Sometimes shows have trouble continuing on when one of the leads decides to leave the series, or is fired, but other times the show can literally continue on without the lead character for several more seasons without any serious consequences. These shows faced the challenge of losing an important star, but persevered! They lost a lead and they were able to keep going, although sometimes not for long:
In September 2020, Anna Faris surprised everyone when she abruptly announced she was exiting her hit series Mom after seven seasons. “The past seven years on Mom have been some of the most fulfilling and rewarding of my career. I’m so thankful to Chuck, the writers, and my amazing castmates for creating a truly wonderful work experience,” Faris, 43, said in a statement. “While my journey as Christy has come to an end, allowing me to pursue new opportunities, I’ll be watching next season and rooting for my TV family.” Instead of ending the show with the loss of their lead, they decided to continue on. When season eight premiered in November, it was explained that Faris’s character Christy had gotten into law school on the East Coast.