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  1. Avatar Pinky says:

    Voyager: we were all surprised when the entire cast was killed off and replaced by clones that acted completely differently, even though it happened every week.Report

  2. Avatar Mike Dwyer says:

    It’s definitely gotten out of hand with shows and they mostly do it just to shock people, except it isn’t really that shocking anymore.

    I have been enjoying the last season of Turn, which just aired Episode 4 last night. Even though they take great liberties with the historical facts, it has gotten pretty darn good. I think it’s going to wrap things up nicely.

    And while Fear the Walking Dead is still finding its footing, the cold openings have been really good the last couple of weeks. It’s nice to see AMC actually trying because big brother Walking Dead phones it in now.

    Also, if you like British humor and have a few hours to burn, check Lovesick on Netflix. It’s addictive.Report

    • Avatar George Turner in reply to Mike Dwyer says:

      Every episode of Fear the Walking Dead has me praying that half the entire cast dies. I’m usually disappointed, but they’re slowly making progress.

      I think the writers need some kind of intervention. They filmed a season in Mexico, a country the vast majority of viewers don’t care about, and with half the dialog in Spanish, a language the vast majority of viewers don’t speak. Why, why, why? Why not just set the series in Kazakhstan?Report

  3. Avatar North says:

    House of Cards though the shark is absolutely and thoroughly jumped so it’s just knee slapping idiotic now.Report

    • Avatar Kimmi in reply to North says:

      52 episodes. Then done.
      Why didn’t they stick to the outline?

      Even Gortimer Gibbons could stick to the damn outline. (seriously, it’s hard to get network execs to do this).Report

  4. Avatar Kolohe says:

    The Shield’s pilot aired in 2002 if I’m reading the Internet correctly, and they killed off a character in that episode.

    Eta – OZ predates Sopranos by a few years, and was kinda famous in its time for its body count.Report

    • Avatar Kazzy in reply to Kolohe says:

      Oz is arguably what launched the Golden Age of Television… not necessarily because of the show itself (though it was awesome), but because it begat the Sopranos and all that came hence.Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to Kolohe says:

      The Shield’s pilot was a masterpiece of misdirection. They set up a conflict that was clearly going to be the main plot of at least the first season, and then blew it all up when the ostensible chief protagonist got killed.Report

  5. Avatar J_A says:

    I will Shaw my age, but Hill Street Blues is what launched what we are calling, for purposes of this discussion, the Golden Age of Television.

    It was the first show that had several, parallel, multi-season archs, were characters evolved, shaped by circumstances; where no one was totally a white or a black hat; where sometimes good guys lost; where sometimes the best result possible required you to compromise your principles.

    If there’s an older example, I don’t remember it. But I know that the Hill Street Blues model started to be copied thereafterReport

  6. Avatar Brandon Berg says:

    Or, I suppose, the actor/actress in question died in real life. (Season 7 of The Waltons, for example, opened with everybody coming back from Grandpa’s funeral. Why? Because Will Geer passed away soon after Season 6 wrapped up.)

    For a more drastic example, the title and entire human cast of Jeff’s Collie were replaced in season 3 when George Cleveland died, resulting in Lassie.Report

  7. Avatar Kimmi says:

    Does it REALLY matter?
    When you do a character death, you want to Make It Count.
    That’s it.
    Sometimes, you’re going for Martin’s “Suckerpunch you to the gut”

    Oh, I think the best done “shocking” character death was on… (oh, wait, this is a total spoiler)…
    Gortimer Gibbons. I mean, really, kids show!

    But the best death of the last year? On Bojack Horseman. You knew it was coming, it was signposted since the character showed up, for god’s sake! And it hit like a metric ton of bricks. Report

  8. Avatar Ken S says:

    In the comedy show Police Squad (which was cancelled after two episodes as a TV show, but was fairly successful as a string of movies), one running gag was to announce a special guest star, then kill him off in the opening credits.Report

  9. Avatar Will H. says:

    I’ve been looking at tree bark.
    A lot of variation there.Report

  10. Avatar jason says:

    Ned Stark died in 1996. The show just televised it.

    But if you want odd cast changes, you have to go with Coy and Vance who replaced Bo and Luke Duke for a season. (I was in the fourth or fifth grade, so this was important)Report