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23rd Jun '16 11:44:28 AM Ravenclawed
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* Though it was not the final season, the seventh series of ''Series/RedDwarf'' came after a three-year hiatus and the [[CreatorBreakdown dissolution of the Grant Naylor partnership]]. Amongst numerous format changes, the character of Rimmer was largely supplanted by ReplacementScrappy Kristine Kochanski.
19th Jun '16 12:56:46 PM Baeraad555
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* ''Series/{{Community}}'' would be on the cusp of the trope, having written out the characters of Pierce and Troy, while introducing a new replacement for Pierce in the "old guy" slot, for the fifth season. Troy {{lampshade}}s it with a [[ShoutOut reference]] to Zach Braff leaving before the final season of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''.

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* ''Series/{{Community}}'' would be on the cusp of the trope, having written out the characters of Pierce and Troy, while introducing a new replacement for Pierce in the "old guy" slot, for the fifth season. Troy {{lampshade}}s it with a [[ShoutOut reference]] to Zach Braff leaving before the final season of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. The show managed to get a sixth season, in which Shirley is also missing except for the first and last episode. True to form, it's all [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the series finale.
-->'''Abed:'''I don't know how likely season seven is. I mean, what show ever peaks after season six?
-->'''Jeff:''' ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'', ''[[Series/{{Seinfeld}} Seinfeld]]'', ''[[WesternAnimation/SouthPark South Park]]'', ''[[Series/{{Friends}} Friends]]''...
-->'''Abed:''' Those shows weren't hemorrhaging characters every year.
7th Feb '16 8:13:42 PM jormis29
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* In ''AllyMcBeal'' season 5 a horrible culling of many original cast members and replacement with far less interesting characters occurred. The final scene of final episode still featured all the old cast and none of the new, making it rather contrived.

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* In ''AllyMcBeal'' ''Series/AllyMcBeal'' season 5 a horrible culling of many original cast members and replacement with far less interesting characters occurred. The final scene of final episode still featured all the old cast and none of the new, making it rather contrived.



* When ''{{Charmed}}'' got UnCancelled for an eighth season, the network apparently mandated several new characters, including final {{Love Interest}}s for the two single leads, as well as [[MarySue Billie]], a [[YoungerAndHipper collage-aged]] protege for the Charmed Ones who wound up becoming TheScrappy. Billie's LongLostSibling [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Christy]] later came in as the season's BigBad. Meanwhile, [[FriendOnTheForce Daryll]] and his family were PutOnABus, and halfway through the season [[TheSmartGuy Leo]], the most important character after the sisters, joined them until the finale.

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* When ''{{Charmed}}'' ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' got UnCancelled for an eighth season, the network apparently mandated several new characters, including final {{Love Interest}}s for the two single leads, as well as [[MarySue Billie]], a [[YoungerAndHipper collage-aged]] protege for the Charmed Ones who wound up becoming TheScrappy. Billie's LongLostSibling [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Christy]] later came in as the season's BigBad. Meanwhile, [[FriendOnTheForce Daryll]] and his family were PutOnABus, and halfway through the season [[TheSmartGuy Leo]], the most important character after the sisters, joined them until the finale.



* In the final season of ''HomeImprovement'', Randy was written out of the show by having him spend a year in Latin America. He wasn't replaced with anyone, but other characters were given increased roles and/or new dynamics to fill the absence.
* Partial example in ''SpinCity''. When Michael J. Fox could no longer do the show, he was replaced by Charlie Sheen. The characters of Nikki, Janelle, James, and Stacy also disappeared. The show managed to last for two more seasons with this cast rather than the usual one.

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* In the final season of ''HomeImprovement'', ''Series/HomeImprovement'', Randy was written out of the show by having him spend a year in Latin America. He wasn't replaced with anyone, but other characters were given increased roles and/or new dynamics to fill the absence.
* Partial example in ''SpinCity''.''Series/SpinCity''. When Michael J. Fox could no longer do the show, he was replaced by Charlie Sheen. The characters of Nikki, Janelle, James, and Stacy also disappeared. The show managed to last for two more seasons with this cast rather than the usual one.



* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Jadzia Dax was replaced by Ezri Dax for the final season when Terry Farrell left for ''{{Becker}}''. It was a particularly curious case as her departure was a real surprise to everyone involved, as Farrell admitted to loving the show and the character but was just interested in expanding her career. She later regretted the decision because while she enjoyed her new character, Dax was a "super hero." To the writing's credit, Ezri managed to fit into the series well and wasn't just Jadzia with a new face (although that ''would'' [[TheNthDoctor be justified]])
* ''{{That 70s Show}}'''s final season:

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* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Jadzia Dax was replaced by Ezri Dax for the final season when Terry Farrell left for ''{{Becker}}''.''Series/{{Becker}}''. It was a particularly curious case as her departure was a real surprise to everyone involved, as Farrell admitted to loving the show and the character but was just interested in expanding her career. She later regretted the decision because while she enjoyed her new character, Dax was a "super hero." To the writing's credit, Ezri managed to fit into the series well and wasn't just Jadzia with a new face (although that ''would'' [[TheNthDoctor be justified]])
* ''{{That 70s Show}}'''s ''Series/That70sShow'''s final season:



* LaverneAndShirley is an infamous example. Shirley left and the show continued without her, [[ArtifactTitle strangely keeping the title intact]]. The show compensated by bringing on weekly guest stars to assist Laverne in her schemes.

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* LaverneAndShirley ''Series/LaverneAndShirley'' is an infamous example. Shirley left and the show continued without her, [[ArtifactTitle strangely keeping the title intact]]. The show compensated by bringing on weekly guest stars to assist Laverne in her schemes.



* Main character Joel never quite disappeared from ''NorthernExposure'', but in the last season his role was drastically reduced and the town got a different doctor.
* Prior to the filming of season 4 of'' HannahMontana'', Mitchel Musso (who played Oliver Oken) left the series to star in PairOfKings and work on his music. He and his character appeared only in a few episodes as a guest, including the series finale. He was replaced by Australian actress Tammin Sursok, who played Jackson's bikini model girlfriend, Sienna.

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* Main character Joel never quite disappeared from ''NorthernExposure'', ''Series/NorthernExposure'', but in the last season his role was drastically reduced and the town got a different doctor.
* Prior to the filming of season 4 of'' HannahMontana'', of ''Series/HannahMontana'', Mitchel Musso (who played Oliver Oken) left the series to star in PairOfKings and work on his music. He and his character appeared only in a few episodes as a guest, including the series finale. He was replaced by Australian actress Tammin Sursok, who played Jackson's bikini model girlfriend, Sienna.



* ''EarthFinalConflict'' was doing this LONG before its final season. The show's producers were infamous for immediately firing any actor who asked for a raise. Only one character (a villain who largely functioned as TheDragon for the current BigBad) was a regular in all five seasons.

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* ''EarthFinalConflict'' ''Series/EarthFinalConflict'' was doing this LONG before its final season. The show's producers were infamous for immediately firing any actor who asked for a raise. Only one character (a villain who largely functioned as TheDragon for the current BigBad) was a regular in all five seasons.
16th Jan '16 1:27:26 PM SaniOKh
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* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' lost two major characters, Ann and Chris, during the sixth season, and gave more focus to Garry and Donna. A new character, Craig Middlebrooks, was introduced in the sixth season and added to the main cast in the seventh.
6th Jan '16 9:24:22 AM SaniOKh
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* The sudden departure of the CKY Crew (Margera, Dunn, Di Camillo, Raab...) during the third and final season of ''Series/{{Jackass}}''. Half of them came back for the movies, though.
7th Dec '15 9:39:23 PM PaulA
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* The chaotic and controversial last (television) season of ''Radio/OurMissBrooks''. ExecutiveMeddling saw Miss Brooks take a new job as a teacher at a private elementary school in California (versus the EverytownAmerica setting of Madison). The last season initially sees the departure of everybody but Miss Brooks and Mr. Conklin. Mrs. Davis was briefly replaced by her sister Angela, before returning to the picture a couple episodes later. Mrs. Nestor is introduced as Miss Brooks' new boss, only to be replaced by her sister, [[FridgeLogic also named Mrs. Nestor]]. Mr. Boynton is replaced as Miss Brooks' love interest by two gym teachers in quick succession, until finally returning at the end of the program. Harriet Conklin and Walter Denton disappear entirely from Miss Brooks' life, although Mrs. Conklin again made a few appearances toward the end.
** This was averted on the radio, as the program continued at Madison High School in the [[EverytownAmerica City of Madison]] as per usual. The [[TheMovie cinematic]] [[GrandFinale series finale]] followed the radio continuity.

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* The In the chaotic and controversial last (television) season of ''Radio/OurMissBrooks''. the TV version of ''Series/OurMissBrooks'', ExecutiveMeddling saw Miss Brooks take a new job as a teacher at a private elementary school in California (versus the EverytownAmerica setting of Madison). The last season initially sees the departure of everybody but Miss Brooks and Mr. Conklin. Mrs. Davis was briefly replaced by her sister Angela, before returning to the picture a couple episodes later. Mrs. Nestor is introduced as Miss Brooks' new boss, only to be replaced by her sister, [[FridgeLogic also named Mrs. Nestor]].Nestor. Mr. Boynton is replaced as Miss Brooks' love interest by two gym teachers in quick succession, until finally returning at the end of the program.series. Harriet Conklin and Walter Denton disappear entirely from Miss Brooks' life, although Mrs. Conklin again made a few appearances toward the end.
** This was averted on the radio, as the program continued at Madison High School in the [[EverytownAmerica City of Madison]] as per usual.
end. The [[TheMovie cinematic]] [[GrandFinale series finale]] ignored all these changes and followed the radio continuity.continuity, which had continued in Madison as usual.
5th Dec '15 2:59:12 PM johnsmithxxi
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* The chaotic and controversial last (television) season of ''Radio/OurMissBrooks''. ExecutiveMeddling saw Miss Brooks take a new job as a teacher at a private elementary school in California (versus the AnytownUSA setting of Madison). The last season initially sees the departure of everybody but Miss Brooks and Mr. Conklin. Mrs. Davis was briefly replaced by her sister Angela, before returning to the picture a couple episodes later. Mrs. Nestor is introduced as Miss Brooks' new boss, only to be replaced by her sister, [[FridgeLogic also named Mrs. Nestor]]. Mr. Boynton is replaced as Miss Brooks' love interest by two gym teachers in quick succession, until finally returning at the end of the program. Harriet Conklin and Walter Denton disappear entirely from Miss Brooks' life, although Mrs. Conklin again made a few appearances toward the end.
** This was averted on the radio, as the program continued at Madison High School in the [[AnytownUSA City of Madison]] as per usual. The [[TheMovie cinematic]] [[GrandFinale series finale]] followed the radio continuity.

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* The chaotic and controversial last (television) season of ''Radio/OurMissBrooks''. ExecutiveMeddling saw Miss Brooks take a new job as a teacher at a private elementary school in California (versus the AnytownUSA EverytownAmerica setting of Madison). The last season initially sees the departure of everybody but Miss Brooks and Mr. Conklin. Mrs. Davis was briefly replaced by her sister Angela, before returning to the picture a couple episodes later. Mrs. Nestor is introduced as Miss Brooks' new boss, only to be replaced by her sister, [[FridgeLogic also named Mrs. Nestor]]. Mr. Boynton is replaced as Miss Brooks' love interest by two gym teachers in quick succession, until finally returning at the end of the program. Harriet Conklin and Walter Denton disappear entirely from Miss Brooks' life, although Mrs. Conklin again made a few appearances toward the end.
** This was averted on the radio, as the program continued at Madison High School in the [[AnytownUSA [[EverytownAmerica City of Madison]] as per usual. The [[TheMovie cinematic]] [[GrandFinale series finale]] followed the radio continuity.
5th Dec '15 2:57:44 PM johnsmithxxi
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* The chaotic and controversial last (television) season of ''Radio/OurMissBrooks''. ExecutiveMeddling saw Miss Brooks take a new job as a teacher at a private elementary school in California (versus the AnytownAmerica setting of Madison). The last season initially sees the departure of everybody but Miss Brooks and Mr. Conklin. Mrs. Davis was briefly replaced by her sister Angela, before returning to the picture a couple episodes later. Mrs. Nestor is introduced as Miss Brooks' new boss, only to be replaced by her sister, [[FridgeLogic also named Mrs. Nestor]]. Mr. Boynton is replaced as Miss Brooks' love interest by two gym teachers in quick succession, until finally returning at the end of the program. Harriet Conklin and Walter Denton disappear entirely from Miss Brooks' life, although Mrs. Conklin again made a few appearances toward the end.
** This was averted on the radio, as the program continued at Madison High School in the [[AnytownAmerica City of Madison]] as per usual. The [[TheMovie cinematic]] [[series finale GrandFinale]] followed the radio continuity.

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* The chaotic and controversial last (television) season of ''Radio/OurMissBrooks''. ExecutiveMeddling saw Miss Brooks take a new job as a teacher at a private elementary school in California (versus the AnytownAmerica AnytownUSA setting of Madison). The last season initially sees the departure of everybody but Miss Brooks and Mr. Conklin. Mrs. Davis was briefly replaced by her sister Angela, before returning to the picture a couple episodes later. Mrs. Nestor is introduced as Miss Brooks' new boss, only to be replaced by her sister, [[FridgeLogic also named Mrs. Nestor]]. Mr. Boynton is replaced as Miss Brooks' love interest by two gym teachers in quick succession, until finally returning at the end of the program. Harriet Conklin and Walter Denton disappear entirely from Miss Brooks' life, although Mrs. Conklin again made a few appearances toward the end.
** This was averted on the radio, as the program continued at Madison High School in the [[AnytownAmerica [[AnytownUSA City of Madison]] as per usual. The [[TheMovie cinematic]] [[series finale GrandFinale]] [[GrandFinale series finale]] followed the radio continuity.
5th Dec '15 2:56:13 PM johnsmithxxi
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* The chaotic and controversial last (television) season of ''Radio/OurMissBrooks''. ExecutiveMeddling saw Miss Brooks take a new job as a teacher at a private elementary school in California (versus the AnytownAmerica setting of Madison). The last season initially sees the departure of everybody but Miss Brooks and Mr. Conklin. Mrs. Davis was briefly replaced by her sister Angela, before returning to the picture a couple episodes later. Mrs. Nestor is introduced as Miss Brooks' new boss, only to be replaced by her sister, [[FridgeLogic also named Mrs. Nestor]]. Mr. Boynton is replaced as Miss Brooks' love interest by two gym teachers in quick succession, until finally returning at the end of the program. Harriet Conklin and Walter Denton disappear entirely from Miss Brooks' life, although Mrs. Conklin again made a few appearances toward the end.
** This was averted on the radio, as the program continued at Madison High School in the [[AnytownAmerica City of Madison]] as per usual. The [[TheMovie cinematic]] [[series finale GrandFinale]] followed the radio continuity.
28th Nov '15 11:00:33 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{Coupling}}'' had this going with one of the guys (Jeff) being replaced, with the new guy being (poorly) photoshopped into the cast photo on the cover of the series DVD collection.
* ''FamilyMatters'' also did this, but there was also a ChannelHop that further complicated matters.
* ''{{Scrubs}}'' had this happen in the final season. JD, Elliot, Carla, and the Janitor were all written off.

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* ''{{Coupling}}'' ''Series/{{Coupling}}'' had this going with one of the guys (Jeff) being replaced, with the new guy being (poorly) photoshopped into the cast photo on the cover of the series DVD collection.
* ''FamilyMatters'' ''Series/FamilyMatters'' also did this, but there was also a ChannelHop that further complicated matters.
* ''{{Scrubs}}'' ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' had this happen in the final season. JD, Elliot, Carla, and the Janitor were all written off.



* In the final season of ''{{Sliders}}'', the main character Quinn was replaced by an alternate universe version who looked nothing like him, but was apparently melded with his personality, and Colin was lost forever, and replaced by someone else from the same universe as the second Quinn. Thus the show lost both the protagonist ''and'' half of the cast for its final season. Also, [[spoiler: only one member of the original cast went all the way until Season 5.]]

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* In the final season of ''{{Sliders}}'', ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', the main character Quinn was replaced by an alternate universe version who looked nothing like him, but was apparently melded with his personality, and Colin was lost forever, and replaced by someone else from the same universe as the second Quinn. Thus the show lost both the protagonist ''and'' half of the cast for its final season. Also, [[spoiler: only one member of the original cast went all the way until Season 5.]]
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