One of the things you tend to grow to love about a good television show is the cast. We fall in love with the characters like they’re really our mom, sister, or best friend. And if we’re lucky every week at scheduled timing we meet them up on the same station to hang out. But what happens when you tune is as usual and there’s some new strange face walking around in your living room because the ‘sassy mom with a heart of gold’ or ‘micheivious but well-meaning teen’ has been replaced?! One of two things: you tune out unable to bare the loss and drop the show, or you keep watching—if it’s good enough—and silently honor your replaced character by hating the new one forever. Either way, you still love them.
Here are seven classic TV characters that got replaced but we never forgot!
Fresh Prince of Bel Air: Aunt Viv
We LOVED the first Aunt Viv, first played by Janet Hubert from seasons 1-3. She was stern, fiesty, and strong enough to hold her own with a cast of popular characters. The second Aunt Viv, played by Daphne Maxwell Reid from seasons 4-6 just didn’t hold it down playing an obviously softer more mellow Viv.
The Cosby Show: Denise
Who didn’t love Lisa Bonet playing Denise—the most mellow Huxtable kid with a slightly boho style on The Cosby Show? But after her spotty appearances turned to phone calls from the African Congo, they needed another character to play a free-spirited problem child. Enter Erika Alexander as Pamela Tucker, aka Cousin Pam. Dont get us wrong, Pam was comedy, but we never stopped missing Denise.
Roseanne: Becky Conner
Poor boy-crazy, talking-back Becky Conner, played by Lecy Goranson from seasons 1-5, just couldn’t seem to catch a break from all that damn teen angst! But it was great to watch. Becky Conner married and mild, played by Sarah Chalke from seasons 6-9, no thank you!
Family Matters: Harriette Winslow
The real upset here is that they randomly started replacing the O-G Harriette Winslow, played by Jo Marie Payton, with Judyann Elder in the very end of the TV series. What was that all about?
90210: Brenda Walsh
Brenda! It’s hard for characters to bring drama and remain likable, but Shannen Doherty playing Brenda on 90210 from seasons 1-4 did it so well, tears and all. But when she left, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen—playing Valerie Malone seasons 6-9—proved all crazy brunettes are not created equal. She was just doing too much on that show!
Girlfriends: Toni Marie Childs
We were heartbroken when we discovered actress Jill Marie Jones‘—aka Toni Childs—departure from Girlfriends at the end of season 6. Who was going to bring all that ‘it’s-all-about-me’ attitude and controversy to the show? William’s wife Monica, played by Keesha Sharp for the remainder of the show…I guess we’ll take it…if we have too. And we did cause we loved having a hit black television series. But it was never the same without Toni!
The Game: Brittany Pitts
When The Game came back on, one of the first questions was “where’s Brit Brat?” and “who’s this girrrrl…acting all rude?” The original ‘Brit Brat,’ played by Erica Gluck seasons 1-3, not only had the right vibe, she had the right look. We believed she was the product of Jason and Kelly. New Brittany, played by Katlynn Smith, looks like the neice dropped off by an estranged sibling of Jason’s.
StyleBlazers, which replaced TV character did you miss the most?