Netflix is entertaining the idea of rebooting Love, American Style
Will history repeat with the series that gave us Happy Days?
At the end of the 1960s, Love, American Style debuted as a popular anthology series wedged in between family favorites like The Brady Bunch, The Odd Couple and The Partridge Family. Through its episodes, short romantic comedies unfolded, with different stories told in each episode and silent shorts that added dashes of even more humor. It was so delightful, it even launched one of classic TV's all-time favorite sitcoms, Happy Days.
The anthology series featured seasoned actors, sometimes performing a variety of roles within a single episode, the only thread running through the series a big brass bed that told viewers: You're here at home watching Love, American Style. It's no wonder that in this time where today's biggest stars are eyeing different platforms to connect to fans in more ways that the streaming service Netflix is considering a reboot of this classic series, which could utilize many stars at once. According to Variety, Netflix chief of content Ted Sarandos suggested he'd be interested in doing a reboot on the Emmy red carpet just this week.
Netflix has been enjoying a surge of attention for releasing a string of romantic comedies that delighted viewers, including most recently To All the Boys I Loved Before, a movie about an awkward teenage girl whose secret love letters are accidentally mailed to all her crushes. Its heroine snags some of Nora Ephron's self awareness, sprinkles in a little situational comedy the same flavor as classic sitcoms like The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, and in its plot borrows the often-rebooted trope of that 1980s rom-com Can't Buy Me Love. There's a sweetness to it that is giving the genre a facelift for modern times by borrowing from nostalgic, evergreen themes.
Now, the same guy who okayed that popular Netflix movie (which inspired a viral hashtag the night it premiered) and others in the same vein is apparently looking to keep those vibes steady by possibly bringing back Love, American Style. Perhaps he will succeed where others have struggled, as attempted reboots in both the 1980s and 1990s failed. Do you think it's finally time for a reboot of this deceptively tricky anthology to work?