10 shows besides 'Twin Peaks' that also deserve comebacks

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On Monday, 25 years after "Twin Peaks" was cancelled, it was announced the beloved (and bizarre) David Lynch series will return in 2016. And the best part is that they're doing it right: Lynch is returning, as is co-creator Mark Frost, with the series heading to Showtime (instead of ABC, the network that cancelled it originally) as a continuation -- not as a reboot. (So we're talking Agent Cooper in present day, people. Hopefully he's stopped screaming "How's Annie?!")

Which, of course, dared us to dream. Because if "Twin Peaks" can come back, so can -- maybe -- some of our other dearly departed TV shows. Here are a few shows that deserve a comeback of their own:

"Happy Endings" (2011-2013)

Like it did with "Twin Peaks," ABC (arguably) dropped the ball when it axed the subversive "Happy Endings" after three seasons for not being "on brand." Describing "Happy Endings" as "too narrow" (translation: low ratings) ABC entertainment chief Paul Lee went on to invest in sitcoms like "Mixology" and "Super Fun Night" instead -- two shows that were cancelled after one season.
Why a reboot could be great: It's been nearly a year and a half since the series was cancelled -- picking up where we left off is realistic, reasonable, and something we all deserve, damn it.
How it could go very wrong: If Damon Wayans Jr. (who played Brad) chose to stay on the FOX sitcom "New Girl" as Coach and didn't come back, that would be horrible. And... well, that's the only thing that could go wrong, I'm pretty sure.

"Clone High" (2002-2003)

An animated series that revolved around a high school populated by teenage clones of Abraham Lincoln, Cleopatra, Gandhi, JFK, and Joan of Arc, the show was cancelled by MTV in 2003 when 150 politicians and Gandhi's grandson staged a hunger strike after learning about Gandhi's character. MTV gave creators Phil Lord and Christopher Miller a chance to write him off, but they opted not to. And the rest, they say, is history.
Why a reboot could be great: Lord and Miller went on to write "The LEGO Movie," "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," and they directed the "Jump Street" movies. It's probably safe to assume a "Clone High" revival would fit in nicely among current beloved shows like "Bob's Burgers," "Bojack Horseman," and even "Archer." The climate is right!
How it could go very wrong: Please see: hunger strikes by Indian politicians (again).

"Are You Afraid of the Dark?" (1992-2000)

After running from 1992 to 1996 on Nickelodeon's SNICK and YTV, "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" was picked up for another season/revival in 1999, which arguably paled in comparison to the mid-nineties original. However, the stories of The Midnight Society didn't translate quite as well, and the show now lives on only in our memories.
Why a reboot could be great: Imagine The Midnight Society all grown up. Now, imagine them so shaped by their nightly campfire meetings, they're unable -- 20 years later -- to let them go. A new kind of horror.
How it could go very wrong: If the cast was replaced by teenagers. Teens are great! But teens are not the cast we grew up with.

"Breaker High" (1997-1998)

Can you believe a series about teens attending high school on a boat (including Ryan Gosling!!!) didn't fare well in ratings? Neither can this girl. Neither can any of us.
Why a reboot could be great: Ryan Gosling would be on TV again.
How it could go very wrong: The boat could sink. (But on that note, we'd just get a modern re-telling of "Titanic.")

"Freaks and Geeks" (1999-2000)

Judd Apatow's television debut is arguably one of the best shows to come out of the nineties, and it only lasted one season. (Seriously: when have teens -- played by Seth Rogan, James Franco, and Linda Cardellini -- ever been written so well?) But of course that didn't translate: cancelled after 12 episodes (despite 18 having been written), the show found new life on DVD. But Apatow still vows revenge on those who axed it in the first place.
Why a reboot could be great: Because 15 years later and thanks to countless movies, we know how well this ensemble works together.
How it could go very wrong: If every character ended up stuck in their hometown, it'd actually be very upsetting.

"My So-Called Life" (1994-1995)

ABC strikes again! Cancelling what's been described as one of the best teen dramas ever, the network pulled the plug on Angela Chase (Claire Danes) and her coming-of-age saga, which didn't exactly surprise creator Winnie Holzman, who confirmed to Vulture recently that the series was always on the brink of cancellation. ABC, what gives?
Why a reboot could be great: We would finally find out if Angela chose Jordan Catalano (Jared Leto) or Brian Krakow (Devon Gummersall). That cliffhanger has been bothering us for 20 years now.
How it could go very wrong: If it was actually just some sort of "Homeland" crossover. Just kidding, that would be amazing. (Yeah, there's actually no way this could go wrong.)

"Undeclared" (2001-2003)

Shortly after the cancellation of "Freaks and Geeks," Judd Apatow gave us "Undeclared" -- another teen series, but this time about life in a post-secondary climate (and starring Jay Baruchel and Charlie Hunnam). But this time, it was Fox who called time. According to Hunnam: "I think 17 episodes aired over the course of, I don't know, 25 weeks? In three different time slots." The show really never had a chance.
Why a reboot could be great: Because since this series wasn't set in high school, it would make more sense to see the characters come together as adults. (It wouldn't be sad and "oh man, why didn't they leave?" like with a potential "Freaks and Geeks" comeback.)
How it could go very wrong: It would be very upsetting for every character to realize Hunnam's character had changed his name to Jax Teller and had joined "Sons of Anarchy.":

"Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (2006-2007)

It was in the months after "The West Wing's" end, and creator Aaron Sorkin chose to stretch his comedy wings and (attempt to) soar with a depiction of life on the set of comedy show. Unfortunately, NBC (and viewers) didn't buy it -- especially since that same year saw the debut of "30 Rock" on the same network (which was a show that didn't see speeches about "being mad as hell").
Why a reboot could be great: Matthew Perry back on television! (OK, sure, he's going to be in the "Odd Couple" remake soon, but who does he think he's kidding?)
How it could go very wrong: Well.... you've seen "The Newsroom," right?

"Deadwood" (2004-2006)

It's a tale as old as time: western drama "Deadwood" was cancelled by HBO after three seasons because its ratings weren't high enough to justify the cost of production. It was our fault for not watching, you guys. Ours.
Why a reboot could be great: A lot has happened in ten years, including the increased profile of stars like Anna Gunn (who played Skyler on "Breaking Bad") and Timothy Olyphant (who is awesome on "Justified"). They could arguably help draw in the viewers necessary to maintaining life on the western front. Also: it's more interesting than "Hell on Wheels" and we all deserve a good western drama.
How it could go very wrong: There is a real chance that in the eight years since its cancellation, not enough of you have told your friends to watch "Deadwood." Meaning that it could just get cancelled all over again.

"Pushing Daisies" (2007-2009)

The good news: there's talk of a revival. The sad: in 2008, Bryan Fuller confirmed the end of the series -- again at the hands of ABC -- after low ratings. However, he wasn't overly upset -- despite the fact the series' last episode ended on a cliffhanger.
Why a reboot could be great: Because the Bryan Fuller momentum is currently unstoppable. Dude is currently working on NBC's "Hannibal," which means there's a whole other audience who would stop in to see Lee Pace bake pies and interact with the dead. Just in... a different way. A more disturbing way. But still a quirky way!
How it could go very wrong: If the original cast weren't interested in returning. After all, Pace just starred in "Guardians of the Galaxy."

Which series do you want to see come back? Or more controversially: which series are you happy to have seen cancelled and subsequently condemn?