It’s startling enough for TV lovers when characters magically vanish from our favorite shows. However, it’s even more alarming when actors are abruptly replaced during the middle of a television series. From Roseanne‘s Becky to Game of Thrones‘s Darrio Naharis, here are 10 of the most annoying mid-series TV recasts.
Aunt Viv in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
When we were first introduced to Aunt Viv on the first season of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
, she was a no-nonsense college professor who spoke her mind and fiercly loved her family. Janet Hubert
soared in the role, and Aunt Viv was in every way Uncle Phil's equal. However, after the third season, Hubert was replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid
and Aunt Viv became a meek homemaker who barely had any screen time. To this day, fans of Fresh Prince
are super confused about the insane change. Though the official statement is that Hubert was let go because she violated her contract by getting pregnant, it is well known that she and Will Smith just didn't along. Apparently the network thought they could replace Aunt Viv, but they certainly couldn't get rid of the Fresh Prince.
Morgan in Boy Meets World
When Boy Meets World
premiered back in '93, the adorable Lily Nicksay
was playing Cory's baby sister, Morgan. Nicksay stayed in the role for the first two seasons before Morgan magically vanished into thin air. She reappeared midway through the third season, only this time she was being played by actress Lindsay Ridgeway
. The show even joked about the switch saying that Morgan had just been in her room for a really
long time. It seems that the show's producers replaced Nicksay with an older actress because they wanted Morgan to have more story lines and more screen time. Yeah... that didn't work out well.
Ann on Arrested Development
The writers over at Arrested Development
purposely created Ann to be forgettable. They even considered having her being portrayed by a different actresses every time she was on the show. Luckily that didn't happen. George Michael's girlfriend was introduced by actress Alessandra Torresani
's Mae Whitman
eventually took over the role and continued playing Ann throughout the series run.
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Becky in Roseanne
and Sarah Chalke
's constant switcheroo as Becky in the classic sitcom Roseanne
was probably one of the most annoying and confusing recasts in the history of television. After five seasons of playing Rosanne and Dan's eldest daughter Becky on the series, Goranson exited to attend Vassar College. Chalke stepped into the role from there, however when Chalke left in 1995, Goranson reprised her role until May of 1996. As a result, Chalke came back to Roseanne
play out the character until the series finale. We're actually super exhausted even thinking about this! At least the writers had the decently to laugh at the situation. Whenever Chalke or Goranson switched, Becky was repeatedly asked, "Where the hell have you been?"
Darrin in Bewitched
For five seasons, Dick York
played Darrin, Samantha's human hubby on Bewitched
. However, York's chronic back pain kept backing up production, and at the end of the fifth season, he was replaced by Dick Sargent
for the duration of the series. Sadly, Sargent lacked the brilliant neurosis of Darrin that York captured so perfectly. At least there are five perfect seasons of Bewitched
Daario Naharis in Game Of Thrones
With so many characters in George R.R. Martin
's Westeros, the producers at HBO
probably thought no one noticed when Khalessi's lover Darrio, who was initially played by Ed Skrein
was suddenly replaced by Michiel Huisman
between the third and fourth season. We definitely noticed! Apparently, Skrein left Game of Thrones
for the leading role in 2015's The Transporter Refueled
. Um....... yeah. Luckily, we adore Michiel Huisman's Darrio and Skrein was amazeballs in Deadpool
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Jesus in The Fosters
When The Fosters
originally premiered back in 2013, Wizards of Waverly Place
alum Jake T Austin
snagged the role of Jesus Adams Foster; a role that he kept for two years. After that, Jesus went AWOL for a few episodes before magically reappearing in season three, this time being played by actor Noah Centineo
. It seems like in the end, Austin felt he was destined for bigger things and he didn't want to be held back on the show. We can't all be Selena Gomez
Carol in Friends
During the first two episodes of Friends
, Ross' ex-wife Carol was played by actress Anita Barone until she was magically replaced by Jane Sibbett for the duration of the series decade-long run. Though Barone was only around for a hot second, the casting change has always nagged us. It turns out that Barone had auditioned for one of the three female leads on the show, and when she was relegated to a recurring character she wasn't exactly pleased. Instead she chose to leave the series entirely. Probably not the best decision on her part.
Laurie Forman on That '70s Show
During the second episode of That '70s Show
, Lisa Robin Kelly
's character Laurie Foreman was introduced. Laurie was Eric's sex bomb older sister, and she spent her days terrorizing him and his friends. Kelly played the role on and off for five years, making her final appearance in the fifth season in an episode called "Celebration Day." When the sixth season premiered, Kelly was mysteriously replaced by actress Christina Moore
who appeared on the series for only six episodes. Though little explanation was given for Kelly's departure, it is well known that the actress was battling addiction. Sadly, she passed away from a drug overdose in 2013.
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Claire on My Wife and Kids
During the entire first season of Damon Wayans' My Wife and Kids, actress Jazz Raycole played the family's eldest daughter Claire. However, when the second season rolled around Raycole was replaced by Jennifer Freeman who stayed in the role until the series wrapped. So what happened?! Apparently, Raycole's mom was unhappy with a story line about Claire’s friend Charmaine getting pregnant. SMH!!! Parents actually ruin everything. Luckily, My Wife and Kids were able to poke fun at themselves especially because the actresses don't look ANYTHING alike. When Claire makes her entrance during the second season premiere, Wayans greets her by saying, "I don’t know what it is, but you look like a whole new person!"