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We're all aware television shows are fake and, heck, even the ones pretending to be real have a certain level of fabrication permeating throughout. That's not why we watch, though, we watch because we want to be invested into believing in a show's characters and their journeys. So when a character is mysteriously removed from a show with zero explanation it can leave a bad taste in our mouths that never goes away.

Reddit user, u/jsakic99, wanted to hear about:

What's the most egregious example of a TV show losing a major cast member, but still trying to continue on?

Not Gone, Just Reborn

Top Gear


Came here to say this. Top Geat BBC is nothing w/o Jezza, Crash and Mr. Slowly.

I watched a few episodes of the reboot and its a total joke.

On the other hand i bought amazon prime because of Grand Tour.


No More Troy & Abed In The Morning



It definitely lost some of its charm without Troy, but Hickey, Elroy, and Frankie were decent. It was still a good show without Troy, just not as good.


Fired For Good Cause

Criminal Minds comes to mind for me. Thomas Gibson definitely deserved to be fired, but once he was gone the show felt completely different. They should have stopped there instead of trying another season.


To be fair, they pulled it off once before, when Mandy Patinkin left. Hotch was very much the solid center of the group, after that though, and they never really found someone to fill that role. I love Prentiss, but she doesn't fill that void, and Rossi wouldn't really do either. They would need to find someone that had chemistry with the other characters but still had the darkness that Hotch brought.


How Does Your Family Work?

Dukes of Hazzard for one season tried to replace Bo and Luke with two other Duke cousins.


The Coy and Vance situation made the whole Duke family tree even more suspicious. Bo, Luke, Daisy, Coy and Vance all called each other cousin, and called Jesse "uncle". None of them were siblings. Were these all just random children that Jesse "found" and raised? Did Jesse have 5 siblings who each had a child that they were unwilling/unable to care for? Did they all leave their kids with Jesse because a moonshine runner was considered the most respectable? There probably aren't too many social workers in Hazard County, but someone really needs to look into this.



CSI after Grissom left was never the same


I thought Liev Schreiber's short guest-stint standing in for William Petersen was good, but Grissom was kind of integral.


A Magical Missing Sister! Of Course!

So what always hit me as funny was in the TV Show Charmed.

Basically the entire concept was about three sisters being the chosen triad that together could do amazing magic.

After a couple seasons all three of them were on the floor "Dying" and it cut off.

Next season apparently two of the sisters had been saved, the but the last one had died off screen and the entire thing was skipped over. "You saved me, X saved Y, but that left Z to die!"

But how can a show that's entirely about the power of three sisters being the chosen ones continue with one of them gone? Easy, they find a long lost sister and activate her magic!



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Blues Clues


As a child I remember being very confused and not realizing right away it was a different person.


I Want To Believe

The X-Files after David Duchovny left.


Something was missing when Mulder was gone. Scully and Mulder dealing with the monster of the week type episodes were the best.


It's A Teaching Hospital...Get It?

Scrubs final season was so bad that even Dr Cox couldn't save it.


It was meant to be a spinof series but wasn't allowed to be branded as such.


We ALL Hate Randy

That '70s Show


We all hate Randy


Randy embodies everything people hate about late series main cast replacements. He's a buff pretty boy, unlike Eric, but is still marketed as being a sensitive, nerdy guy, which is what made up a big part of Eric's appeal. He bonds with Red like Eric never could, he immediately takes Eric's place as Donna's love interest and is shunted into the main group without pretense and with little defined character. He's basically Poochie, from the Simpsons, but unironically.


Perhaps The Biggest Of All

The Office comes to mind, though I enjoy the later seasons too.


This is the one for me. I'm fine with folks enjoying the last few seasons (and I guarantee there's post-Carrell episodes I enjoy as well) but by and large, it lost a lot of its magic without him. That said, I imagine some key writers departing were also responsible for the tonal shift (where some characters turned into the cartoon versions of themselves while others were seemingly reinvented on the fly).



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John Ritter, from 8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter.

The main character died in the beginning of the second season*. It's a family sit-com, but I remember liking it. And it was starting to build a bit of a following when it happened.


John Ritter. Died from aortic dissection. So sad.


Worse, he started having the fatal symptoms when he was on set rehearsing for the next episode. The crew had to rush him to the hospital.


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