A Few Cases Of Chuck Cunningham Syndrome


In the annals of TV Tropes, Chuck Cunningham Syndrome represents the tendency some TV shows have to completely disappear a character with no explanation whatsoever. The fella it’s named after, Chuck Cunningham, was the basketball loving older brother of Richie Cunningham om HAPPY DAYS who one day went off to college and was never heard from again. No postcards, no calls to Mr & Mrs C, no visits during winter break. Old Chuck was just wiped out of the show’s continuity. And he is not the only one…from Bub on MY THREE SONS to Judy Winslow on FAMILY MATTERS to Cockroach on THE COSBY SHOW…characters have been getting wiped from a show’s continuity since forever. So I’ve put together a little list of 5 more recent examples of this phenomena.

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    1. A similar thing sort of happened on US soap opera All My Children where Bobby Martin went upstairs to get his skis and was never heard from again.
      Thanks for stopping by and posting, btw.

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  1. On Happy Days Chuck Cunningham
    Played by two actors Gavan O’Herlihy and Randolph Roberts was not the only character to vanish from
    Happy Days WITH NO EXPLANATION.
    HERE IS A LIST OF OTHER CHARACTERS
    ON HAPPY DAYS WHO DISAPPEARED
    INTO THIN AIR WITH NO EXPLANATION:
    BAG ZOMBROSKI:NEIL J. SCHWARTZ
    MOOSE : BARRY GREENBERG
    EUGENE BELVIN :DENIS MANDEL
    MELVIN BELVIN:SCOTT BERNSTEIN
    MARSHA SIMMS:BEATRICE COLEN
    WENDY :MISTY ROWE
    DAPHNE PLAYED BY HILLARY HORA
    SPIKE :DANNY BUTCH
    KC CUNNINGHAM:CRYSTAL BERNARD
    FLIP PHILLIPS :BILLY WARLOCK
    TRUDY :TITA BELL
    GLORIA :LINDA PURL
    STICKS DOWNEY JR :JOHN ANTHONY BAILEY
    LEATHER TUSCEDERO :SUZI QUATRO
    GOMER PYLE USMC CHARACTERS
    WHO VANISHED WITH NO EXPLANATION :
    CPL NICK CUCCINELLI PLAYED BY
    TOMMY LEONETTI
    CPL BOYLE :ROY STUART
    SGT WHIPPLE : BUCK YOUNG
    PVT FRANKIE LOMBARDI :TED BESSELL
    LEAVE IT TO BEAVER
    CHESTER ANDERSON : BUDDY HART
    TOOEY BROWN : TIGER FAFARA
    BILL SCOTT :DAVID KENT
    JUDY HENSLER :JERI WEIL
    LARRY MONDELLO :RUSTY STEVENS
    PETTICOAT JUNCTION
    HERBIE BATES :DON WASHBROOK
    JUNIOR HOCKER:RUSSELL HORTON
    GREEN ACRES
    NEWT KILEY : KAY KUTER
    ROY TRENDELL :ROBERT FOULK
    ALICE.
    ANDY :PAT CRANSHAW
    STUFF JOHNSON :ARTHUR SPACE
    THAT IS SEVERAL CHARACTERS WHO
    HAD CHUCK CUNNINGHAM SYNDROME.

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