Netflix has been doing nostalgia better than just about anyone recently.
As Netflix has leaned into making its own shows, a big piece of its strategy has been reviving fan favorites like “Full House,” “Arrested Development,” and “Gilmore Girls.” This summer, Netflix also released smash hit “Stranger Things,” a supernatural sci-fi thriller that draws heavily from ’80s movies and TV.
Given Netflix’s love of data, this commitment to nostalgia makes sense.
If you can see that people keep binge-watching “Gilmore Girls” over and over again, why not make a new series? You already know there’s an audience for it. (That seems to have translated into viewership, at least for the “Gilmore Girls” and “Full House” revivals).
But are these revivals any good? To try and answer that question, we turned to reviews aggregator Metacritic, and looked at what the critics had to say. Here’s a list of shows Netflix has brought back from the dead, ranked from worst to best critical reception, along with a short description (we excluded kids’ shows).
7. ‘Fuller House’ — 35/100
Critic rating: 35/100
Audience rating: 6.4/10
Previous network: ABC
Netflix description: “The Tanner family’s adventures continue as DJ Tanner-Fuller shares a home with her sister Stephanie and friend Kimmy who help raise her three boys.”
6. ‘The Killing’ (Season 4) — 53/100
Critic rating: 53/100
Audience rating: 8.0/10
Previous network: AMC
Netflix description: “Seattle homicide detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder are deeply affected by the murders they investigate in this dark, acclaimed crime series.”
5. ‘Arrested Development’ (Season 4) — 72/100
Critic rating: 72/100
Audience rating: 8.2/10
Previous network: Fox
Netflix description: “It’s the Emmy-winning story of a wealthy family that lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together.”
4. ‘Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp’ — 74/100
- USA Films via Netflix
Critic rating: 74/100
Audience rating: 6.8/10
Previous network: Film by USA Films
Netflix description: “Sex. Booze. Rock-n-roll. Assassins. Feathered hair. Welcome to summer at Camp Firewood.”
3. ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ — 75/100
Critic rating: 75/100
Audience rating: 7.3/10
Previous network: CW
Netflix description: “Set nearly a decade after the finale of the original series, this revival follows Lorelai, Rory and Emily Gilmore through four seasons of change.”
2. ‘Longmire’ (Seasons 4 and 5) — 77/100
Critic rating: 77/100
Audience rating: 9.1/100
Previous network: A&E
Netflix description: “This contemporary crime thriller focuses on a Wyoming sheriff who’s rebuilding his life and career following the death of his wife.”
1. ‘Black Mirror’ (Season 3) — 82/100
Critic rating: 82/100
Audience rating: 8.9/10
Previous network: Channel 4
Netflix description: “This sci-fi anthology series explores a twisted, high-tech near-future where humanity’s greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.”
BONUS: Lovesick (Season 2) and Trailer Park Boys (Seasons 8, 9 and 10)
- Trailer Park Boys/YouTube
These two don’t have enough critic reviews, but have been revived by Netflix.
Lovesick: “In his quest for true love, Dylan found chlamydia. Joined by friends Evie and Luke, he relives past encounters as he notifies all his former partners.”
Trailer Park Boys: “Follow the booze-fueled misadventures of three longtime pals and petty serial criminals who run scams from their Nova Scotia trailer park.”