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80s television cast replacements

RoyceSraphimRoyceSraphim Registered User regular
edited March 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
I remember Battlestar galactica switching up the cast, and someone told me Dukes of Hazzard switched the brothers for their cousins.

Are there any other shows from the era that switched the central cast so radically?

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  • MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Not the 80's, but there was the new 'Darren' switch in I Dream of Jeannie.

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  • EshEsh Tending bar. FFXIV. Motorcycles. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Becky on Roseanne.

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  • Jimmy KingJimmy King Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Who in the original BSG was switched up? I actually just finished it and don't remember any major characters switching.

    Also, early 90s rather than 80s, but the show aside from Roseanne that I always think of that did this is THe Fresh Prince of Bel Aire. The Becky switch was also 90s... both 1993, it seems.

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  • BlindZenDriverBlindZenDriver Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    I remember my parents debating over some characters switching in the show Dallas and also in the Dynasty shows. I think they used as the final reason to stop watching (bad habits can be hard to kick).

    I can also think of switching in the James Bond movies and Batman movies but that is a bit OT :-)

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  • Jason00Jason00 Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    The BSG switch was the almost complete replacement of the cast between the original show and then Galactica 1980.

    In Diff'rent Strokes, they replaced the woman who played Mr. Drummond's wife on the show. At first it was Dixie Carter and then she was replaced by Mary Ann Mobley (thank you, wikipedia!). Star Trek the Next Generation changed doctors in season two from Gates McFadden to Diana Muldaur, and then changed back again for season three.

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  • Jimmy KingJimmy King Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Ah, I see. I didn't even know about Galactica 1980. It's in my netflix queue now.

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  • mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Switched up radically? Not really. I know the A-Team went with a different actor for Face after the pilot (man, that confused me when I watched it online recently), and both brought in and sent out a couple characters.

    I think dramatic cast changes were more of a 90's thing (continuing into the last decade), with shows like Law and Order or ER slowly rotating out the entire cast for a new one.

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  • mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Jimmy King wrote: »
    Ah, I see. I didn't even know about Galactica 1980. It's in my netflix queue now.

    ITS A TRAP! [/ACKBAR]

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  • Jimmy KingJimmy King Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    mcdermott wrote: »
    Switched up radically? Not really. I know the A-Team went with a different actor for Face after the pilot (man, that confused me when I watched it online recently)
    Damn. There's some other show I saw recently that did that, too, although it was not an 80s show or even early 90s, so I suppose it's irrelevant anyway. Plus I can't remember what it was.

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  • MetalbourneMetalbourne Inside a cluster b personalityRegistered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Jimmy King wrote: »
    mcdermott wrote: »
    Switched up radically? Not really. I know the A-Team went with a different actor for Face after the pilot (man, that confused me when I watched it online recently)
    Damn. There's some other show I saw recently that did that, too, although it was not an 80s show or even early 90s, so I suppose it's irrelevant anyway. Plus I can't remember what it was.

    Star trek had a different Kirk for the pilot.

    edit: actually the enterprise had a completely different cap'n for the pilot. So that might not be the same.

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  • RaneadosRaneados police apologist you shouldn't have been there, obviouslyRegistered User regular
    edited March 2010
    didn't the mom in Family Matters get switched with like 9 episodes left in the show

    hated the latter one

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  • MetalbourneMetalbourne Inside a cluster b personalityRegistered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Raneados wrote: »
    didn't the mom in Family Matters get switched with like 9 episodes left in the show

    hated the latter one

    yeah. And the younger daughter disappeared altogether.

    fun fact: Family Matters is a spinoff of perfect strangers. Harriett was the elevator operator in the building where Larry and Balki worked.

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  • CrossBusterCrossBuster Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    MacGyver.

    The guy who played Pete in the show played a totally unrelated character in the pilot. So I guess that sort of counts?

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  • darkmayodarkmayo Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Raneados wrote: »
    didn't the mom in Family Matters get switched with like 9 episodes left in the show

    hated the latter one

    yeah. And the younger daughter disappeared altogether.

    fun fact: Family Matters is a spinoff of perfect strangers. Harriett was the elevator operator in the building where Larry and Balki worked.

    I always thought it was a spin off of Die Hard, being that the actor who played the dad was a cop in both. Maybe I just wanted to believe that to make the series far far cooler than it was. "Erkel, dont piss off Carl, he capped some eurotrash terrorist outside of Nakatomi Plaza."

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  • MetalbourneMetalbourne Inside a cluster b personalityRegistered User regular
    edited March 2010
    darkmayo wrote: »
    Raneados wrote: »
    didn't the mom in Family Matters get switched with like 9 episodes left in the show

    hated the latter one

    yeah. And the younger daughter disappeared altogether.

    fun fact: Family Matters is a spinoff of perfect strangers. Harriett was the elevator operator in the building where Larry and Balki worked.

    I always thought it was a spin off of Die Hard, being that the actor who played the dad was a cop in both. Maybe I just wanted to believe that to make the series far far cooler than it was. "Erkel, dont piss off Carl, he capped some eurotrash terrorist outside of Nakatomi Plaza."

    well now it's just some kind of crazy ass spinoff-triangle

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  • RaneadosRaneados police apologist you shouldn't have been there, obviouslyRegistered User regular
    edited March 2010
    jamiee foxworth does porn down

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  • MetalbourneMetalbourne Inside a cluster b personalityRegistered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Raneados wrote: »
    jamiee foxworth does porn down

    down what? Down town? Down under? I need to know!

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  • ArrathArrath Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    darkmayo wrote: »
    Raneados wrote: »
    didn't the mom in Family Matters get switched with like 9 episodes left in the show

    hated the latter one

    yeah. And the younger daughter disappeared altogether.

    fun fact: Family Matters is a spinoff of perfect strangers. Harriett was the elevator operator in the building where Larry and Balki worked.

    I always thought it was a spin off of Die Hard, being that the actor who played the dad was a cop in both. Maybe I just wanted to believe that to make the series far far cooler than it was. "Erkel, dont piss off Carl, he capped some eurotrash terrorist outside of Nakatomi Plaza."

    well now it's just some kind of crazy ass spinoff-triangle

    John McClance as guest star would've been pretty awesome.

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  • KlorgnumKlorgnum Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    mcdermott wrote: »
    Jimmy King wrote: »
    Ah, I see. I didn't even know about Galactica 1980. It's in my netflix queue now.

    ITS A TRAP! [/ACKBAR]

    Why would you do this?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbweBDnViyA

    It wasn't the 80's when it happened (or a replacement), but Ritchie's older brother Chuck on Happy Days was written out after the first season, and removed from continuity.

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  • RaneadosRaneados police apologist you shouldn't have been there, obviouslyRegistered User regular
    edited March 2010
    didn't he go to college and was never spoke of ever again

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  • stigweardstigweard Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    They might have referenced that later, but I'm pretty sure Family Guy has it right. He went upstairs at the end of an episode and never came back down.

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  • RoyceSraphimRoyceSraphim Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    This has been surprisingly entertaining.

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  • KlorgnumKlorgnum Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    stigweard wrote: »
    They might have referenced that later, but I'm pretty sure Family Guy has it right. He went upstairs at the end of an episode and never came back down.

    In the final episode of the series, at Joni and Chachi's wedding, Ritchie's dad makes reference to 'our two children'. Even his parents forgot he existed.

    Either that or he died.

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  • November FifthNovember Fifth Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Buck Rogers had a different setting and supporting characters for its second season. They even replaced Mel Blanc as a VA for one of the robots.

    Valerie Harper was killed off of her own show and replaced by Sandy Duncan.


    edit to add: Airwolf killed off its entire cast after season three.

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  • LadyMLadyM Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Not 80s, but the Jeeves and Wooster mini-series in the 90s switched flipped actors around a bit. Francesca Folan initially played Madeline Bassett (the girl who thought the stars were "God's daisy chain"), but then she became Lady Florence Craye (the serious girl who kept trying to force Bertie to read Great Literature.) Aunt Dahlia and Bingo Little changed near the end too.

    But the main characters were ALWAYS Hugh and Laurie, of course!

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  • DrakmathusDrakmathus Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    they do this on soap operas a lot.

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