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WINNER: The Boy Meets World Renaissance
The announcement about Boy Meets World spinoff Girl Meets World technically happened at the end of 2012, but 2013 was full of reminders about the in-the-works new series. From casting announcements to on-set reunions (Fee-Fee-Feeny!), millennials happily soaked up info what their favorite '90s gang has been up to. —Erin Strecker
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LOSER: Ruthie Camden's Maxim Shoot
The plague of a youngest sibling: someone else has always done it first. When Jessica Biel went rogue with a topless magazine cover in 2000 it was an all-out 7th Heaven scandal. When little Ruthie Camden (Mackenzie Rosman) posed for Maxim in 2013, it was a little more like ''Who?'' and ''Why?'' and ''Must we?''
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WINNER: '90s Boy & Girl Bands
Between 'NSync's VMAs reunion, The Package Tour (NKOTB, 98 Degrees, and Boyz II Men's triple-threat summer tour), Destiny's Child's giant-fan-stravaganza during the Super Bowl halftime show, and the BSB cameo in This Is the End (welcome back, Kevin!), teeny-bopper hearts grew at least four sizes in 2013. Good news, One Direction: There's hope for you in 10, 15, 20 years' time yet! —Andrew Asare
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WINNER: Jean-Claude Van Damme
Just call him Jean-Claude Van ''I'll be Dammed!'' The Expendables 2 star showed no signs of muscular wear-and-tear when he demonstrated one of his signature splits for a trucking advert earlier this November. Though Van Damme performed the jaw-dropping stunt for a Volvo commercial (and managed to spike Enya's singles sales — no small feat past 1997), the only thing we're buying is that this 53-year-old martial arts master can still crush his naysayers like a stack of Belgian waffles.
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LOSER: Another Remake? We Just Don't Carrie
We can see her dirty pillows — and they looked better back in the 1976 original. Wait, that sounds weird. How about this one: We'd rather burn down the gym than sit through another gratuitous remake. —Hillary Busis
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TOSS-UP: Arrested Development's Netflix Revival
Expectations for the streaming service's revival of the beloved cult comedy, canceled by Fox in 2006, hovered somewhere between ''astronomical'' and ''utterly unattainable under even the best of circumstances.'' So it should be no surprise that when season 4 finally debuted, reactions were decidedly mixed. The good: Gob and Tony Wonder's pas de deux; anything and everything involving either Lucille. The bad: Dragging, overly lengthy episodes and the season's fragmented structure, which was done for practical reasons (it's tough to get nine busy actors in the same place at the same time) but deprived fans of the joy of truly seeing the whole Bluth clan back together again. —Hillary Busis
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WINNER: Veronica Mars Diehards
A long time ago, we used to be?fans of an axed show, just fantasizing about a possible film. But, Marshmallow Nation, 2013 granted our wish: All it took was one crowd-funding campaign, more than 91,000 backers, and $5.7 million to revive the neo-noir about Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell), the sleuth with a penchant for quippy dialogue. The film's set to hit theaters March 14, 2014, so mark your calendars (and perhaps rewatch the series in the meantime), because it's really happening. Neptune, here we come! —Shirley Li
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LOSER: Celebrity Kickstarter Fails
Kickstarter had many successes (we're looking at you, Veronica Mars movie!), but not every celebrity-sponsored Kickstarter was successful. Melissa Joan Hart and Darryl McDaniels (a.k.a. D.M.C. from Run-D.M.C.) both learned that the hard way when their projects failed to meet their goals — despite their relative fame. (To be fair, this wasn't just the curse borne by nostalgia-baiters — for every Zach Braff, there were 10 Zosia Mamets and Björks who couldn't make their dream an Internet-funded reality.) —Erin Strecker
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WINNER: The Best Man Holiday
After nearly 15 years, The Best Man crew regrouped — and scored huge at the box office. Upping the ante on the 1999 cult classic's drama, laughter, and tears — so many tears! — Holiday was a perfect present, reminding us of the power of the past. —Andrew Asare
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WINNER: Jesse and the Rippers, Always and ''Forever''
In a year of reunions, none was less anticipated, yet more thrilling, than Jesse and the Rippers reuniting on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to perform their greatest hits. ''What hits,'' you say? You know, the one with the music video and then the Beach Boys covers and the?whatever, it was awesome. Have mercy!
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LOSER: Will Smith's Rap Attack
As much as we love to remember Smith's days wit DJ Jazzy Jeff and on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, there's a time and a place for such nostalgia. And such time and place does not exist when Will Smith is attempting to promote a bad movie (*cough* After Earth *cough*) and decides his son should join him in singing the theme song to his hit show from the '90s. You know it's a sad day when an Alfonso Ribeiro cameo can't even save the performance. —Samantha Highfill
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WINNER: Seth Cohen + Blair Waldorf = True Love
Fans of early to mid aught teen dramas got the crossover episode they never knew they wanted when The O.C.'s Seth Cohen (Adam Brody) and Gossip Girl's Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) started dating earlier this year. Now, the twosome is engaged. Hopefully the wedding will go off without a Chuck Bass-related hitch. —Erin Strecker
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TOSS-UP: The Goldbergs
Purists grumble about the accuracy of this Wonder Years-esque sitcom, which is set in ''1980-something'' — that'd be why it (sort of) gets away with referencing both early decade touchstones like Poltergeist (released in 1982) and late decade touchstones like Say Anything (released in 1989). But if you can get past both that and the show's flagrant pop culture pandering (remember Reebok Pumps?!), you'll find a solid family comedy that really does evoke the feel of a bygone era. Now, who wants to help me solve this Rubik's Cube? —Hillary Busis
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WINNER: ''So Excited'' and It Feels So Good
Elizabeth Berkley's Jive-pill-induced re-creation of her definitive Saved by the Bell moment on Dancing With the Stars doesn't make the original caffeine-pill-induced meltdown any less absurd. But really, where would we as a culture be without ''I'm so excited! I'm so excited! I'm so...SCARED!''? Berkley was eliminated far too early on DWTS, but she won 1,000 mirror balls in the hearts of fans for being able to poke a little fun at herself — and all while slaying those high kicks!
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WINNER: The Return of Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Other than host Drew Carey, who was replaced by the charming Aisha Tyler, the whole gang has returned to their rightful positions on our favorite improv stage. Wayne Brady, Ryan Stiles, and Colin Mochrie haven't missed a beat, making the show's return just as glorious as we all hoped it would be. They've even managed to squeeze in celebrity guests like Key & Peele's Keegan-Michael Key, The Vampire Diaries' Candice Accola, and The Walking Dead's Lauren Cohen. Next step: Get Chip Esten back! —Samantha Highfill
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