US series MacGyver has become the latest programme to be pulled out of the television vaults for a reboot.

Originally broadcast on the ABC network from 1985 to 1992, the new CBS version is to be directed by James Wan, of Saw and Fast & Furious 7 fame.

Unlike the previous incarnation, this one will focus on a 20-something MacGyver.


However, continuity will continue in the form of Henry ‘The Fonz’ Winkler, who produced the original series and is on board for the recreation.

Angus MacGyver, made famous by Richard Dean Anderson, is a secret agent who refuses to carry a gun.

Instead, he draws on his practical knowledge to make use of anything around him to create whatever is needed to get out of a particular jam.

MacGyver producer Henry Winkler starred in Happy Days

MacGyver producer Henry Winkler starred in Happy Days (Sean Dempsey/PA)


Now that MacGyver will once again be seen on the small screen, here are five more 1980s favourites we want back.

1. The A-Team

Boy George, Dirk Benedict, Mr T and George Peppard in The A-Team

Boy George, Dirk Benedict, Mr T and George Peppard in The A-Team (Michael Tweed/AP)


Yes, that is Culture Club frontman Boy George alongside A-Team stars Dirk Benedict (as Faceman), Mr T (BA Baracus) and George Peppard (John “Hannibal” Smith). The Voice star featured in a 1986 episode of the popular series which also starred Dwight Schultz as “Howling Mad” Murdock.

Sent to prison for a crime they didn’t commit, four commandos escaped from a maximum-security stockade and survived in the Los Angeles underground as soldiers of fortune.

Hot on the heels of the big screen remake with Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton Jackson and Sharlto Copley, a new TV version is said to be in the works.


2. Family Ties

Michael J Fox in Family Ties

Michael J Fox in Family Ties (AP)


This award-winning show centred around 1960s left-wing political activists raising three kids. The clever subversion sees son Alex (a superb Michael J Fox in his breakthrough role) holding strongly conservative views, while his parents remained liberal.

Imagine Family Ties remade today with Alex flying the flag for the likes of Sarah Palin and Donald Trump…


3. Quantum Leap

Quantum Leap star Scott Bakula

Quantum Leap star Scott Bakula (Carlo Allegri/AP)


A huge favourite on both sides of the Atlantic, Scott Bakula became a star as the time-travelling Doctor Sam Beckett, righting history’s wrongs in the hope he will eventually make the leap back home one day.

Assisting him on his missions was holographic guide Al played by Dean Stockwell.

A neat twist on the Doctor Who format, Quantum Leap’s combination of humour and drama must make it an obvious candidate for a reboot.


4. Murder, She Wrote

Murder, She Wrote star Angela Lansbury

Murder, She Wrote star Dame Angela Lansbury (Michael Stephens/PA)


Dame Angela Lansbury had toiled away in Hollywood for 40 years before Murder, She Wrote made her a global star.

The show, about sleuthing mystery writer Jessica Fletcher, ran for 12 series from 1984 to 1996.

Like Columbo, ITV seems to have it on a permanent loop.

Although a proposed reboot would have seen Oscar winner Octavia Spencer starring as a hospital administrator who self-publishes a mystery novel, broadcaster NBC decided to scrap the project.

However, it is entirely possible another network may pick it up.


5. The Golden Girls

Golden Girls stars Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White and Estelle Getty

Golden Girls stars Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White and Estelle Getty (AP)


This Emmy award-winning comedy starred Bea Arthur as straight-talking Dorothy Zbornak, Rue McClanahan as flirty Southern belle Blanche Deveraux, Betty White as daffy Rose Nylund and Estelle Getty as the often rude Sophia Petrillo.

Golden Girls was a landmark series depicting the lives and loves of four senior citizens sharing a home in Florida.


Although it is difficult to imagine the 1985-1992 original ever being surpassed, it would be interesting to see a new version hitting television screens one day. Jane Lynch as Dorothy?