Monday Madness: Favorite Non-Original Cast Members

This Monday Madness, we’re looking at non-original cast members! Sometimes these characters replaced fan favorites who had left the show (for plot, personal, or business reasons), and often their presence upset the show’s dynamics. Many had a difficult time being accepted by long-time fans of the show, while with others it seemed like they had always been a part of the story. But, begrudgingly or with open arms, we learned to love most of these characters, and now you get to choose which ones are worthy of recognition!

This poll will be open for one week, and you can choose up to 10 of your favorite characters who joined their shows later on. Be sure to spread the word so your favorites will make it into the top 10!

Even though there are 50-some options on this list, I know there are dozens of characters I left out! You can nominate people I missed in the comments, and I may add them to the poll. I tried to limit this mostly to characters who joined after the complete first season, though with shorter-running shows I was more lenient. Want more of a say in who makes it onto the poll each week? Be sure to follow me on Twitter, since I usually ask for nominations for the next Monday Madness the weekend before the new poll. Please help out with nominations! There are only so many shows I can watch personally, so I’m counting on you to fill me in!

Without further ado, here’s the poll for this week’s Monday Madness! Voting ends around 1AM June 11th.

UPDATE: this poll has ended. Vote for this week’s poll here: Favorite TV Dads.

Who is your favorite character who joined their show later? (Choose up to 10!)

  • Spike (James Marsters) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (9%, 3,410 Votes)
  • Castiel (Misha Collins) - Supernatural (8%, 3,064 Votes)
  • Winifred "Fred" Burkle (Amy Acker) - Angel (5%, 1,712 Votes)
  • Anya (Emma Caulfield) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (4%, 1,606 Votes)
  • Oz (Seth Green) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (4%, 1,602 Votes)
  • Ziva David (Cote de Pablo) - NCIS (4%, 1,557 Votes)
  • Lorne (Andy Hallett) - Angel (4%, 1,481 Votes)
  • Woody (Kurt Fuller) - Psych (4%, 1,437 Votes)
  • Tara Maclay (Amber Benson) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (3%, 1,230 Votes)
  • Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) - The Big Bang Theory (3%, 1,096 Votes)
  • Dr. Lance Sweets (John Francis Daley) - Bones (3%, 1,059 Votes)
  • Gwaine (Eoin Macken) - Merlin (3%, 1,045 Votes)
  • Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) - Doctor Who (3%, 995 Votes)
  • Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss) - Glee (2%, 827 Votes)
  • Marty Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) - NCIS: Los Angeles (2%, 727 Votes)
  • Bernadette Rostenkowski (Melissa Rauch) - The Big Bang Theory (2%, 585 Votes)
  • Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll) - True Blood (2%, 555 Votes)
  • Ben Linus (Michael Emerson) - Lost (1%, 549 Votes)
  • Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley (Olivia Wilde) - House (1%, 522 Votes)
  • Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster) - Criminal Minds (1%, 519 Votes)
  • Dr. Camille Saroyan (Tamara Taylor) - Bones (1%, 507 Votes)
  • Nell Jones (Renée Felice Smith) - NCIS: Los Angeles (1%, 503 Votes)
  • Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello) - True Blood (1%, 491 Votes)
  • Sir Leon (Rupert Young) - Merlin (1%, 479 Votes)
  • Dawn Summers (Michelle Trachtenberg) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1%, 476 Votes)
  • Sir Percival (Tom Hopper) - Merlin (1%, 456 Votes)
  • Col. Potter (Harry Morgan) - M*A*S*H (1%, 445 Votes)
  • David Rossi (Joe Mantegna) - Criminal Minds (1%, 431 Votes)
  • Lois Lane (Erica Durance) - Smallville (1%, 429 Votes)
  • Capt. B.J. Honeycut (Mike Farrell) - M*A*S*H (1%, 416 Votes)
  • Jess Mariano (Milo Ventimiglia) - Gilmore Girls (1%, 389 Votes)
  • August W. Booth (Eion Bailey) - Once Upon a Time (1%, 363 Votes)
  • Natalie Teeger (Traylor Howard) - Monk (1%, 347 Votes)
  • Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) - The Office (1%, 346 Votes)
  • Jenny Shepard (Lauren Holly) - NCIS (1%, 323 Votes)
  • Paige Matthews (Rose McGowan) - Charmed (1%, 319 Votes)
  • Woody Boyd (Woody Harrelson) - Cheers (1%, 305 Votes)
  • Jesse Porter (Coby Bell) - Burn Notice (1%, 287 Votes)
  • Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll) - NCIS (1%, 259 Votes)
  • Riley Finn (Marc Blucas) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1%, 258 Votes)
  • Sara Ellis (Hilarie Burton) - White Collar (1%, 256 Votes)
  • Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) - Parks and Recreation (1%, 252 Votes)
  • Dr. Jennifer Keller (Jewel Staite) - Stargate Atlantis (1%, 245 Votes)
  • Logan Huntzberger (Matt Czuchry) - Gilmore Girls (1%, 240 Votes)
  • Alex McHugh (Mekenna Melvin) - Chuck (1%, 236 Votes)
  • Maj. Charles Winchester (David Ogden Stiers) - M*A*S*H (1%, 230 Votes)
  • Dr. Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) - Grey's Anatomy (1%, 227 Votes)
  • Erin Hannon (Ellie Kemper) - The Office (0%, 177 Votes)
  • Steve Jinks (Aaron Ashmore) - Warehouse 13 (0%, 163 Votes)
  • Rosalee Calvert (Bree Turner) - Grimm (0%, 159 Votes)
  • Dr. Chris Taub (Peter Jacobson) - House (0%, 127 Votes)
  • Dr. April Kepner (Sarah Drew) - Grey's Anatomy (0%, 126 Votes)
  • David Hodges (Wallace Langham) - CSI (0%, 124 Votes)
  • Hal (Damien Molony) - Being Human (UK) (0%, 115 Votes)
  • Ben Grogan (Ryan Johnson) - Fairly Legal (0%, 112 Votes)
  • Tom (Michael Socha) - Being Human (UK) (0%, 107 Votes)
  • Olivia Kendall (Raven-Symoné) - The Cosby Show (0%, 85 Votes)
  • Dr. Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone) - Private Practice (0%, 85 Votes)
  • Tom (Bob Cledenin) - Cougar Town (0%, 80 Votes)
  • Jo Danville (Sela Ward) - CSI: NY (0%, 78 Votes)
  • Rebecca Howe (Kirstie Alley) - Cheers (0%, 76 Votes)
  • Walden Schmidt (Ashton Kutcher) - Two and a Half Men (0%, 70 Votes)
  • Tuck (David Harewood) - Robin Hood (0%, 55 Votes)
  • Valerie Malone (Tiffani Thiessen) - Beverly Hills, 90210 (0%, 52 Votes)
  • Sgt. Baker (Kenneth Washington) - Hogan's Heroes (0%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 8,576

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106 thoughts on “Monday Madness: Favorite Non-Original Cast Members”

  1. Oh yes, my 2 favorites are at the top, my first vampire love, Spike and my favorite Supernatural Angel, Castiel.

  2. While Spike and Castiel rock it for me lately, really the winner of this is Woody from Cheers.

    He filled the role of a beloved actor and character (Coach) who passed.

    And he did it well. So well he became a superstar and the show continued on for many more years.

  3. I miss more Doctor Who characters to choose from (because I really don’t like Amy, but love the show).
    My nominees are: Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman), Donna Noble (Catherine Tate), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) and River Song (Alex Kingston)! And what about the 10th (David Tennant) and 11th (Matt Smith) doctor?

    I voted for Spike, Lorne and Hal.

  4. BtVS’ Spike, Angel’s Lorne, Smallville’s Lois, Bones’ Sweets, and Criminal Minds’ David Rossi probably deserve the top 5 honors. Did I vote for all of them? No. But being an avid TV viewer/enthusiast, I think those five deserve it the most.

  5. Aww, I was hoping my favorite McGeek would be there! He wasn’t technically an original cast member. His first appearance was in season one, but he wasn’t added to the cast int two. Okay, this has turned into fan-girl ranting!

  6. I have voted for Gwaine (Eoin Macken), but I will also like to vote for Sir Leon and Sir Percival. Merlin is my favorite Tv-serie. So every knight shall have my vote.

  7. I’m having trouble voting…Can I just say I vote for Eoin Macken, Cote de Pablo, Rupert Young and Tom Hopper?

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