Affirmative Facts Why 'Friends' And 9 Iconic Comedy Shows That Should Not Get A Reboot Revealed!

The 2010s and beyond seem to be the era of reboots, from classic  and  shows like and   to beloved primetime sitcoms like  and   While each revamped show comes with a heaping helping of nostalgia, some classics shouldn't get on this bandwagon.

Whether it's due to the lack of creativity, the unfortunate deaths of cast members or the inability to produce the same magic as the first time, plenty of fan-favorite television shows were just too great the first time to go a second round.

'Friends' (1994-2004)

In 1994, a group of friends with intertwining lives skyrocketed on  for 10 unforgettable seasons, turning Ross ( David Schwimmer), Rachel ( Jennifer Aniston), Phoebe ( Lisa Kudrow), Joey ( Matt LeBlanc), Chandler ( Matthew Perry), and Monica ( Courteney Cox) into household names and becoming a generational phenomenon.

While the 2021   acted as a sort-of reboot, its focus was more on the actors than the characters and didn't delve into the sitcom's storylines the way actual reboots do. And as much as fans of these friends may wish the beloved characters would reunite the way the cast did, a  reboot not only would  in this day and age but wouldn't hold the same rawness as the original.

'Everybody Loves Raymond' (1996-2005)

 was one of those classic sitcoms that told real stories of family, marriage, raising kids, and balancing it all with some comedy. Following a man who navigates being loved and hated at times, close to 30 years after its premiere, it's still full of laugh-out-loud jokes and memorable stories.

While co-stars  Ray Romano and  Patricia Heaton reunited for an episode of Heaton's hit show  in 2011, their original duo Ray and Deborah should remain in the past mainly due to having lost  Doris Roberts and  Peter Boyle, who played Ray's parents, as well as  Sawyer Sweeten, who played one of Ray's twin sons.

'The Suite Life of Zack & Cody' (2005-2008)

Part of the classic 2000s era of   shot  Cole Sprouse and  Dylan Sprouse to fame while putting actress  Ashley Tisdale on the map and acting as a starting point  like  Joey King and  Emma Stone.


As much as every millennial who crushed on the mischievous twins wreaking havoc at The Tipton, Cole Sprouse made his feelings toward a  reboot clear  on   in 2021, stating, "I'm asked all the time if Dylan and I are going to do a  reboot, and I go, 'No, absolutely not.'"

'The Golden Girls' (1985-1992)

 starred a group of notable actresses who shined a light on older women and the way your prime years don't have to end after your '30s. With  Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Bea Arthur, and  Estelle Getty, this '80s sitcom transcends generations.

Because all four of the leads passed as of Betty White's death in 2021, a reboot with the show's original cast is out of the question, but that doesn't always stop a show from returning. However, a reboot of  without its original leading ladies wouldn't capture the same magic or comedic chemistry as White, McClanahan, Arthur, and Getty.

'Married... with Children' (1987-1997)

 broke boundaries during a time when family sitcoms like   and   were all the rage. Centered around patriarch Al, who, rather than sharing some advice to his kids or an "I love you" to his wife, spent the episodes insulting his family with a caustic brand of comedy that would be markedly difficult to air today.

Aside from the fact that half of their fanbase could never see  Katey Sagal and  Ed O'Neill as anyone except Pat from  and Jay Pritchett from , after  Christina Applegate retired from acting due to her MS diagnosis in 2021, the sitcom would have a prominent piece missing without Kelly Bundy.

'Community' (2009-2015)

 followed a megastar cast as a memorable group of characters who start as misfit community college students and wind up becoming best friends who rule the school. While a long-awaited movie may be in the works, a reboot series doesn't seem likely for this cult classic.

Aside from having already told most of the story and being unable to perfect that same feeling of oddball chemistry, some core cast members would most likely not return, including Pierce's  Chevy Chase, who left the show in Season 4 after on-set issues, and Troy's  Donald Glover, who shot to fame as his musical alias  Childish Gambino, after leaving the show in Season 5.

'Hannah Montana' (2006-2011)

Of all the original Disney Channel shows over the network's decades on television, no show has blown up the way   did in 2006. Introducing  Miley Cyrus, along with young actors  Emily Osment and  Mitchel Musso, the show that balanced high school years with a popstar career became a worldwide phenomenon until its 2011 finale.

While Disney Channel has brought back shows before — reviving   into the 2017 reboot  and the 2014 take on  with   — Billy Ray Cyrus all but shot down the possibility of Hannah Montana ever returning when he told   "The damn show destroyed my family."

'Glee' (2009-2015)

In 2009,  broke ground as a dram-com geared toward teens about a group of high schoolers navigating the struggles of growing up and being outcasted. And while the show received worldwide success in its six seasons on   documentary may be the closest thing to a reboot of any kind.

While several feuds were said to be formed between  Lea Michele and fellow castmates, the devastating deaths surrounding the show would make for a solemn reunion if  were ever to attempt to have Brittany without Santana or the glee club without Puck when the show already went on without  Corey Monteith as Finn after his tragic 2013 death.

'The Office' (2005-2013)

After it ran in the UK,  arrived in America with an unforgettable ensemble cast and a nine-season arc like no other show on television. With iconic jokes, legendary characters, and the unforgettable  remains binge-worthy almost a decade after its farewell.

While the show's diehard fans crave a reboot, aside from the major careers of  John Krasinski, Steve Carell,and  Ed Helms, the sitcom launched, bringing this cast back into the Dunder Mifflin office a decade later wouldn't feel the way it did when they were all introduced in Season 1.

'Fuller House' (2016-2020)

warmed viewers' hearts for eight seasons during the late '80s and early '90s when TGIF was  and loving families. When the house got fuller 30 years later with the show's reboot  bringing the beloved cast back together was an unexpected success.

After the sudden cancelation of  in 2020, both fans and the cast expressed their desire to bring the show back for a second time. But after the devastating death of  Bob Saget in 2022, the San Francisco house would never be the same without the Tanner family patriarch.