Can you remember the original actors who were cast as your favorite characters on these classic television series?

Who were the real originals?

It takes a lot of time and energy to make a television series work, and oftentimes, a show will go through so many phases between production and premiere that it can almost seem unrecognizable by the time it makes it to your screen.

Here, we're honoring the original castings for some iconic roles in television. Some made it all the way to the pilot before being recast, and some departed before they could read a single line for bigger and better things.

We're testing your knowledge to see if you know who stood in the shoes of your favorite characters!

  1. In Full House, Danny Tanner is played by actor Bob Saget. But in the original unaired pilot, Danny is played by _____.
  2. In the 1978 series The Hulk, actor _____ began filming the pilot as lead character, David Banner, before being recast for Lou Ferrigno.
  3. Originally, The Dick Van Dyke Show was called Head of the Family. Instead of Dick Van Dyke playing Rob, it was _____.
  4. Which All in the Family roles were recast between the first and second pilot of the series?
  5. Originally, this Friends actress was cast as Roz Doyle in Frasier.
  6. Before Johnny Depp, actor ______ played officer Tommy Hanson in 21 Jump Street.
  7. This actor was originally cast for the role of Lou Appleton in Perfect Strangers before being recast after the pilot by Mark Linn-Baker.
  8. At first, Sam Malone of Cheers was supposed to be played by _____.
  9. _____ played Captain Christopher Pike in the original pilot for Star Trek. He was recasted, and the role was developed into James T. Kirk.
  10. _____ voiced Fred Flintstone in a shortened pilot for The Flintstones, then called The Flagstones, before being replaced by Alan Reed.

Can you remember the original actors who were cast as your favorite characters on these classic television series?

Your Result...

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60 Comments

wanderer2575 26 days ago
Geneviève Bujold was originally cast as Capt. Nicole Janeway in Star Trek: Voyager, but she quit two days into filming the pilot. Kate Mulgrew was then cast, and she suggested changing the character's first name to Kathryn.
ironman2000 1 month ago
7 of 10, tough quiz, but learned a lot of trivia.
jimmyvici 1 month ago
8/10, lucky guesses. Hunter as Sam Malone?….🤔
Moody 1 month ago
7/10. Some very lucky guesses there.
Southerngirl2022 1 month ago
2/10 I was lucky to get 2 right. 😝
Rick 1 month ago
7/10. Two All in the Family pilots are available on YouTube.
cperrynaples Rick 1 month ago
Yep, and I NEVER knew Gloria was once played by She-Hulk...LOL!
LabLove 1 month ago
2 of 10, both uneducated guesses
SparkleMotion 1 month ago
I got 6/10 and every right answer I got was an educated guess.
retro6 1 month ago
9/10 some choices really didn’t seem logical and so I was able to deduce the correct answers. Missed the perfect strangers one.
Guinness 1 month ago
3/10 , Never heard of most these clowns.
Muleskinner 1 month ago
7/10. I’m surprised I remembered that many. Jeffrey Hunter would have been an excellent Captain Kirk.
Actually his name was Pike!
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