Characters who have been written differently after the show found its pace.


Characters who have been written differently after the show found its pace.

Spoilers for all shows ever.

Not in terms of a character naturally evolving, but writers having an idea for a character's direction early on and eventually going, "Nah, doesn't work as well."

I considered Phillip from The Americans for this, since he seemed more forceful in earlier episodes. But I think the change could be attributed to his ongoing depression and losing faith in his cause.

  • Always Sunny — Dennis, Mac and Charlie were all originally manchildren trying to run a bar, do stupid shit and get laid. Dennis became a psychopath, Mac turned gay and Charlie became more childlike. That early storyline with Charlie's ex bringing a kid into his life probably wouldn't have happened in later seasons, or at least not the same way.
  • Mad Men — Pete Campbell originally seemed he could be a future threat to Don, based on his ambition in the pilot and a few remarks made by others (Roger, I think). He showed no real promise of this later.
  • Community — Abed seemed less robotic in early episodes.
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