Even the most successful television series run into trouble with casting. From dramatic exits, unexpected deaths, and characters being written out, many long-running series have seen major changes when it comes to its main characters and while some series have been as bold as to keep a character and simply replace the actor or actress, others take the safer route by bringing in a whole new character. Most of the time, fans aren’t so easily convinced to love a brand new character, but there have been times it has worked! Here are the best and worst TV character replacements on some of television’s most popular series:
20. Worst: Cindy Snow – Three’s Company
Three’s Company is one of TV’s most iconic sitcoms. At the time it premiered in 1977, the storyline of one man and two women living together was definitely risque, but John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt and Suzanne Somers were hard not love. The show was thrown into turmoil in season five however after Somers left because of a salary dispute, but the void was quickly filled with Jenilee Harrison in the role of Chrissy Snow’s cousin Cindy Snow. The character swap did not sit well with fans and it did not help that the writers didn’t even bother to create new material for Harrison’s Cindy Snow and simply used storylines and scripts that were meant for Somers and Chrissy. It wasn’t surprising then when Cindy Snow was quickly removed from the series and was replaced by the character of Terri Alden for seasons six, seven and eight, but the damage was done and the show never recovered from the poorly conceived character swap of Chrissy to Cindy.