5 TV Shows That Hit the Reset Button, for Better or Worse

Is there anything more frustrating than sitting through a whole hour of your favorite TV show, only to find out that the events of the episode were just a dream? When shows hit the proverbial “reset” button, it can frustrate and alienate viewers, who may find it hard to care about characters on a show when any life-or-death situation can be circumvented by repeatedly hitting reset. Science fiction shows like the “Star Trek” programs, where time travel allows certain mistakes to be undone, are particularly prone to this kind of reset-induced viewer fatigue.

But if the reset button is used judiciously, it can actually improve the show and allow for greater character development. Whether you love it or hate it, plenty of TV shows have hit the reset button over the years, with varying results. Here are some of the most memorable instances of this TV storytelling technique. You can catch all these popular tv shows on as you click on cartoon hd apk download. This is an app that will meet all your movie and tv show requirements. You get free online streaming all that has all the latest and trending movies and tv shows that you can enjoy.


When a show goes on for many seasons, sometimes hitting the reset button is the only way writers can think of to keep things fresh. In the case of “Dallas,” viewers sat glued to their TV screens through all of Season 8, only to discover in the Season 9 premiere that the entirety of Season 8 was all just a dream that Pam had. This wasn’t a complete reset, however, as almost every major development of Season 8 (with the exception of Bobby being alive) carried through into Season 9 to keep continuity.


The Season 3 finale ends with the disappearance of Peter Bishop. Having served his purpose in life (to turn on the machine), he blinks out of existence. As Season 4 starts, it is like he never existed at all…which has consequences for all the major characters and villains from the past 3 years of the show’s run. Olivia is guarded, Walter is agoraphobic, Astrid gets to hang out in the field, and villains killed by Peter (such as David Robert Jones, we assume) are still alive and causing problems.

“My Name is Earl”

The idea behind the show is simple: a guy uses his lottery winnings to get good karma. But by the end of Season 3, the show runs into a problem: Earl’s spent the last of his winnings. But when his ex-wife leaves him $75,000 in savings after joining an Amish community, Earl’s good karma theory pays off. And by giving him so much money, “Earl” as a series hits the reset button, putting him in pretty much the same position as he was at the end of the pilot episode.

“Doctor Who”

It makes sense that a show about time travel has the ability to hit the reset button whenever it chooses (although the last few Doctors have been adamant about the dangers of crossing over one’s own “timestream.”) In Season 5 of the rebooted series, the Doctor hits the reset button for the whole universe, which undoes Rory’s Auton transformation.

But perhaps the most cruel use of the reset button comes at the end of Season 4 (David Tennant’s final season), when Donna’s memories are repressed to save her life, completely deleting her memories of traveling with the Doctor. And should she ever remember that time in her life, she’d die.


This 2001 TNT series found itself in a bit of a tough spot by the end of Season 1. By killing off all but one major cast member, what choice did the show have but to turn back time in the first season finale of the show?


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