When Roseanne returned to TV screens last winter, it pretty much blew expectations with massive ratings and (some) politically charged storylines that had everyone talking. And then Roseanne Barr sent out that tweet and it all came crashing down.
While the revamp was definitely news-worthy, it wasn’t totally groundbreaking. Historically there have been plenty of series that carried on without its leads. Just take a look.
14 TV shows that carried on without their lead actors
Two and a Half MenNetwork brass had enough of Charlie Sheen’s booze-and-drug addled antics and—following more than one public tirade—fired him from this raunchy sitcom after eight seasons. He was replaced with Ashton Kutcher and the show went on for four more money-making seasons.Getty Images
Top GearJeremy Clarkson has never been a wallflower. But when he punched a producer on the set of this car-loving series, the writing was on the wall. Clarkson was let go and Matt LeBlanc (yes that Matt LeBlanc) took over hosting duties for four more seasons.Getty Images
Three’s CompanyWomen have always faced issues of pay inequity. Just ask Suzanne Somers, who was fired from Three’s Company after five seasons for wanting parity with co-star John Ritter. Jenilee Harrison was hired in her place as her cousin, Cindy Snow, and the show lasted three more years.Getty Images
The OfficeMichael Scott was The Office. We learned that the hard way when he left the series in season seven, and the writers brought in a slew of guest stars (including James Spader) to replace him. The series wound down permanently two years later.Getty Images
Spin CityWhen Michael J. Fox was forced to leave Spin City due to Parkinson’s disease, Charlie Sheen joined the cast and the series went on for two more 'winning' seasons.Getty Images
Once Upon a TimeAfter Emma and Captain Hook tied the knot, six cast members decided their fate was up on the series once and for all. So how did writers deal? By fast-forwarding the show 10 years and recasting Emma’s son to be the new lead.Getty Images
NashvilleWhen ABC cancelled this series and CMT revived it, series star Connie Britton decided to pass. So they wrote off her character with a surprising death and the show went on… for another two seasons anyhow. Getty Images
8 Simple RulesWhen John Ritter tragically died, it left the cast on the early second season of his current series 8 Simple Rules heartbroken and without a lead. Eventually writers worked the death into the show and brought on David Spade in a full-time capacity as Katy Segal’s nephew. It lasted through to a third season before it was cancelled.Getty Images
House of CardsNetflix swiftly blew down Kevin Spacey’s role on House of Cards after he was accused of sexual harassment, but the series lived on for one more season with Robin Wright helming the show.Getty Images
Charlie’s AngelsFarrah Fawcett famously left this original TV trio after the first season thanks to disagreements about the direction of her character. Cheryl Ladd joined the following year as her sister, and the show carried on for four more seasons.Getty Images
Grey’s AnatomyWhile Ellen Pompeo will always be the star of this medical drama, fans everywhere were shocked when writers killed off Meredith Grey’s longtime love interest, Derek Shepherd, a.k.a. McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey) in the show’s 11th season. Yet the show is still going strong without him as it enters its 15th season. Getty Images
CheersShelley Long was a fan favourite as Diane Chambers, but following reports of behind-the-scenes tension with co-star Ted Danson, Long called it quits after season five. Kirstie Alley came on to replace her, and the show went on for six more seasons.Getty Images
Lethal WeaponClayne Crawford may have been a critical favourite when he joined the Lethal Weapon re-imagining, but after two seasons and a couple of behind-the-scenes incidents the actor was let go. He was replaced for the show’s current third season with Seann William Scott (American Pie).Getty Images
Valerie/The Hogan FamilyWhen Valerie Harper demanded a raise on her own show after three seasons, she was eventually fired and her character was killed off. Instead of cancelling the show it was rebooted into Valerie’s Family, and then after a lawsuit into The Hogan Family.Getty Images
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