By Tom Huddleston Jr.
October 21, 2015

Fans of long-cancelled WB series Gilmore Girls received a jolt this week upon learning of the possible revival of the fictional town of Stars Hollow and its favorite mother-daughter duo, Lorelei and Rory Gilmore.

Netflix (NFLX) is reportedly bringing the show and its beloved, pop culture reference-spewing characters back to life. According to Variety, the popular streaming service is working with the show’s creator and writer, Amy Sherman-Palladino, and her producer husband to revive Gilmore Girls with four new, 90-minute episodes.

Both Netflix and the show’s original producer, Warner Bros. (TWX), have declined to comment on whether the reported revival is in the works, though series star Lauren Graham didn’t exactly put the rumors to rest.

If the reports turn out to be true, bringing back Gilmore Girls would only be the latest example of a long-gone television series returning from the dead, thanks a new platform looking to capitalize on sustained fan interest. One such example is David Lynch’s 1980’s cult drama Twin Peaks, which is being revived for a new run on cable channel Showtime more than 20 years after airing its last episode. For the most part, though, shows once thought dead are being revived by streaming media platforms hungry for exclusive content that comes ready-made with built-in fan bases.

Netflix has led the way with reviving cancelled television shows, even taking a cult movie (2001’s Wet Hot American Summer) and bringing back the star-studded original cast for a prequel series. Netflix also revived AMC’s The Killing for a fourth and final season that aired last year.

Here are some more once-cancelled television shows that have recently found new life on a streaming media platform:


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