History Main / LongRunnerCastTurnover

12th Dec '17 3:41:01 AM jormis29
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* ''Series/HappyDays'': Of all the regular characters that were billed at one point or another during the series' 11-year-run, just four remained from the first through last seasons: Henry Winkler (Fonzie), Tom Bosley (Howard Cunningham), Marion Ross (Marion Cunningham) and Anson Williams (Potsie Weber). Two of the other original characters Ron Howard (Richie Cunningham) and Don Most (Ralph Malph) left after the seventh season, while Erin Moran (Joanie Cunningham) briefly left for the 1982-1983 season. Of the remaining characters, we all know what became of {{Chuck Cunningham|Syndrome}}, later addition Scott Baio (as Chachi Arcola) left along with Moran in 1982 but also returned, and various other characters came and went through the years.

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* ''Series/HappyDays'': Of all the regular characters that were billed at one point or another during the series' 11-year-run, just four remained from the first through last seasons: Henry Winkler Creator/HenryWinkler (Fonzie), Tom Bosley (Howard Cunningham), Marion Ross (Marion Cunningham) and Anson Williams (Potsie Weber). Two of the other original characters Ron Howard Creator/RonHoward (Richie Cunningham) and Don Most (Ralph Malph) left after the seventh season, while Erin Moran (Joanie Cunningham) briefly left for the 1982-1983 season. Of the remaining characters, we all know what became of {{Chuck Cunningham|Syndrome}}, later addition Scott Baio (as Chachi Arcola) left along with Moran in 1982 but also returned, and various other characters came and went through the years.
11th Sep '17 10:33:55 PM bfunc
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* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' had a significant cast turnover during its eleven seasons. Alan Alda (Hawkeye), Loretta Swit (Margaret), and William Christopher (Father Mulcahy) were the only main cast present for the entire run (although only Alda and Swit were in both the first and last episodes as the role of Mulcahy [[SecondEpisodeSubstitute was Recast After The Pilot]], and Alda was the only one to be in every single episode). Jamie Farr (Klinger) was also present for the entire run of the show, but he started off as an [[AscendedExtra extra]]. The military hospital setting made it easy to write characters in and out with the excuse of them getting drafted, transferred, and discharged.

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* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' had a significant cast turnover during its eleven seasons. Alan Alda (Hawkeye), Loretta Swit (Margaret), and William Christopher (Father Mulcahy) were the only main cast present for the entire run (although only Alda and Swit were in both the first and last episodes as the role of Mulcahy [[SecondEpisodeSubstitute was Recast After The Pilot]], and Alda was the only one to be in every single episode). Jamie Farr (Klinger) was also present for the entire run of the show, but he started off as an [[AscendedExtra extra]]. The military hospital setting made it easy to write characters in and out with the excuse of them getting drafted, transferred, and discharged. While that served to justify the [[ConvenientReplacementCharacter near-immediate replacement]] of most characters who left, most of the replacements occupied a [[ReplacementGoldfish suspiciously similar role story-wise in addition to job-wise]] (the main exception being Sherman Potter, who leaned heavily towards the "elder voice of reason" role, while Henry Blake had been only ''slightly'' more responsible than Pierce and [=McIntyre=]). The other main replacements were BJ Hunnicutt for "Trapper" John [=McIntyre=] in the "second wacky doctor" role, Charles Emerson Winchester III for Frank "Ferret Face" Burns in the "thorn in the side" role, and Max Klinger for Walter "Radar" [=O'Reilly=] in the "quirky comedic foil" role.
22nd Jul '17 11:28:38 PM ThatFanwiththeGlasses
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** The longest-lasting regular cast members have been Creator/TomBaker as the Fourth Doctor (six years, two months), Creator/JonPertwee as the Third Doctor (four years, six months), and Creator/JanetFielding as Tegan Jovanka (three years). In terms of screen longevity, Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor is the longest-serving at seven seasons, with three seasons now considered the usual length for the lead actor. In terms of companions, Fielding's Tegan and Elisabeth Sladen's Sarah Jane are the only companions to appear in four consecutive seasons, though Sarah Jane completed three while Tegan only completed two complete seasons and portions of two others.

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** The longest-lasting regular cast members have been Creator/TomBaker as the Fourth Doctor (six years, two months), Creator/JonPertwee as the Third Doctor (four years, six months), and Creator/JanetFielding as Tegan Jovanka (three years). In terms of screen longevity, Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor is the longest-serving at seven seasons, with three seasons now considered the usual length for the lead actor. In terms of companions, Fielding's Tegan and Elisabeth Sladen's Sarah Jane are the only companions to appear in four consecutive seasons, though Sarah Jane completed three while Tegan only completed two complete seasons and portions of two others. In terms of number of episodes, no companion has surpassed Frazer Hines's record of 113 episodes as Jamie [=McCrimmon=].
22nd Jul '17 2:12:58 PM Bissek
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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' lasted long enough to see every actor walk away for personal reasons. It began as a MadScientist and his [[TheIgor assistant]] tormenting a janitor and his robots, but eventually ended as a megalomaniacal woman, a [[Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968 Doctor Zaius]] {{expy}}, and a [[MysteriousWatcher brain guy]] tormenting an erstwhile temp worker and... well, the same robots, but with different voices. Joel, the creator and main host character, left the show to Mike in the middle of season five, neatly dividing the series (and fans) into two eras. Both hosts went on to start their own movie-mocking franchises in ''WebVideo/CinematicTitanic'' and ''Podcast/RiffTrax''. Both of those shows feature a mutually exclusive subset of [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'s cast (except for Mary Jo Pehl and Trace Beaulieu, who have appeared in both series).

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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' lasted long enough to see every actor walk away for personal reasons. It began as a MadScientist and his [[TheIgor assistant]] tormenting a janitor and his robots, but eventually ended as a megalomaniacal woman, a [[Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968 Doctor Zaius]] {{expy}}, and a [[MysteriousWatcher brain guy]] tormenting an erstwhile temp worker and... well, the same robots, but with different voices. Joel, the creator and main host character, left the show to Mike in the middle of season five, neatly dividing the series (and fans) into two eras. Both hosts went on to start their own movie-mocking franchises in ''WebVideo/CinematicTitanic'' and ''Podcast/RiffTrax''. Both of those shows feature a mutually exclusive subset of [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'s cast (except for Mary Jo Pehl and Trace Beaulieu, who have appeared in both series). Then the revival on Netflix came out, with an entirely new main cast (The bots are still there, but are again played by different people). Some of the cast from the original show do show up in bit roles or as guest stars, however.
27th Jun '17 9:55:55 AM igordebraga
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* In an indirect way, only three people were present in the first three Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cups (1991-2 and 2009): Mario Lemieux (TheLeader in the first two, owner in the third), Gilles Meloche (goaltender coach in all) and Kevin Stevens (player in the first two, scout in the third, to the point he wasn't engraved on the Cup). By the time the Penguins won again in 2016, just Lemieux remained to get his name a fourth time, and the roster had only 5 reminders of 2009 (Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz, Kris Letang, and the only one that didn't get ice time in the second series, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury).

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* In an indirect way, only three people were present in the first three Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cups (1991-2 and 2009): Mario Lemieux (TheLeader in the first two, owner in the third), Gilles Meloche (goaltender coach in all) and Kevin Stevens (player in the first two, scout in the third, to the point he wasn't engraved on the Cup). By the time the Penguins won again in 2016, 2016-7, just Lemieux remained to get his name a fourth time, two more times, and the roster had only 5 reminders of 2009 (Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz, Kris Letang, Letang - who missed the ice in 2017 due to injury - and the only one that didn't get ice time in the second series, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury).Fleury - who afterwards would be picked in the expansion draft).
11th Jun '17 5:07:07 PM igordebraga
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* Both the 2006 and 2011 finals were between the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks. Only five players played both series: Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem won 2006 for Miami, Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry avenged themselves five years later, and Erick Dampier lost both finals.
22nd May '17 10:40:08 PM igordebraga
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* The Houston Rockets had a long-runner cast turnover from 1981 to 1995, a period that covered their four NBA Finals appearances. Robert Reid was the only player to play for the Rockets in the 1981 and 1986 Finals. Hakeem Olajuwon was the only player from the 1986 Roster to win the 1993-1994 title with the Rockets.

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* The Houston Rockets had a long-runner cast turnover from 1981 to 1995, a period that covered their four NBA Finals appearances. Robert Reid was the only player to play for the Rockets in the 1981 and 1986 Finals. Hakeem Olajuwon was the only player from the 1986 Roster to win the 1993-1994 title 1994-1995 titles with the Rockets.



* Four players managed to appear in four OlympicGames: three unlucky men that never got a medal - Teófilo Cruz of Puerto Rico, Andrew Gaze of Australia, and Oscar Schmidt (who also holds records of most points ever and longest basketball career) of Brazil - and Theresa Edwards of the USA, who won four golds and a bronze.

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* Four players managed to appear in four five OlympicGames: three unlucky men that never got a medal - Teófilo Cruz of Puerto Rico, Andrew Gaze of Australia, and Oscar Schmidt (who also holds records of most points ever and longest basketball career) of Brazil - and Theresa Edwards of the USA, who won four golds and a bronze.



** The 2015 World Cup was also the ''sixth'' for Brazil's Formiga and Japan's Homare Sawa. They only missed the inaugural Cup in 1991, when both were just 13. Formiga is also set to in 2016 be the only woman present in all six women's soccer OlympicGames tournaments.

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** The 2015 World Cup was also the ''sixth'' for Brazil's Formiga and Japan's Homare Sawa. They only missed the inaugural Cup in 1991, when both were just 13. Formiga is also set to managed in 2016 to be the only woman present in all six women's soccer OlympicGames tournaments.



* The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim lost the Stanley Cup in 2003, and won as Anaheim Ducks in 2007. Only Jean-Sébastien Giguere, Rob Niedermayer, and Samuel Pahlsson were Ducks in both series (in 2003, Andy [=McDonald=] was the playoffs but missed the finals to injury). Rob's older brother Scott won twice, with the Devils in 2003 and as Anaheim captain. Counting non-players, Bryan Murray lost both (Ducks GM in 2003 and Senators coach four years later).

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* The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim lost the Stanley Cup in 2003, and won as Anaheim Ducks in 2007. Only Jean-Sébastien Giguere, Rob Niedermayer, and Samuel Pahlsson were Ducks in both series (in 2003, Andy [=McDonald=] was played the playoffs but missed the finals to injury). Rob's older brother Scott won twice, with the Devils in 2003 and as Anaheim captain. Counting non-players, Bryan Murray lost both (Ducks GM in 2003 and Senators coach four years later).
8th May '17 5:37:58 PM TropesForever
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* ''Series/SesameStreet'': Much of the cast has rolled over many times, with the exceptions of Caroll Spinney (Big Bird and Oscar), Bob [=McGrath=] (Bob), Loretta Long (Susan) and very occasionally Creator/FrankOz (Bert, Cookie Monster and Grover), who have been there since Day 1 in 1969, although appearances for [=McGrath=] and Long have become less frequent since the mid- to late-2000s, and Oz's characters are almost always played by different performers. Spinney is also becoming less active, as his characters are now puppeteered by different people while he voices them, and occasionally they provide the voices themselves. Aside from them, Emilio Delgado (Luis), Sonia Manzano (Maria) and Rosco Orman (Gordon) are by far the longest-tenured actors at 40 or more years.

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* ''Series/SesameStreet'': Much of the cast has rolled over many times, with the exceptions of Caroll Spinney (Big Bird and Oscar), Bob [=McGrath=] (Bob), Loretta Long (Susan) and very occasionally Creator/FrankOz (Bert, Cookie Monster and Grover), who have been there since Day 1 in 1969, although appearances for [=McGrath=] and Long have become less frequent since the mid- to late-2000s, and Oz's characters are almost always played by different performers. Spinney is also becoming less active, as his characters are now puppeteered by different people while he voices them, and occasionally they provide the voices themselves. Aside from them, Emilio Delgado (Luis), Sonia Manzano (Maria) (Luis) and Rosco Orman (Gordon) are by far the longest-tenured actors at 40 or more years.
30th Apr '17 1:12:43 PM StarSword
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* The Scottish traditional music ensemble Music/BattlefieldBand has been active since 1969, but the last of the founding members, Alan Reid, left to pursue other projects in 2010.
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25th Apr '17 1:12:48 PM skidoo23
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** The longest-lasting regular cast members have been Creator/TomBaker as the Fourth Doctor (six years, two months), Creator/JonPertwee as the Third Doctor (four years, six months), and Creator/JanetFielding as Tegan Jovanka (three years).

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** The longest-lasting regular cast members have been Creator/TomBaker as the Fourth Doctor (six years, two months), Creator/JonPertwee as the Third Doctor (four years, six months), and Creator/JanetFielding as Tegan Jovanka (three years). In terms of screen longevity, Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor is the longest-serving at seven seasons, with three seasons now considered the usual length for the lead actor. In terms of companions, Fielding's Tegan and Elisabeth Sladen's Sarah Jane are the only companions to appear in four consecutive seasons, though Sarah Jane completed three while Tegan only completed two complete seasons and portions of two others.
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