Between Hollywood reboot mania, reunions from the likes of 98 Degrees and the Spice Girls, and the televised resurgence of both Christina and Britney, it’s clear that the 20-teens are saturated with nostalgia for the recent past. That’s no problem for kids of the ’80s and ’90s; since our childhood favorites must be the pinnacle of culture, it only makes sense for those properties to be reborn in a modern context. (We learned our narcissism by watching you, Boomers!)
So when our generation learned yesterday that Lisa Whelchel and Michael J. Fox are both returning to the small screen, it was hard to contain our excitement. Alex P. Keaton coming back to the medium that made him a star? Yes, please! Blair Warner as a Survivor contestant? Not exactly what you’d expect Whelchel’s comeback to look like — but if any of Mrs. Garrett’s girls could outwit, outplay, and outlast the competition, it’d be The Facts of Life‘s snobby manipulator. Or Jo.
When Fox and Whelchel’s shows premiere, we’ll be watching with baited breath. Until then, though, we’ll bide our time dreaming about which other beloved ’80s stars may follow their lead.