Why These TV Characters Were Casually Recasted With New Actors

You know when you’re watching your favorite show, and some random actor is suddenly there, pretending to be someone you know that they aren’t?

I am, of course, talking about when TV shows blatantly recast prominent characters with seemingly no explanation.

Look, I get it. In the world of TV, sometimes producers are forced to switch actors in a role. Doesn’t make it any more jarring to viewers, am I right?

Sometimes, they poke fun at it (I’m looking at you, Roseanne), and sometimes they just pretend like it never happened, Darrin-style. And some shows — ahem, Game of Thrones — swap, like, everyone.

Here is a roundup of some of TVs switcheroos!