Cobra Kai (YouTube Red)

61 TV Reboots & Revivals by Tomatometer

When The X-Files returned to Fox in January 2016, fans were apprehensive. Would the revival hold up over time? Could it make up for the original iteration’s lackluster ninth season?

Luckily, they had nothing to worry about. Season 10 received a Fresh 65% Tomatometer score as well as stellar ratings, and season 11 was Certified Fresh with a 79% Tomatometer score.

Alas, not all reboots and revivals are created equal. While NBC’s season 9 revival of Will & Grace is Certified Fresh at 86% on the Tomatometer, the CW’s new take on Dynasty fell flat with a 53% Tomatometer score.

On the flip side, some titles like streaming series Cobra Kai, a sequel to the famous Karate Kid films, become big hits. The YouTube Red show premiered May 2 and has maintained a 100% score to land in the top spot of our scorecard of shows based on previous titles that returned from the dead.

ABC’s Roseanne and American Idol revivals also recently joined our list.  Find out how all of the titles fared in their first new season (or TV-movie revival!) by Tomatometer.

Cobra Kai: Season 1 (2018)
100%

#61
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Cobra Kai continues the Karate Kid franchise with a blend of pleasantly corny nostalgia and teen angst, elevated by a cast of well-written characters.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return picks up right where its predecessor left off, retaining all the cult classic's crucial ingredients and adding a handful of fresh twists.

#59
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: An increasing intensity and maturity are evident in Samurai Jack's beautifully animated, action-packed, and overall compelling fifth season.
Starring: Phil LaMarr

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Voltron: Legendary Defender honors its source material with beautifully expressive animation and impactful action.

#57

Psych: The Movie (2017)
100%

#57
Adjusted Score: 100124%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After three years, the gang reunite when an assailant targets one of their own.... [More]
Directed By: Steve Franks

DuckTales: Season 1 (2017)
100%

#56
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Highly energetic, distinctively designed, and attuned to its nostalgia, this update to a Disney animated classic is far bolder than its predecessor.
Directed By: Matt Youngberg

Impulse: Season 1 (2018)
100%

#55
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:

Queer Eye: Season 1 (2018)
97%

#54
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Queer Eye adapts for a different era without losing its style, charm, or sense of fun, proving that the show's formula remains just as sweetly addictive even after a change in location and a new group of hosts.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: A powerfully impressive -- and still relevant -- update on a television classic, Roots boasts remarkable performances, deep emotion, and occasionally jarring beauty.
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Critics Consensus: One Day at a Time breathes fresh life into the classic Norman Lear original with a lively, sharp, and proudly old-school sitcom bolstered by a surfeit of heart and terrific performances from Rita Moreno and Justina Machado.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Surreal, suspenseful, and visually stunning, this new Twin Peaks is an auteurist triumph for David Lynch.
Starring:

#50
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Vivid animation and creative reconstruction of the Carmen Sandiego backstory elevates this property beyond its edutainment roots.

The Flash: Season 1 (2014)
92%

#49
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: The Flash benefits from its purposefully light atmosphere, making it a superhero show uniquely geared toward genre fans as well as novices.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Bewitchingly beautiful and wickedly macabre, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina casts an intoxicating spell and provides a perfect showcase for Kiernan Shipka's magical talents.

The Tick: Season 1 (2016)
90%

#47
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Likeable characters add realism and heart to the tongue-in-cheek humor and high-octane action that fuels The Tick.

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#46

#45
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Marshmallows, rejoice! Veronica Mars returns in fine form, capturing much of what made the series so beloved while adding new wrinkles that satisfy more often than they mystify.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: A captivating combination of riveting political drama and science fiction fantasy make Battlestar Galactica must-see sci-fi.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Fun, fascinating and feminist, Spike Lee's classic is born again for a new generation.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life provides a faithful and successful revival of the quirky, sweet, and beloved series fans fell in love with over a decade ago.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though not quite as comical, Girl Meets World sweetly shares the nostalgia of its predecessor, Boy meets World, with its young audience while providing positive moral values for today's youth.
Directed By: Michael Jacobs

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Although it takes an episode to achieve liftoff, Star Trek: Discovery delivers a solid franchise installment for the next generation -- boldly led by the charismatic Sonequa Martin-Green.

#39
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Anne with an E uses its complex central character to offer a boldly stylish, emotionally resonant spin on classic source material that satisfies in its own right.

#38
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: A brisk, slick reboot of an old favorite, Hawaii Five-0's picturesque locales and attractive cast make for pleasurable viewing.

#37
Adjusted Score: -1%
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Nikita: Season 1 (2010)
78%

#36
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Building on Maggie Q's strong central performance, Nikita is a strong spy thriller that's sleek and action-packed (if a little heavy with backstory).

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: By owning its own ridiculousness, 10 Years Later is a fan-pleasing addition to the cult classic series.
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Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though not as thematically rich as some of its geopolitical predecessors, Jack Ryan is a satisfying addition to the genre buoyed by exceptional action sequences and a likable cast.

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Critics Consensus: The Twilight Zone explores the strangeness of the modern world through Rod Serling's winning formula, creating a thought-provoking -- if not always spine-tingling -- showcase for Jordan Peele and his exceptional crop of collaborators.

Charmed: Season 1 (2018)
71%

#32
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Charmed's updates are as fun as they are surprisingly feminist -- and with a sharper focus, it could conjure up an even stronger show than the one that came before it.

Roseanne: Season 10 (2018)
69%

#31
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Roseanne's return finds the show's classic format, original cast, and timely humor intact, even if the latest batch of episodes suffers from sporadically uneven execution.

This week in streaming video, we’ve got some great choices available for purchase, including one of the biggest blockbusters of the year and a critically acclaimed indie film about the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson. On subscription services, there’s also a mouth-watering documentary, a period drama, a couple of hit TV series, and a good number of classics. Read on for the full list.


Available for purchase:

 

Furious 7 (2015) 82%

This time out, rogue ex-secret agent Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) seeks revenge on our heroes after they injured his brother in the previous film, and in turn, the gang teams up with the government to bring him down.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play


Love & Mercy (2014) 89%

Paul Dano and John Cusack star in aCertified Fresh biopic of troubled Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson at two key intervals in his life.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes


7 Chinese Brothers (2015) 78%

Jason Schwartzman and Olympia Dukakis star in this offbeat comedy about a perpetually drunk slacker who tries to put his life back together by taking a job at a local auto shop.

Available now on: Amazon, iTunes, Vudu


Digging for Fire (2015) 64%

Jake Johnson, Rosemarie DeWitt, Anna Kendrick, Brie Larson and Sam Rockwell star in a comedy about the marital tension that arises when a man makes a strange discovery at a rented house.

Available now on: AmazoniTunes


New on Netflix:

 

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) 99%

This Certified Fresh documentary profiles the octogenarian that’s considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef.

Available now on: Netflix


Jauja (2014) 88%

Viggo Mortensen stars in a Certified Fresh period drama about a Danish engineer who goes searching for his daughter after she runs off with a soldier.

Available now on: Netflix


La Sapienza (2014) 88%

This impressionistic meditation on the ennui of modern life follows an architect and his social scientist wife on a tour of Italy.

Available now on: Netflix


Girl Meets World: Season 1 (2014) 84%

This spin on Boy Meets World is likley to appeal to both younger viewers and to those who are nostalgic for the original.

Available now on: Netflix


NCIS: Season 12 (2014)

Mark Harmon stars in CBS’ venrable (and consistently popular) military police procedural.

Available now on: Netflix


New on Hulu:

 

Fargo: Season 1 (2014) 97%

Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, and Allison Tolman, this Certified Fresh series expands upon the eccentric, chilling world of the Coen Brothers’ classic film; get all caught up in time for the second season this fall.

Available now on: Hulu


Atlantis: Season 2 (2014)

BBC America’s pulpy blend of mythology and swashbuckling fantasy that boasts such esteemed UK character actors as Mark Addy, Juliet Stevenson, Gemma Jones, and John Hannah.

Available now on: Hulu


New on Fandor:

 

Modern Times (1936) 98%

Charlie Chaplin steps into his Little Tramp persona for the last time in this comedy, wherein the iconic character struggles to fit into an increasingly industrialized world.

Available now on: Fandor


I Married a Witch (1942) 95%

René Clair’s romantic comedy stars Veronica Lake as the titular sorceress, who is burned alive in the 17th century and places a curse on her accuser. Centuries later, when her spirit is released, she falls in love with her accuser’s descendant and inserts herself into his life.

Available now on: Fandor


Man Is Not a Bird (1966) 100%

This Yugoslavian film marks the debut of documentary filmmaker Dušan Makavejev and follows the separate lives of two men in a mining town.

Available now on: Fandor


The Human Beast (1938) 94%

Based loosely on the Emile Zola novel of the same name, Jean Renoir’s noir-ish thriller focuses on the murderous intrigue between a woman (Simone Simon) and three men aboard a train.

Available now on: Fandor


The Stunt Man (1980) 90%

Peter O’Toole and Barbara Hershey star in this drama about a fugitive Vietnam veteran who stumbles onto a World War I movie set and inadvertently causes the death of a stunt man. The film’s director offers him the job in return for his silence.

Available now on: Fandor


The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq (2014) 91%

This dry comedy stars French author Michel Houellebecq as himself in a fictionalized account of the time he disappeared from public view, imagining a criminal kidnapping full of quirky characters when, in reality, he had simply lost his internet connection.

Available now on: Fandor


Mikey and Nicky (1976) 87%

Set over the course of one night, this drama stars Peter Falk and John Cassavetes as a couple of wiseguys who get on each other’s nerves and work out their mutual issues when one of them agrees to help the other out of a life-threatening jam.

Available now on: Fandor


The Ruling Class (1972) 83%

Based on the play of the same name, this dark comedy stars Peter O’Toole as the schizophrenic heir to the recently passed Earl of Gurney who believes he is Jesus Christ and assumes his seat of power, only to find that his notions of peace and love are at odds with modern society.

Available now on: Fandor

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