23 TV Characters Recast After The Actor Quit the Show

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Harriette Winslow (Family Matters)

Harriette Winslow Family Matters


Family Matters is most well-known today for Steve Urkel, the famous character it created. When the show began, though, Urkel was merely a side character. The show was supposed to be focused on Harriette Winslow, a character who had first appeared on Perfect Strangers. Family Matters was a spin-off of that show.

As the focus shifted towards Urkel, JoMarie Payton eventually decided to step away from the role. She played the character through the first half of season nine and was then replaced by Judyann Elder for the rest of the show’s run. JoMarie certainly played that part long enough. She deserved to try something new.

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