What’s It All About, “Alf”?

Exploring the Classic TV Dichotomy

A reboot of Murphy Brown premiered on CBS last fall, along with a remake of Magnum P.I. The original Roseanne was recently rebooted on ABC then booted off the air and replaced with The Connors (a spin-off of a reboot!).

What’s the dealio? What’s with the classic TV craze? Why are the original classic TV shows and their redos so remarkably popular? Or to…