Dear Hollywood, Please Don't Reboot These Classic TV Shows

With a 'Bewitched' reboot in the works, we thought it was officially time to draw the line of what is sacred.

Everything old is new, or so thinks Hollywood. In a world that's constantly dominated by reboots, remakes, and sequels, this latest TV news stings more than others. According to Deadline, two producers are currently shopping around a modern day version of Bewitched, the classic supernatural comedy that ran from 1964 to 1972. Swear to us, Darrin, that it isn't so!

Contrary to what Hollywood believes, everything old is not new. Classics are classics for a reason. Trying to reboot one is like trying to rewrite Don Quixote, Anna Karenina, or Pride and Prejudice — you just don't do it (unless you're Quirk Books, the esteemed creators of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies). That said, this isn't the first time someone has tried to resurrect an old series — just tune into the 2.0 versions of Dallas, Hawaii Five-0, and the now defunct Melrose Place, or recall 2012's attempt at reimagining Fred Gwynne and The Munsters as the horribly painful Mockingbird Lane.

Aside from the problem of reboots tainting classics in general, you have the problem of casting. There is only one Lucy like there is only one Lucille Ball; one Bill Cosby to star as the relentlessly playful Cliff Huxtable in The Bill Cosby Show. Long story short, we're not happy about the possible return of Bewitched. There is and will always be only one woman who can effortlessly twitch her nose to make wondrous small screen magic, and that's Elizabeth Montgomery. As a compromise to our 'No' on the Bewitched Reboot Campaign, we'll happily forget about all the classic TV shows that have been turned into ridiculous movies (Nicole Kidman'Bewitched and The Brady Bunch Movie among many others), if Hollywood stays clear of the following shows.

Dear Hollywood, please do not reboot:

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    I Love Lucy

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    I Dream of Jeannie

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    The Cosby Show

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    The Beverly Hillbillies

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    The Golden Girls

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    The Facts of Life

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    Leave It to Beaver

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    Happy Days

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    The andy Griffith Show

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    Gilligan's Island

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    Green Acres

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    The Dick Van Dyke Show

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    Fantasy Island

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Revive these shows, Hollywood, and feel our wrath. Now, we want to know — what classic TV shows do you deem timeless and untouchable?

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