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'Friends', 'Dekh Bhai Dekh', 'Small Wonder': Why we need to remake old TV classics

'Friends', 'Dekh Bhai Dekh', 'Small Wonder': Why we need to remake old TV classics

In the present time, when the television industry is offering us so much, we still yearn to watch some old series as there is clearly a paucity of original content in the present scenario.

There's no doubt that television has become an integral part of our lives and with the changing time, the television industry has also transformed rapidly. In the race to cope with the changing trends and tastes of the people, the industry has surely gifted us some amazing entertaining shows, but at the same time it has taken away some really good shows that most of us are craving to see till date, whether they are Indian shows or shows from the West. Unfortunately, we are now only left with the memories of those remarkable television programmes.

Surely many of us wouldn't have forgotten some of the incredible Indian television series like 'Malgudi Days', 'Dekh Bhai Dekh', 'Tu Tu Main Main', 'Hudd Kar Di', 'Hum Paanch', 'Shrimaan Shrimati', 'Office Office', 'C.A.T.S', 'Kabhi Biwi Kabhi Jasoos', 'Mahi Way' and many more. And even same is the case if we talk about overseas television shows like 'Small Wonder', 'That's So Raven', 'The Suite Life of Zack & Cody' and of course the favourite of all times - 'F.R.I.E.N.D.S'. These shows don't need any introduction, these are already well established and have a unique place in our hearts.

'Dekh Bhai Dekh' - Started in the year 1993, it was and still is an amazing art-piece by Anand Mahendroo. The title in a way echoes the thoughts of its fans- as years later we still watch the re-runs of the show with much enthusiasm. The way each episode of this series was presented, it was fun to watch. The series took the viewer into the depth of the story and made them feel as if they were a part of the wonderful crazy family featured in the show.

'Tu Tu Main Main' - Most of the youngsters in today's time hate to see the so called 'Saas-Bahu serials' but this show (1994-2000), based on bitter-sweet relationship between a mother-in-law and her daughter-in-law, was a great success not only among the housewives and working women but also amongst the youngsters. This series was a perfect blend of comedy and moral values.

'Small Wonder' - This American science fiction sitcom created wonders, especially among the children and youngsters, since 'robot' was considered as a very big deal at that time (in the late 1980's). So it must have been really fascinating for the viewers to watch the interesting episodes and the funny side of a little girl robot and her interaction with her creator's family. Even today in a technological driven world, the simplicity of this show would be loved by the people of all ages.

'That's So Raven' - Who wouldn't go crazy when it comes to Raven and her funny actions and dialogues. Her mischief simply drove the viewers crazy and made her character even more lovable. Raven could see the glimpses of the future and it would be interesting to see a grown up Raven and her (mis)adventures now.

'F.R.I.E.N.D.S' - Friendship is and will always be a vital part of our lives - that's what this wonderful show, depicting the lives of group of young men and women, taught us. There's no doubt that this show was a hit worldwide and was successful to a great extent (almost a decade) in leaving its imprints in the hearts of the people. While re-runs of the show can be found on air on some channel even now, a lot of people are hoping to see this show back on the television screens and enjoy it in the years to come.

There's no doubt that plagiarism and crass-commercialisation have a significant hold on the media world today. Unfortunately, a large part of the industry is running on a "cut-copy-paste" formula and so is the television industry. May be this is the reason that even in the present time, when the television industry is offering us so much, we still yearn to watch these series. I guess, we need it more today than we did in the past, as there is clearly a paucity of original content in the present scenario.

So today, when making sequences have become a trend in the industry, then why not produce and remake some series that are worth creating again? Perhaps that is what people are waiting for- the return of some astounding television series of the past, in other words the desire to see these spectacular shows remade.

first published:January 21, 2015, 11:11 IST