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9021..oh..really? by noyoufalled
September 12, 2008, 11:24 am
Filed under: Television | Tags: , ,

Let me preface this by saying that I like television. I enjoy sitcoms (laugh tracks make me laugh), the daily news isn’t the ‘daily news’ unless delivered by a stuffy reporter in a bad suit, and late night programming is a great undiscovered treasure. Like many children of the 80s, television was a huge part of my childhood, and continues to play a significant role in my life today. This is why I feel I must address a disturbing trend I have noticed occurring in television programming as of late. I’ve dubbed this trend Questionable Remake Syndrome (or QRS, if you will). QRS occurs when a popular past TV show is revamped and presented as a great new show, despite the past TV show having been cancelled/run off the air because it was no longer worth watching.

The latest show to fall victim to QRS is none other than Beverly Hills: 90210. The ‘new’ version, dubbed simply 90210, has so far aired two episodes this season. I have watched both episodes, and admit they weren’t entirely awful, but present this argument as to why Beverly Hills: 90210 should never have been resurrected: it’s old! Since the original series aired we’ve seen the likes of Dawson’s Creek, The OC, and in the really-we-aren’t-scripted ‘reality’ category, The Hills, all of which follow the Beverly Hills established formula of ‘watch the pretty boy ask the pretty girl on a date, encounter a defined teenage issue, fight, fight, make up, and solve the issue by the end of the hour’. Do we really need a remake of the original when we have so many ‘new’ versions that don’t force us to watch Jennie Garth, Shannen Doherty, and Joe E. Tata (the Peach Pit guy) painfully reprise characters that should have been retired years ago? I mean, really, how forced is this? Can’t we just leave well enough alone?


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