The amount of reboots and continuations being produced by Netflix has become almost unbearable.


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Claudia Pilarski, Editor

When it comes to Netflix, a typical viewer expects to see the usual programs: dozens of average Netflix originals, classic sitcoms and… an unasked-for reboot of “The Magic School Bus.” What is it with all these revivals that nobody asked for and why is Netflix pushing them so hard?

The answer to that question would be a simple cash grab. By inducing nostalgia, Netflix gains viewership through advertising a decade-late continuation of fan-favorites. For some shows, the reboot can be a ratings success in the beginning, but viewership totals prove that anything after one season is a huge let-down.

For instance, when Netflix announced that it would be reviving the beloved sitcom classic “Full House,” fans of the original were guaranteed to come back for the continuation. It received average reviews, but overall, millions of fans were happy to see their favorite family return to their television screens, even if for a few episodes. After the streaming service launched the second season of “Fuller House,” ratings dropped by 52%, according to Business Insider.

Another example of viewership failure was the fourth season of the previously acclaimed comedy “Arrested Development.” In its early days, the series was enjoying a streak of fame, even scoring Emmy nominations. But when the show transferred to Netflix for a fourth season, The Atlantic reported that an estimated 10% of viewers finished the season. The installment became infamous for ruining the series, yet the streaming service went ahead with two more seasons of episodes, leaving former fans wishing Netflix would put it to rest.

After countless tries with “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” “One Day at a Time” and more, Netflix just can’t seem to get the formula right. If there’s one thing to learn from all this reboot hysteria, it’s to let sleeping dogs lie.