Local TV Shows Worthy of a Comeback

Well-loved TV programs from past years are worthy of a remake. These TV programs bring nostalgia to those whose grew up in that era. I bet, these will also give the same excitement to the new generation of TV viewers.

Programs nowadays from major networks in free TV seem to have uniform formats, including teleseryes, gag shows, sitcoms, Tagalized Korean shows, news, etc. Well, why not have some additions to these usual TV show formats?

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Here are some of the TV shows good for a return:


This is a classic children’s show presenting lessons and stories catering to preschool kids through music, performing arts, and crafts. Viewers found Batibot as a Pinoy counterpart of Sesame Street. TV 5 recently made a remake from 2010-2013.


An educational TV show focusing on Science, Sineskwela found easier and creative ways to explain confusing terms and concepts. Also, its opening song is catchy! “Tayo na sa Sineskwela! Tuklasin natin ang Siyensiya!” Did you sing along? Elementary kids got help for their Science lessons, thanks to Sineskwela.

Extra Challenge

It was a primetime viewing habit in the early 2000s. This show gave more familiarity to hosts Paolo Bediones, Miriam Quiambao, Mariel Rodriguez, Ethel Booba, and Phoemela Barranda. It was a reality TV program, featuring celebrities going through various extreme challenges. The drama behind the camera added up to the core of Extra Challenge as some tasks took its toll on the celebrities.

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A wordplay in this educational TV show’s title made Mathinik encouraged young viewers to love and excel in Math. The program shared different methods to solve problems. It helped kids see Math in a better and fun way.

Pilipinas, Game Ka Na Ba?

This popular game show challenged both contestants and viewers to think and answer questions. Pilipinas, Game Ka Na Ba? was first hosted by Kris Aquino in its first years and by Edu Manzano in the latter years.

Epol Apple

This educational show centered on teaching English lessons for young viewers. Epol Apple helped kids in gaining confidence as they learn English either as a first or second language. It had a similar style with Sineskwela and Mathinik wherein lessons are presented in fun, creative, and interesting ways.

Battle of the Brains

A staple TV show of the 90s, winning in a Battle of the Brains episode was a bragging right of each school and their respective contenders. These winning contenders were given chances to be the Grand Champion in a season. Viewers felt the heart-stopping moments in the neck-to-neck matches between these schools.


This TV show narrated the life stories of Filipino heroes like Jose Rizal and Melchora Aquino through the adventures of two youngsters who went back in time to witness all the events. They can only return to the present time after getting an important item from the past. The production value of Bayani is commendable as it gave details to the historical and cultural aspect of the life story of our heroes.

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WazzupWazzup was a news satire TV program. Its main hosts Drew Arellano, Vhong Navarro, and Toni Gonzaga showed their natural flair for comedy as they delivered the satire. This was seen as a comic relief to stressful news content.

Hiraya Manawari

This inspiring children TV show presented fictional stories aimed to convey messages and lessons at the end of every independent episode. It narrated the adventures of the main characters as caused by their stubbornness or disobedience but in the end, they learned their lessons. Hiraya Manawari is an archaic Filipino phrase meaning “Sana mangyari”.

Debate with Mare and Pare

It was a late night TV show with a debate format featuring socio-political and economic issues. Winnie Monsod and Oscar Orbos hosted the show and also served as moderators. It became an avenue for a public dialogue between sector groups, private individuals, and public officials.

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Y Speak

This was a TV debate program featuring the voices of the youth. Y Speak gave the platform for teenagers and young adults to tackle local issues from current events and public affairs. Bianca Gonzalez hosted the show.


Wouldn’t it be fun to have more choices in our free TV? Do you have more suggested TV shows worthy of a comeback? Share your thoughts by commenting below!

Rosella Jane “RJ” T. Vargas is a Christian by faith. She graduated from PUP-Manila with a degree in AB English. She is a freelance writer and an aspiring public speaker. 


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