2008 Comeback Stories: TV shows that refuse to die

This post is part of our series on people, places and things that have found new life in 2008.

Evidently, every entertainment idea possible has already been thought of. How else to explain the resurrection of old television standards into new series (Knight Rider, Bionic Woman) and big-screen features (X-Files 2, Get Smart, Speed Racer)?

Old television shows have always been new, if only briefly. After all, back in the 1970s, a riveted nation--at least in my kid peer group--saw the castaways get off Gilligan's Island and go back again in a couple more spin-off reunion movies. Interested parents were attracted to the two Father Knows Best TV-movie reunions, and that same decade, even The Brady Bunch returned, but in the form of a TV musical series.

The 1980s gave us the TV movie reunions of The Munsters, The Andy Griffith Show as well as the sitcom The Brady Brides and the TV movie A Very Brady Christmas. The 1990s had TV reunions, too, like The Return to Green Acres and, well, the short-lived drama, The Bradys, but something else new was on the scene: TV movies being recycled as feature films. Like The Flintstones, The Addams Family and, well, The Brady Bunch.

But now that we're in the 21st century, the trend has evolved even further, as in: There are no trends. Just bring back old TV shows any which way you can, and see what works. (Hey, I'm not saying this is a bad thing.)

Don't believe me? Then check out the following old TV shows turned new. You can see all of these later this year.