Synopsis by Hal Erickson
A near-perfect example of how American network TV relentlessly cannibalizes itself, the weekly, half-hour NBC series The Rerun Show was devoted to retro re-enactments of such "classic" sitcoms as The Partridge Family and Diff'rent Strokes. On each program, a comic repertory troupe performed vintage scripts from selected episodes of earlier series, but "without the boring parts" -- and with a pronounced satiric, savage edge. At least two abridged scripts were performed per show, sometimes with veterans of the actual series being skewered (notably The Partridge Family's inimitable Danny Bonaduce). Rerun Show made its first appearance on August 1, 2002.