The Year in Fandom Awards: Best TV Show, Reboot or Reprise

Brian Linder
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Peak TV was the entertainment buzzphrase for 2016, and with good reason. In addition to hundreds of original series, fan-favorite shows returned from cancellation in record numbers, either as reboots or restarts. We’ve combed through the choices and picked our top selections, but now it’s time for you to decide which one is the Best TV Show, Reboot or Reprise of 2016! Vote below.

Here are the nominees for Best TV Show, Reboot or Reprise:

The Exorcist

In 1973, theater-goers were introduced to the world of The Exorcist. The movie sparked a cultural phenomenon and even those who didn’t watch it became familiar with its iconic imagery. Smartly, The Exorcist’s TV series is a continuation of the existing mythology and expands the world the original movie introduced us to. The first season has brought us involving stories with tremendous performances from The Exorcist’s stellar cast.

Gilmore Girls

For fans of the original seven-season run that ended in 2007, the four-part Netflix revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, represented a chance to escape once again into the world of Stars Hollow. While the four episodes look at each season of one year, A Year in the Life focuses on the personal journeys through loss for its lead women Rory, Lorelai, and Emily Gilmore — arguably the third Gilmore girl.

Voltron Legendary Defender

Voltron Legendary Defender is a remake of the ’80s series Voltron: Defender of the Universe. The remake improves upon the original by finding that sweet spot between nostalgia and originality, while still charting its own path. Headed by the same team that oversaw both the critically-acclaimed cartoons Avatar: The Last Airbender and its sequel series The Legend of Korra, this is a show that knows how to balance gorgeous art and animation with writing and voice-acting that appeals to both adults and kids.


Who would have imagined that a show based on a 1973 movie about robot cowboys would become one of the most talked about shows of the year? This dark, labyrinthine chunk of hardcore science fiction took the fan world by storm. We’re still seeing countless theories and essays crop up even after the first season’s finale! It’s no question that Westworld reinvented the franchise in a stunningly imaginative way.

The X-Files

The abrupt X-Files cliffhanger finale might’ve left fans scratching their heads, but you can’t deny the fun of seeing Scully and Mulder back together on the small screen, no matter the outcome. Chris Carter took the opportunity of the reprisal to rejigger the show’s mythology into something vastly different from the original series. We think that’s what happened, anyway. The real undeniable fun of the limited-run series can be found in the off-beat bits like Rhys Darby’s Weremonster.

Brian Linder
Brian is a Sr. Content Producer at FANDOM. He's been on the fan-media scene since dial-up. Arriving at FANDOM via IGN, Brian was a founding editor at early Star Wars fansite and co-created the movie site, FilmForce, acquired by IGN in 2006. He's a fan of space operas and superheroes.
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