If it ain't broke, don't fix it

A plea to leave classic TV shows alone, we've had enough remakes to last a lifetime...

Katie Siddall
16th November 2021
Image Credit: IMDb

I think it is safe to say that most film remakes are a pile of rubbish. So what makes TV show remakes better? In my opinion... nothing. They are just as bad.

Exhibit A: Scooby Doo. Now, this one is nostalgic. It’s an old-school cartoon we all know and love, we even dress up as the Mystery Gang for Halloween. I used to think that Scooby-Doo cannot be ruined until… Be Cool Scooby-Doo (2015). The animation tries to seem old without actually being old. The faces are square and have no dimensions behind them, to me it’s a little disturbing. Then there’s Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated (2010), which hit me in a sore spot. The storyline continues through each episode so if you miss one episode, you’re done. And let’s be clear, Shaggy and Velma should not be together! That’s a plotline I am not willing to get involved in. They are platonic friends - I can’t see them any other way.

Image Credit: Be Cool Scooby Do (2015), IMDb

'Americanising British TV shows can pay off... however, sometimes they just don't'

A more shall we say “grown up” and explicit TV show which was ruined for me, and probably you too, was the American remake of The Inbetweeners. Americanising British TV shows can pay off, the American Office shows everyone this, however, sometimes they just… don’t! This version of The Inbetweeners doesn’t exist in my head, the jokes are the same – there is no originality – and the acting is just dreadful. I’m sure other things the actors have been in are amazing but for me, in this particular TV show, it all seems too fake and unrealistic. Also, nothing against Brett Gelman but Greg Davies as Mr. Gilbert can never be matched.

Image Credit: The Inbetweeners (2012), IMDb
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