Shows that changed their basics?

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    Sacrilegium

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    For whatever reason, I had a dream about this last night. I was thinking about shows which had radically changed over their existence and how many of them there are. Upon waking, I can't really remember any.

    Can you think of any shows that kept (more or less) the same cast and characters, yet radically changed the basis of the show?

    Roseanne, for example, might qualify because they won the lottery and were no longer the working class family. I'm looking for something a little more different than that, though. Like if, say, Mel & Alice on Mel's Diner had gotten married and adopted a wise-cracking developmentally-disabled child and moved to Pakistan. Radical changes in the show that stuck around until its demise.

    (Sketch comedy shows could kind of be seen like this as well, but that's their nature, innit?)
     
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    Ruth

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    Alias is what jumped into my head when I read your post.
     
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    ufo4sale

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    It went so many changes I don't even know what it was suppose to be.
     
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    Dawny

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    I wanna see this!! Would Flo go, too? "Kiss My Curry Grits" :D
     
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    LoadStar

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    Man, that is a brilliant question, and it's going to bug me because I have this feeling there's a show I watched that was precisely this way, but I can't think of it off the top of my head at all.

    Alias was close, but even though the execution changed a few times throughout the show, the main idea and the main characters never really changed.
     
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    scsiguy72

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    All In the Family morphed in Archie Bunkers Place.
     
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    TAsunder

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    On the lot changed its rudimentary format in every episode.
     
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    LoadStar

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    Well, had it made it to the next season, "Veronica Mars" would have been that way... it was going to change from a teenage detective show to a FBI procedural drama; virtually all the characters would've been ditched and all new ones would have been brought on board.
     
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    jsmeeker

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    Every David E. Kelly show.


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    Dawny

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    Yeah. What he said. By the way, what ever happened to Picket Fences? Not even a finale--it just went away.
     
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    marksman

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    Valerie's Family to Hogan's family.

    Not all changes, but a pretty major change as a focus of the show.
     
  12. Sep 17, 2007 #12 of 127
    getreal

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    The Tonight Show
    and every version of a Dennis Miller Show
     
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    TheSlyBear

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    The show that occured to me was Lost in Space. It started out as a scifi drama about the Robinson family, and ended up being the Dr. Smith Comedy Hour.
     
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    MasterOfPuppets

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    The Drew Carey show kept changing. It was rather bizarre towards the end.
    For quite some time, it was right among the top of my favorites.

    And hey...people don't have to spend their winnings on porcelain dog statues on Wheel Of Fortune anymore. :p
     
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    boywaja

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    How about Family Matters. Midway through the first season they introduce urkel and he becomes the star of the show.
     
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    getreal

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    NYPD Blue -- about the only character remaining from the start until the end was Sipowicz. And he started out as a miserable, corrupt SOB, and turned into a sweet, sober, single dad to a little kid.
     
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    dianebrat

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    Add in almost ANY Irwin Allen production, they almost all started off a tad serious with Cold War overtones and intrigue, then fell into the "rubber monster of the week" mode.

    Lost in Space and the vegetables.. need I say more?
    but seriously, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Time Tunnel, and even Land of the Giants (in addition to LIS) all had a somewhat more serious start and then degenerated.

    The book "Irwin Allen Television Productions, 1964-1970" by Jon Abbott does a great job covering many of the declines.

    Diane
     
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    aadam101

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    Gimme A Break, Empty Nest and Hangin With Mr Cooper.

    Gimme A Break- Went from a show about a woman taking care of a cops children to a woman living with her friend in NYC with an adopted child.

    Empty Nest- Went from a funny show about a doctor to a show that was primarily set in a free clinic. (Became another workplace sitcom)

    Hangin With Mr Cooper- went from a show about a guy and his family to a show about a teacher in a high school (or maybe it was middle school)
     
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    Kablemodem

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    I Love Lucy
     

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