What season did these classic characters join their shows?

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It’s easy to forget many memorable characters from classic TV weren't on their shows the whole time. In fact, long-running shows like Gunsmoke and M*A*S*H went through many cast changes.

Here is a sampling of shows that added characters in the middle of their runs. Can you guess when each character joined their series?

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  1. The kids on The Flintstones came along at the end of a season and the beginning of the next. What seasons did Pebbles and then Bamm-Bamm get introduced?
  2. Did Chekov join Star Trek in the second or third season?
  3. On M*A*S*H, Colonel Potter and Captain B.J. Hunnicutt were both introduced in...
  4. Before getting his own spinoff, Gomer Pyle appeared on The Andy Griffith Show starting in...
  5. Carl Reiner voiced Alan Brady during The Dick Van Dyke Show's first season but didn't make an appearance until...
  6. Festus Haggen first appeared on Gunsmoke in a single episode then joined the cast the next season. When was that first appearance?
  7. Fonzie's cousin, Chachi, first appeared on Happy Days in...
  8. In "Lucy Goes to the Hospital," Lucy brings Little Ricky into the world of the show. Which season was this episode in?
  9. Laverne and Shirley move to California and meet their new neighbor, Rhonda Lee, at the beginning of...
  10. In Maverick, future James Bond Roger Moore came on as cousin Beauregarde Maverick in which season?
  11. Meredith MacRae was the third person to play Billie Jo Bradley on Petticoat Junction. What was her first season?
  12. Christopher Hale became the new wagonmaster during which season of Wagon Train?

What season did these classic characters join their shows?

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James9 16 months ago
12/12, nailed it. i watched way too much TV as a kid!
Kenner 28 months ago
How many of you chose ‘Season 1’ for the answer to question 2? Lol
GregLemieux 44 months ago
12/12. Had to laugh at question #2. It asked if Chekov joined Star Trek in the 2nd or 3rd season, and then gave you Season 1 as one of the answers.
jschliclbernd9 45 months ago
10/12 missed #6&10 forgot when Festus joined gunsmoke.
EllisClevenger 45 months ago
You got 5 out of 12
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frenchman71 45 months ago
Totally bombed this one, 5/12. I only got the easy ones...#2, #3, #4 & #7.
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Nightshade1972 45 months ago
7/12. The only ones I missed were shows I've never watched.
daDoctah 45 months ago
And here's the guy who made a career out joining a show late:

Roger Phillips, joined Happy Days in season 8
Ace Evans, joined The Love Boat in season 7
Clay Fallmont, joined Dynasty in season 6
Jefferson D'Arcy, joined Married with Children in season 5
Karl Reese, joined The John Larroquette Show in season 3
Mark Gottfried, joined (and left) The West Wing in season 2
Charlie Shanowski, in Hope & Faith right from the pilot episode.

Yes, it's none other than Ted McGinley!
Barry22 daDoctah 45 months ago
He was an improvement over Steve in Married With Children.
cperrynaples Barry22 45 months ago
Yes, and you answered part of my "When did they join" question? Bonus Question: What talk show hostess played one of the title characters on Hope & Faith?
MrsPhilHarris daDoctah 45 months ago
Wow! I didn't realize he had been on so many shows.
MrsPhilHarris cperrynaples 45 months ago
Kelly Ripa. I forgot about that show.
CaptainDunsel 45 months ago
I think I'm about to be written out...
TheDavBow3 45 months ago
9 of 12! Made some good guesses. Missed Festus, Little Ricky and Meredith MacCrae (the real Billie Jo)
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