all great 90s TV shows had unbelievably weird neighbors. read about them here.
Sometimes, for reasons mostly unknown to us, actors and actresses in our favorite 90s shows suddenly disappeared from their roles with no explanation. Their TV families continued their TV lives as if that person never existed. It was creepy. Almost like it was a huge conspiracy, or maybe their TV family’s murdered them and hoped no one would notice if they just pretended that they never existed on the show.
I will bring light to these characters now.
Show: Family Matters
Character: Judy Winslow
Who? Exactly. Judly Winslow, the youngest of the family, mysteriously disappeared from Family Matters after 4 seasons. 4 SEASONS. That is a long time to be on a show, then suddenly disappear with no explanation. A show has to be on for 3 seasons to play repeats (syndication), but Judy…she’s just gone. And no one from the family cared. #AlienAbductionCoverUp
Show: Saved By The Bell
Character: Tori Scott
Tori played the “tough girl” on SBTB. She came in during the last season and appears in episodes without Kelly or Jesse. Why? Kelly and Jesse (the actresses) refused to renew their contracts for the final 11 episodes of the show. So the “final” episodes aka the Graduation, Senior Prom, were filmed before Kelly and Jesse left. Way before the show ended. However, the Tori episodes were mixed into the whole season, so she disappeared from the picture while Kelly and Jesse got the last laugh. Also, the actress who played Tori is unironically a lesbian.
Show: Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Character: Vivian Banks
The original mom on Fresh Prince. She was fired from the show for breaking the shows contract once she became pregnant. Nicky Banks, the child, and Vivian’s pregnancy were written into the show as the result. Long before that, Will Smith and the actress did not get along. There was a lot of bad blood and towards the end of her run on the show, her character hardly has any lines in the episodes. I liked the new mom better anyways. The first episode with the new mom, after she comes home from the hospital with the new baby, Jazz walks in and says something to the effect of, Mrs. Banks…is there somethin different about you? Will looks at the camera, and the audience laughs. An obvious jab at the previous actress.
Show: Boy Meets World
Character: Morgan Matthews
Morgan Matthews, the youngest sibling, had a part on 110 out of 158 episodes. For the first 35, Morgan was played by one actress, and then a different actress for the last 75. She disappeared for a long time between. When Morgan’s character finally, and randomly, reappeared, Cory asked her where she had been. Morgan said she had been in her room a really long time for “the longest timeout.” I appreciate a show that can poke fun at TV children randomly disappearing.
The old and the new.
Show: Family Matters
Character: Hariette Winslow
The sassy and sometimes scary Harriette Winslow was also played by two different actresses. The original appeared in 199 episodes, while the new one was only in 9. The end of Family Matters took a super weird turn for the worst - watching Carl pretend that his new wife was the same one he had been with for 199 episodes, Steve and Laura getting together, Judy disappearing..just chaos. The new mom was bizarre and uncomfortable. I felt like Carl was cheating.
- Stuart Minkus - Boy Meets World - 23 episodes
- Jonathan Turner - Boy Meets World - 52 episodes
- Uncle Jesse had two moms
Am I missing anyone else?
It’s a secret that I swore would never get out - buried in the deepest parts of my soul and brain - a place that I am too scared to look. But here we are. Due to the rising terrorist threats and natural disasters plaguing planet Earth, the government has once again called upon the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers for help.
I was embarrassed when the White House called my parents house assuming that I still lived there and asked if, “Heyooo, is Kyle home?” Questions began to rise and people began to wonder why the White House would call me. It’s because I was once a Power Ranger.
You saw our show on TV of course, but it’s quite possible that you never saw me. I was the Khaki Ranger. A last minute addition to the gang, producers grabbed pieces of khaki and sewed them to my body. And there I was - a superhero.
Khaki Ranger. I laid low during most of the episodes as I was too busy trying to find out what Rita Repulsa was doing later - turns out, it was conquering the world.
I could have been involved in more of the fights and saving Planet Earth and all of mankind or whatever, but getting stains out of khaki is a real pain. Not to mention it was sewed to my body, which meant it hurt every time I got in the washer.
I was very angry when Tommy, the green ranger, joined the team. When I became the khaki ranger, I couldn’t think of any other colors to ask for at the time, so when I saw him and remembered green was a color, I became furious at myself and Tommy.
Talk about a jerk. However, I will continue to pretend to save our world from intergalactic destruction and stuff but mostly just keeping my pleats creased.
8. Friends: Ross & Rachel
Let’s be honest, we’ve all watched the show, seen the relationship unfold and heard the phrase, “We were on a break!” a million times. I’m not ashamed to admit this was a great show, and watching those two love birds yell it out while the rest of the gang was cooped up in another room within earshot just added some good old fashioned comedy to an otherwise awful situation. This is low on the list purely because it’s obvious and too good.
7. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air: Lisa & Will
This ranks fairly low on the list because it was hard to get too attached to these two. Since the show was strictly a comedy, there was never too much drama going on, and even if there was drama, it was usually pretty funny anyways. (See episode where they beat each other with foam bats).
6. Home Improvement: Al Borland and Eileen Whatever Her Last Name Was
This may be a surprise to some, but let’s think about it - Al was one of the most likable characters on TV ever. He was funny, nice, made some jokes, just a good ole boy. He never got to kiss girls on the show, and hardly ever date them. He was abused verbally and physically by Tim constantly. The one time he gets an attractive girl whom he has the potential to marry, they (the writers) take her away from him. I was sad for Al. I wanted him to end up well. Instead he got married to the “ugly girl" from A League of Their Own.
5. Family Matters: Stefan Ur-kel & Laura Winslow / Steve Urkel & Myra Munkhouse
Every time Steve juiced up his “transformation chamber” in his basement, you couldn’t wait for Stefan, the suave, handsome and charming version of Steve, to come out. He was the man. I couldn’t believe the stuff he would say and if I could go back in time, I would write it all down and use it. When Stefan became a permanent fixture on the show once Steve duplicated himself via science, there was too much Urkel for one show to handle. Stefan, who SHOULD have ended up with Laura, moved to Paris like an idiot and Steve ended up with Laura once the show started sucking and the original mom left, but everyone pretended she was the same anyways.
Myra was Steve’s long-time girlfriend. It was an ironic relationship because Myra was super hot and couldn’t keep her hands off of Steve. She was psychotic, but I would have been flattered if a girl was that clinically insane over me…maybe. Steve left Myra for Laura - the girl who rejected him his entire life until Stefan left. Real smart Steve. I’m sure that didn’t last.
4. Full House: DJ Tanner & Steve
When DJ returned from Spain with her new boyfriend, Steve, no one expected him to become a permanent character on the show - but he was for a while. You kinda grew to like him because he was funny, really stupid, and always ate the Tanner’s food. He was like the Kramer of Full House. The two split up on top of a mountain, and DJ went all crazy dating “Viper” from Jesse’s band and Nelson, a nerdy rich kid. Steve would have his ultimate revenge when he became the voice to Aladdin, and he and DJ would eventually end up together on the very last episode of Full House.
3. Boy Meets World: Corey & Topanga
What a roller coaster, this show. Never has a comedy been more focused on “feelings” in history. Corey was allllways whining about the future and getting married and sometimes it felt like a soap opera. But that set it up for one of the most devastating break ups on 90s TV. When Corey kissed another girl, I punched a hole through my TV. Not really. But Corey stopped at nothing to get her back, and he did - after a long emotional battle with everyone in his life. You’re dating Topanga dude, don’t kiss other girls. I’m sure they’re doing wonderfully these days.
2. Full House: Danny Tanner & Vicky Larson
This may come as a shock. Danny is on this list the same reason Al Borland was. Danny was weird, but you liked the guy. He worked hard, kind of, and went out with a lot of ladies, though none of them really stuck around for more than one episode. When Aunt Becky got pregnant and her new replacement Vicky came along, our boy Danny was smitten. Vicky was around for 14 episodes, which is a lot. The two got engaged in Disney World during the fireworks, and it looked like Danny had found love and that she would be sticking around for a while. Soon after, Vicky was offered her dream job across the country. Danny didn’t want her to quit and Vicky took the job like a real piece of crap. Vicky is a real sell out, and Danny was left ladyless for the remainder of the show. Vicky was murdered (I’m sure) once she got to Chicago.
1. Saved By The Bell: Zack & Kelly
This should be no surprise. Zack and Kelly were poised to become the “it” couple since the first day of SBTB’s high school years. For years the couple was on again, off again, and you always cheered them on waiting for that magical day when they would get together. haha. That sounded weird. Kelly’s dad lost his job and Kelly started working at the Max to make money to help her family. Zack asked her to the big dance, but Kelly couldn’t afford to go. No problem. In an uncharacteristic move, Zack buys Kelly’s “Romeo and Juliet” themed dress for her and her ticket. However, Kelly (like a tramp) had kissed Jeff - her probably-too-old-to-be-doing-that manager at the Max. Kelly tried to deny Zack’s kindness, but reluctantly went to the dance. Kelly and Zack went outside to the picnic table and Slater and Jesse poorly pretended to sing “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” with their band in the gym. As the music played in the background, Kelly told Zack she liked Jeff and wanted to break up. After all Zack had done for her. Zack says “I thought we’d always be together” and asks Kelly for one last dance. He even cries. And that had to have been the most watched piece of television in the history of this planet because I can’t think of anything more important than that.
Please feel free to agree or disagree and let me know who you think should have made or not made the list.