TV stars who were leads in multiple hit series

Mon, Jul 15, 2019 2:04 PM

Self-explanatory.  I think from time to time about how hard it is for actors to end-up on one hit, much less two.  But quite a few have (playing a bit fast and loose with "star" and "hit" on a few of these). 

Michael Weatherly - NCIS, Bull

Tom Selleck - Magnum P.I., Blue Bloods

Kelsey Grammar - Cheers, Frasier

Ted Danson - Cheers, The Good Place

Julia Louis Dreyfuss (she's the only one I can think of in more than 2) - SNL, Seinfeld, Veep, New Adventures of Old Christine

Tim Allen - Home Improvement, Last Man Standing

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  • Mon, Jul 15, 2019 2:10 PM

    Ted Danson was in Becker, as well. Not necessarily a hit, but 6 seasons is nothing to sneeze at.

    Mon, Jul 15, 2019 2:12 PM

    Bob Newhart - The Bob Newhart Show, Newhart

    Mon, Jul 15, 2019 2:23 PM

    Andy Griffith - Andy Griffith Show, Matlock.

    Mon, Jul 15, 2019 2:25 PM
    posted by queencitybuckeye

    Andy Griffith

    Good one.

    John Ritter - Three's Company and 8 Simple Rules

    Mon, Jul 15, 2019 2:29 PM

    Michael Emerson - Lost, Person of Interest

    James Spader - Boston Legal, The Blacklist, and I won't count his season on The Office

     

    Mon, Jul 15, 2019 3:07 PM
    posted by gut

    Self-explanatory.  I think from time to time about how hard it is for actors to end-up on one hit, much less two.  But quite a few have (playing a bit fast and loose with "star" and "hit" on a few of these). 

    Michael Weatherly - NCIS, Bull

    Tom Selleck - Magnum P.I., Blue Bloods

    Kelsey Grammar - Cheers, Frasier

    Ted Danson - Cheers, The Good Place

    Julia Louis Dreyfuss (she's the only one I can think of in more than 2) - SNL, Seinfeld, Veep, New Adventures of Old Christine

    Tim Allen - Home Improvement, Last Man Standing


    To be fair, Grammar wasn't a lead on Cheers. Danson was. Frasier was a support character on Cheers and got a spin off show.

    Mon, Jul 15, 2019 3:09 PM

    Neil Patrick Harris-Doogie Houser MD, How I Met Your Mother (he was the star of that show).

     

    Ed O'Neill-Married With Children, Modern Family

    Mon, Jul 15, 2019 3:12 PM

    Bryan Cranston: Malcolm in the Middle, Breaking Bad 

    Elizabeth Moss: Mad Men, Handmaid's Tale

    Alison Brie: Glow, Community 

    Mon, Jul 15, 2019 3:12 PM

    Courtney Cox-Friends, Cougar Town

    Matt LeBlanc-Friends, Man of the House, Joey

    Mon, Jul 15, 2019 3:13 PM

    Mila Kunis-That 70's Show, Family Guy (voice of Meg)

    Laura Prepon-That 70's Show, Orange is the New Black

    Mon, Jul 15, 2019 3:17 PM

    Timothy Olyphant: Deadwood, Justified 

    Mon, Jul 15, 2019 3:43 PM

    Kyle Chandler - Early Edition, Friday Night Lights, Bloodline.

    Mon, Jul 15, 2019 3:45 PM

    Walter Goggins - The Shield, Justified, could maybe count Vice Principals

    Michael Chiklis - The Commish, The Shield

    Kiefer Sutherland - 24, Designated Survivor

    Mon, Jul 15, 2019 3:51 PM
    posted by jmog


    To be fair, Grammar wasn't a lead on Cheers. Danson was. Frasier was a support character on Cheers and got a spin off show.

    I guess I meant regular/main character, not necessarily the lead.  Seinfeld would be a good example - George and Jerry's parents would count, but probably not Uncle Leo.  Newman and maybe Peterman, but probably not Puddy or Steinbrenner.

    Mon, Jul 15, 2019 3:59 PM

    Michael Landon - Little House on the Prairie,  Highway to Heaven

    Mon, Jul 15, 2019 4:56 PM

    John Larriquette

    Night Court 

    The John Larriquette Show

    Boston Legal

     

    Vicki Lawerence/Carol Burnett ....Carol Burnett Show and Mama’s Family

    Mon, Jul 15, 2019 4:58 PM

    Jim Nabors

    Gomer Pyle/Andy Griffith Show

     

    Ron Howard (Hapoy Days/Andy Griffith Show)

     

    Kaley Cucuo....8 Simple Rules/BBT

    Mon, Jul 15, 2019 5:00 PM
    posted by gut

    I guess I meant regular/main character, not necessarily the lead.  Seinfeld would be a good example - George and Jerry's parents would count, but probably not Uncle Leo.  Newman and maybe Peterman, but probably not Puddy or Steinbrenner.

    Outside of the main 4, and surprisingly, the cashier lady at Monk's, Newman was in the most episodes (45). Puddy was only in 10.

    Mon, Jul 15, 2019 5:07 PM

    The Hoff -- Knight Rider, Baywatch

    Mon, Jul 15, 2019 5:22 PM
    posted by justincredible

    Outside of the main 4, and surprisingly, the cashier lady at Monk's, Newman was in the most episodes (45). Puddy was only in 10.

    Puddy was only in 10?  Wow.  He had to have been mentioned in at least 10 others, though?

    If you bet me Newman was only in 45 out of 173 shows, I would have definitely taken the over.

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