TV & Film

15 Television Shows We Wish Were Still Running And Why

30 July 2018

Not going to lie, I feel like the television bosses are letting us down a bit at the moment. Sure there’s enough okay shows out there to fill up my binge-watching desires – but when I want some really juicy viewing time, I have to head to the classics. And by classics, I’m talking the likes of Dawson’s Creek, The OC, and One Tree Hill. Classics. Agreed?

Below, we take a look at the 15 shows that we wish were still on prime time (with the original cast and characters – none of this remake shit)…

Dawson’s Creek

Despite Katie Holmes’ questionable acting skills, James Van Der Beek’s ugly crying, and Michelle Williams’ just as ugly haircuts – to me, Dawson’s Creek was television sanctuary. I may have sometimes wondered about their love and life choices, but I lapped it up all the same. And if anyone talked during an episode, they were banned from the house. See ya.

Laguna Beach

I know this was a reality show, so the reality is that the cast had to grow up and move on to bigger and better things (The Hills, The City, plastic surgery…) – but I feel like there should have been a way to keep Laguna Beach going. Couldn’t the producers find a new LC, Stephen, Kristin love triangle to keep the dream alive? I just feel like the spin offs got worse as they went along… I mean I still watched every episode – but nothing beats the original.

Sex and the City

Why would you ever end this show? I just don’t understand. I feel like I still have so many unanswered questions about the lives of Carrie and Samantha and Charlotte and even Miranda (okay, so I don’t know why she was my least favourite – but she was, deal). So many questions about sex that I want to make sure I’m being normal (and no, I don’t want to Google them) and so many clothes that I want inspiration to buy. I just want more. And enough with the movies. I want regular weekly fixes to my TV that aren’t provided by some newbie hacks that I’ve never heard of.

Friday Night Lights

One word: Timmy Riggins. Oh, that was two – but one man. One glorious man with biceps of gold and so much sex appeal you’d get wet just watching him. And I didn’t mind the plotlines either… Yes, I cried when this ended. Real tears of heartache.


It may have got a little warped towards the end (I mean – I don’t know why I say towards the end, the show WAS about a serial killer leading a double life as a blood splatter expert, not exactly your normal everyday scenario), but I’d still be pretty darn happy to watch Dexter continue killing people and then squirming himself out of tight situations. And I’m not normally really a fan of crime drama mysteries – but there was something about this one that had me sitting down with the box sets and not moving for days…

Party of Five

When your family consists of Matthew Fox, Scott Wolf, Neve Campbell, and Lacey Chambert and you’ve got Jennifer Love Hewitt as a firm fixture – I’d be calling it a party as well… even with the whole parents dying thing. Six seasons of watching this lot negotiate their teenage drama shit was not enough.


I’m sad to say, but I taped every episode of Felicity on my VCR so I could rewatch over. And I did rewatch. It was here that my love for Scott Speedman (Ben) first began, and I could never understand why Felicity would even have to choose between Ben and Noel. CLEARLY it was Ben all the way. However much of a bad boy he was.

Home Improvement

I just want this to return so I can hear “Does everybody know what time it is?” “It’s tool time!” Gay? Yep, just a little. Owning it.

Gossip Girl

I basically just loved this show for the outfits. Even the boys’ outfits never missed a beat. I feel like I learnt a lot about matching sets and how to wear accessories from this show (although I do think they needed to reign in Jenny’s style towards the end there – no-one likes a goth…)

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

A sassy girl kicking major butt and looking like a total babe in the process? Girlbosses everywhere rejoice. 


If you take a look at this list, you’ll notice I’m more a teenage drama type a gal – but if I’m going to watch a comedy, you better be sure it’s worth my time. Which Seinfeld was. Got to love a show that’s highly relatable and scaringly accurate.

Melrose Place/Models Inc

D-R-A-M-A DRAMAAAAA!!! I feel like we just don’t make drama like Melrose Place and Models Inc these days. Where’s the show with promiscuous hot neighbours all banging each other? I want to see that.

The OC

There was a time I felt like I knew Seth, Marissa, Ryan, Summer and Anna better than my own friends. I was obsessed. And I would literally discuss my opinion on their situations like they were my friends. Weird.

Veronica Mars

Anyone else have those shows they love so much that they buy the box set twice – just in case something should happen to one of the sets? No? Just me. Oh, okay, moving on. To me, Kristen Bell can do no wrong. Especially not when she plays a snarky teenager with killer one liners and the ability to bring the jocks down to their knees (that just sounds wrong… you know what I mean).

One Tree Hill

Wow, I really seem to like these teenage angstsy love trianglely shows. And btw, this isn’t being written by a 13 year old. It’s just these shows are SOOOOOOO good. But yes, just to add to the list of teenage dramas that I’d give anything to bring back – give me some good old fashioned Peyton, Lucas, Brooke drama and I’d be one happy gal.