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Different from the ClassReunion, the Reunion Show is an opportunity for the surviving cast of a defunct TV show -- off the air for anywhere from 5 to 50 years -- to get back together on screen. Usually this is an "in character" story showing how things are "now", but sometimes it can be an explicit reunion of the cast in tribute to the original show.

Unlike a {{Revival}} series (such as ''Still the Beaver'' and the [[BradyBunchSpinOffs at-one-time-endless progression of sequels]] to ''Series/TheBradyBunch''), the Reunion Show is a one-shot event. (Sometimes, though, reunions can spawn sequels.) Oddly, "in-character" comedy reunions tend to turn serious, if not outright dramatic, while most other shows are not altered.

Reunion shows are usually made to cash in on the nostalgia modern audiences can hold for an older program.

Typically done as a MadeForTVMovie. Not to be confused with TheFilmOfTheSeries. Often accompanied by a {{Documentary}} with the actors out-of-character.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''{{Franchise/Digimon}}''
** The seventh season, ''Anime/DigimonXrosWarsTheYoungHuntersLeapingThroughTime'', brought us a brief meeting of [[Anime/DigimonAdventure Taichi]], [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Daisuke]], [[Anime/DigimonTamers Takato]], [[Anime/DigimonFrontier Takuya]], and [[Anime/DigimonSavers Masaru]].
*** This is a bit of an odd example, more of a PanderingToTheBase CrossOver, the "reunion" is a reunion for the fans only. Only [[Anime/DigimonAdventure Taichi]] and [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Daisuke]] ever met each other in canon; the others all exist in their own AlternateUniverse and never met each other to begin with.

* Much of the principal cast of ''Manga/RaveMaster'' reprised their roles for the first time in 11 years in an OVA CrossOver with creator Hiro Mashima's later work, ''Manga/FairyTail''. Mashima even treated the omake on which the OVA was based as a reunion for several characters in and of itself.
* While the cast were continually together for yearly video games, 2008's ''Yo! The Return of Son Goku and Friends!'' was the first proper bit of ''Manga/DragonBall'' animation since the series ended in 1997. 2013's ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'' is similar in this regard too, despite having the {{Recut}} ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' as a recent thing. For bonus points both of the stories are actually reunions for the characters too set between the end of the main story and the DistantFinale.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The cast of ''{{Film/Matilda}}'' reenacted the film's chocolate cake and pigtail scenes at a 2013 reunion party, which can be seen on its recent Blu-ray release.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* One of the earlier examples of this would be ''Series/FatherKnowsBest'', which had a pair of reunion movies in 1977.
* Robert Young's other series, ''Marcus Welby M.D.'', also had two reunion movies, in 1984 and 1988.
* ''Series/GilligansIsland'' had three of these in the late '70s and early '80s (''Rescue from Gilligan's Island'', ''The Castaways on Gilligan's Island'' and ''The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island'', respectively). The ratings success of the first one led to talk of a revival series, but Sherwood Schwartz (concerned with the aging cast doing weekly comedic stunts) preferred two additional movies instead.
* ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'' and ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'' have both had reunion TV movies since 2000. The former was a two-hour TV-Movie titled ''Mary & Rhoda'' and only featuring those characters. The latter was instead a single half-hour episode, but it reunited the surviving cast and featured clips of those that had passed on.
* ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow 19th Anniversary Special'' (1991) had Bos discussing [[{{Series/Newhart}} his crazy dream about being a Vermont innkeeper]] with his friends and patients. To which Howard responds about [[Series/IDreamOfJeannie dreaming of being an astronaut down in Florida]].
* In early September 2004, production of a Reunion Show for ''Series/HappyDays'' was announced.
* A Reunion Show for ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' reached the airwaves in October of 2004.
* February 2005 saw a Reunion Show for ''Series/OneDayAtATime''.
* ''Series/GetSmart'' did a reunion movie, ''Get Smart Again'', that was seemingly unconnected to the short-lived sequel series or the theatrical sequel movie ''The Nude Bomb''.
* ''Series/TheManyLovesOfDobieGillis'' did a reunion show with the exceedingly strange title, "Bring Me the Head of Dobie Gillis".
* ''Series/TheMonkees'' had ''Hey, Hey, It’s the Monkees'' in 1997, which featured all four members in their wacky, not-yet-famous TV personas 30 years later, and was written and directed by Creator/MichaelNesmith. It was humorous in that their TV show [[MediumAwareness which they “knew” they were on]], had continued running, though not been aired, after all these years. The “plot” centered around finding a decent… well, “plot” to finish off the rest of the production money for the show (whilst preparing for a gig at “The Most Prestigious Country Club In the World”).
* ''TheDukesOfHazzard'' reunion movie revolved around the wedding of Enos and Daisy Duke. A second reunion movie, ''Hazzard in Hollywood'', came in 2000.
* Almost every season of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' from ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' onward will have at least one reunion show where the team from the previous series teamed up with that of the current one to fight a threat from their equally-EnemyMine minded villains. The most extreme case of this, however, was ''Forever Red'', where all the Red Rangers from all seasons prior to ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'' teamed up to stop TheRemnant of [[Series/PowerRangersZeo the Machine Empire]] from rebuilding [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Serpentera]]. More recently, the fifteenth anniversary episode ''Once a Ranger'' (in ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'') features one Ranger from each of [[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm the]] [[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder past]] [[Series/PowerRangersSPD four]] [[Series/PowerRangersMysticForce seasons]], led by ''[[Creator/JohnnyYongBosch one]]'' from the '''[[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers second]]''' season, returned to pinch-hit for the temporarily-depowered regulars.
** Yet another reunion show is coming for the show's 20th anniversary ''[[Series/PowerRangersMegaforce Super Megaforce]]'', featuring ~10 of approximately 60 ranger actors—largely from older seasons—whom producers contacted by mass email a few weeks before shooting (out of many more who weren't contacted). That includes Jason David Frank, Sean Cw Johnson, Alison MacInnis, Jason Faunt, Danny Slavin, Patricia Ja Lee and most of the rangers of ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai''.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'': ''Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger'' and ''Series/JAKQDengekitai'' (the first two series) had a team-up movie, but annual team-ups wouldn't become a tradition until ''Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger''; like ''Forever Red'', they had their own multi-season team-ups in the wake of ''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'' and ''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger'' (at the expense of the single-season team-up; no ''Gaoranger vs. [[Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger Timeranger]]'' or ''Boukenger vs. [[Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger Magiranger]]'' exist. In fact, the ''Gaoranger'' team-up screwed any major ''Timeranger'' presence over!).
** ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' is to ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' as ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' is to ''Kamen Rider''. For the thirty-fifth anniversary the most notable ability of the Gokaigers is to transform into Rangers of previous years. However really ticking this box is the appearance of various characters from previous series as guest stars. Though most characters are replaced with AlternateUniverse equivalents played by different actors, quite a few characters are played by their original actors.
** In a rare case of a specific team coming back entirely on their own, ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger'' had a "Ten Years Later" V-Cinema special in 2013.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'' did teamups between the present and past seasons for a good 11 years in the Showa era shows, each one having a progressively larger cast. ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' had a DirectToVideo team-up between its heroes and predecessor ''Series/KamenRiderAgito'', even if Agito was a FakeShemp (the thing turned out to be AllJustADream anyways). ''Series/KamenRiderDenO & [[Series/KamenRiderKiva Kiva]]: Climax Deka'' is probably the most in the spirit of the trope, featuring the full casts of both shows. The ''Film/KamenRiderZX'' TV special brought together all of the previous Rider characters, and the first ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' movie does the same. In Decade, the original cast of a Rider show is replaced (handwaved by Decade being an AlternateUniverse traveler), but most of ''Den-O'' and ''Series/KamenRiderHibiki''[='=]s casts as well as key characters from ''Kiva'', plus those summoned by Narutaki and Kivara ([[Series/KamenRiderKabuto the Hoppers]], [[Series/KamenRiderFaiz Kaixa]], and [[Series/KamenRiderRyuki Ohja]]) are reprisals.
** The '''eighth''' movie in the ''Den-O'' series is [[MilestoneCelebration the movie of the franchise's 40th year]] and thus brings all main Riders up to Series/KamenRiderOOO, with particular focus on OOO, Den-O and [[Series/KamenRider the Double Riders]].
** Like ''Super Sentai'''s "Vs." series, Kamen Rider recently started a series of movies of this nature, collectively known as ''Movie Wars''. The most recent saw ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'', ''OOO'', ''Double'' and the first seven Riders joining forces, though the focus was on the first two.
* ''{{Series/Cheers}}'' had its reunion show in the form of one episode of its [[SpinOff spin-off]] ''{{Series/Frasier}}''.
* ''The Return of Series/TheManFromUNCLE: The Fifteen Years Later Affair''
* ''Series/GreenAcres'' had a reunion show in 1990 called "Return to Green Acres", which showed Oliver and Lisa still living on the farm. Most of the original cast was in it, but it was way too sappy and serious, especially when contrasted with the absurdist humor of the original series.
* ''TheLoveBoat: A Valentine Voyage'' came several years after the show's end.
* ''Return to Mayberry'' (1986) successfully reunited almost the entire cast and crew of ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow''.
* Happens at the end of pretty much all [[RealityShow reality shows]], especially those airing on Creator/VH1.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent {{Christmas Episode}}s of ''Series/BluePeter'', in which the presenters do a {{Panto}} or {{Musical}} of some sort, often rope in previous presenters to round out the cast.
* ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' did two: ''The Wild Wild West Revisited'' and ''More Wild Wild West''.
* ''Series/UltramanMebius'' and its tie-in movie ''Ultraman Mebius & the Ultra Brothers'' is this for the ''Franchise/UltraSeries''. And an example within an example which involves the class from ''Series/UltramanEighty'' getting back together before their old school is closed down.
* ''{{Series/Seinfeld}}'' didn't have a real reunion show; however, in the series ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'', where co-creator Creator/LarryDavid plays a fictionalized version of himself, there was a storyline in which he reunited the cast (who played themselves, and themselves playing the ''Seinfeld'' characters) for a reunion show.
* ''Series/GrowingPains'' had two (that [[SeriesContinuityError don't quite match up]]).
* ''Series/EightIsEnough'' had two reunion movies in 1987 and 1989.
* ''Return of Series/TheModSquad'' (1979)
* ''Back to the Streets of San Francisco'' (1992)
* ''TheRockfordFiles'' had several reunion movies in the '90s.
* ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie: 15 Years Later'' (1985) had all the original cast save Larry Hagman, who couldn't participate due to his role on ''{{Dallas}}''; instead, Wayne Rogers served as [[TheOtherDarrin The Other Tony]]. A second reunion movie, ''I Still Dream of Jeannie'' (1991), kept Tony [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen offscreen]].
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' has had numerous campaigns for a reunion WhereAreTheyNow episode for the characters. The writers have had to put down several rumours and it's the number one question the actors face. And with the ten year anniversary of the finale coming up the pressure is only getting worse.
* ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow''
* ''Series/TheFactsOfLife''
* ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'''s ChristmasSpecial was made 18 months after the show ended. It may not seem like a long time, but because the show dealt with teenagers, it was obvious that they were too old for the show. Making it worse was that the movie was only supposed to take place a few weeks after the GrandFinale.
* ''{{Series/Mash}}'' had a 20th anniversary special in which the show's producers and surviving cast members gathered to reminisce.
* ''Series/AlloAllo'' did a reunion show in 2007 called ''The Return of 'Allo 'Allo!''.
* The 1957-66 ''Franchise/PerryMason'' television series had one, in the form of ''Perry Mason Returns'' (1985), featuring returning leads Raymond Burr and Barbara Hale. And another, in the form of ''Perry Mason: The Case of the Notorious Nun'' (1986). And another, in the form of ''Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star'' (1986)... and a staggering '''27''' more {{Made For TV Movie}}s made afterwards until 1995 (with Burr [[AuthorExistenceFailure dying in 1993]] and paving the way for several {{Suspiciously Similar Substitute}}s for the last four, with the umbrella title rechristened ''A Perry Mason Mystery'').
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' had a [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-may-14-2002/the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart-reunion-show reunion show]] in 2002...''reflecting on the first 10 minutes of the episode''.
* ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' for the cast of the original Trek and arguably a re-re-union for the next five Trek movies.
* ''TheSixMillionDollarMan'' and ''Series/TheBionicWoman'' had three reunion movies in the late '80s and early '90s; ''Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman'', ''Bionic Showdown'' (which included some "Next Generation" bionic operatives) and ''Bionic Ever After'', (in which Steve Austin and Jamie Sommers [[TheyDo finally got married]]).
* The XYZ Affair's video for the song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IerHOrDQKW0 "All My Friends"]] is an odd example, as it serves as a reunion more of a [[Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} channel's]] [[TheNineties era]] than of a single show. Mike Maronna ([[Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete Big Pete]]), Jason Zimbler ([[Series/ClarissaExplainsItAll Ferguson]]) and Danny Cooksey ([[Series/SaluteYourShorts Budnick]]) team up with the XYZ Affair against [[Series/DoubleDare1986 Marc Summers]], who here plays the band's irritated neighbor. Zimbler hits it off with a girl wearing a shirt reading "Ferguson is my Darling" and Summers ends the video by throwing green slime at everyone.
* In another Nickelodeon example, [[DoubleDare1986 Marc Summers and John Harvey]] reunited on an episode of NBC Philadelphia's ''The 10! Show'' in late 2010, and the two participated in a ''[[DoubleDare1986 Double Dare]]''-esque challenge. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqdLjFB3xLM The interview portion is here,]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDZBl6sKvn0 the challenge portion is here.]]
* ''TheOprahWinfreyShow'' had a few of these in its final season, including one with Oprah's former competitors, Ricki Lake, Donahue, and Sally Jessy Raphael. She also reunited with Iyanla Vanzant, who she had a falling out with after she refused to do a SpinOff show with Oprah and went to another network.
* "A Reunion ...", the second-season premiere of ''Series/DontTrustTheBInApartment23'', deconstructed this trope. James van der Beek, [[AdamWesting who plays himself as a regular]], regularly turns down his ''Series/DawsonsCreek'' castmates' letters requesting a reunion. June, a fan when she was a teen, tries to suggest that he do it, and succeeds ... only for Chloe to let her know that she writes the letters, so James will feel powerful by rejecting them and thus she can get him to grant any wish of hers. June is undeterred, so Chloe drugs her and then spends six hours showing him [=DVDs=] of bad reunion shows from other shows (like ''Series/TheFactsOfLife Goes to Paris'') and reveals she's been the one writing the letters. James later reconsiders, but finds out from Busy Phillips that his former castmates all still hate him for not paying his share for a final gift to the crew, and won't say no outright but won't do it, either. Undeterred, he corners [[MalcolmInTheMiddle Frankie Muniz]] in the supermarket to pitch an idea for a combined reunion show, but Chloe again foils that. At the end, [[SavedByTheBell Mark-Paul Gosselaar]] appears to persuade James to live in the present, and they have a VikingFuneral for ''Dawson's Creek'' in the Central Park lake.
* ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' will have one in 2013 titled ''The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex'', where the plot will have a magic spell going awry, [[LiteralSplitPersonality splitting Alex into a good and bad Alex]] and the family must stop the bad clone from [[TakeOverTheWorld taking over the world]].
* ''Series/SimonAndSimon'': They reunited in the 1995's TV movie ''Simon & Simon: In Trouble Again''.
* ''The Return Of Frank Cannon'' (1980) was a reunion movie in the loosest sense of the word, as the only member of the show's cast was William Conrad (Cannon). Insert fat joke here.
* ''Norman Stanley Fletcher: Life Beyond the Box'' brought back most of the cast of ''Series/{{Porridge}}'' and ''Going Straight'', in a retrospective of Fletch's life before and after the series.
* ''ISpy'' got two. One was a standard made-for-TV movie titled ''I Spy Returns'' that featured Robert Culp and BillCosby reprising their TV roles in a backdoor pilot for a "next generation" spin-off that never sold. And in 1999, Culp and Cosby reunited on Cosby's sitcom - conveniently titled ''Cosby'' for an AllJustADream episode in which Cosby's sitcom character, after watching an episode of ''I Spy'' on TV, dreams that he is Alexander Scott, sharing an adventure with Kelly Robinson (Culp).
* ''DoctorWho'' is unique among all TV series as its reunion episodes feature the different actors who have played ''the same character''. To date there have been: "The Three Doctors" (1972-73; featuring the First, Second and Third Doctors); "The Five Doctors" (1983; featuring the first five Doctors, plus a number of former co-stars); "The Two Doctors" (1985, featuring the Second Doctor and popular 1960s companion character Jamie McCrimmon); "Time Crash" (2007 minisode featuring the Fifth Doctor); and the two-parter "The Name of the Doctor" and "The Day of the Doctor" (both for the 50th anniversary in 2013) that saw ''every'' Doctor appear in some form. This list does not count additional episodes such as "Mawdryn Undead" (1983) and "School Reunion" (2006) which featured the return of individual cast members from the show's past.
* ''Series/{{Cracker}}'' had the 2006 special ''A New Terror'', though only a few members of the original cast returned.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' ended in 1960. ''The Last Goon Show of All'' was broadcast in 1972. The Goons got together one last time to record two comic songs in 1978.
* ''Radio/ImSorryIllReadThatAgain'' ran sporadically from 1964 to 1973. A 25th Anniversary reunion special was broadcast in 1989.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* The 1981 musical ''Bring Back Birdie'' brought back the characters of ''Theatre/ByeByeBirdie'' two decades later. Chita Rivera was the only original cast member to reprise her role, though the original librettist and songwriters signed on.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' was a Reunion Game for the voice casts of several Disney classics through the last century; most of the original cast returned (including people such as James Woods as Hades, and {{BRIAN BLESSED}} as Clayton as well as the original voice of Alice and Wendy a good 50 years after the initial films came out). Some of the cast of ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' returned, as did most of ''{{Disney/Aladdin}}'' (save RobinWilliams, who was already recast since the TV series in the 90's), ''{{Disney/Hercules}}'', ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' (save Samuel E. Wright), ''{{Disney/Tarzan}}'', and ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' (save Jerry Orbach who had since passed away). The most no-shows were ''Disney/TheLionKing'' with only Ernie Sabella as Pumbaa and Cheech Marin as Banzai, and ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' where the entire cast was shooting the sequels and couldn't make it (although Creator/JohnnyDepp supposedly really wanted to do it).
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', depending on game choices made, can have this feel as familiar faces from the first two games are encountered, especially in the light-hearted "Citadel" DLC.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''' Spring Break Special, and later, Night Ghoulery.
* One could say ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''[='=] 2009 special, ''Powerpuff Girls Rule'', is a reunion of sorts as it includes virtually every main villain within the show and as well as brings back all the [=VAs=] who worked on the series.
** This was also the case with the 2014 special ''Dance Pantsed''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' has the crossover special with ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' in 2005. By then, the show was over, and the cast was back to reprise their roles (except T.J., who had to be done by the same kid who did him in the DTV movies.
* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' when Brain tries to stage fake one in an attempt to TakeOverTheWorld.
* Similar to ''Kingdom Hearts'' above, ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' brought back many voice actors from Disney's animated features (save for those who were dead or couldn't make it).
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