5 popular TV series that should never be rebooted

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The Sopranos TV series Photo Credit: Will Hart / HBO

The West Wing is among TV series reboots should never happen

TV series reboots are here to stay, at least for the time being, and there have been many successful reboots of TV series shows that were once highly ranked shows. They brought in the ratings each week and ended on high notes that left viewers feeling satisfied.

Those shows shouldn’t be rebooted or remade in any way. To do so could possibly detract from the wrap-ups afforded to fans when the shows ended and lessen the impact of the years they aired.

Here are five TV series that should never be rebooted

5. ER

The successful medical drama aired for 15 seasons on NBC, beginning with Dr. Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards) as the attending physician of County General. Though Edwards chose to leave the series after eight seasons, when the show wrapped, it brought the series full circle by bringing back Dr. Greene’s daughter, Rachel, just as she was entering medical school.

A lot of people came and went on this show, and it remained a part of must-see TV for many years. But when it aired its final episode, viewers had a sense that we weren’t seeing the end. Another day would dawn in County General. The doctors would continue seeing patients, and the ambulances would roll into the bays as usual. Essentially, nothing had changed except for some faces. But the ending gave us a sense of completion, and we’re happy that the show went out on a high note.

4. The Sopranos

Granted, this show ended on somewhat of a question mark, but that allowed viewers to essentially choose their own ending. After six seasons on HBO, Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) and his mob family simply faded to black, and with all of the power struggles, affairs, violence, and killings, it was only appropriate that we not know whether Tony had survived because even though he had a dark side and was responsible for many of the murders that took place on the show, he was an anti-hero to many fans. They rooted for him in spite of his flaws, and they didn’t want his wife, Carmela, and his children to suffer for his poor decisions.

Without James Gandolfini, who passed away in 2013, there simply couldn’t be another iteration of The Sopranos. There’s no way to bring this show back without upsetting fans who loved tuning in to the weekly dose of betrayals and inner-city politics. It’s best that the question mark remains.

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