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Not affecting a "pair", but Bugs was a program from the 90's in the UK that ran for four series with four main characters. At the end of the third series the actor playing one of the main characters (Ed) changed. It went from the Australian Craig McLachlan to the Yorkshire-born Steven Houghton. As far as I recall the casting change was not referenced in the ...


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It also happened in the show Big Bad Beetleborgs when a young actress was replaced. In the show it was explianed as a transformation from a villain character and in order to hide the transformation from her friends and family she was given a totem (I believe a necklace) that would allow everyone around her to see her original body. Now that show was about a ...


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The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show aired October 12, 1950 – September 15, 1958, continued for about 5 years after the last of 3 switches by the actor playing neighbour Harry Morton. Harry Morton was first portrayed by Hal March (October–December 1950), then John Brown (January–June 1951), and after that, Fred Clark, until 1953 when the role was ...


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While it was a sitcom with three main characters rather than a duo, and post-dates the other examples given, the show Game On successfully replaced a Hollywood-bound Ben Chaplin with Neil Stuke after the first season. It's worth a mention if only for the nice way they addressed the casting change in-show:


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There's a case to be made for Bewitched (1964 - 1972), which continued for three seasons after the co-star Dick York was replaced by Dick Sargent in the same role of Darrin Stephens. The main character, Samantha Stephens, was married to Darrin, so they definitely qualify as a couple/duo. Watching syndicated re-runs of Bewitched as a kid, I actually didn't ...


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The Goldbergs is possibly the earliest example, running from 1949 to 1957, originally starring Phillip Loeb as Jake Goldberg, but the Red Scare forced him off the show and he was replaced by Harold Stone and Robert H. Harris (sources differ as to which was first). Phillip Loeb, blacklisted on suspicion of being a communist, eventually committed suicide. ...


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Yes it has happened. An early example is Doctor Who. Every few seasons either The Doctor regenerates and begins to be played by a new actor, or he switches his companion and gets a new one, again played by a new actor. It has been running for ages and is still successful. As @KutuluMike noted, the success or failure of losing actors or getting new ones is ...


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(Historical note: This answer was written before the question was edited to ask for "the first". I'm not changing it because I think it's more informative the way it is.) Yes, it has happened, though it's rare. The trick seems to be how strong of a replacement character they can get to fill the void, and how well the show's supporting cast is at holding ...



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