When I think about my favorite shows, it’s next to impossible to imagine them without my favorite characters. It would be like watching, I don’t know, New Girl without Jess. Or Full House without Michelle. In other words, totally incomplete and awful.
So what I’m saying is that I can’t imagine some of my favorite old shows without some of the most important characters involved – yet that almost happened, if it weren’t for some last-minute decisions. You might not have known this, but a lot of your fave older shows almost went on without some of the characters that actually define the show. I mean, can you imagine a world where Topanga wasn’t on Boy Meets World? What would the show be about? But, believe it or not, that almost happened. Here are 10 characters who weren’t supposed to be recurring… thankfully, changes were made.
Topanga from Boy Meets WorldAs I mentioned in the intro, Topanga was not supposed to be a main character on Boy Meets World. In case you don't remember, in the first few episodes of the first season, Topanga was a weird hippie character and she wasn't meant to stick around. Producers quickly caught on to how much everyone liked her and made her "normal" - and Cory Matthew's girlfriend forever.
Spike from Buffy The Vampire SlayerAccording to Yahoo, this is James Marsters story of what was supposed to happen to Spike: "The character was supposed to die in three to five episodes. We did three and I didn't die. We did two more and I didn't die. In the script for the fifth episode, I got conked on the head with an organ and said, 'Well, that's it - I'm dead.' Then they sent me another script and I was back. It was a pleasant surprise that I didn't die, because I was fully expecting to. All I really wanted was a good body count and a good death, but lo and behold, I got a career."
Urkel from Family MattersAt this point, it feels like Family Matters literally could not exist without Steve Urkel. I mean, can you imagine?! He IS this show. But he almost wasn't - Urkel was just supposed to make one appearance. Luckily, everyone loved him so much that they just kept bringing him back.
Summer from The OCThinking about The OC without the Seth and Summer relationship literally makes me cringe. That was my absolute favorite part of the show and Summer was hands down the best character after Seth. So it's really weird for me to think that Summer was actually just supposed to be guest star during the first half of season one - thankfully, she was kept on to be amazing.
Luke from Gilmore GirlsI can't imagine my favorite show in the entire world without one of the best TV characters ever. Who would Lorelai be without Luke?! NO ONE. Luke was only supposed to appear in the pilot episode of the show, but once producers saw the amazing chemistry between Scott Paterson and Lauren Graham (the actor/actress who played Luke and Lorelai), they kept him. Luke went on to be one of the most important characters.
Jess from Gilmore GirlsI'm not that surprised that Jess was just supposed to be a guest star on Gilmore Girls - if you remember his first few appearances, it was very quick and didn't seem like it would last. But the producers liked him so much that they asked him to be a series regular - Milo Ventimiglia only wanted to do two years, so I place all the blame on him for making me cry like a baby when he left. I'm so glad he stayed for at least a few seasons though, because I don't care what anyone says - he was Rory's most important relationship and THEY SHOULD HAVE ENDED UP TOGETHER.
Adriana from The SopranosAlthough Adriana was never a central character in The Sopranos, she was pretty unforgettable as Christopher's girlfriend. The character of Adriana started off as an unnamed hostess, but then suddenly, she was Chris's girlfriend Adriana. And then we all know what happened. Sad face.
Dylan from Beverly Hills 90210Dylan was only supposed to be on one or two episodes of this show - embarrassingly enough, FOX executives were not thrilled with Luke Perry, the actor who plays Dylan. They didn't even want to pay him! As IMDB says, Aaron Spelling was actually the one who paid Luke's salary at first, until FOX realized how much everyone loved Dylan and decided to give him a chance as a season regular.
Mimi from The Drew Carey ShowI never watched The Drew Carey Show, but even I know to associate the heavily made up Mimi with the show. She was another character who was supposed to be a quick appearance - but everyone liked her so much, she stayed on.
Sarah from Party Of FiveI never watched Party Of Five either, but wasn't Jennifer Love Hewitt's Sarah a pretty important character? Either way, she is the first person I think of when I think of this show and I know I can't be alone. But Sarah was actually supposed to just appear once, until producers decided to make her a season regular.
Did you know any of this TV character trivia already? Which one surprised you the most? Which of these shows is your favorite? Tell me in the comments.