Recasting Call: 10 TV Shows That Replaced Big Characters

At some point, you’ve probably watched a show that has gone through a recasting. It often occurs with someone who has a smaller role, which is typically less noticeable and jarring to audience members. However, when producers are forced to recast a larger role, viewers can’t help but notice the obvious swap — and they typically don’t like it. After all, they’ve gotten used to the original character; it’s who they expect to see on the show. But once in a while the replacement comes in and manages to captivate the audience.

What noticeable recastings have been successfully pulled off? Here’s a look at 10 TV shows that got it right.

1. Becky, Roseanne

Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke as Becky on Roseanne | ABC

What do you do when you’re trying to make a situation less uncomfortable? Make jokes, of course, which is exactly what the cast of Roseanne did when they swapped Alicia Goranson with Sarah Chalke in the role of Roseanne’s oldest daughter, Becky. It was a somewhat strange arrangement. Goranson took off to attend college, and Chalke stepped in. Goranson would then re-pick up the role as her schedule allowed, according to Lovelyish. The show played it off in Season 8. After Becky had a long stretch away she was repeatedly asked, “Where the hell have you been?”