Television shows don't always go as the writers, directors, and producers behind them planned. Sometimes the storyline takes them on a path of its own, other times an actor's likableness and/or talent changes the course of the show, and more often than not the die hard fans dictate the plot's development. The story direction, the talent and likability of an actor, or the fans can make a room full of writers tear up a completed script and decide to start all over from scratch. The following ten memorable and beloved TV characters survived their planned television "deaths" and prove that nothing in television is ever completely written in stone.
10 Andy Dwyer - Parks and Recreation
9 Nurse Carol Hathaway - ER
8 Angel - Buffy the Vampire Slayer
7 Klaus Mikaelson - The Vampire Diaries
6 Boyd Crowder - Justified
5 Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead
4 Spike - Buffy the Vampire Slayer
3 Jack Shephard - Lost
2 Jesse Pinkman - Breaking Bad
1 Steve Urkel - Family Matters
When you think of the 90s show Family Matters, you think of Steve Urkel. After all, Steve Urkel is Family Matters. Shockingly, Urkel was originally intended to just be a guest star. The iconic and beloved character played by Jaleel White appeared for the first time in episode twelve of season one. Urkel goes on a date with Laura, she rejects him for being a nerd, and that was supposed to be the end of Steve Urkel. However, the show's studio audience absolutely loved the character during taping. By season two, Steve Urkel became a series regular and eventually, Family Matters became less about the Winslow family and more about the strange kid next door, Steve Urkel.
Sources: tvguide.com, popsugar.com
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