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The 8 TV Reunions We'd Most Like To See

By Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | November 15, 2012 | Comments ()


It's never really possible to recapture lightning in a bottle. We all know this. That doesn't mean we don't get a kick out of two actors we've come to love together reuniting. Be it a guest spot on a TV show or a brief cameo in a film, these meet cutes send a little jolt of joy and recognition to our brains. And though those reunions can sometimes feel forced, they can, when done right, be a beautiful thing. So here are 8 TV Reunions I'd like to see. I don't mean to overstate the case, but I think they'd make the world a better place.

Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham on "Parenthood": Bledel hasn't done much with her post "Gilmore Girls" career. She was passably good last season on "Mad Men," but she's never been able to recapture that early Rory Gilmore sparkle. So while I wouldn't trade Mae Whitman for the whole wide world, I propose we bring Bledel in to date Graham's other TV spawn, Drew Braverman. So what if he's a teenager? Bledel looks permanently 17.

Jason Dohring and Kristen Bell on "House Of Lies": After an abysmal season on the CW's "Ringer," Dohring deserves to be brought back in to the quality TV fold. His brand of sleazy charm would fit in perfectly with Kristen Bell's current home, "House Of Lies." Bring him in as a client or, better yet, a business rival. The sparks alone would invigorate the series.

Ian McShane and Timothy Olyphant on "Justfied": Sure McShane has had a film career post-"Deadwood," but it's been filled with sub-par fare like Pirates Of The Caribbean and Snow White And The Huntsman. And as much as I've loved the various antagonists on "Justified," I crave a Swearengen/Bullock rematch. In the meantime, we can take comfort in the fact that we'll be seeing McShane soon enough on "American Horror Story".

Josh Holloway and Elizabeth Mitchell on "Revolution": Remember when Sawyer was one of the best things going on TV? Now Josh Holloway fans can look forward to Battle of the Year: The Dream Team wherein "an American b-boy crew heads to France to compete at the Battle of the Year International Championships." If that doesn't wet your whistle, he's got fourth billing in an upcoming Harrison Ford thriller. So he's got that going for him. Which is nice. Anyway, "Revolution" is just the latest in a long line of pretty dreadful "Lost" knock-offs, but if it were Holloway in the lead "Rakish Uncle" role, that would improve things considerably. It would also give the lovely Elizabeth Mitchell something to do other than mope in a candlelit rooms.

Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton on "Nashville": Strike that. I wouldn't wish a "Nashville" guest spot on my worst enemy. Besides, Kyle Chandler is doing quite well for himself, movie career wise. The real tragedy is what in the ever-loving f*ck is Connie Britton doing on this show? Where in the blazes is her film career?

Jared Leto and Claire Danes on "Homeland": Leto hasn't made a film since 2009 and though he has a few in the hopper, I'd much rather see him on "Homeland." As a love interest? Oh no. I'd like to see Claire Danes go full-blown, off-her-meds crazy on Leto's character. Preferably there would be physical violence involved. Why? Because Jordan Catalano was a self-involved prick, that's why. And I'd like Angela Chase to have some closure.

Alternatively....Sarah Shahi and Damian Lewis on "Homeland": I mentioned my love for "Life" just yesterday and with apologies to the lovely Zuleikha Robinson, I think the tension and chemistry between Shahi and Lewis make her a much better fit for the Roya role.

Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson on "Hart of Dixie": I've heard this is actually a pretty cute show. I mean, I watched an episode and saw no evidence of that. But, hey, to each his or her own. That being said, if Brody (and Captain Oats) were to show up then this would become required viewing. Should Adam Brody have a film career? He should. Should that film career involve (no joke) a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie? It most assuredly should not. So come back to TV, Seth Cohen. You can be, once again, the king of the nerds.

Tip of the Stetson to Bert The Pajiban for the idea!

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  • Blake

    Andre Braugher and Kyle Secor or Braugher and David Morse would be awesome...

  • LolaDies

    Another VMars cameo I'd love to see is Kristen Bell on New Girl. Or Jason Dohring as a romantic rival for Schmidt in some capacity
    Also, once Fringe is done, Joshua Jackson should do something on Cougar Town. I wish there was some way to get Katie Holmes on Fringe, but that's kind of impossible at this point.

  • Am I the only one who hated Seth and Summer together?

  • Nicole

    I want Alexis Bledel to guest on GG SO badly, but c'mon. She can't date Drew - she's like 30. Another idea: she plays Mark Cyr's sister. She comes to visit and crashes with Mark, Sarah & Drew for a few days (or FOREVER).

    Also, I would love for David Sutcliffe (Christopher) to show up in Berkley, because I always thought that he and Graham had incredible chemistry.

  • lele

    I think I'm the only one on this, but for a reunion on Justified, I'd like to see Gary Cole guest star.


  • madderrose74

    As a creepy, controlling sheriff of a tiny inbred town that Art has crossed paths with before. (Creepy controlling sheriffs are a dime-a-dozen out here in coal country-- we just voted down an amendment that would let a sheriff be elected for life, fortunately.)

  • JenVegas

    No no, I'm in. I loved that show. And I love Nick Searcy on Justified....oooh I just looked up American Gothic on imdb and you could put Gary Cole in AHS:Asylum and have a reunion with Sarah Paulson too!

  • John W

    Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny on Californication.

    Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Borereanaz on Bones.

    Christina Hendricks and Nathan Fillion on either Castle or Mad Men.

  • e jerry powell

    Just Fillion nekkid. We can put a still photo of Hendricks and her baby heads up in the top right corner.

  • ...I'd really, really like to hear you and Dave Chen reunited for your podcast. Which has provided me hours of entertainment. <3

  • JoannaRobinson


  • Cece

    I always wanted TPTB to cast McShane as a relative of Olyphant's Rayland. I'm glad I'm not the only one that wants to see these two pair up again on the small screen!

  • tmoney

    And if Ben Mckenzie could possibly happen to guest star of Hart of Dixie, I would not complain. I always loved Summer and Ryan's interactions.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    It's what happens when you take the two most talented leads and put them in scenes together.

    Yes I'm saying Rachel Bilson is talented. Her accented isn't, because she always sounds like Summer, which doesn't really fit a freaking surgeon, but you know, overall, talented. Also, in network TV standards.

  • knifeyspoony

    Dominic West on Luther. Kaboom.

  • Austie

    This is basically a list of all my favorite old shows. It's like you're in my brain Joanna.

  • derbygirl

    Personally, I'm holding out hope for George Clooney to show up on 'The Good Wife'. Sigh...I need to get out more.

  • duckandcover

    *choked sob*

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I feel like, while it's a really huge long shot, it may not be, like, totally impossible. I mean, it's a really good show, and the Clooney's not really all that pretentious even though he could be, so, you know, it seems like something you could almost validly hope for. He just wouldn't stay for long because he's not as cool as the Fox.

  • YES TO ALL OF THESE! The nerd in me would also like to see a Dichen Lachman and Enver Gjokaj reunion.

  • BierceAmbrose

    That's not just the nerd in you that wants this.

  • Dummily

    I love, love, love that I can always count on Pajiba to include Logan Echolls on these lists.

  • John W

    I can't believe Josh Holloway hasn't gone on to bigger and better things. I thought he was poised to become a star after Lost.

  • Bert_McGurt

    You can borrow ideas from me anytime Joanna. Especially if it involves THAT HAT. I've seriously put it on my Christmas list.

    Of course I'm amazed that you manged to pare the list down to 8. I'd add:

    Seth Rogen & Jay Baruchel on SOA.
    Lauren Ambrose on Dexter.
    Kiefer Sutherland on Happy Endings.
    Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander on Veep.
    Shit, MACAULEY CULKIN on Veep! Hopefully regarding some bee-related legislation.

    Oh, and Jane Kazmarc..however you spell it on Breaking Bad would be amazing.

    PS: how have I never noticed Martin Freeman in Shaun of the Dead?

  • JenVegas

    If Keifer shows up on Happy Endings I hope it's as a love interest for Max. That would be AWESOME.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Crap, I forgot one! Even though the show has been pretty awful lately, tell me you wouldn't lose your oily black alien shit if Gillian Anderson showed up on Californication.

  • e jerry powell

    And what means would Moody use to climb up into her hoo-hah?

  • i'd rather see glover and pudi show up on SOA.

  • Blake

    NO Linus and Locke? Or Sawyer and Miles? Or Jin and Sun? Or Desmond and Anyone?

    I'd rather see Timothy Olyphant and John Hawkes team up on Justified before McShane.

  • e jerry powell

    What, you're just going to move all of them into 666?

  • Luke Anthony Matthews

    Amy Acker and Alexis Densiof...

  • KatSings

    We get them together again in Whedon's upcoming Much Ado adaptation!

  • the chaplain

    oh but I really like the way he leans

  • layla

    Damn you! Now I have an unabashed need to go rewatch Veronica Mars.

  • TheOtherGreg

    Of the 16 shows referenced, I've seen one. Homeland. I'm on the wrong website, I guess.

  • Mel C.

    Ok, now I'm obsessed with the idea of Dohring on House of Lies. I wasn't crazy about the pilot, but I have plans to watch more (solely because of K.Bell). Dohring would make it must-see smoldering TV.

    Seth Cohen and Captain Oats on Hart of Dixie would be adorable.

  • Tinkerville

    I'd love to see Frankie Muniz and Jane Kaczmarek thrown into Breaking Bad for shits and giggles.

  • duckandcover

    Dear God, that's brilliant.

  • e jerry powell

    Nah, Erik Per Sullivan.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    All of the kids, a whole bunch of random tweakers.

  • e jerry powell

    Even Stevie in his wheelchair?

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    No, he will be the up and coming young disabled Heisenberg protege. In the universe where Breaking Bad isn't about to just get all kinds of crazy messy.

    In the universe where it's a heartwarming tale about small businessmen and the free market and other things that give Tea Partiers boners.

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