Greenesque version. But it’s the casting of Rajit Kapur as the chain smoking Byomkesh and K K Raina as his Watson-equivalent that made this one of the most unassuming and endearing of shows. The best part of the show was that it would create suspense and drama effortlessly through the dialogue between the characters and no willing suspension of disbelief was needed for you to believe that there was spine-chilling case at hand. More of a pursuer of truth than a detective by his own admission, Byomkesh did manipulate circumstances in cases to ensure that just was delivered at any cost. Detective series is a dead genre in India Television these days except for the campy C.I.D-type shows. It’s time we brought back the ‘real deal’ and Rajit Kapur could still be a killer Byomkesh on screen.”
– Shwetha Nair, Editor-in-Chief
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