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** The very first episode, in particular, is a bit different. Arthur's behaviour is considerably more immature (possibly justified by a combination of Merlin being a good influence in later episodes, or even just getting to know him better), some of the humour is kind of strange (as pointed out on the audio commentary - what was the point of the thing with the sandwich and the porridge?) and Merlin's ability to slow down time has [[CoconutSuperpowers hardly been seen since]]. As well as this, the brief glimpse of Merlin's home would suggest that it's not quite so poverty-stricken as is shown in later episodes. And, to follow on from the example above, the romantic relationship between Gwen and Merlin was abandoned very early on. Also of note is that his innate magical ability doesn't require any incantations. This is quickly abandoned after he learns some spells and has to whisper them in order to avoid being executed as a magic-user. His original ability just has him look at something.

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** The very first episode, in particular, is a bit different. Arthur's behaviour is considerably more immature (possibly justified by a combination of Merlin being a good influence in later episodes, or even just getting to know him better), some of the humour is kind of strange (as pointed out on the audio commentary - what was the point of the thing with the sandwich and the porridge?) and Merlin's ability to slow down time has [[CoconutSuperpowers hardly been seen since]]. As well as this, the brief glimpse of Merlin's home would suggest that it's not quite so poverty-stricken as is shown in later episodes. And, to follow on from the example above, the romantic relationship between Gwen and Merlin was abandoned very early on. Also of note is that his innate magical ability doesn't require any incantations. This is quickly abandoned after he learns some spells and has to whisper them in order to avoid being executed as a magic-user.magic user. His original ability just has him look at something.


** The "sexposition", a character rambling about backstory or motivation while a scantily or nude clad female (or occasionally male) is seen, usually in a brothel, were much more common in season one than the later seasons. This has two reasons: First, characters seem to have less time to go to brothels (what with many of them being too down on their luck to do so) and second, much of the backstory is already covered and many motivations are either clear or more interesting if left unclear. Also, the writers have taken a hint from some fans [[DistractedByTheSexy complaining that you can't follow the details of the plot]] with all the {{Fanservice}}.

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** The "sexposition", a character rambling about backstory or motivation while a scantily or nude clad female (or occasionally male) is seen, usually in a brothel, were much more common in season one than the later seasons. This has two reasons: First, first, characters seem to have less time to go to brothels (what with many of them being too down on their luck to do so) and second, much of the backstory is already covered and many motivations are either clear or more interesting if left unclear. Also, the writers have taken a hint from some fans [[DistractedByTheSexy complaining that you can't follow the details of the plot]] with all the {{Fanservice}}.


** To expand the concept above - Rider 2 isn't a secondary rider, but a lead rider. Similary, ''Riderman'' isn't seen as a secondary rider of ''Series/Kamen Rider V3''. The first true secondary rider came at ''Series/KamenRiderAgito'' via Kamen Rider G3, and even then he didn't transform with a driver unlike the [[Series/KamenRiderRyuki next series']] Kamen Rider Knight.

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** To expand the concept above - Rider 2 isn't a secondary rider, but a lead rider. Similary, Similarly, ''Riderman'' isn't seen as a secondary rider of ''Series/Kamen Rider V3''.''Series/KamenRiderV3''. Instead, he's just considered the fourth Rider. The first true secondary rider came at ''Series/KamenRiderAgito'' via Kamen Rider G3, and even then he didn't transform with a driver unlike the [[Series/KamenRiderRyuki next series']] Kamen Rider Knight.


** In the first season, all four cast members have significantly [[CharacterizationMarchesOn different personalities]]. Sweet Dee is [[OnlySaneMan the female voice of reason]] for the gang rather than equally crazy, Charlie is more of a standard loser than the ManChild idiot savant he becomes, Mac is just an immature wanna-be tough guy rather than the ArmoredClosetGay he becomes, and Dennis is a rather normal vain preppy rather than the sexual deviant he becomes.

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** In the first season, all four cast members have significantly [[CharacterizationMarchesOn different personalities]]. Sweet Dee is [[OnlySaneMan the female voice of reason]] for the gang rather than equally crazy, Charlie is more of a standard loser than the ManChild idiot savant he becomes, Mac is just an immature wanna-be tough guy rather than the ArmoredClosetGay he becomes, and Dennis is a rather normal vain preppy rather than the sexual deviant he becomes. Mac is also far less conservative, such as in the episode where he actually admonishes Charlie for not having any black friends, something that would seem quite at odds with his later characterization.


** [[http://www.gstatic.com/tv/thumb/tvbanners/453163/p453163_b_v7_ab.jpg An early promotional picture of the show]] depicts Warloworth in a jacket.

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** [[http://www.gstatic.com/tv/thumb/tvbanners/453163/p453163_b_v7_ab.jpg An early promotional picture of the show]] depicts Warloworth in a jacket.jacket, which he never wears.


** Official art depicts Warloworth as wearing a white bib with buttons and a black bowtie. In the actual show, he also wears a black coat. Similarly, one of the stock arts for Johnny Crawfish depicts him with pink lips and the inner part of his claws being pink, rather than everything being orange-red in the show proper.

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** Official art [[http://www.gstatic.com/tv/thumb/tvbanners/453163/p453163_b_v7_ab.jpg An early promotional picture of the show]] depicts Warloworth as wearing in a white bib with buttons and a black bowtie. In the actual show, he also wears a black coat. Similarly, one of the jacket.
** [[http://web.archive.org/web/20020602020159/http://www.pbs.org/kids/noddy/theater/audio.html The most common
stock arts artwork for Johnny Crawfish Crawfish]] depicts him with pink lips and the inner part of a ToothStrip, compared to his claws being pink, rather than everything being orange-red teeth looking more realistic in the actual show proper.itself.


* Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} was significantly different in its early years. It didn't have commercials and its programming was more educational (with a low budget Sesame Street clone called Series/{{Pinwheel}} being their flagship series). Its ratings were dead last among cable channels, so it rebranded itself in 1984. It started airing commercials, changed its logo to the now-iconic "orange splat" logo, and changed its programming to give it a more "kids only" feel, changes that helped make it a household name.

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* Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} was significantly different in its early years. It didn't have commercials and its programming was more educational (with a low budget Sesame Street clone called Series/{{Pinwheel}} ''Series/{{Pinwheel}}'' being their flagship series). Its ratings were dead last among cable channels, so it rebranded itself in 1984. It started airing commercials, changed its logo to the now-iconic "orange splat" logo, and changed its programming to give it a more "kids only" feel, changes that helped make it a household name.


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* ''Series/TheNoddyShop'':
** The official website posted song lyrics from the various episodes, some of which referred to characters by their original names. [[http://web.archive.org/web/20010501042043/http://www.pbs.org/kids/noddy/theater/activities/s102.html "Too Much Monkey Business"]] uses "Swami" instead of "Gaylord", and both [[http://web.archive.org/web/20010118230600/http://www.pbs.org/kids/noddy/theater/activities/s101-2.html "A What If World"]] and [[http://web.archive.org/web/20010215011939/http://www.pbs.org/kids/noddy/theater/activities/s110.html "Partytime"]] use "Crockodile" instead of "Gertie".
** Official art depicts Warloworth as wearing a white bib with buttons and a black bowtie. In the actual show, he also wears a black coat. Similarly, one of the stock arts for Johnny Crawfish depicts him with pink lips and the inner part of his claws being pink, rather than everything being orange-red in the show proper.

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** Certain characters have their names pronounced differently in their debut episodes. For example in "Winter Is Coming", Illyrio pronounces Daenerys as 'den-eer-iss' when 'den-air-iss' became the accepted pronunciation. Talisa also pronounces her name 'ta-liss-ah' when she is introduced, but everyone else later says 'ta-lee-sah'.


** In the first two seasons, the Small Council meets in a large, spacious hall known as the Small Council Chambers. From season three onwards, it shifts to the Tower of the Hand. This is acknowledged in-show the first time it happens, and is implied to be Hand of the King Tywin Lannister's personal preference - nevertheless, it remains there after Tywin's death. Given no such move takes place in the books, this appears to be merely the show's justification of a set change.

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** In the first two seasons, the Small Council meets in a large, spacious hall known as the Small Council Chambers. From season three onwards, it shifts to the Tower of the Hand. This is acknowledged in-show the first time it happens, and is implied to be Hand of the King Tywin Lannister's personal preference - nevertheless, it remains there after Tywin's death.[[spoiler:Tywin's death]]. Given no such move takes place in the books, this appears to be merely the show's justification of a set change.


* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'':

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* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'': In the first season, all four cast members have significantly different personalities. Sweet Dee is [[OnlySaneMan the female voice of reason]] for the gang rather than equally crazy, Charlie is more of a standard loser than the ManChild idiot savant he becomes, Mac is just an immature wanna-be tough guy rather than the ArmoredClosetGay he becomes, and Dennis is a rather normal vain preppy rather than the sexual deviant he becomes. Frank is entirely absent from the cast in the first season. Instead, Dennis and Dee's mother has a recurring role, but she dies in season 3.

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In the first season, all four cast members have significantly [[CharacterizationMarchesOn different personalities. personalities]]. Sweet Dee is [[OnlySaneMan the female voice of reason]] for the gang rather than equally crazy, Charlie is more of a standard loser than the ManChild idiot savant he becomes, Mac is just an immature wanna-be tough guy rather than the ArmoredClosetGay he becomes, and Dennis is a rather normal vain preppy rather than the sexual deviant he becomes. becomes.
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Frank is entirely absent from the cast in the first season. Instead, Dennis and Dee's mother has a recurring role, but she dies in season 3.3.
** The Episode TitleCard appeared after the show's title in the first season, making one of the show's signature kind of gags practically impossible.
** Dennis and Charlie are a lot closer in early episodes and share quite a few plotlines together. Most notably, “Mac’s banging the Waitress” is about how Dennis is jealous of Mac and Charlie’s friendship and tries to “seduce” Charlie into becoming his best friend. This would be unthinkable in later seasons, where Dennis is constantly shown to be annoyed with Charlie’s stupidity. Reasons for this are probably a combination of changes in the cast dynamic after the introduction of Frank, as well as Charlie’s {{Flanderization}} into a ManChild.



* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''

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* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'':



* ''Series/{{MASH}}''

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* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' ''Series/{{MASH}}'':



* The first season of ''Series/MasterChefAustralia'' had a few differences from the other series, most notably the appearance of "host" Sarah Wilson. Since Gary, George and Matt had become major personalities in their own right, they could handle all of the hosting aspects themselves and Sarah's role ended up being superfluous, so she was dropped.

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* ''Series/MasterChefAustralia'':
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The first season of ''Series/MasterChefAustralia'' had a few differences from the other series, most notably the appearance of "host" Sarah Wilson. Since Gary, George and Matt had become major personalities in their own right, they could handle all of the hosting aspects themselves and Sarah's role ended up being superfluous, so she was dropped.



* In the first season of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', especially towards the beginning, the writers set up Prince Arthur and the Lady Morgana as having a potential romantic relationship. Later, this was abandoned to avoid the creepy incest vibe on a family show -- since Morgana is basically Arthur's adopted sister. This caused a good bit of fan outrage in some circles, however, since IncestIsRelative, and they felt Arthur had much less chemistry with Gwen.

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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'':
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In the first season of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', season, especially towards the beginning, the writers set up Prince Arthur and the Lady Morgana as having a potential romantic relationship. Later, this was abandoned to avoid the creepy incest vibe on a family show -- since Morgana is basically Arthur's adopted sister. This caused a good bit of fan outrage in some circles, however, since IncestIsRelative, and they felt Arthur had much less chemistry with Gwen.



** Also in the pilot episode, Claire calls her and Phil's kids as "my" kids, with Phil correcting her to "our" kids, to which Claire hesitantly agreed.

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** Also in the pilot episode, Claire calls refers to her and Phil's kids as "my" kids, with Phil correcting her to "our" kids, to which Claire hesitantly agreed.



* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl''

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* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'':



** The early episodes suggest Abby and McGee have some casual relationship of sorts. This is pretty much forgotten about after the 2nd season.

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** The early episodes suggest Abby and McGee [=McGee=] have some casual relationship of sorts. This is pretty much forgotten about after the 2nd season.


* Early episodes of the first season of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' display this for many. One readily apparent example is that the main cast sit at a table in their favorite bar - rather than what became their regular booth in future episodes.
** Early episodes also had Seinfeld-esque musical scene transitions. Although later episodes would sometimes still use these, they tended to be much more understated.

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* Early ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** During early
episodes of the first season of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' display this for many. One readily apparent example is that the main cast sit regularly rotated to different spots in [=MacLarens=] instead of being bound and determined at a table in their favorite bar - rather than what became their regular booth in future episodes.
booth.
** Early episodes also had Seinfeld-esque musical scene transitions. Although later episodes would sometimes still use these, they tended to be much more understated.


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** Future Ted's insistence that he and his friends were "eating sandwiches" instead of getting high was introduced early in season 3. Episodes before that directly refer to it as weed, with no attempts at {{Bowdlerization}}.


* In the pilot episode of ''Series/GossipGirl'', the very first scene has the eponymous blogger make a post about Serena's return to New York by quoting the user who sent her the photo of Serena spotted at the train station and thanking her… later episodes show that Gossip Girl is actually very private about who sends her information and would ''never'' quote her sources (otherwise, nobody would send her anything, in fear of being exposed as the ones who sent the blast).

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* In the pilot episode of ''Series/GossipGirl'', the ''Series/GossipGirl'' has a few differences:
** The
very first scene has the eponymous blogger make a post about Serena's return to New York by quoting the user who sent her the photo of Serena spotted at the train station and thanking her… later episodes show that Gossip Girl is actually very private about who sends her information and would ''never'' quote her sources (otherwise, nobody would send her anything, in fear of being exposed as the ones who sent the blast).blast).
** Chuck and Nate took the bus to school in the pilot, as did Dan. Later episodes would have Chuck take his limo and Dan walked, the bus rarely being seen again.
** Blair's mother was played by a different actress, and her house looked much different to how it is in the main series.
** Chuck refers to his mother in the present tense, implying she's alive. It's later a huge part of his characterization that he has a lot of angst over her death.


* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' is almost unrecognizable in the first few seasons compared to what it's like now. The first season was actually heavy on comedy, with little courtroom scenes. If there was a courtroom scene, it was almost always one of the detectives being called in to testify to a completely unrelated to that episode's case. They also didn't have a permanent ADA; Abbie Carmichael was the one who showed up the most with 6 appearances. Most telling of all though were Olivia and Elliot's personalities being flipped. Olivia was the HotBlooded, KnightTemplar who had to be frequently warned that she was on thin ice, while Elliot was the calming influence and a good father and husband.

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* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' is almost unrecognizable in the first few seasons compared to what it's like now. The first season was actually heavy on comedy, with little courtroom scenes. If there was a courtroom scene, it was almost always one of the detectives being called in to testify to a completely unrelated to that episode's case. They also didn't have a permanent ADA; Abbie Carmichael was the one who showed up the most with 6 appearances. Most telling of all though were appearances.
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Olivia and Elliot's respective personalities being flipped. pretty much switch as the series goes on -- Benson starts off as the HotBlooded KnightTemplar, while Stabler actually lives up to his name in early seasons. While the changes [[JustifiedTrope make sense]] as a product of CharacterDevelopment, the difference is still ''very'' striking if you put them side-by-side.
** The pilot includes a scene with Olivia and her mother that depicts a largely positive relationship between them despite the fact that
Olivia was the HotBlooded, KnightTemplar who had to be frequently warned a child of rape. When Olivia talks about her mother in later seasons, she indicates that she her mother was on thin ice, while Elliot a mean drunk who resented Olivia's existence and was the calming influence emotionally abusive to her.
** Munch being partnered first with Cassidy
and later with Jefferies in Season 1 can be a good father and husband.little off-putting for those who are used to seeing him partnered with Fin.


** When you watch the [[BackdoorPilot backdoor pilot]] in ''JAG'', it's extremely jarring to watch Ducky hitting on Agent Blackadder over and over with almost DiNozzo-level obnoxiousness. It's a far cry from the affable, paternal Ducky we see in the series proper.

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** When you watch the [[BackdoorPilot backdoor pilot]] in ''JAG'', it's extremely jarring to watch Ducky hitting on Agent Blackadder over and over with almost DiNozzo-level [[TheCasanova DiNozzo]]-level obnoxiousness. It's a far cry from the affable, paternal Ducky we see in the series proper.

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