Still gushing over the behemoth phenomenon that was the F.R.I.E.N.D.S Reunion? Understandably so. When a sitcom manages to touch over a billion people there’s not much scope for criticism left there. While the reunion was a hit and a miss is a few ways for me, it was a satisfying experience overall.
But now that it is over, a reunion is something fans keep on wanting all the time when a particular show has passed a particular period and they cannot help but dive into the nostalgia. But even with those, there are two ways this can go – either having a harmless get-together styled reunion (like Friends and Prince of Bel-Air) is a great idea or you try to work something around for a revival. The latter is sacrilegious in several ways but hey, a reunion is a good idea. Even then, here are the reunions we feel should happen and some reunions we never want-
The Office – Oh Yes!
I mean, come on! How is that even a question. We absolutely want the loving cast and crew of The Office to get back together for a reunion special. Courtesy John Krasinski aka Jim, it happened virtually on the actor’s YouTube channel last year but that itself was a reminder that how tight-knit that large ensemble is – even today. To have them get back together and reminisce moments would be the perfect walk down the lane of nostalgia
Good Time to Do it – Maybe on the 10th anniversary of the show ending which is 2 years later.
Sarabhai v/s Sarabhai- Oh Yes!
Seldom have Indian sitcoms managed to create a cult following especially the way Sarabhai v/s Sarabhai has. And while the show saw a second season only recently which was basically a revival – I think now, a gentle reunion would be a much better idea than the show’s continuation. Somehow Indian shows do not quite have blooper videos coming out and imagine If the cast of Sarabhai come together, relive memories and the viewers get to see some unknown anecdotes and bloopers – Hell yeah!
Good Time to Do it – Pretty much anytime!
Breaking Bad – Oh Yes!
Alert Again: NOT a revival, NOT a continuation – just a reunion. Arguably one of the best – if not the best show ever made, one of the most fascinating things about Breaking Bad has been the trivia attached to it. Be it the instances where actors improvised scenes that became cult or be it them breaking character and laughing away – those have been precious, Having Bryan Cranston (Walter White) and Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman) together with rest of the cast off-character would be amazing especially given the universe of the show is still on – Better Call Saul!
Good Time to Do it – Again, maybe two years later on the 10th anniversary of the show ending
The Wire – Oh No!
This might be controversial, but I definitely do not want to see a reunion special of yet another super iconic show – The Wire. The show has so perfect with its writing and the performances that the world it created was almost too real and of course, too scary. While the ensemble cast would definitely have their moments of fun and laughter to share if they get together, it is a show best left alone without a reunion and just being enjoyed watching.
The Sopranos – Oh No!
You cannot have a reunion and not have the man himself – late James Gandolfini not be a part of it. It is the unfortunate truth that he is no more with us and to have a Sopranos reunion without the honcho Tony Soprano himself – might be the worst idea possible
Dekh Bhai Dekh - Oh Yes!
Again, just like Sarabhai v/s Sarabhai, there are seldom shows that mange to create an impact which is for eternity. Dekh Bhai Dekh is truly one of them. Considering the fact that show actually almost three decades old, it is fascinating to see slapstick comedy with a heart still hold in some ways. But what will make this reunion probably the best one – is the names attached to it. Apart from the principal Diwan family which sports some of the finest Indian actors, it has been home to an array of cameos and guest appearances as well who are now big names. So to have all of them (pretty much) come together for a worthy reunion is a fantastic idea!
Best Time to Do it – Pardon the repetition but two years later when the show will complete three decades of going on-air (yes, it has been that long)
This is just one part of a curated list of the Oh Yeses and Oh Nos on the reunions we want and the ones we don’t. Do you agree with your picks? Leave in your comments below.