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I think I agree with the poster of this question...soap operas have been replacing actors forever, and these new actors, although hard to accept at first, always just 'became' the character after only a short while. Movie franchises do this a lot also, (e.g. Batman, James Bond, among others) to be sure. But you are correct, TV series do not seem to do ...


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The 1990-1993 television adaptation of Jeeves and Wooster (starring Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry) was very confusing because they kept rotating who was playing whom! The character Madeline was originally played by Francesca Folan (1990). She was replaced by Diana Blackburn (1991) and then Elizabeth Heery (1992-1993). Francesca Folan returned in 1993 to play ...


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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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Not quite a soap but Ian Whyte played The Mountain in the 2nd season of Game of Thrones, then that role was given to Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson starting with the 3rd season. Ian Whyte was then recast as Dongo the Doomed for the 3rd season. LINK


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Although not a soap opera, Doctor Who's Fourth iteration of The Doctor was played by Tom Baker, before the role was recast with; Peter Davison, then Colin Baker, then Sylvester McCoy, then Paul McGann, then Christopher Eccleston, then David Tennant, then Matt Smith. At which point Tom Baker returned to the show in the 50th Anniversary episode ...


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Darius Perkins played Scott Robinson in the first series of Australian soap Neighbours. The part was re-cast with Jason Donovan Perkins returned 27 years later as Marty Kranic. (I haven't watched the show since the early 90's, I just took a few flying guesses as to people who'd been re-cast in soaps I know about, and searched for information on them making ...


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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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I was going to post this as a comment, but Recasting Call: 7 TV Shows That Replaced Big Characters Game of Thrones : Recast Characters List of television programs in which one character was played by multiple actors Also, Rodney's recasting in Iron Man 2 and Bruce Banner's recasting in Avengers. It's likely a case of confirmation bias, as recasting and ...


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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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