Films like Fury Road (which came 30 years after the previous entry in the Mad Max series, Beyond Thunderdome) and TV shows like Doctor Who (over a decade between old and new eras) proved that a series’ return after a long wait can be cause for much celebration.

As we all sit with nervously gritted teeth awaiting the returns of X-Files, Twin Peaks and others, we open the floor to ask: Which film or TV series returned after a long absence and earned great acclaim from critics and, more importantly, fans (especially fans of the original)? Share your all-time favorite continuations in the comments!