5 TV series from the 1970’s and 1980’s ready for a reboot

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The Sixth Sense – Gary Collins – Courtesy of Universal Television

4. The Sixth Sense

The Sixth Sense could be considered the lost Rod Serling show. Although Serling didn’t produce this particular series, he was involved as the host. Just like his previous endeavors, The Twilight Zone and Night Gallery, he would provide wraparound segments to the episodes.

Gary Collins was the star of this paranormal production. He portrayed Dr. Michael Rhodes, a parapsychology professor with the gift of second sight. His assistant, Nancy (Catherine Ferrar) would investigate hauntings, possessions and other paranormal activities with him.

ABC aired this show in 1972 as a companion piece to Serling’s Night Gallery. There was one episode in particular that I remember and it had to do with someone being buried in a wall which a six-year-old might find a little unnerving. But that is why I loved this show!

You never knew what Rhodes was going to face each week plus the guest stars were some of the best in episodic television at the time. Lee Majors (Ash vs Evil Dead), William Shatner (Star Trek), and Cloris Leachman (Young Frankenstein) were just some of the names that turned up.

With the success of The Conjuring Universe films, this seems like a potential venture for James Wan and Leigh Whannell. Netflix, Shudder or Hulu might be amenable to this type of series which could be done once a month or once a week. Let’s face it, audiences have insatiable appetites when it comes to the occult.