12 fan-favourite shows Netflix has revived or rebooted, ranked from worst to best

Mike Yarish/Netflix‘Arrested Development.’

Netflix has been doing nostalgia better than just about anyone in recent years.

As the company has leaned into making its own shows, a significant piece of its strategy has been reviving fan favourite series like “Full House,” “Arrested Development,” and “Gilmore Girls.”

In its latest revival, Netflix released the fifth (and second Netflix-original) season of “Arrested Development” last month.

Given Netflix’s love of data, a commitment to nostalgia makes sense.

If you can see that people are continuously binge-watching “Gilmore Girls,” why not make a new season of it? You already know there’s an audience for it. (That seems to have translated into viewership, at least for the first seasons of the “Gilmore Girls” and “Full House” revivals).

But are these revivals any good?

To try and answer that question, we turned to reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, and looked at what the critics had to say.Here’s a list of shows Netflix has brought back from the dead, ranked from worst to best in critical reception, along with a short description. We excluded children’s shows, and we split the two versions of “Wet Hot American Summer” for clarity.

Nathan McAlone contributed to an earlier version of this post.

12. “Fuller House” — 33%


Critic rating: 33%

Audience rating: 73%

Previous network: ABC

Netflix description: “The Tanner family’s adventures continue as DJ Tanner-Fuller shares a home with her sister Stephanie and friend Kimmy who help raise her three boys.”

11. “The Killing” (Season 4) — 47%


Critic rating: 47%

Audience rating: 80%

Previous network: AMC

Netflix description: “Seattle homicide detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder are deeply affected by the murders they investigate in this dark, acclaimed crime series.”

10. “Arrested Development” (Seasons 4 and 5) — 71%


Critic rating: 75%

Audience rating average: 89%

Previous network: Fox

Netflix description: “It’s the Emmy-winning story of a wealthy family that lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together.”

9. “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later” — 78%

Netflix/YouTubeAmy Poehler is back.

Critic rating: 78%

Audience rating: 58%

Previous network: Film by USA Films

Netflix description: “A decade after their wild summer as junior counselors, the gang reunites for a weekend of bonding, hanky-panky and hair-raising adventures.”

8. “Glitch” (Season 2) —  80%


Critic rating: 80%

Audience rating: 87%

Previous network: ABC

Netflix description: “A police officer and a doctor face an emotionally charged mystery when seven local residents inexplicably return from the dead in peak physical form.”

7. “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” — 85%


Critic rating: 85%

Audience rating: 73%

Previous network: CW

Netflix description: “Set nearly a decade after the finale of the original series, this revival follows Lorelai, Rory and Emily Gilmore through four seasons of change.”

6. “Longmire” (Seasons 4, 5, and 6) — 88%


Critic rating: 88%

Audience rating: 93%

Previous network: A&E

Netflix description: “A murder made to look like a suicide leads to the truth about Walt’s wife, while a new Hector is doling out vigilante justice on the reservation.”

5. “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” — 92%

USA Films via Netflix

Critic rating: 92%

Audience rating: 80%

Previous network: Film by USA Films

Netflix description: “Sex. Booze. Rock-n-roll. Assassins. Feathered hair. Welcome to summer at Camp Firewood.”

4. “Black Mirror” (Seasons 3 and 4) — 97%


Critic rating: 97%

Audience rating: 93%

Previous network: Channel 4

Netflix description: “This sci-fi anthology series explores a twisted, high-tech near-future where humanity’s greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.”

3. “Queer Eye” — 98%


Critic rating: 98%

Audience rating: 87%

Previous network: Bravo

Netflix description: “An all-new ‘Fab Five’ advise men on fashion, grooming, food, culture and design in this modern reboot of the Emmy Award-winning reality series.”

2. “Mystery Science Theatre 3000: The Return” — 100%


Critic rating:100%

Audience rating: 92%

Previous network: Comedy Central

Netflix description: “The cult hit returns! Captured by mad scientists, new host Jonah survives a blitz of cheesy B movies by riffing on them with his funny robot pals.”

1. “Lovesick” (Seasons 2 and 3) —  100%

Brian Sweeney/Netflix

Critic rating: 100%

Audience rating: 90%

Previous network: Channel 4 (as “Scrotal Recall”)

Netflix description: “In his quest for true love, Dylan found chlamydia. Joined by friends Evie and Luke, he relives past encounters as he notifies all his former partners.”

BONUS: “Trailer Park Boys” (Seasons 8, 9 and 10)

Trailer Park Boys/YouTube

This one was revived by Netflix but hasn’t had enough reviews to receive a “rotten” or “fresh” designation.

Netflix description: “Follow the booze-fuelled misadventures of three longtime pals and petty serial criminals who run scams from their Nova Scotia trailer park.”

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