11 Shows That Survived After Killing Off A Main Character

  
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There is a wide array of genres to pick from when it comes to choosing a TV show to be a fan of; however, it seems now more than ever no character is safe on any show, even if they are one of the lead actors. The cliffhanger has always been a pivotal device for shows, yet less and less often does the character who gets shot or injured at the end of one season actually survive into the next, which completely shocks fans. While killing off a main character definitely achieves the shock factor, what is surprising is how many of them continue on after that person has left the show. Whether fans are sticking around to see who else could just suddenly die or to realize that the show is good enough to not rely on one character, many shows have cut ties with an actor and just kept on rolling in with the same success. Check out 11 Shows That Survived After Killing Off a Main Character.

11. 24

24 was a fast-paced cop drama which promised shootings, death and shocking story lines; however, after season one, fans realized that the shootings and death were not restricted to just the bad guys. The climax of the end of the first season was the very unexpected death of Teri Bauer played by Leslie Hope, the wife of the main character Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland). At the time, fans were utterly devastated by the death, but also completely impressed at the show’s willingness to kill off major characters, something that wasn’t as common on TV in the early 2000s as it is now. Even worse for fans, social media was only just beginning, meaning they had to suffer in figurative silence. They could not proclaim their hate for the show to the millions of other show “followers.”

Source: Fox

Source: Fox

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10. Two and a Half Men

Two and a Half Men technically has three main characters; however, fans of the show could tell you that Charlie Sheen as Charlie Harper was the main reason the show did so well. Things began to look bleak for the show in 2011 when a rift between Sheen and creator Chuck Lorre started. The show had to be put on hiatus while Sheen entered rehab. Things got worse when Sheen slammed Lorre publicly and fans knew that would be the end of his association with the show, and many also assumed the end of the show all together. Ashton Kutcher, however, stepped in after Sheen’s character Charlie Harper was killed by a train. The show was not nearly as good and was heavily criticized when Kutcher took over, but it did not fail. In fact, it lasted for four more seasons and even continued after another one of the main stars, Angus T. Jones, left the show after season 10.

Greg Gayne / © CBS / courtesy Everett Collection

Greg Gayne / © CBS / courtesy Everett Collection

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