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26 TV Shows That Recast Recurring Characters And You Might Not Have Known The Difference

We asked folks in the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which TV character got recast and that a lot of people forget about. Here are the best submissions:

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In the first season of My wife and children Claire was played by Jazz Raycole. Supposedly, Jazz left the show because his mother objected to a storyline in which one of Claire’s friends got pregnant. For the rest of the series, Claire was played by Jennifer Freeman.

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on netflix babysitters club, Dawn was played by Xochitl Gomez in season 1. Xochitl was later cast in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness and felt that with COVID, he couldn’t travel back and forth to film both projects. Dawn was played by Kyndra Sánchez in season 2.

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In season 3 of good problem, Angelica was introduced as a love interest by Malika. She was played by Odelya Halevi. Odelya participated in NBC Law revival so in season 4 of good problemYasmine Aker took on the role of Angelica.

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In season 1 of one tree hill Peyton’s father is played by Thomas Ian Griffith. However, the writers felt that he and Hilary Burton were “too flirtatious” with each other, so when the character returned in the third season, he was played by Kevin Kilner.

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In season 1 of RiverdaleReggie was played by Ross Butler. Ross is gone Riverdale for a role in 13 reasons why. He had the option to stay on both shows, but that meant his characters would appear on the shows less. Charles Melton took on the role of Reggie in the upcoming season of Riverdale.

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In the pilot episode of What I like about you, Holly and Val’s father was played by Peter Scolari. When the character returned in season 4, he was played by Barry Bostick.

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Prue, Piper and Phoebe’s father was played by Anthony Denison in the first season of Delighted. In season 3, and for the rest of the series, he was played by James Read.

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In last man standingKristin was portrayed by Alexandra Krosney during Season 1 and by Amanda Fuller in Season 2 and onward. The role was recast for creative reasons.

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Nick Jonas was originally Ryan in last man standing before being replaced by Jordan Masterson in the second season.

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In Gossip GirlBlair’s mom, Eleanor, was played by Florencia Lozano in the pilot. Reportedly, the producers felt that Florence did not seem old enough to play Blair’s mother. Eleanor was played by Margaret Colin after that.

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In FriendsAnita Barone played Carol in the character’s first appearance in Season 1, Episode 9. The character returned in Episode 9, and Jane Sibbett played the role from then until the show ended.

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In arrested developmentAnn was played by Alessandra Torresani in her first appearance in Season 1, and later played by Mae Whitman in Season 2 and onwards. The original plan was to have various actors play Ann during the show to emphasize how forgettable her character was, but they stayed with Mae because they liked how she played the role.

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Also in boy meets worldTopanga’s mother, Rhiannon, was played by Annette O’Toole in season 6 and then by Marcia Cross in season 7.

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In Family manLacey Chabert voiced Meg until the second episode of season 2. Lacey left the show because she was busy with school and filming. party of five. She has been voiced by Mila Kunis for Meg Griffin from season 2 to present.

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In pretty Little LiarsToby Cavanaugh was played by James Neate in the pilot, and two episodes later he was played by Keegan Allen until the series finale.

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In The office, Pam’s mother, Helene, was first played by Shannon Cochran in Season 2. When they wanted to bring the character back, Shannon was a traveling stage actor. In season 6, she was recast with Linda Purl.

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In boy meets worldTopanga’s father, Jedidiah, was first played by Peter Tork in seasons 2 and 3, then played by Michael McKean in season 6, and then played by Mark Harelik in season 7.

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In Pretty Little Liars, Jason DiLaurentis, Alison’s brother, was played by Parker Bagley in Season 1. He was recast with Drew Van Acker for the rest of the series because Drew was a better fit for the darker, more mysterious direction they wanted to take the character.

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In season 4 of Big Bang Theory, Amy’s mother, Mrs. Fowler, makes her first appearance and is played by Annie O’Donnell. When she makes her first physical appearance in Season 11, Kathy Bates replaces her.

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In boy meets worldLily Nicksay played Morgan Matthews for the first two seasons. Other cast members said they got the feeling that Lily didn’t enjoy being a child actress, so they let her move on. She was replaced by Lindsay Ridgeway for the rest of the series.

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In the oc, Shailene Woodley played Kaitlin Cooper during season 1, and when the character returned in season 3, she was recast with Willa Holland. She recast the character because they wanted Kaitlin to be older than Shailene could be.

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In Pretty Little Liars, Jessica DiLaurentis, Alison’s mother, was played by Anne Marie DeLuise in the first episode. When the character returned in season 2, she was recast with Andrea Parker.

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In FriendsJennifer Gray played Rachel’s former best friend Mindy in season 1, and then Jana Marie Hupp played her in season 2.

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In ShamelessMandy Milkovich was played by Jane Levy in Season 1 and was later recast with Emma Greenwell in Season 2.

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In the pilot episode of Happinessthere is a photo of Rachel with her parents, but when they make their first physical appearance in season 3, they are played by Jeff Goldblum and Brian Stokes Mitchell, who were not the men in the photo.

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And lastly, Chuck Cunningham from Happy Days It was played by three different actors. in an episode of love american style, an anthology comedy series, the Cunningham family was presented on television for the first time and Ric Carrott played Chuck. Then, during the first season of Happy Days, Chuck was played by Gavan O’Herlihy and was replaced by Randolph Roberts in Season 2.

Who are other TV characters that most people forgot that were recast? Tell us in the comments!

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