Can television sequels outdo the original?

By Jessica Tennett
March 9, 2016

Fuller House has already signed on for another season after immediate success on Netflix. Creative Commons

Like people often say, what goes around comes back around. The entertainment world often repeats itself because what people once liked, they still like to this day.

Shows that people grew up watching often define who they are. As people watch shows, they build relationships to the characters.  As the characters grow up, so does the audience.

It is like a never ending relationship. The characters face the same daily struggles that students face, and through every step of life the characters relate to that in some way.

“They are recreating these shows because they are afraid to let go of their childhood and innocence,” Lydia Nolan, a sophomore at Bucks County Community College, said. “The show represents them as they grow up.”

People relate to shows that describe their lives and show them that everyone has awkward stages and days where they feel like nothing is going right. These shows that stopped exemplify the childhood of people all over. Bringing these shows back only lets people relive their childhoods.

Sometimes, shows end without guiding the audience through the entire story. For example, Full House is re-airing because it was a show that people all over grew up watching. Now Fuller House is airing on Netflix to finish telling the story of the Tanner Family.

“We are thrilled to be able to introduce Fuller House to fans worldwide, who grew up on the original,” Cindy Holland, Vice Principal for Original Content for Netflix, said in a press conference.

Ending these shows meant that some people’s childhoods ended. Not only because people related to the shows, but because they were a smash hit. People tuned in the first time because there was always something bringing them back for the next episode.

“I think they are recreating old shows and creating new movies because they were so popular the first time and people miss them,” Alex Swallow, exercise science major, said.

It is not only TV shows that are recreated but movies as well.

Sequels to movies are made all the time because the movie left the audience wondering what is next.  Quite often the sequel does not carry the original story.

“The remake is never as good as the original,” Kane McGovern, exercise science major said.  “Shrek two is not as good as the original Shrek.”

Re-airing a show or making a sequel sometimes takes away from the original. The second time around is not always as good as the first, and this makes people hesitant. When a show comes back around or there is a sequel, it is a hit or miss. People either really enjoy the sequel, or they completely disregard it.


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