We are firmly in an era of television now where revivals do have a tendency to be widespread, and we’ve developed a specific mentality about them that ratchets up expectations to another level. At this point, it becomes almost commonplace that if there is a demand for more of a beloved show, it’ll eventually happen. Yet, that is not always the case. There are still more beloved shows that do not return than ones who do, and there are some shows that cannot be revived for many reasons.
1. There’s no logical way to follow it up – Think of a show like “Lost.” While it may have had one of the most polarizing finales in recent memory, how do you continue something so abstract? Do you throw all of the pieces into the air and hope they come down in a way that makes some sense?
2. There’s no reason to follow it up – Sometimes, the show ended perfectly the first time around, or as close to perfect as you’re going to get. “Six Feet Under” is a great example of this.
So what about “Parenthood“? Personally, we put it almost in the latter category; while it would certainly be worthwhile viewing in the event that it came back, at the same time it’s certainly not a show we absolutely need back, given how fantastic it ended the first time, typing up almost every loose end and giving the show an ending that tied back into the early days of the show.
Of course, there is still demand, and what Lauren Graham told TVLine on the subject is effectively the same thing to what was just said above:
“That’s a show where many people have said, ‘We love how it ended. Please just leave it there’ … [with that said,] I would always get back together with those people.”
Is it possible with this in mind that more “Parenthood” could come? Absolutely, but don’t count on it. For now, enjoying seeing Graham in another revival in “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” one that actually did need to come back for the sake of finishing the story. (Photo: Netflix.)