Our nostalgia fix has become Hollywood’s top priority. Now more than ever, we’re longing for the comfort of the good old days when grocery stores were safe and you could go to the movies with your friends on a whim. We would anxiously wait months for new shows and movies to come out, but the time always flew by because we had places to go and people to see. Remember that? Those carefree times have since changed, and it would be difficult to find someone who hasn’t spent some amount of time fulfilling their normal everyday activities on Zoom. It’ll be one of the words that defines the pandemic of 2020 in future textbooks, along with social distancing and the mid-day “quarantini.” In order to bring some levity back to the Internet, many of our Hollywood favorites have participated in Zoom reunions on YouTube. They have become one of our only sources for new and fresh entertainment, and they definitely do not disappoint.
Frozen actor Josh Gad has taken it upon himself to unite classic movie fans with the stars who captured our hearts. In his channel, aptly titled, Reunited Apart, he’s given viewers the chance to relive and reevaluate their old favorite films, such as the 1985 classic The Goonies, where your favorite child actors like Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, and Corey Feldman reunite with other cast members and special guests like Steven Spielberg and Cyndi Lauper. Gad also brought together the all-star cast of the beloved Lord of the Rings franchise, where they showed off their infamous matching tattoos – it’s a must-watch!
In another video, Doc Brown and Marty McFly were joined by other memorable faces from the Back to the Future films to discuss the famous props and their favorite versions of their characters through time. Josh Gad’s YouTube channel is also bringing awareness and providing links for many charities aimed at helping those in need during the current pandemic. They’re worth watching, and they’ll awaken happy memories and a renewed love for classic movies.
Young millennials and Gen Z’ers have started to remember the Disney Channel from their childhood of Lunchables and plastic VHS tapes, and creators have obliged us with reboots and reprisals. With all new production halted, they’ve brought back a few of our favorite casts to talk about how fun and influential their shows were to our childhoods and theirs. Demi Lovato, Sterling Knight, and the other sketch comedy actors of Sonny With a Chance and So Random, gave us some shocking behind-the-scenes details from their years at Disney. The cast of Lizzie McGuire raised the bar by doing a virtual read-through of one of the most memorable episodes, titled “Between a Rock and a Bra Place,” in which Lizzie goes through the embarrassment of buying her first bra with her mother (classic tween problems!) In other videos, the Good Luck Charlie family reminisced on their time in the Duncan household, and the cast of Jessie shared memories and paid tribute to late 20 year-old actor, Cameron Boyce.
These poignant reunions brought back the best of childhood TV. If you’re wondering whether or not your favorite characters reunited in front of their computer screens, all of these and more can be found on YouTube.
TV fans and notorious binge-watchers will no doubt enjoy watching the reunions of classic TV shows. There have been way too many to dive into here, but here’s just a few examples. On his majorly popular home-based network, Some Good News, John Krasinski brought the cast of The Office back together to recreate Jim and Pam’s iconic wedding dance to help a young couple of fans celebrate their pandemic wedding.
Well-known frenemies, Ariana Grande and Victoria Justice finally shared the same screen again for a Victorious reunion, in honor of the pilot episode’s 10-year anniversary. The sentimental reunion of Fresh Prince of Bel Air was displayed on snapchat through Smith’s Will From Home segment. They relived some of the best scenes from the series, and held a moment of remembrance for Uncle Phil, played by James Avery, who tragically passed away in 2013. It’s a definite tear-jerker even if you weren’t a fan of the hit 90’s sitcom.
A #StarsInTheHouse segment with Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley gave Gleeks everywhere a new lesson from a few of their favorite Glee club members.
Finally, soap opera fans would appreciate the interview with veterans of All My Children, the popular series which spanned multiple decades and began numerous careers.
This is in no way an exhaustive list of every special reunion that’s been offered in recent months, but they can all be found on YouTube for your own perusing if any of these excite you. Looking to the future, I’m sure celebs and Hollywood alike will find new and exciting ways to capture our attention. While we’re spending time dealing with all the uncertainties that 2020 has had to offer so far, why not enjoy the little forms of high-concept and pleasurable entertainment? Let these reunions remind you of the past, calm your present nerves, and give you hope for the future.