Did these new character introductions make or break your favorite classic television shows?

You love them, but you just love to hate them a little bit more.

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Any new character being introduced to an already well-loved series is subjected to a trial by fire. The audience either loves them or hates them, and more often than not, they're not too shy about letting you know. We've compiled a few of the most famous (and infamous) new character arrivals on an already existing series, and we're asking you whether they improved the quality of the show, or stunk up the place.

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  1. Cousin Oliver in The Brady Bunch
  2. Captain B.J. Hunnicutt in M*A*S*H
  3. Stephanie on All In The Family
  4. Charles Emerson Winchester III in M*A*S*H
  5. Jamie Hunter-Cartwright in Bonanza
  6. Dick Van Dyke on The Carol Burnett Show
  7. Teresa Betancourt on All In The Family
  8. Colonel Sherman Potter on M*A*S*H
  9. Deputy Warren Ferguson on The Andy Griffith Show
  10. The recasting of John-Boy, now played by Robert Wightman, in The Waltons

Did these new character introductions make or break your favorite classic television shows?

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Phooey13 2 months ago
Should been a kept the show the same choice
Fred_Clampett 3 months ago
I didn't know what to think about the John-Boy question. If Richard Thomas wasn't going to keep the role, I'd rather see a replacement than losing the character, even if I didn't like the actor as well.
If this was a question, then what about Darrin and the other Darrin? (Dick York vs Dick Sergeant)
Charleshorse 4 months ago
Ya know who else ruined MASH? Margaret H. She became not much more than a screaming whining pain in the butt
And the new writers ruined MASH. And Alan Alda. But I'll still watch it, lol. What is it about that show? I knock it all the time but I still watch it, smh. Maybe I need therapy. Sidney?
Haha!! I do the same thing with Urkel on Family Matters!
RedSamRackham 5 months ago
* After Hoss died and the next season premiere had Little Joe marry but then his pregnant wife gets killed THAT killed Bonanza more than Jamie!
I didn't mind Jaime. It was Candy that I didn't care for.
RedSamRackham 5 months ago
* Now now! Brady kids outgrew their cuteness & series was being clobbered in ratings by Sanford & Son when Robbie Rist was brought in as Oliver with thankless job of trying to save the show. But writers failed to use him to his full potential. Producer should've wisely moved to a Kelly Kids spinoff in a different timeslot instead of trying to keep Brady Bunch going.
Charleshorse 6 months ago
It was not a good idea to have Ricky on the Partridge Family. Why? He was way to young and he sang like any other untalented 4 year old. And Andy on Family Ties? The worst. Again....way too young.
I know these aren't METV shows but I just had to get this off my chest, lol
CrumblyCrunchies 6 months ago
Kinda cold blooded to say they"ruined" the show. Maybe ask if it was 'better' or 'worse".
SheriHeffner 7 months ago
I never watched or liked M*A*S*H so I don't know who was loved. I got 70%
SheriHeffner 7 months ago
It wasn't Cousin Oliver or Robert Whitemans faults they cancelled The Brady Bunch or The Waltons. A combination of The kids wanting to turn the shoe into another Partridge Family and Robert Reed's non stop complaining about "How Stupid" the stories were about. And It was Michael Learned's choice to walk out not once but twice. I think she had a drinking problem. Then Ralph Waite left the show, reason unknown? That left the seven teen and adult children; their spouses and the two Grandchikdren and Cousin Rose.
SheriHeffner SheriHeffner 7 months ago
Show and Grandchildren
KellyO SheriHeffner 5 months ago
Who could blame Robert Reed? The show was stupid, he was a far better actor than that role but got stereotyped. I read he also had a big drinking problem exacerbated by the fact he had to stay in the closet. RIP Bob Reed.
Coldnorth 7 months ago
Oliver could have been Alice’s child with sam
Hollie 7 months ago
60% i didnt and still dont watch mash so had no idea who those people were , loved Theresa on All in the family but i liked her as an actress anyway
SheriHeffner Hollie 7 months ago
I Liked her too.
Jeffrey 7 months ago
"80% similar ----80% similar to the most popular responses"
CouchPotato987 7 months ago
Most of these new characters made the show they were on worse. The greatest example was deputy Warren on the Andy Griffith Show. In my opinion, after Don Knotts left the show at the conclusion of the fifth season, the Andy Griffith Show was never the same.
If they would show the color episodes on MeTV we could compare Warren to Barney. After all it wasn't the actors fault Don Knotts left TAGS. And I remember the last season of The Carol Burnett Show. I wasn't happy that Harvey left. I love Dick Van Dyke but it wasn't the same without Harvey. Personally I would have liked to have seen Ken Berry as a regular.
KellyO CouchPotato987 5 months ago
I read about Knotts leaving. It was because Griffith said the show wouldn’t go past 5 years so Don was only contracted that long. He already had movie projects so had to go, which altered the show entirely - and, IMO, not for the better.
MarthaWashington 7 months ago
100%--In Mash, the different characters brought something new to the series in the way of a new character. However, Warren Ferguson, was a complete disaster. HUH HUH HUH, hated those episodes
Agreed. The MASH newcomers were different from their predecessors and thus added new elements to the dynamics between the characters. Casting folks who tried to copy the actors who'd left would have been a disaster - it just wouldn't work.
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