Here's What The Stars Of These Long-Running TV Shows Looked Like In Their Very First And Very Last Appearances

Black-ish (2014–2022)

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ABC

1.Dre (Anthony Anderson) in the pilot:

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Dre in the finale:

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2.Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) in the pilot:

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Rainbow in the finale:

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3.Pops (Laurence Fishburne) in the pilot:

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Pops in the finale:

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4.Ruby (Jenifer Lewis) in her first appearance in Season 1:

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Ruby in the finale:

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5.Zoey (Yara Shahidi) in the pilot:

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Zoey in the finale:

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6.Junior (Marcus Scribner) in the pilot:

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Junior in the finale:

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7.Diane (Marsai Martin) in the pilot:

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Diane in the finale:

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8.Jack (Miles Brown) in the pilot:

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Jack in the finale:

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Friends (1994–2004)

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NBC

9.Monica (Courteney Cox) in the pilot:

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Monica in the finale:

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10.Ross (David Schwimmer) in the pilot:

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Ross in the finale:

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11.Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) in the pilot:

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Phoebe in the finale:

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12.Joey (Matt LeBlanc) in the pilot:

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Joey in the finale:

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13.Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) in the pilot:

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Rachel in the finale:

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14.Chandler (Matthew Perry) in the pilot:

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Chandler in the finale:

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Supernatural (2005–2020)

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Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection

15.Dean (Jensen Ackles) in the pilot:

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Dean in the finale:

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16.Sam (Jared Padalecki) in the finale:

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Sam in the finale:

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17.Castiel (Misha Collins) in his first appearance in Season 4:

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Castiel in his last appearance in Season 15:

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Frasier (1993–2004)

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NBC / courtesy Everett Collection

18.Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) in the pilot:

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Frasier in the finale:

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19.Niles (David Hyde Pierce) in the pilot:

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Niles in the finale:

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20.Daphne (Jane Leeves) in the pilot:

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Daphne in the finale:

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21.Roz (Peri Gilpin) in the pilot:

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Roz in the finale:

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22.Marty (John Mahoney) in the pilot:

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Marty in the finale:

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Family Matters (1989–1998)

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Warner Bros.

23.Carl (Reginald VelJohnson) in the pilot:

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Carl in the finale:

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24.Harriette (Jo Marie Payton) in the pilot:

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Harriette in the last season:

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25.Estelle (Rosetta LeNoire) in the pilot:

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Estelle in the last season:

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26.Eddie (Darius McCrary) in the pilot:

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Eddie in the finale:

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27.Laura (Kellie Shanygne Williams) in the pilot:

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Laura in the finale:

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28.Urkel (Jaleel White) in his first appearance in Season 1:

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Urkel in the finale:

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Criminal Minds (2005–2020)

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CBS

29.Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) in the pilot:

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Reid in the finale:

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30.Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) in the pilot:

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Garcia in the finale:

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31.Morgan (Shemar Moore) in the pilot:

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Morgan in his last appearance in Season 13:

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32.JJ (A. J. Cook) in her first appearance in Season 1:

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JJ in the finale:

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33.Prentiss (Paget Brewster) in her first appearance in Season 2:

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Prentiss in the finale:

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34.Rossi (Joe Mantegna) in his first appearance in Season 3:

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Rossi in the finale:

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How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)

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20th Television

35.Ted (Josh Radnor) in the pilot:

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20th Television

Ted in the finale:

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36.Robin (Cobie Smulders) in the pilot:

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Robin in the finale:

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37.Lily (Alyson Hannigan) in the pilot:

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Lily in the finale:

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38.Marshall (Jason Segel) in the pilot:

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Marshall in the finale:

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39.Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) in the pilot:

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Barney in the finale:

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20th Television

Girlfriends (2000–2008)

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CBS Television Distribution

40.Joan (Tracee Ellis Ross) in the pilot:

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CBS Television Distribution

Joan in the finale:

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CBS Television Distribution

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41.Maya (Golden Brooks) in the pilot:

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Maya in the finale:

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42.Lynn (Persia White) in the pilot:

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Lynn in the finale:

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43.Toni (Jill Marie Jones) in the pilot:

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CBS Television Distribution

Toni in her last appearance in Season 6:

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CBS Television Distribution

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44.William (Reggie Hayes) in the pilot:

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CBS Television Distribution

William in the finale:

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CBS Television Distribution

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CBS Television Distribution

Home Improvement (1991–1999)

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Buena Vista Television

45.Tim (Tim Allen) in the pilot:

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Buena Vista Television

Tim in the finale:

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Buena Vista Television

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Buena Vista Television

46.Jill (Patricia Richardson) in the pilot:

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Buena Vista Television

Jill in the finale:

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Buena Vista Television

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47.Brad (Zachery Ty Bryan) in the pilot:

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Buena Vista Television

Brad in the finale:

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Buena Vista Television

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Buena Vista Television

48.Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) in the pilot:

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Buena Vista Television

Randy in Season 8:

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Buena Vista Television

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Buena Vista Television

49.Mark (Taran Noah Smith) in the pilot:

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Buena Vista Television

Mark in the finale:

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Buena Vista Television

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Buena Vista Television

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999–present)

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NBC

50.Benson (Mariska Hargitay) in the pilot:

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Benson in the latest episode:

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51.Fin (Ice-T) in his first appearance in Season 2:

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Fin in the latest episode:

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52.Munch (Richard Belzer) in the pilot:

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Munch in his last appearance in Season 17:

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53.Don (Dann Florek) in the pilot:

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Don in his last appearance in Season 23:

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54.Stabler (Christopher Meloni) in the pilot:

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Stabler in the latest episode:

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005–present)

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55.Dennis (Glenn Howerton) in the pilot:

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Dennis in the latest episode:

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56.Dee (Kaitlin Olson) in the pilot:

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Dee in the latest episode:

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57.Mac (Rob McElhenney) in the pilot:

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Mac in the latest episode:

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58.Charlie (Charlie Day) in the pilot:

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Charlie in the latest episode:

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59.Frank (Danny DeVito) in his first appearance in Season 2:

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Frank in the latest episode:

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Will & Grace (1998–2006, 2017–2020)

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NBC

60.Will (Eric McCormack) in the original series pilot:

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Will in the reboot's finale:

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61.Grace (Debra Messing) in the original series pilot:

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Grace in the reboot's finale:

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62.Karen (Megan Mullally) in the original series pilot:

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Karen in the reboot's finale:

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63.Jack (Sean Hayes) in the original series pilot:

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Jack in the reboot's finale:

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And finally, The Simpsons (1989–present)

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FOX

64.Homer in the pilot:

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FOX

Homer in the latest episode:

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FOX

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FOX

65.Marge in the pilot:

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Marge in the latest episode:

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66.Bart in the pilot:

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Bart in the latest episode:

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67.Lisa in the pilot:

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Lisa in the latest episode:

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68.Maggie in the pilot:

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Maggie in the latest episode:

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