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->''"Let me assure you fans of the old ''[[Series/ThePriceIsRight Price is Right]]'' that this is your favorite game still based on the pricing of merchandise with wonderful awards for smart shoppers. We call it ''The New Price is Right'' because we have some exciting new games that you'll enjoy right there at home with our StudioAudience, and we're going to get that first game going right now."''
-->-- '''Bob Barker''' on the first-ever episode of his version of ''Series/ThePriceIsRight''

The show's so nice, they did it twice.

Pretty much every fan's dream is to see their beloved series return to the airwaves, and every once in a great while, it actually happens, occasionally as the reaction to a particularly successful ReunionShow.

The Revival differs from other forms of remake and adaptation in that it remains (more or less) in continuity with its predecessor. The show may differ in some substantial ways (in fact, a Revival is often far ''more'' different from the original than a remake would be), particularly with regards to casting, but it is nonetheless a ''continuation'' of the original series, rather than a second attempt at visiting the same material.

Differs from a {{Transplant}} in scale and in the passage of real-world time. It is not strictly necessary for ''any'' of the original characters to return (though this depends on the nature of the show: shows set in the "real world" typically need a character (or family) to link the incarnations, while in SpeculativeFiction, the universe of the show can serve this purpose), but when they don't, you can usually count on one of them to return as a SpecialGuest. Often, a front-line character from the original series is now OlderAndWiser, and promoted to the position of TheMentor.

A Revival typically revisits the characters or their world some years later, and features occasional references back to events in the original series. (Ideally, these references are ''very'' occasional, as they tend to alienate new viewers. Referencing past continuity too often gives the new show the feel of FanWank.)

The Revival is something of a crapshoot. When reviving a show, the makers have access to a ready-made audience, improving their odds of success. However, if the revival is too much like the original, (mostly unfavorable) comparisons to the original are inevitable, and they run the risk of being inaccessible or irrelevant to the new audience (after all, the show which spawned the revival had long-since died). If the revival is too different, it alienates fans of the original, and there are few foes more formidable than an enraged fan-base. When it fails, it fails spectacularly. When it succeeds, it tends to last longer than the original, though it does not always attain the same cultural status.

In {{Theatre}} "revival" has a slightly different meaning, closer to a straight {{remake}}. Any production that has not been performed in a significant amount of time and is brought back to the stage is called a revival - usualy it will be recast, sometimes it will get bonus material added in the form of a new song or two, sometimes the production values of the show such as the set design will get a revamp. The Tony Awards give separate awards to revival productions including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Revival of a Play.

See also UnCanceled, which is the restoration of the original, largely unchanged, as opposed to a new series based off the old. The differences are sometimes entirely behind-the-scenes. Compare AfterShow, which usually immediately succeeds the original show and typically involves at last a partial change in cast or setting.

For the 2012 Image horror comic, check ''ComicBook/{{Revival}}''. For the 2014 Creator/StephenKing novel, see ''Literature/{{Revival}}''.



* ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' is fairly unique among other anime series in the fact that it goes through constant revivals every few years with a few movies, {{OVA}}s, and mangas sprinkled in between. First there was the original ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' series that aired from 1982-1983. ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'' was aired from 1994-1995 and was based on a colony ship with two main characters from the original series being carried over. The 2008 series, ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'', takes place several decades after ''Macross 7'' in a different colony ship. The 2016 series, ''Anime/MacrossDelta'', takes place eight years after ''Frontier'' on already colonized planets.
* ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'', for the original ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
* ''Anime/LupinIII'' first aired on TV from [[Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket 1971-1972]]. It got so popular in reruns, that it was brought back as ''[[Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket New Lupin III]]'' in 1977. And again in the 1980s as ''[[Anime/LupinIIIPinkJacket Lupin III: Part III]]''. The fourth Lupin series, ''[[Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine The Woman Called Fujiko Mine]]'', is a revival set before the first three, a {{Prequel}}.
* Sometimes, classic Japanese shows are revived into newer ones. ''Manga/HimitsuNoAkkoChan'', ''Manga/SallyTheWitch'', ''Anime/MagicalPrincessMinkyMomo'' and ''Manga/GeGeGeNoKitaro'' are four examples of this.
* ''Manga/GetterRobo'' was revived with ''Getter Robo: Armageddon'', and since then, it has spawned ''Shin Getter Robo vs Neo Getter Robo'' and ''New Getter Robo''.

* The MINI, launched in 2001 by BMW is one such example. However, it's not a {{Remake}} and is CanonDisContinuity of the original - larger, fatter and heavier than the original. Not to mention that 1.6-litre engines and diesel ''were never available in the original''.
* The original [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiat_Nuova_500 Fiat 500]] is a supermini that is considered utterly terrible in some nations (even the United Kingdom). [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiat_500_%282007%29 Its revival,]] produced since 2007, was launched in the United States sometime in 2011 (where such vehicles are considered as AmericansHateTingle).
* Volkswagen Santana, which is basically the 1981-1988 Passat with some slight changes and engine changes. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_Santana The Other Wiki]] has a full article. Supposed to end production in 2012...
* The Talbot brand, owned by [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench Peugeot]], which disappeared from the automobile market in 1986, but is now coming back, with Peugeot-based models. Few people realized how much of a ChekhovsGun the Talbot brand was to Peugeot-Citroen...

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* A number of ''WesternAnimation/TheDisneyAfternoon'' shows have been revived in the comics pages, including ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' by Slave Labor Graphics, and ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' (in ''Uncle Scrooge'' comics), ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', and ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' by [[Creator/KaboomComics Boom! Kids]]. Neither publisher was able to hang on to the licenses very long, however.
* The original ''ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' was revived after 28 years of alternate continuities, futures wiped out of history, etc. They even got the old writer and old cover logo.
* ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' may have the most successful revival of a comic character in American history. The original ''Captain America Comics'' ran for 9 years, while the second revival in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} onward has lasted, off and on, over ''forty''!
* Marvel also did this to many of its Riverdale-style humor titles. Many of them became part of Marvel's typical superhero universe. Venus became an Agent of Atlas, Patsy Walker from Miss America became Hellcat, and Millie the Model weaves in and out of mainstream continuity.

* The Samuel L Jackson vehicle ''Film/{{Shaft 2000}}'' was not a remake of the 1970s blaxploitation classic ''Film/{{Shaft}}''. In fact, Creator/RichardRoundtree reprised his role as the original Shaft, who was the uncle of Jackson's character.
* Referenced in ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', where the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' spoof show the main characters acted on was revived in the end of the film.
* As of 2015, after decades... [[Film/TheForceAwakens Chewie, we're home.]]
* Released sixteen years after the original ''[[Film/TheBlairWitchProject Blair Witch Project]]'' the surprise sequel ''Film/BlairWitch'' goes back into the woods with a new inevitably doomed group lead by Heather Donahue's brother in a desperate attempt to find her after new footage is posted online.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Though not the first example, surely the most famous is ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', which spawned the modern era of the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise. Set a century after the original, it returned to the fictional world of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' with a new starship and crew.
** And yes, there was even a ShoutOut or two and a SpecialGuest from the first series from time to time; [=DeForrest=] Kelley (Dr. "Bones" [=McCoy=]) had a small guest appearance in the premiere episode, sparking a "send-off" tradition where a character from the previous ''Trek'' series would appear in the premiere of the next; Spock became a focal character for two-part episode and even his father Sarek had an episode revolving around him.
** Scotty also made an appearance, after being locked in transporter for decades. He managed to show his old school engineering beats the new engineer.
** This almost happened a few years earlier with ''Star Trek: Phase Two'' which was going to be the headliner for a new Paramount cable network. This eventually morphed into ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' while some of the scripts written for the show were used in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' during a writer's strike.
* Due in part to the success of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', about the same time, ''Series/{{WKRP In Cincinnati}}'' was revived as ''The New WKRP In Cincinnati'', which returned to the titular radio station a decade later. Some of the original characters remained, some had departed, but most made guest appearances.
* The 70s sitcom ''What's Happening!'' was updated to ''What's Happening Now!'', starring nearly all of the original's surviving stars as older version of their characters.
* ''Series/GetSmart'' was briefly revived with Maxwell Smart promoted to Chief of CONTROL over his own son Zach in the new ''Get Smart''.
* Another of the rare successful examples is ''Series/KungFuTheLegendContinues'', in which David Carradine almost-reprised his original role, playing Caine's IdenticalGrandson.
* In 1997, ''Series/KnightRider'' was revived as ''Series/TeamKnightRider'' with a new cast and concept. It fell victim to a homicidally enraged fan-base.
** And in 2008, a new revival was spawned by a TV movie. The fan-base has proven substantially less homicidal this time.
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' was briefly revived in the 1980s as ''[[Series/BradyBunchSpinoffs The Bradys]]''. It violated the usual rule by transforming from a HalfHourComedy to a DramaticHourLong, and suffered in the ratings for it; in an attempt to rescue the show, the producers tried to turn it back into a comedy by arbitrarily inserting a LaughTrack into the existing dramatic plot line! Prior to ''The Bradys'', there was also a short-lived comedy series called ''The Brady Brides,'' which ran for six episodes and featured Jan and Marcia as newlyweds.
* On the other side of the pond, ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'' was briefly revived, reuniting the department store clerks as the caretakers of an inn into which their pensions had been invested in ''Grace and Favor'' (aired in the US as ''Are You Being Served Again''. Many of the cast members have speculated that had the show originally aired under that title, it might have succeeded, as it appears that most of the audience did not realize the show was a revival).
** Another attempt was made in 2016 but faced poor reviews.
* A revival of ''Series/BlakesSeven '' set years after the original with Avon as TheMentor was announced in 2003, but appears to have been scrapped.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' was revived in 2005 after sixteen years during which only ExpandedUniverse material and a single MadeForTVMovie was produced. It made it clear within the first few episodes that all of the earlier show definitely was still in continuity. It even put the long break in as a plot point: during the missing period (on the Doctor's personal timeline, anyway), the Last Great Time War happened, rendering the Doctor the LastOfHisKind (and [[TheNthDoctor regenerating him offscreen]] into Creator/ChristopherEccleston). The show squeezed the mystery of what precisely happened for all the drama and suspense they could. The revival has made a few {{Retcon}}s concerning the original series, but then ''Series/DoctorWho'' tended towards BroadStrokes continuity for much of its run.
* After ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' ended and the Muppets went on to make movies, two attempts were made to revive the show as a TV franchise. Neither ''Series/TheJimHensonHour'' nor ''Series/MuppetsTonight'' were as successful as the original. More recently, the show has been revived in ComicBook form.
* Game shows are quite popular targets for revivals:
** The current incarnation of ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' with Alex Trebek is the second revival of the original, which was hosted by Art Fleming from 1964 to 1974. A short-lived revival/{{Retool}} aired from 1978-79.
** ''Series/{{Password}}'' was revived several times, including ''Password Plus'' and ''Super Password'' in the late 70s and mid-80s, then ''Million Dollar Password'' in the late 2000s.
** NBC revived the classic quiz show ''Series/TwentyOne'' in the early 2000s.
** The most famous version of the ''Series/MatchGame'' (i.e., the orange shag carpeted version with Gene Rayburn, Charles Nelson Reilly, Brett Somers, and questions leading to "boobs" as an answer) was a revival of a more staid 1960s format.
** The current version of ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' (1972-present) is a more tricked out version of a 1950s game show of the same name. The original was mainly limited to bidding on prizes, while the current version used that as a launching pad for a wide variety of pricing-related games.
** ''Series/ToTellTheTruth'' had revivals in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.
** The ''Series/{{Pyramid}}'' franchise was revived in the 1980s with ''The (New) $25,000 Pyramid'' and ''The $100,000 Pyramid'', the latter of which was itself revived in the 1990s with John Davidson. It came back as ''Pyramid'' in 2002-04 with Donny Osmond, and again in 2012 as ''The Pyramid'' on Creator/{{GSN}}.
** ''Series/FamilyFeud'' was revived twice: first from 1988-1994 with Ray Combs (then a post-script season with original host Richard Dawson returning), then the current version from 1998 onward. The latter has been hosted by Louie Anderson, Richard Karn, John O'Hurley, and Steve Harvey.
** ''Series/LetsMakeADeal'' ran from the 1970s to the 1980s. It was revived in the late 2000s with Creator/WayneBrady as the host. Many people liked Brady's take on the show and former host Monty Hall approves of Brady's performance.
** ''Series/{{Whammy}}'' is the revival of ''Series/PressYourLuck'' with the set being updated to a more modern look and the iconic Whammy character being rendered in 3D animation instead of the cartoony 2D animation. Many people hated the changes to the set, format, and host Todd Newton acting over the top, but others like the show on it's own merits, and it still airs in reruns despite only airing for 2 years.
* ''Series/MissionImpossible'' was revived in the late 1980s with Peter Graves reprising his role as Jim Phelps and Bob Johnson returning as the voice on the recording, though the rest of the Impossible Missions Force personnel were new characters and the technology was updated (for example, the famous self-destructing reel-to-reel tape became a self-destructing CD). Many of the original scripts were recycled nearly verbatim for the revival.
** This is actually an unusual case that was the result of a last minute change. It was originally going to be TheRemake, with a new cast playing re-imagined versions of the same characters, with most (or all) of the episodes just being remakes of episodes from the original series. This changed shortly after Phil Morris was brought on. He was originally going to play his father's character (Barney Collier) from the original series. At the last minute, they changed the premise to be a revival/continuation rather than a remake, changed his name to Grant Collier, and made him Barney Collier's son, setting the stage for a RealLifeRelative moment when Greg appeared as Barney in an episode.
* ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'' was revived as ''Series/HawaiiFive0''.
* ''Series/TheTomorrowPeople'' was briefly revived with the help of Nickelodeon in the early '90s. Though the premise was largely unchanged, it drew more heavily from American kids' show tropes -- particularly, taking AdultsAreUseless to comic extremes. Neither this revival nor Creator/BigFinish's subsequent audio revival of the original series directly referenced each other, though the latter has made some very oblique references that might be taken to either canonize or [[CanonDiscontinuity decanonize]] the revival, depending on how you interpret them.
* The 1960s Spy Couple show ''Series/TheAvengers'' was revived as ''The New Avengers'' in the 1970s, and lasted two seasons. It uncomfortably straddled the line between the original series's ludicrous plots and the growing fashion for grittier, meaner shows such as ''Series/TheProfessionals''.
** ...which was made by the same people who made ''The New Avengers''.
* GenreAnthology shows are easy to revive because they lack continuing characters. For example:
** The 1959 series ''Series/OneStepBeyond'' came back in 1978 as ''Series/TheNextStepBeyond''.
** ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'' was revived in 1985...
** ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' was first revived as ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'', then received a ''third'' TV version in ''Series/TheTwilightZone2002''. (it was also revived as ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie'' and a radio series.)
** The most successful anthology revival was the new ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'', which ran for seven seasons beginning in 1995. The original ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' ran for two.
* ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'' was revived during the 1980s, with the 1983 MadeForTVMovie ''Still The Beaver'', and the 1985-89 series ''The New Leave It To Beaver'', both focusing on the life of the adult Beav.
* ''Series/TheMunsters'' was revived in 1988 as ''The Munsters Today''.
* The 1970s BritishSeries ''Series/AllCreaturesGreatAndSmall'' simply returned to the air with its original cast (bar one) a decade after its run had ended. In the intervening time, supporting actor Creator/PeterDavison had become a much bigger star, thanks to his stint on ''Series/DoctorWho''. Since the original series had ended with the main characters going off to fight in World War II, the time gap was readily explained by shifting the setting to after they'd returned to the practice of veterinary medicine.
* ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'' has been revived (fittingly enough, by Creator/TheCW) as simply ''90210''. Original cast members Shannen Doherty, Tori Spelling, and Jennie Garth have all reprised their roles (if only for guest parts), and Jason Priestly set to direct an episode. The CW is now doing the same for the similar ''Series/MelrosePlace''.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'' was revived with three new episodes, the three-part story ''Back to Earth'', after 10 years off the air. A full tenth series is aired in autumn 2012, with more planned for 2015.
* ''Series/DoubleDare2000'' for the original Nickelodeon ''Series/{{Double Dare|1986}}''.
* After an 11-year absence from the airwaves and a 6-year absence from any form of media, ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga'' inaugurated the return of the ''Franchise/KamenRider'' franchise. The title of the first episode? "Revival".
* ''Series/RabCNesbitt'' returned in a ChristmasSpecial after a ten year gap, and got a full series in 2010.
* ''Series/EerieIndiana'' was revived as ''Eerie Indiana The Other Dimension''. It lasted just one season of 15 episodes.
* James Garner reprised his ''Series/{{Maverick}}'' role in the short-lived 1981 series ''Bret Maverick''.
* ''Series/TheLoveBoat'' was revived with ''The Love Boat: The Next Wave''.
* ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'', the '50s TV/radio series, was revived in the late '60s, then again in 1989 (as ''The New Dragnet'') and yet again in 2003 (as ''LA Dragnet''). And that's not counting the two feature film adaptations.
* ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' (formerly titled ''Degrassi: The Next Generation''), launched in 2001 and still running, is a revival of TheEighties series ''Series/DegrassiHigh'' (which was, in contrast, an immediate {{Sequel}} to ''Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh''), set in the present day while including a few recurring characters from ''Series/DegrassiHigh'' as adults.
* ''Series/WhateverHappenedToTheLikelyLads?'', with Bob and Terry (and Terry's sister) still played by the original actors, ten years later and in colour.
* Danny Thomas' ''Make Room for Daddy'' was briefly revived as ''Make Room for Granddaddy'' in 1970.
* Creator/{{TNT}} had one for ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' from 2012 to 2014. The new show focused on the children of JR and Bobby and featured Creator/LarryHagman and Creator/PatrickDuffy once again playing the roles that made them famous. Hagman's death contributed to the show's decline and cancellation.
* There have been two failed attempts to revive ''Series/TheTimeTunnel''. The first one, in 2002, resulted in a never-broadcast unsold pilot;[[note]]it's available on DVD with the original series[[/note]] the second one, a few years later, didn't even get that far.
* ''Series/TheMonkees'' were revived in FirstRunSyndication as ''Series/TheNewMonkees'' at about the same time as ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. It only lasted a handful of episodes.
* ''Primeval'', axed in 2009 due to budget problems, was revived for two more seasons in 2011.
** The new Canadian series, ''New World'', could be seen as a revival because it fits in with the continuity of the original series, taking place after the events of the last episode. Its first episode features the longtime protagonist Connor Temple traveling to Canada to oversee the development of an anomaly research center there.
* The ''Franchise/MetalHeroes'' franchise and specifically, the ''[[Series/SpaceSheriffGavan Space]] [[Series/SpaceSheriffSharivan Sheriff]]'' [[Series/SpaceSheriffShaider Series]], will be revived in 2012 with the release of Film/SpaceSheriffGavanTheMovie.
* The Australian fantasy series ''Series/RoundTheTwist'' was revived in 1999 for two new seasons after an eight-year hiatus.
* A third season of ''Series/TwinPeaks'' was [[https://deadline.com/2014/10/twin-peaks-series-showtime-david-lynch-mark-frost-845804/ announced]] in October 2014, 24 years after the second season ended.
* ''Series/AshVsEvilDead'', a Creator/{{Starz}} TV series continuation of the original ''Franchise/EvilDead'' movies from same the creators, including Creator/BruceCampbell starring as franchise protagonist Ash Williams.
* ''Series/MrShow'', the Creator/{{HBO}} SketchComedy show from TheNineties, was revived on Creator/{{Netflix}} as ''Series/WithBobAndDavid'' about 15 years after its cancelation. Most of the original cast reappears.
* In 2015, ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' creator Joel Hodgson launched a Website/{{Kickstarter}} project to fund a new version of the series (with an entirely new cast) more than 15 years after the end of its original run. The project raised over $5.7 million ([[http://www.avclub.com/article/mst3k-breaks-kickstarter-records-secures-14-new-ep-229707 setting a new record for the largest amount ever raised for a video project via crowdfunding]]), and the revived series was released in April 2017, released on Netflix.
* ''Series/MythBusters'' announced in late 2015 that their 2016 season would be the last. However, on March 31 2016, just days after the series finale aired, The Science Channel announced that they are rebooting the franchise, and are on the search for a new generation of [=MythBusters=]. Many believe it to be an AprilFoolsDay prank. However, since the news was widely carried and since there's no retractions, it's assumed that the revival is real.
* ''Series/WillAndGrace'' originally ended in 2006, until it was revived for 10 more episodes in 2017. Its run was soon expanded and a second season greenlit, all before the first new episode aired.
* ''Series/{{Hunter}}'': The original series ran from 1984 to 1991, plus a couple of MadeForTV movies in the 1990s. There was also a very shortlived revival in 2003 starring an older Hunter and [=McCall=] that was CutShort after only five episodes.
* ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' returned in 2018, about 21 years after it concluded. It also {{retcon}}ned away many of the more controversial aspects of its ninth season to the point of CanonDiscontinuity.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* The Calgary Territory goes back to at least 1930, although it is best known for it's 1948 revival as Stampede by [[WrestlingFamily the Hart family]]. The Stampede promotion fizzled out in 1989, four years after Wrestling/{{Vince|McMahon}} cleaned it out, but was revived again in 1999.
* Former Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA member Southern Championship Wrestling, a Tennessee based promotion founded in 1982 by Jim Crockett, has seen revivals in Georgia (later 80s-1990), North Carolina (94-2004) and Florida(1998-2010+).
* JWP Project closed it's doors in 2000 after a string of retirements and deaths, one of which being the [[CasualtyInTheRing in ring case]] of Plum Mariko. It was quickly revived as JWP Joshi Puroresu before the year was up by Command Bolshoi however and ended up reviving Zenjo's [[TournamentArc Tag League The Best]] when it folded in 2005.
* A year after Wrestling/AllJapanWomensProWrestling shutdown in 2005, Tajima Planning Corporation attempted a revival called New AJW, which lasted until 2011.
* In 2006 Wrestling/{{WWE}} attempted a revival of defunct wrestling federation {{Wrestling/ECW}} as its third "brand"; however, ExecutiveMeddling on the part of Vince [=McMahon=] pretty much destroyed any connection to the original except the name and a handful of wrestlers. And even the handful of wrestlers ([[Wrestling/TommyDreamer save one]]) were gone within a couple of years. A year later, WWE would revive FCW as a developmental brand, which was only slightly less InNameOnly, having more in common with Ohio Valley Wrestling and Wrestling/RingOfHonor(complete with fans [[CrowdChant chanting "This Is Wrestling"]] to Wrestling/LowKi and Wrestling/BryanDanielson) but had more positive critical reception(so naturally was broadcast to less than one percent of potential audiences than the former).
* [[Wrestling/{{FMW}} Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling]] started up in 1989 and shut its doors in 2002. After several {{spiritual successor}}s kept the FMW wrestlers employed for thirteen years, it was officially revived in 2015.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/SpaceHulk'' got a limited edition revival from Games Workshop.

* After a six-year absence, the Franchise/GIJoe action figure line was relaunched in 1982 with smaller figure size, a team concept, and an actual enemy to fight in the form of the Cobra organization. The revived figure line would continue until 1994. After several failed attempts at new lines, the 1980s "Real American Hero" figures would themselves be revived in 1997.
* Heck, even the lovable Weebles toy line that originated in the early 70s recently got a revival as you can obviously see in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yr83YRkbXpw this commercial]] that surprisingly has a techno remix for the catchy jingle that obviously describes what happens when you push them around!
* WesternAnimation/{{Popples}} had three of these: one in 2001, another in 2007 and another one to come in 2013.
* Puppy Surprise was revived in 2005.
* WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake had two: one in 2003, and another in 2009.
* New incarnations of Franchise/CareBears have been released every decade since the 80s.
* The Toys/{{Furby}} was revived twice: once in 2005 (which got a special on Nickelodeon called ''WesternAnimation/FurbyIsland''), and a very successful one in 2012, which was the top-selling toy of the year in 2012, and even got merchandise, much like the original Furbies.
* Toys/{{Bionicle}} originally ran from 2001 to 2010, then was briefly relaunched in 2015.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Neverland released information and pictures of their ''Revival of Estpolis''/''Lufia'' second game ''Rise of the Sinistrals'' with ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''-influenced characters and more action-based gameplay.
* Nintendo dropped a whole bunch of these at [[UsefulNotes/ElectronicEntertainmentExpo E3]] 2010, with the announcements of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'', ''VideoGame/KirbysEpicYarn'', and a new ''[[VideoGame/GoldenEyeWii GoldenEye]]'' for the Wii, ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' for the DS and ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' for the 3DS; when none of them have had releases in the prior five to ten years (and up to ''twenty'' years in the case of ''Kid Icarus'').[[note]]Okay, Kirby had a healthy stream of portable releases in that time, but he hasn't been seen on a ''console'' in a while.[[/note]] The next year supported Kirby's console revival with ''VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamland'', a classic-styled Kirby game (the first on a console since 2000) where ''Epic Yarn'' was one of the series' departures from the standard formula.
* Also hyped at E3 2010 was ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'', which Disney planned as a revival for the titular mouse.
* ''Gunstar Super Heroes'' takes place after ''VideoGame/GunstarHeroes'', but has the exact same basic story starring characters with the exact same names as the original (though the two plots do diverge after a while.)
* All three of Creator/NaughtyDog's ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' games were remade for the [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 PS4]] in the ''VideoGame/CrashBandicootNSaneTrilogy'' re-release.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' released after a six year SequelGap with a different development team than ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}''. It was vastly different in tone and gameplay than the previous entries, and more-or-less soft rebooted the series, setting in place the WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld formula that ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' would follow.

* ''Webcomic/{{Fans}}'' has had ''two'' revivals. It began as an independently-published print comic book in 1999, only for the creators to cancel it within the year due to lackluster distribution and sales. They revived it eight months later as a webcomic, which ran until 2005 when writer Creator/TCampbell felt he'd brought the story to its proper conclusion. In 2008, he planned to do a one-shot {{Sequel}} story as a donation drive incentive, but found he had so many ideas for new stories and characters that he and artist Jason Waltrip instead relaunched the webcomic entirely, picking up five in-universe years from the previous storyline. This relaunch lasted until 2012, when Campbell once again felt the story had reached a suitable ending.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In 1997, ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' was revived as ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters'', with Egon heading a new team. The original Ghostbusters returned for its first season finale.
** And, on that note, 1986's ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters'' was a revival of 1975's live-action series ''The Ghost Busters''--here, Jake and Eddie were the sons of the originals (Kong and Spenser, respectively).
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' does this constantly. At first there was ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', which took place in the same continuity as ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' and as such fully fits the definition of a revival. After that, Hasbro decided to go the way of {{Alternate Universe}}s with ''Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'', the Anime/UnicronTrilogy, Creator/MichaelBay's [[Film/TransformersFilmSeries movies]], ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', and ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''
** This only applies to the Transformers fiction though. The toyline as a whole has never had a break from production at any time since it began in the 80s.
* Also from Hasbro are the ''MyLittlePony'' cartoons. Less frequent than ''Transformers'', but nonetheless they've had three or four different cartoons. ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has experienced a massive explosion in popularity, due in no small part to the fact that the creative director is Creator/LaurenFaust of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' and ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' fame,[[note]]Who apparently didn't particularly care for the original cartoons, and was a little skeptical when her bosses told her this is what they wanted her to be doing,[[/note]] who bent over backwards to make the show enjoyable for parents as well as the actual target demographic.
* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' was revived in the form of ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinChronicles'', in early 2013.
* ''WesternAnimation/VoltronForce'' hit the airwaves in June of 2011, reviving the the series with several nods to the original in the first few episodes alone.
* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades'' is a new take on the franchise, where the team consists of a RagtagBunchOfMisfits [[MeaningfulName seen by society as renegades, but by themselves as average joes]] just doing the right thing.
* The Franchise/ScoobyDoo franchise ran a new series every few years from the late 60s to early 90s. Since then they've managed this a couple of times in the new millennium with the [[Film/ScoobyDoo live-action movies]], ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo, WesternAnimation/ShaggyAndScoobyDooGetAClue'', and ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated''.
* The 1993 cartoon ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' was revived in 2006, complete with character redesigns and a new alien race called the Catatonians replacing Lawrence Limburger as the main villain, though there were a few callbacks to the original series and Limburger even attempts to regain his stride a couple of times.
* Creator/{{Toonami}} is an example of ''a programming block'' that got this treatment.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' was a show that originally ran on Creator/CartoonNetwork for four seasons from 2001 to 2004, and was then cancelled. But due to popular demand, it was eventually granted another (final) season by Creator/AdultSwim in 2017, resulting in a 13-years gap between Seasons 4 and 5. Although it follows the same continuity, the fifth season differs significantly by [[DarkerAndEdgier obviously no longer being a show for children]].