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.

2 thoughts on “A Few Cases Of Chuck Cunningham Syndrome

  1. I think I remember that.

    Like Tracy in Coronation Street who vanish to her room to listen to ‘tapes’ a child and emerged years later a teenageer\woman.


    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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