TV Character The Greatest TV Characters Who Weren't in Season 1

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List Rules Series regulars who did not appear in the first season of the show only. Vote up the ones you now can't imagine the series without.

Some of the best TV shows - the ones that eventually soar to critical acclaim and garner millions of die-hard fans - don't always hit the ground running. It can be pretty hard to find your footing that first year. In fact, there are a lot of TV characters added after Season 1 that went on to become integral to their shows.

One of the most tried and true methods that showrunners use to stabilize a shaky first season is introducing new characters. A new character can energize a lagging plot line, or even lead to a new plot line entirely, taking the show in directions that may not have been originally intended.

Not all new characters work. Many are summarily dismissed. But some of these new characters feel so enmeshed in the fabric of the show, it's hard to believe that there was a time when they weren't a part of it at all.

This is a list of the greatest television characters who weren't in the first season. Vote up the series regulars who became most integral to their series. And if you don't like the order this list is in, feel free to rerank it. In fact, it's highly encouraged. Make your voice heard for the best TV characters who weren't in Season 1.
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Butters Stotch


Butters Stotch 
    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Characters Who Weren't in Season 1
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Aw, Butters. Sweet, happy, wholesome Butters Stotch had been a friend of Stan, Kyle, Kenny, and Cartman on South Park for years, but he was never actually introduced (or allowed to speak) until midway through Season 3 in an episode called "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub." Even when he's (poorly) planning destruction as his alter ego "Professor Chaos," you just can't help but root for the lovable little guy.

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Series: South Park

Actor: Matt Stone

Episode: Season 3, Episode 8 "Two Guys Naked in a Hot Tub"

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#168 on The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

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Brienne of Tarth


Brienne of Tarth 
    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Characters Who Weren't in Season 1
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Has there ever been a more loyal and fully realized female character than Brienne of Tarth? Gwendolyn Christie brings a touching humanity and a sly sense of humor to this powerful warrior, though we don't get to meet her until the third episode of Season 2, "What Is Dead May Never Die." Game of Thrones is not short on powerful women, to be sure. But Brienne has a true heart (and a great sword) that elevates her above all around her.  

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Series: Game of Thrones

Actor: Gwendoline Christie

Episode: Season 2, Episode 3 "What is Dead May Never Die"

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#413 on The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

#34 on Game of Thrones Death Pool

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Frank Reynolds


Frank Reynolds 
    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Characters Who Weren't in Season 1
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Wait, you mean Frank Reynolds wasn't always there? It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia existed without him?

It's true. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia had a seven-episode first season where there was no Danny DeVito to be found. He joined the gang at the start of Season 2 in "Charlie Gets Crippled" and has been deplorable and hilarious ever since.

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Series: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Actor: Danny DeVito

Episode: Season 2, Episode 1 "Charlie Gets Crippled"

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#613 on The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

#31 on The Funniest Characters Currently on TV

#233 on The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

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Saul Goodman


Saul Goodman 
    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Characters Who Weren't in Season 1
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Saul Goodman puts the "criminal" in "criminal lawyer." Bob Odenkirk's pitch-perfect portrayal of the sleazy attorney didn't actually appear in Season 1 of Breaking Bad. He swooped in halfway through Season 2 in the episode "Better Call Saul" to help get one of Jesse's buddies out of a tight spot and remained a fixture from that point on.

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Series: Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul!

Actor: Bob Odenkirk

Episode: Season 2, Episode 8 "Better Call Saul"

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#37 on The Greatest Breakout Characters in TV History

#3 on Fictional Lawyers You'd Most Want Defending You

#2 on The Best Breaking Bad Characters of All Time

#251 on The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

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Maggie Greene


Maggie Greene 
    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Characters Who Weren't in Season 1
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It's hard to imagine the post-apocalyptic world of The Walking Dead without Maggie Greene. But long-time fans will remember we didn't get to meet her until early the second episode of Season 2, "Bloodletting," when the survivors end up on Herschel's farm. Lauren Cohan's Maggie and her relationship with Glen provide a glimpse of a promising future in an otherwise desolate world.

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Series: The Walking Dead

Actor: Lauren Cohan

Episode: Season 2, Episode 2 "Bloodletting"

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#6 on The Best Walking Dead Characters, Ranked

#18 on The Walking Dead Season 6 Death Pool

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Newman


Newman 
    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Characters Who Weren't in Season 1
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The ultimate arch-nemesis to Jerry on Seinfeld, Newman (never a first name, by the way, just Newman) was expertly brought to life by Wayne Knight. Although it may seem like Newman was always hanging around Jerry's apartment, he wasn't mentioned until halfway through Season 2 in the episode "The Revenge." Even then, we only heard Newman's voice. The character didn't appear onscreen until the Season 3 episode "The Suicide." 

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Series: Seinfeld

Actor: Wayne Knight

Episode: Season 2, Episode 7 "The Revenge"

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#249 on The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

#64 on The Most Annoying TV and Film Characters Ever

#97 on The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

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Woody Boyd


Woody Boyd 
    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Characters Who Weren't in Season 1
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Cheers had a good thing going with Nicholas Colasanto as "Coach" Ernie Pantusso, the sweet old bartender of the Boston bar. But in 1984, Colasanto left the show. Cheers needed to find someone equally lovable and dim-witted to fill Coach's shoes. Luckily, they found Woody Harrelson. Relatively unknown at the time, Harrelson played Woody Boyd as a naive hayseed from Indiana and instantly fit in with the cast from his first appearance in the Season 4 opener, "Birth, Death, Love, and Rice."

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Series: Cheers

Actor: Woody Harrelson

Episode: Season 4, Episode 1 "Birth, Death, Love and Rice"

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#5 on The Best Cheers Characters of All Time

#127 on The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

#4 on The Greatest Fictional Bartenders

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Mike Ehrmantraut


Mike Ehrmantraut 
    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Characters Who Weren't in Season 1
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Just like Saul Goodman, Mike Ehrmantraut is an indispensable Breaking Bad character who did not appear in season one. Mike first appears as a "fixer" in the Season 2 finale, "ABQ." 

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Series: Breaking Bad

Actor: Jonathan Banks

Episode: Season 2, Episode 13 "ABQ"

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#565 on The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

#90 on The Best TV Villains of All Time

#61 on The Greatest Breakout Characters in TV History

#83 on The Most Hated TV Characters of All Time

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